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The Halfling

And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

'The Halfling' (1943). A beautiful alien dancer joins John Greene's circus. And then the murders start... 'The Dancing Girl of Ganymede' (1950). A Terran adventurer down on his luck rescues a strange dancing girl from her would be assassins; his native helper does not like this. Only when he meets her brothers does he realizes what a mistake he made... 'The Citadel of Lost Ages' (1950). A 20th-century man is resurrected in the far future, once the Earth has stopped revolving around its axis and the mutated people from the nightside reign 'All the Colors of the Rainbow' (1957). One of the better stories in the collection, a tale of two odd-colored aliens lost in an unreconstructed Southern town is not very subtle, but interesting. 'The Shadows' (1952). A small expedition lands on a newly discovered planet and finds the ruins of the once dominant intelligent species that lived there, but who killed them? And what does their disappearance have to do with the strange shadows that start to hang around the expedition? 'Enchantress of Venus' (1949). An Eric John Stark story and the best in the anthology, as Stark comes to a half legendary city on the edge of the Venusian ocean in search of revenge. Leigh Brackett's pulpish stylings are always at their best when she's doing a Stark story and this holds up with the best of them. 'The Lake of the Gone Forever' (1949). His father came back half mad from the planet Iskar, now Rand Conway is back to see the terrible secret his father left behind and get rich exploiting it. 'The Truants' (1950). When Hugh Sherwin's daughter and other children start skipping school to play with the "angels" and their "spaceship" in the forest on Sherwin's land, he's determined to get to the bottom of this. What he finds surprises him. Brackett (1915-1978) an American author was also a screenwriter, known for her work on films The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980).


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September 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Halfling and Other Stories
Author(s): Leigh Brackett
ISBN: 0-441-31597-6 / 978-0-441-31597-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Halfling and Other Stories (2nd Ace Printing)
Author(s): Leigh Brackett
ISBN: 0-441-31591-7 / 978-0-441-31591-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace Books
Availability: Amazon