The 2014 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have just been announced!

Congratulations to:

  • Leigh Brackett
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Olaf Stapledon

Leigh Brackett’s Planetary Romances

When I was writing about C.L. Moore a couple of weeks ago, I came across a familiar name several times: Leigh Brackett, another female author writing during the Golden Age of SF. She had a fascinating career as both a short story author, novelist and screenwriter.

Want to know more? Read about Leigh Brackett’s Planetary Romances over on Kirkus Reviews.

Phoenix Pick is continuing their “Free eBook-a-Month” promotion! This month, it’s Leigh Brackett’s The Big Jump!

About the book:

What awaits us out in space?

New star-drive engines promise to open up the galaxy to humankind. But the first ship to use the engines disappears and a sole survivor returns…alone and dying of some strange type of radiation.

No one can figure out what has happened to the ship or the crew. Nor does anyone know what happens to a ship travelling using star-drive technology.

Does some unknown horror await us out there?

The only way to find out is to go out again. And Arch Comyn is determined to be the one to solve the mystery.

But is he, and the rest of mankind, ready for whatever awaits us beyond The Big Jump?

Leigh Douglass Brackett (December 7, 1915 – March 18, 1978) was an American author, particularly of science fiction. She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on famous films such as The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Her novel The Long Tomorrow is one of the original post-holocaust books and considered by many to be a classic work on the subject.

Instructions and download/purchase links at Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page. The Coupon Code for the free eBook is 9991393 and is only good between March 2nd – March 31st, 2012.

Also: A reminder that rates for the Sail to Success writing workshop (with Toni Weisskopf, Eleanor Wood, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Kevin J. Anderson and more) will go up after March 31. SF Signal readers can save $100!

The Eagle-Eyed Fred Kiesche informs us that the Library of America wesbite includes a look at their Summer-Fall 2012 catalog. There are noteworthy titles to be found, too:

Edited by Sidney Offit (May 2012)

  • Player Piano
  • The Sirens of Titan
  • Mother Night
  • Six stories

Edited by Gary K. Wolfe (October 2012)

Volume 1: 1953–1956

  • Frederick Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
  • Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
  • Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
  • Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man

Volume 2: 1956–1958

  • Robert Heinlein, Double Star
  • Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
  • James Blish, A Case of Conscience
  • Algis Budrys, Who?
  • Fritz Leiber, Big Time

I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering…

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