Mars is a dying old world, full of evil tyrants and decaying cities where crime and malevolence run rampant.
Eric Stark is an outlaw in this savage world. Orphaned on Mercury and raised by native tribes there, he is hunted by the law, betrayed and wanted by warlords and may hold the fate of Mars in his hands.
Leah Bracket's Eric Stark stories are some of the finest examples of mid-twentieth century romantic adventures in science fiction. She had this unique ability to inject a certain pathos and sensitivity into her characters and situations which made her books stand out within this sub-genre.
Leigh Brackett (December 7, 1915 to March 18, 1978) was an influential writer during the Golden Age of science fiction and one of the pioneers establishing women as a serious force in the field. She has been referred to as the Queen of Science Fiction and her works include the classic The Long Tomorrow as well the Eric Stark books which are a prime example of the romantic adventures of the Golden era.
Leigh was also a highly respected screenwriter and her credits include Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
In 1931 she married Edmond Hamilton, another early icon of the genre who died in 1977.