Sunday, January 20, 2019

Inspirational Reading - Part 8

I have been slowly working on compiling a list of inspirational reading based on what has been recommended in the various Dungeons and Dragons books. When I left off, I was working through the authors listed in Appendix N of the Advanced D&D Dungeon Master's Guide. Next up for consideration is Leigh Brackett.

Leigh Brackett is one of the authors that is listed only by name in the DMG and is another one of the authors that crosses genres. Like a lot of the pulp authors of the 1940s to 1960s, she wrote science fiction that incorporated a lot of fantasy elements. Not surprising, since she was partly influenced to write by Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books. She didn't stop there, though. She wrote hard-boiled detective stories, westerns, and numerous screenplays, including a draft of The Empire Strikes Back.

That Gygax includes her here without listing any suggestions is not surprising. A lot of the authors he recommends are classic writers from the pulp sci-fi era. The lack of suggestions leaves me in a bit of a lurch, though. She was extremely prolific. I haven't read much of her stuff yet, despite having a few things on the reading shelf. So I'm going to add quite a few entries for her.

Reading synopses online, I eliminated some of her novels. The crime and western novels are off the list. The other big category I removed is the screenplays. Eventually I may include some movies on the list, but I really want to focus on the solely written material first.

The planetary adventure novels are a given, especially the Eric John Stark stories. The Long Tomorrow is good reading for a post-apocalyptic game. The short fiction is on the list for now. Eventually some of these might fall off the list as I read them, but for now I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Most of the short stories have been anthologized, many of them in multiple books. Where I own an anthology that contains the story, the anthology and the story are in the list in bold. Other stories have either one or more anthologies that I know contain them or the original publication listed. I know there are other anthologies I haven't listed. If anyone knows of ones I have omitted, please let me know.

A few of the anthologies and most of the full novels are available as ebooks from Baen books. The online samples for the anthologies are often one or more complete stories contained in the anthology. The samples for the books are typically the first chapter or chapters.

Brackett, Leigh. "All the Colors of the Rainbow" - in The Halfling and Other StoriesShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. Alpha Centauri or Die! (fixup of The Ark of Mars and Teleportress of Alpha C)
-----. "The Ark of Mars" - published as part of Alpha Centauri or Die!
-----. "The Beast-Jewel of Mars" - in The Coming of the Terrans, Martian Quest, Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. The Best of Edmond Hamilton - editor
-----. The Best of Leigh Brackett
-----. The Best of Planet Stories No. 1 - editor
-----. Beyond Mars (Baen Books ebook) - contains "No Man's Land in Space," "Child of the Green Light," "Outpost on Io," "The Halfling," "The Dancing Girl of Ganymede"
-----. The Big Jump
-----. "Black Amazon of Mars" (Planet Stories, March 1951), expanded and published in book form as People of the Talisman - in Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly StoriesStark and the Star Kings
-----. "The Blue Behemoth" - in Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. The Book of Skaith – omnibus edition of the three Skaith novels
-----. "Child of the Green Light" - in Beyond Mars, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "Child of the Sun" - in Martian Quest: The Early BrackettStark and the Star Kings and Other Stories
-----. "The Citadel of Lost Ages" - in The Halfling and Other StoriesShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "The Citadel of Lost Ships" - in Swamps of Venus, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "Come Sing the Moons of Moravenn" - in Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. The Coming of the Terrans
-----. "Cube from Space" - in Mercury’s Light, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "The Dancing Girl of Ganymede" - in The Halfling and Other Stories, Beyond Mars, Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. "The Demons of Darkside" - in Mercury’s Light, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "The Dragon-Queen of Venus" (also published as "The Dragon-Queen of Jupiter") - in Swamps of Venus, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. The Ginger Star (Eric John Stark 1)
-----. "Enchantress of Venus" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, The Halfling and Other StoriesSea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly StoriesStark and the Star KingsStark and the Star Kings and Other Stories
-----. Eric John Stark: Outlaw of Mars
-----. "The Halfling" - in The Halfling and Other Stories, Beyond Mars, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. The Halfling and Other Stories
-----. The Hounds of Skaith (Eric John Stark 2)
-----. "How Bright the Stars" - in Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Interplanetary Reporter" - in Swamps of Venus, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "The Jewel of Bas" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly StoriesStark and the Star Kings and Other Stories
-----. "The Lake of the Gone Forever" - in The Halfling and Other StoriesLorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary RomancesStark and the Star Kings and Other Stories, Stark and the Star Kings
-----. "Last Call from Sector 9G" - in Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "The Last Days of Shandakor" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, The Coming of the Terrans, Martian Quest, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly StoriesShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. Leigh Brackett Centennial - contains "They" and many non-fiction pieces
-----. The Long Tomorrow
-----. "Lord of the Earthquake" - in Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "Lorelei of the Red Mist" - in Three Times Infinity, Swamps of Venus, Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories
-----. Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances - contains "The Blue Behemoth," "Thralls of the Endless Night," "The Jewel of Bas," "The Veil of Astellar," "Terror Out of Space," "The Vanishing Venusians," "Lorelei of the Red Mist," "The Moon That Vanished," "The Beast-Jewel of Mars," "Quest of the Starhope," "The Lake of the Gone Forever," "The Dancing Girl of Ganymede"
-----. "Mars Minus Bisha" - in The Coming of the Terrans, Martian QuestShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Martian Quest" - in Martian Quest, Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. Martian Quest (Baen Books ebook) - "Martian Quest," "The Treasure of Ptakuth, "Water Pirate," "The Sorcerer of Rhiannon," "The Veil of Astellar," "The Beast-Jewel of Mars," "The Last Days of Shandakor," "Mars Minus Bisha," "The Road to Sinharat," "Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon"
-----. Martian Quest: The Early Brackett - contains "Martian Quest," "The Treasure of Ptakuth," "The Tapestry Gate," "The Stellar Legion," "The Demons of Darkside," "Water Pirate," "Interplanetary Reporter," "The Dragon-Queen of Venus," "Lord of the Earthquake," "No Man’s Land in Space," "A World is Born," "Retreat to the Stars," "Child of the Green Light," "The Sorcerer of Rhiannon," "Child of the Sun," "Out of the Sea," "Cube from Space," "Outpost on Io," "The Hal´Čéing," "The Citadel of Lost Ships"
-----. Mercury’s Light (Baen Books, ebook) - contains "The Demons of Darkside," "A World Is Born," "Cube From Space," "Shannach--The Last”
-----. "Mommies and Daddies" - in Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "The Moon That Vanished" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, Swamps of VenusLorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories
-----. "No Man's Land in Space" - in Beyond MarsMartian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "The Other People" (also published as "The Queer Ones") - in The Best of Leigh BrackettShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Out of the Sea" - in Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "Outpost on Io" - in Beyond MarsMartian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. People of the Talisman
-----. "Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon" - in The Coming of the Terrans, Martian QuestShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Queen of the Martian Catacombs" (Planet Stories, Summer 1949), expanded and published in book form as The Secret of Sinharat - in Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories, Stark and the Star Kings
-----. "Quest of the Starhope" - in Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. "Retreat to the Stars" - in Martian Quest: The Early BrackettStark and the Star Kings and Other Stories
-----. The Reavers of Skaith (Eric John Stark 3)
-----. "The Road to Sinharat" - in The Coming of the Terrans, Martian Quest, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly StoriesShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Runaway" - in Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Sea-Kings of Mars" (published in book form as The Sword of Rhiannon) - in Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories
-----. Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories - contains "The Sorcerer of Rhiannon," "The Jewel of Bas," "Terror Out of Space," "Lorelei of the Red Mist," "The Moon That Vanished," "Sea-Kings of Mars," "Queen of the Martian Catacombs," "Enchantress of Venus," "Black Amazon of Mars," "The Last Days of Shandakor," "The Tweener," "The Road to Sinharat"
-----. The Secret of Sinharat
-----. The Secret of Sinharat and People of the Talisman
-----. Shadow Over Mars (published in the U.S. as The Nemesis from Terra)
-----. "Shadow Over Mars" (Startling Stories, Fall 1944, published in book form as The Nemesis from Terra)
-----. "The Shadows" - in The Halfling and Other StoriesShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "Shannach–The Last" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, Mercury’s LightShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars - contains "The Truants," "The Citadel of Lost Ages," "The Woman from Altair," "The Shadows," "The Last Days of Shandakor," "Shannach—the Last," "Mars Minus Bisha," "Runaway," "The Tweener," "Last Call from Sector 9G," "The Queer Ones," "All the Colors of the Rainbow," "The Road to Sinharat," "Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon," "Come Sing the Moons of Moravenn," "How Bright the Stars," "Mommies and Daddies"
-----. "The Sorcerer of Rhiannon" - in Martian QuestMartian Quest: The Early Brackett, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories
-----. The Starmen of Llyrdis (also published as The Galactic Breed (abridged), The Starmen)
-----. "The Starmen of Llyrdis" (Startling Stories, March 1951)
-----. "The Stellar Legion" - in Swamps of VenusMartian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. Swamps of Venus (Baen Books ebook) - contains "The Stellar Legion," "Interplanetary Reporter," "The Dragon-Queen of Venus," "The Citadel of Lost Ships," "Terror Out of Space," "The Vanishing Venusians," "Lorelei of the Red Mist," "The Moon that Vanished"
-----. The Sword of Rhiannon (first published as "Sea-Kings of Mars")
-----. "The Tapestry Gate" - in Martian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "Teleportress of Alpha C" (Planet Stories, Winter 1954/1955, later published as part of Alpha Centauri or Die!)
-----. "Terror Out of Space" - in Swamps of VenusLorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances, Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories
-----. "They" - in Leigh Brackett Centennial
-----. "Thralls of the Endless Night" - in Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. "The Treasure of Ptakuth" - in Martian QuestMartian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "The Truants" - in Shannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "The Tweener" - in The Best of Leigh BrackettSea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly StoriesShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "The Vanishing Venusians" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, Swamps of VenusLorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. "The Veil of Astellar" - in The Best of Leigh Brackett, Martian QuestLorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances
-----. "Water Pirate" - in Martian QuestMartian Quest: The Early Brackett
-----. "The Woman from Altair" - in The Best of Leigh BrackettShannach–the Last: Farewell to Mars
-----. "A World is Born" - in Mercury’s LightMartian Quest: The Early Brackett
Brackett, Leigh; Bradbury, Ray. "Lorelei of the Red Mist" - in Three Times Infinity
Brackett, Leigh; Hamilton, Edmond. "Stark and the Star Kings" - in Stark and the Star Kings, Stark and the Star Kings and Other Stories
-----. Stark and the Star Kings - contains "Queen of the Martian Catacombs," "Enchantress of Venus," "Black Amazon of Mars" by Brackett; "Stark and the Star Kings" by Brackett and Hamilton; The Star Kings, Return to the Stars (fix-up of four novelettes: "Kingdoms of the Stars," "The Shores of Infinity," "The Broken Stars," "The Horror from the Magellanic") by Hamilton
-----. Stark and the Star Kings and Other Stories - contains "Stark and the Star Kings," "Enchantress of Venus," "The Lake of the Gone Forever," "Child of the Sun," "Retreat to the Stars," "The Jewel of Bas"

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