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Resurrected Press is proud to bring you this new edition of Legacy in our efforts to keep the best of science fiction in print. And, if you find yourself wanting more, be sure to check out our collection of his short stories, James H. Schmitz Resurrected.

Mars has always been a special place for science fiction writers. Before the first Mariner probes traveled the gulf between Earth and Mars, the Red Planet was a tabla rossa upon which authors could write anything they could imagine. Whether it was Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom of warriors and maidens, Robert Heinlein’s more realistic Red Planet, or the sometimes whimsical Mars depicted in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, Mars has served as a place where fantasies could be realized and political axes ground.

Ten From Infinity is Paul W. Fairman’s take on one of the classic themes of science fiction, aliens walking among us undetected. From novels such as Heinlein’s The Pupper Masters to films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers this has been one of the recurring ideas that has kept people up late at night with paranoid phantasies. A staple of early science fiction television series such as the Twilight Zone it even cropped up in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Randall Garrett had a long and illustrious career writing science fiction and fantasy. He is well known for his works such as the award winning Lord Darcy series about an investigator in an alternate reality where the Plantagenets still rule an Anglo-French empire and magic actually works. However, much of his output was originally published under various pseudonyms such as Darrel T. Langart (an anagram of his name), Gerald Vance, Ivar Jorgensen (shared with Paul W. Fairman), and others too numerous to list.

Clifford Simak in his later work was well known for his brooding, introspective tales which often dealt with subjects such as “what does it mean to be human.” These works are beautifully written and draw heavily on his rural Midwestern roots.

The idea of a lone man standing against the forces of the galaxy is certainly not a new concept in science fiction. Some of the most memorable stories in the genre have explored the theme. Leinster, himself, employed it in another of his novels, The Pirates of Ersatz. What makes Talents, Incorporated interesting and so much fun is how Leinster’s hero, the intrepid Captain Bors, defeat the galaxy conquering Mekinese.

The fifties was a period of considerable angst. There were the Commies (foreign and domestic) and the ever present threat of nuclear destruction. It was also a time of prosperity and wonder. Television had penetrated most homes. Martinis were popular. Cars had really big fins. The science fiction of the day reflected both scenarios. There were certainly plenty of stories about the former. Totalitarian states, vast wastelands, mutant radioactive monsters. There was also another thread wending its way through the genre, one that didn’t take itself so seriously and which liked nothing better than to skewer the society that allowed it to flourish.

During an era when women authors rarely appeared in science fiction magazines, Evelyn E. Smith featured regularly in the pages of magazines such as Galaxy and Fantastic Universe. This was certainly not an accident. She was a talented writer who could be humorous and sardonic at the same time.

The Year When Stardust Fell was written at the peak of the cold war. Backyard fallout shelters were all the rage. The great powers were in a race to build ever more destructive bombs. Science was seen as a two edged sword. On one hand it brought marvels like television. On the other it brought the threat of total destruction. To many people, the collapse of civilization seemed just around the corner. This is the environment in which Raymond F. Jones wrote the novel.

The Secret of the Ninth Planet was written at the dawn of the Space Age, only a few months after the launching of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite. In addition to telling an action packed story, one of the goals of the book was to include as much of the current available information about the various planets of the solar system as could be fit within the confines of the story. To do this the spacecraft Magellan embarks upon a voyage of discovery that would reach from one end of the solar system to the other.