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Leigh Brackett

(Leigh Douglass Brackett Hamilton)
USA flag (1915 - 1978)
Wife of Edmond Hamilton

Leigh Brackett was born on December 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, and raised near Santa Monica. Having spent her youth as an athletic tom-boy - playing volleyball and reading stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs and H Rider Haggard - she began writing fantastic adventures of her own. Several of these early efforts were read by Henry Kuttner, who critiqued her stories and introduced her to the SF personalities then living in California, including Robert Heinlein, Julius Schwartz, Jack Williamson, Edmond Hamilton - and another aspiring writer, Ray Bradbury.

In 1944, based on the hard-boiled dialogue in her first novel, No Good From a Corpse, producer/director Howard Hawks hired Brackett to collaborate with William Faulkner on the screenplay of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep.

Brackett maintained an on-again/off-again relationship with Hollywood for the remainder of her life. Between writing screenplays for such films as Rio Bravo, El Dorado, Hatari!, and The Long Goodbye, she produced novels such as the classic The Long Tomorrow (1955) and the Spur Award-winning Western, Follow the Free Wind (1963).

Brackett married Edmond Hamilton on New Year's Eve in 1946, and the couple maintained homes in the high-desert of California and the rural farmland of Kinsman, Ohio.

Just weeks before her death on March 17, 1978, she turned in the first draft screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back and the film was posthumously dedicated to her.

Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery, Western
New Books
September 2022

Black Cat Weekly #53
(Black Cat Weekly, book 53)
   No Good From a Corpse (1943)
   Stranger at Home (1947) (with George Sanders (Craig Rice))
   Shadow over Mars (1951)
     aka Nemesis From Terra
   The Starmen (1952)
     aka The Galactic Breed / Starmen of Llyrids
   The Sword of Rhiannon (1953)
   The Big Jump (1955)
   The Long Tomorrow (1955)
   The Tiger Among Us (1957)
     aka Fear No Evil / 13 West Street
   An Eye for an Eye (1958)
   Rio Bravo (1959)
   Alpha Centauri - or Die! (1963)
   Follow the Free Wind (1963)
   The Coming of the Terrans (1967)
   Silent Partner (1969)
   The Halfling (1973)
   The Best of Leigh Brackett (1977)
   Martian Quest (2002)
   Stark and the Star Kings (2005) (with Edmond Hamilton)
   Lorelei of the Red Mist (2007)
   Beyond the Moons of Fomalhaut (2010) (with Poul Anderson, Ron Cocking, Raymond Cummings, Harry Harrison, William Morrison and Manly Wade Wellman)
   Classic Martian Stories, Vol. 5 (2013) (with Poul Anderson, William Ferguson, George Griffith, Tom Leahy, Frank Belknap Long, Carey Rockwell, P H Sidney and Robert Silverberg)
   Rediscovery, Volume 2: Science Fiction by Women (1953-1957) (2022) (with Doris Pitkin Buck, Miriam Allen deFord, Leah Bodine Drake, Garen Drussai, Carol Emshwiller, Erica Friedman, Ann Warren Griffith, Thelma D Hamm, Alice Eleanor Jones, Madeleine L'Engel, Katherine MacLean, Gideon Marcus, Jane Roberts, Margaret St. Clair, April Smith, Evelyn E Smith, Marie Vibbert and Lisa Yazek)
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Short Stories
Series contributed to
Black Cat Weekly (with Kathleen Alcalá, Hal Charles, Lester del Rey, Garnett Elliott, Frank Belknap Long, Neil Plakcy, Carolyn Wells and Arthur Leo Zagat)
   53. Black Cat Weekly #53 (2022)
Anthologies edited
Anthologies containing stories by Leigh Brackett
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Short stories
The Tapestry Gate (1940)
Water Pirate (1941)
Child of the Green Light (1942)
The Halfling [short story] (1943)
The Veil of Astellar (1944)
Lorelei of the Red Mist [short story] (1946) (with Ray Bradbury)
The Lake of the Gone Forever (1949)
The Woman from Altair (1951)
The Last Days of Shandakor (1952)
The Sword of Rhiannon [short story] (1953)

Books about Leigh Brackett
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