March 24, 2012

Stark Lives?

Not Tony Stark – Eric John Stark!  It was the first thing I thought of when I saw this headline on Discovery News.

The picture shows what may be a water ice polar cap on Mercury.  In Brackett’s stories, Eric John  Stark is the child of miners prospecting in the shadowed valleys of the Twilight Belt on Mercury, the region where it’s neither too hot nor too cold for life, and there’s breathable atmosphere in the deep valleys and canyons.

Eric John Stark appeared in the following stories by Brackett:

  • Queen of the Martian Catacombs
    (expanded and reissued as Secret of Sinharat)
  • Enchantress of Venus
  • Black Amazon of Mars
    (altered and reissued as People of the Talisman)
  • The Ginger Star
  • Hounds of Skaith
  • Reavers of Skaith
  • Stark and the Star Kings (Leigh Brackett/ Edmond Hamilton collaboration)

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