By Leigh Brackett
Leigh Brackett will be most sensible recognized for her screenplay for "The Empire moves Back," yet her lush stories of interplanetary adventures have been exciting readers lengthy ahead of "Star Wars." amassed listed here are the fast novel "Black Amazon of Mars" (the ultimate journal visual appeal of her hero, Eric John Stark), in addition to "A international Is Born" and "Child of the Sun."
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He fell, and the shining ones glided in toward him. 60 | LEIGH BRACKETT VIII Twice before in his life Stark had come near to freezing. It had been like this, the numbness and the cold. And yet it seemed that the dark force had struck rather at his nerve centers than at his flesh. He could not see Ciara, who was behind him, but he heard the metallic clashing of her mail and one small, whispered cry, and he knew that she had fallen, too. The glowing creatures surrounded him. He saw their bodies bending over him, the frosty tendrils of their faces writhing as though in excitement or delight.
Stark went silently out into the streets, toward the King City. According to the immemorial pattern of Martian city-states, 46 | LEIGH BRACKETT the castles of the king and the noble families were clustered together in solitary grandeur. Many of the towers were fallen now, the great halls open to the sky. Time had crushed the grandeur that had been Kushat, more fatally than the boots of any conqueror. In the house of the king, the flamboys guttered low and the chieftains of Mekh slept with their weary pipers among the benches of the banquet hall.
One last hammer-stroke of the rams. With a bitter shriek the weakened bolts tore out, and the great gate was broken through. The nobles of Kushat made their first, and final charge. As soldiers they went up against the riders of Mekh, and as soldiers they held them until they died. Those that were left were borne back into the square, caught as in the crest of an avalanche. And first through the gates came the winged battle-mask of the Lord Ciaran, and the sable axe that drank men’s lives where it hewed.
Black Amazon of Mars: And Other Tales from the Pulps by Leigh Brackett