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The Book of Skaith Volume 1: The Ginger Star (Planet Stories Library) (original 1974; edition 2008)

by Leigh Brackett (Author), Ben Bova (Introduction)

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Title:The Book of Skaith Volume 1: The Ginger Star (Planet Stories Library)
Authors:Leigh Brackett (Author)
Other authors:Ben Bova (Introduction)
Info:Paizo Publishing, LLC. (2008), Paperback, 220 pages
Collections:Your library, Appendix N, Planet Stories
Tags:sf, pulp, fantasy, Appendix N, Planet Stories, sword & planet, Skaith

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The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett (1974)



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Another in the stack of old SciFi I picked up. Despite how I might feel about the plot & how he deals with women characters, Brackett is a good writer.
Adventure story: Eric goes to rescue an old friend on a faraway planet when the government is unable to intervene. At the end, the Lords Protector tell him "And what do you serve? The littleness of one man. For one man, you set our world in turmoil." This is a world where many slave to satisfy the wants of a few, so Eric's answer is "He too is only a symbol...The symbol of reality." ( )
  juniperSun | May 12, 2017 |
John Eric Stark whom I last encountered on Mars has found himself on the edge of the known universe, on a planet fallen from a higher level of civilization to a setting where the remains of the former tech have come to be regarded as magical manifestations. He's looking for his foster father, who disappeared in these parts, and the adventure begins to play itself out. I find it very redolent of Burrough's Barsoom, but it is adequate entertainment. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 2, 2014 |
Eric John Stark was born in a mining colony on Mercury. When his parents and the rest of the humans died in an accident, he was taken in and raised by the native inhabitants of the planet. Later more humans came and killed all the "savage beasts" and took Stark as a curiosity. He was caged and humiliated until being rescued and taught English and human ways by Simon Ashton. Now Ashton, a representative of the interplanetary alliance, has disappeared on a little-known planet called Skaith and Stark will do whatever it takes to find him. Brackett is like a combination of Burroughs and Bradbury -- this is inventive, classic science fiction with an exciting action/adventure bent. Highly recommended.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-ginger-star-by-leigh-brackett-1974.htm... ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Jan 21, 2013 |
For a review of the whole Skaith trilogy, see [The Reavers of Skaith] ( )
  sibyx | Jan 6, 2012 |
This was a good example of early scifi/fantasy crossover. It is less brutal than Almuric, and a bit more sophisticated than the Kane series. It isn't as good as Burroughs, but not far behind. ( )
  Karlstar | Aug 3, 2008 |
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