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Lorelei of the Red Mist

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hugh Starke, space-rat and convict, was being pursued by spacecraft into the unknown parts of Venus. He had just pulled off the largest lone wolf heist in the history of that planet. But now it looked like he was going to pay the ultimate price for his misdeeds. But fate had a strange twist on Starke's life when he woke up in a different body. A body that was strong and po ...more
Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by Wonder Publishing Group
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This was a curious diversion.

In the mid 40s, Leigh Brackett started writing this novella for a pulp magazine, but was pulled away when only half done. Ray Bradbury was hired to complete the story; he wasn't given any notes and just went in his own direction. The story works as a whole, but you can tell where Brackett left off and Bradbury began; their writing styles were pretty different. I much preferred Bradbury's half. Although the story wasn't great, his distinct prose elevates it.

As for th
I'm giving this story 4 stars in part because of its historical interest, as a "collaboration" between Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury. Ms. Brackett wrote the first half and then turned it over to Mr. Bradbury to be finished. (I think I can make a good guess at just where the transition was made -- the styles don't quite match.) And its somewhat roundabout way of wedging it into Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian/Cimmerian universe. The story itself is an odd mix of Golden Age Sci Fi and Swo ...more
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Note to self: Don't buy this - collected in 9 Rarities. Buy that instead.
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Leigh Brackett was born on December 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, and raised near Santa Monica. Having spent her youth as an athletic tom-boy - playing volleyball and reading stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs and H Rider Haggard - she began writing fantastic adventures of her own. Several of these early efforts were read by Henry Kuttner, who critiqued her stories and introduced her to the SF personalitie ...more
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