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Stark and the Star
Kings - Limited Edition
& Leigh Brackett
Introduction by John
Illustrated by Alex
648 pp. Hardcover
• Signed by John Jakes & Alex Ebel
• The Star Hunter,
a chapbook available only with this edition
• Matching stamped ICG
Cialux Midnight Blue cloth
Description - Special Contents:
Limited to 100 copies, this special edition
of Stark and the Star
Kings is signed by the author of the
introduction John Jakes, and artist Alex Ebel, on a specially
limitation sheet and housed in a *stamped* matching ICG Holliston
Cialux Midnight Blue cloth-covered
This edition is also an extra special treat for fans of Hamilton's
"Star King's" stories! The September 1958 issue of SPACE TRAVEL
(formerly known as IMAGINATIVE TALES) featured a story by Ed Hamilton,
"The Star Hunter." While not involving any of the characters from
Hamilton's THE STAR KINGS or RETURN TO THE STARS, "The Star Hunter" is
blatantly set in the same universe of the "Star Kings."
THE STAR KINGS
200,000 years from now the universe is divided into stellar kingdoms.
John Gordon is torn from his 20th Century humdrum into otherworldly
intrigue as he exchanges bodies with Prince Zarth Arn, heir to the
Kingdom of Fomalhaut. Shorr Kan, Lord of the Dark Worlds, schemes to
kill Zarth Arn and overthrow the alliance of the Star Kings. Gordon
reluctantly assumes the role of Zarth Arn to prevent Shorr Kan from
throwing the entire universe into interstellar anarchy!
ERIC JOHN STARK
Forged in the hellish heat of Mercury and tempered on the desert sands
of Mars, Eric John Stark battles the forces of evil and tyranny,
selling his sword-arm to defend the cause of justice among worlds of
sin and decay.
STARK AND THE STAR KINGS
In their only formal collaboration, Hamilton’s Star Kings and
Brackett’s Eric John Stark meet to confront a peril of unending doom.
Can Stark persuade the Star Kings to put aside their political games
long enough to defeat this threat to the whole universe? For the first
time, admirers of both authors can enjoy this long-coming story.
|Table of Contents
The Star Kings (Amazing Stories, Sep '47; revised
book edition, Frederik Fell 1949)
the Martian Catacombs" (Planet
Stories, Sum, '49)
Venus" (Planet Stories,
Amazon of Mars" (Planet Stories,
Return to the Stars (fix-up of
four novelettes: "Kingdoms of the Stars" Amazing Stories, Sep '64; "The
Shores of Infinity" Amazing Stories, Apr
"The Broken Stars "Fantastic, Dec
"The Horror from the Magellanic" Amazing
May '69; revised book edition, Lancer
the Star Kings" (first publication)
“(on The Star Kings)
"Fantasy fans won't regret the price of admission."
". . .
heady, action-packed tales that should never have gone out of print.
The star-spinning allure of Hamilton, the against-all-odds underdog
triumphs of Brackett both are utterly bewitching, the roots of such
later phenomena as Star Wars."
—Paul di Filippo, Wasington Post BookWorld
'must-have' omnibus collection especially recommended for golden age
science fiction fans."
only one Leigh Brackett, and there's only one Eric John Stark, both
stand along in their field!"
—Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit
451, and Forever Summer
and Brackett's type of 1940s/1950s space adventures blazed the trail
for Star Trek, Star Wars, and
numerous books and films that define the genre for legions of fans. A
tad pricey, but beautifully done; a labor of love for the publisher.
Classic sf fans will be hot for this one.
—Michael Rogers, Library Journal
and the Star Kings is a truly gorgeous book . . . I knew the three
Leigh Brackett novellas previously, but it is wonderful to have them in
so permanent and esthetically satisfying a form. The Star Kings
I had never read, and I must say that I enjoyed it thoroughly."
—Thomas F. Bertonneau Ph.D., author of The Truth is Out There
"Haffner has turned out some very useful retrospective collections in
the past few years, to which list this new title is a very welcome
addition. Hamilton and Brackett were married but, insofar as I
had known, never collaborated on any of their fiction. It appears
that they did so in at least one case, a crossover story which I
believe appears here for the very first time. Hamilton wrote
primarily space opera on a grand scale, and the Star Kings series is
perhaps his best known, although personally I think it inferior to many
of his other novels. Leigh Brackett produced a variety of
excellent stories and novels, but is perhaps best remembered for Eric
John Stark and his adventures in the now improbable towns on a wild
western colonial Mars. Brackett wrote two series of Stark novels,
of which this is the earlier, three short novels two of which appeared
from Ace books under different titles and now appear here as they were
known in the magazines. Some nice interior illustrations and an
introduction by John Jakes complete this very attractive and very
handsome book. I love the jacket and the illustrations. Leigh and Ed
would be proud!"
—Jack Williamson, author of Darker
Thank You Think and The
". . . an
extremly handsome oversized collection . . . You've got two novels
here by Hamilton, three long stories from Brackett and one
collaboration. You've got a beautifully made book and knockout covers.
If you have any fondness for the old pulp days, this is the collection
—Ed Gorman, author of Fast Track
and Fools Rush In
". . .
good old-fashioned outer-space slam-bang action. A lot of fun .
. . (a) major collectible . . . a very beautifully, lovingly produced
book . . . lavishly illustrated volume . . . you'd think it was 1943
and you were picking up Startling
Stories . . . if that's your kind of thing—you will love this
—Richard A. Lupoff, KFPA Cover to Cover
". . .
there's enough high-quality reprinted material in Stark and the Star Kings to make it
a desireable purchase."
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