Also known as The Ol' World Wrecker, for the frequency in which planets bite the big one in his works. Edmond Hamilton is the husband and sometime co-author of Creator/LeighBrackett and creator, with E.E. 'Doc' Smith, of the SpaceOpera. Hamilton's works overflow with mighty Star Kings, fiery princesses, heroes who are in over their heads, assorted faithful sidekicks and galaxy-destroying super weapons.
!!The work of this author provides examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Shorr Kan. In fact he is so affable he's [[spoiler:brought back for the sequel as an ally]].
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:Shorr Kan again]], after his HeelFaceTurn.
* BrainInAJar: Simon Wright in the Captain Future series.
* DefrostingIceQueen: See TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask below. In Hamilton's 'verse the two tend to go together.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: For some unexplained reason the ruler of the Star Kingdom of Fomalhaut uses the title 'Princess' rather than 'Queen'.
* FeudalFuture: the title ''The Star Kings'' pretty much says it.
* GiantSpiders: Captain Future encounters some on some of the Solar System's planets.
** The Vulkars of ''Smashing Suns'' have intelliegent, psychic GiantSpiders as their most loyal servants.
* HumanAliens / RubberForeheadAliens: Everywhere. In Hamilton's works the entire universe seems to be filled with humans or humanlike creatures, only differing from Earth's humans in skin tone, build, and sometimes other features.
* ILoveNuclearPower: Hamilton based at least two stories off the [[ScienceMarchesOn then-plausible idea]] that radiation could activate evolution. Both horribly subverted the concept of EvolutionaryLevels, though in different ways--"The Man Who Evolved" proposes that [[spoiler:evolution is cyclical, eventually returning to protoplasm]], while "Devolution" says that [[spoiler:bacteria are the highest form of life, and everything since has been a step down]].
* LawOfAlienNames: Hamilton kinda invented his own one - his aliens' names tend to consist of two monosyllabic parts.
* SceneryPorn: Ditto. The silver seas and crystal cliffs of Throon are an especially plangent example.
* SelfDeprecation: The short story ''Wacky World'' is essentially this - Hamilton mercilessly deconstructed and parodied many tropes he had used in his SF works.
* ShiningCity: Every galaxy spanning empire has one or more.
* SuperHero: Captain Future is quite a textbook example.
* TomatoInTheMirror: In the short story ''Smashing Suns'', The Hero, a publishing house salesman, has trouble believing he's actually the long-lost heir of ancient Galactic Emperors.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Lianna of Fomalhaut and the Empress Tharanya for two.