My First Perilous Worlds Articles Are Live

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Update: The original Perilous Worlds website no longer exists. I am going to repost these articles on the blog and will link to them from here as they go live. Currently, the Leigh Brackett article is on Goodman Games.


My first three articles for Perilous Worlds, the new publishing imprint and website, are now live. Presenting, for your enjoyment:

  • “Inside a Song” A Plea the Read The Silmarillion The Silmarillion is the third stool leg of the J. R. R. Tolkien’s classics—but many people are still afraid to give it a shot. Here’s why The Silmarillion is worth your time.
  • The Hour of the Dragon Welcomes You to the Hyborian Age –Interested in reading the Conan stories by their original author, Robert E. Howard? Start with Howard’s only Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon.
  • Leigh Brackett: Planetary Romantic – Leigh Brackett broke ground as a woman in male-dominated field of 1940s science-fiction. She also pioneered a type of space adventure that still dominates pop culture.

The Best of Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett

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Earlier this year, I wrote an article about The Best of Edmond Hamilton, one of the volumes of DelRey’s influential “Classics of Science Fiction” paperback line from the 1970s. Black Gate was running a series of articles written by James McGlothlin covering all of the DelRey series. Since I had recently completed reading the Edmond Hamilton collection, I asked James if he wouldn’t mind if I contributed an entry. James not only didn’t mind, he was excited to have help with the endeavor. I also checked with Black Gate‘s editor John O’Neill because he’s often stated that Edmond Hamilton is his favorite pulp SF author.

I discovered it was impossible to write about The Best of Edmond Hamilton without also writing about Leigh Brackett, his wife and one of the great science-fantasy authors of the twentieth century. Not only did Brackett edit the collection celebrating her husband’s work—providing an unusually close perspective rarely found in anthologies—but Hamilton in turn edited The Best of Leigh Brackett that DelRey released a few months later. It was an important double tribute. Both writers died soon after, leaving the two collections as an interesting swap of letters of admiration.

After reading my Best of Edmond Hamilton article, James told me it only made sense for me to also tackle The Best of Leigh Brackett. I was glad to, with some apprehension. Leigh Brackett is on the short list of my favorite authors of all time, and I often find myself more nervous writing about someone who means so much to me. The emotional tangle and flood of knowledge makes it hard for me to tell if I’m writing clearly about the subject. There’s also the pressure I place on myself to write something I feel is worthy of a beloved author.

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