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 Leigh Brackett, Winner of the 2005 Cordwainer Smith Foundation "Rediscovery" Award

Who was Leigh Brackett and why was she awarded the 2005 Rediscovery Award?

Leigh BrackettLeigh Brackett was awarded the 2005 Rediscovery Award from the Cordwainer Smith Foundation. The award has found a new permanent host with the annual Readercon, which presents a lot of interesting programs.Thanks to Diane Martin and others at Readercon for their warm welcome!

This link takes you to a photo of Scott Edelman, Diane Martin, & John Clute at the 2005 Readercon. Edelman and Clute are two of the four jurors for the award. Diane Martin has the 2005 Rediscovery award in her hand. There are more Readercon photos at this site, so you can get some sense of the event.

Also, many thanks to the supremely knowledgeable four jurors for the Rediscovery Award -- Robert Silverberg, Gardner Dozois, John Clute, and Scott Edelman -- for once again coming up with a science fiction or fantasy writer whose work displays unusual originality, embodies the spirit of Cordwainer Smith's fiction, and deserves renewed attention or 'Rediscovery.'

Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was a contemporary of Cordwainer Smith who wrote in several genres.

Here's a short Leigh Brackett biography and bibliography. She was prolific! In science fiction, she's best known for her work on the first draft of the screenplay for "The Empire Strikes Back." She won a Hugo for this in 1981, three years after her death, and the film was dedicated to her.

To take a look at some of her works, click on any of the Amazon links. Most of her works in print are detective novels. The Best of Leigh Brackett, available used only, is a good anthology with her science fiction in it. Martian Quest: The Early Brackett is is a collection of the twenty earliest stories by the undisputed "Queen of Space-Opera."

Some other websites on Leigh Brackett

The most enjoyable reading I found was this Boston Globe article. It made her come alive for me.
emphasizes her detective writing, not surprisingly. Another page on this site has an excerpt from her first novel, a 1944 thriller No Good from a Corpse.


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