Leigh Douglass Brackett (1915–1978) was an American author, particularly of science fiction, who’s hardboiled style transcended the pulp material
Brackett wrote a number of
Brackett was also a successful screenwriter, beginning modestly with The Vampire’s Ghost in 1945 and Crime Doctor’s Manhunt (1946) but her non-sf novel No Good from a Corpse (1944) soon brought her to the attention of Howard Hawks‘s who hired her to co-script The Big Sleep (1946) with William Faulkner and Jules Furthman.
Brackett went on to script Hawkes’ classic Westerns Rio Bravo (with Jules Furthman and B.H. McCampbell, 1959), El Dorado (1967) and Rio Lobo (with Burton Wohl, 1970), together with the African adventure movie Hatari! (with Harry Kurnitz, 1962) all of which starred John Wayne. Her contribution to Hawkes’ Man’s Favorite Sport? (1964) was uncredited.
Brackett also scripted Robert Altman’s quirky The Long Goodbye (1973) based on another Raymond Chandler novel.
- Shadow Over Mars (1951) – first published 1944; published in the U.S. as The Nemesis from Terra (1961)
- The Starmen (1952) – also published as The Galactic Breed (1955, abridged), The Starmen of Llyrdis (1976)
- The Sword of Rhiannon (1953) – first published as Sea-Kings of Mars (1949)
- The Big Jump (1955)
- The Long Tomorrow (1955)
- Alpha Centauri or Die! (1963) – fixup of The Ark of Mars (1953) and Teleportress of Alpha C (1954)
- The Secret of Sinharat and People of the Talisman (1964)
- The Ginger Star (1974) – first published as a two-part serial in Worlds of If, February and April 1974
- The Hounds of Skaith (1974)
- The Reavers of Skaith (1976)