First edition of The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett.
Octavo, 222pp. Beige hardcover, title in red on spine. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, faint toning to endpapers, a touch of rubbing to edges of spine, a near fine example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $2.95 retail price on front flap, wear to top edge, faint dampstaining to spine, also visible on verso. Detailed artwork for jacket by Irv Docktor. (Currey, page 52)
Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), also known as “the Queen of Space Opera,” wrote dozens of science fiction short stories and novels before turning to screenplays. Brackett worked on the original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back but passed away before production began. Her draft contained many moments that ultimately appeared in the film, including the Hoth base battle, the love triangle, and the duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.