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Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science...

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The Ages of Chaos
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | May 2002
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0072-9 (0-7564-0072-4)

The Ages of Chaos includes Stormqueen! and Hawkmistress!, two acclaimed novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley and part of the expansive, genre-bending Darkover series.
Set during the lawless Ages of Chaos, when the ruling families of the Seven Domains of Darkover ruthlessly inbred their psychic offspring to gain powerful and fearsome... Read more

The Alton Gift
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Paperback | June 2008
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0480-2 (0-7564-0480-0)

After generations of struggle to protect the unique native culture of Darkover from the ambitions of the ruthless Terran Federation, the Terrans have finally been forced to abandon Darkover due to interstellar civil war. As Lew Alton wrestles with the dark shadows from his past, his daughter Marguerida's psychic Gifts warn... Read more

The Children of Kings
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Paperback | March 2014
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0854-1 (0-7564-0854-7)

Millennia ago, the planet Darkover, a cold world orbiting a giant red sun, was settled by a lost colony ship from the Terran Federation. Alone on a new world, survivors interbred with the native chieri, psychically Giften alien humanoids. The children of these matings were Gifted with telepathy and other psychic... Read more

The Children of Kings
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Hardcover | March 2013
$24.95/26.50(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0797-1 (0-7564-0797-4)

Although the Terran Federation has departed Darkover due to a nasty interstellar civil war, the planet’s location in the galactic arm makes it a prime hideout for smugglers, rebels, and other refugees. When smugglers start arming the warlike Dry Towners with forbidden weapons, Gareth Elhalyn, grandson of Regis Hastur and heir... Read more

Darkover: First Contact
Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | September 2004
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0224-2 (0-7564-0224-7)

This omnibus features two classic, long-unavailable Darkover novels-Darkover Landfall and Two to Conquer-in one volume for the first time. Read more

The Fall of Neskaya
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Paperback | July 2002
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0053-8 (0-7564-0053-8)

The Fall of Neskaya, Book One of the Clingfire Trilogy, marks the legendary author's final return to Darkover before her death. Set in the tumultuous era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a terrible time of strife and war, this unique fantasy world is divided into a mutlitude of small belligerent domains vying... Read more

The Firebrand
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Roc | Trade Paperback | May 2003
$17.95/22.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-45924-4 (0-451-45924-5)

Blending archaeological fact and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new life into the classic tale of the Trojan War-reinventing larger-than-life figures as living people engaged in a desperate struggle that dooms both the victors and the vanquished, their fate seen through... Read more

A Flame in Hali
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Paperback | June 2005
$9.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0267-9 (0-7564-0267-0)

In the era of The Hundred Kingdoms, a time of war and unrest, King Carolin of Hastur and his friend Keeper Varzil Ridenow work selflessly to put an end to the destruction caused by the long range weapons of the magical matrix Towers. But Eduin Deslucido-who once called Carolin brother-has been... Read more

The Forbidden Circle
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | November 2002
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0094-1 (0-7564-0094-5)

These two classic Darkover novels tell the epic tale of four people who challenged the ancient laws of the matrix towers. Read more

The Forest House
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Roc | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$15.95/23.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-45424-9 (0-451-45424-3)

The Forest House—prequel to The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved and enduring classicis a mesmerizing epic of one woman’s mythic role at a turning point in history.

In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate...

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Hastur Lord
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Paperback | March 2011
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0649-3 (0-7564-0649-8)

Regis Hastur, lord of the most powerful of the seven domains of Darkover, learns that the Terran Federation's operatives are pressuring Darkover to give up its closed world status and become a full member of this intergalactic empire. But Regis knows that if Darkover joins the Federation his beloved home planet... Read more

Heritage and Exile
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | April 2002
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0065-1 (0-7564-0065-1)

The Heritage of Hastur: Nominated for a Hugo Award, and described as “Bradley’s best [Darkover] novel” by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur is a brilliant epic of the pivotal events in the love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of the forgotten colonists who peopled Darkover. This is... Read more

Lady of Avalon
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Roc | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$17.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-451-45652-6 (0-451-45652-1)

New York Times bestselling author Marion Zimmer Bradley brings the mesmerizing world of myth, romance and history to life in the spellbinding novel of epic grandeur!

Before the legend of King Arthur and Camelot, there was Avalon, a beautiful island of golden vales and silver mists. A land where the lives of...

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The Mists of Avalon
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | May 1987
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-35049-7 (0-345-35049-9)

A Literary Guild Featured Alternate
Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come.... Read more

Priestess of Avalon
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson
Roc | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-451-45862-9 (0-451-45862-1)

In the long-awaited return to Avalon by the beloved author of The Mists of Avalon and her collaborator, bestselling author Diana L. Paxson, Marion Zimmer Bradley fuses myth, magic and romance in a spectacular unfolding of one woman's role in the making of history and spirit... Read more

The Saga of the Renunciates
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | August 2002
$8.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0092-7 (0-7564-0092-9)

In the three novels which comprise The Saga of the Renunciates, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells the masterful tales of two valiant women who face and try to break the invisible chains of custom, convention, habit, and expectation with which society binds women, and women bind themselves.

Magdalen Lorne is a Terran... Read more

The Shadow Matrix
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | January 1999
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-88677-812-5 (0-88677-812-3)

After spending her youth in the Terran Empire, Margaret Alton returns to Darkover, the planet of her birth. There she discovers she has the Alton Gift--forced rapport and compulsion--one of the strongest and most dangerous of the inherited Laran gifts of the telepathic Comyn--the ruling families of Darkover. And even as... Read more

Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
DAW | Hardcover | August 2016
$27.00/36.00(Canada) | 978-0-7564-1054-4 (0-7564-1054-1)

A follow-up to The Ages of Chaos omnibus, Thunderlord is a brand-new novel of the genre-bending Darkover universe, expanded by Marion Zimmer Bradley's collaborator Deborah J. Ross. 

Far in Darkover's past, the Ages of Chaos were a time of constant warfare, when immensely powerful psychic weapons ravaged the land and slaughtered entire... Read more

To Save a World (Darkover Omnibus #7)
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | December 2004
$8.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0250-1 (0-7564-0250-6)

An omnibus volume of two of Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic, long-unavailable Darkover novels, including the first Darkover novel ever written! To Save a World includes The World Wreckers and the Planet Savers, plus the short story "The Waterfall." Read more

Traitor's Sun
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | February 2000
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-88677-811-8 (0-88677-811-5)

Traitor's Sun continues the epic saga of Darkover, the award-winning series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Her most brilliant and popular creation, the Darkover books take readers to a planet torn by rebellion--and struggling for freedom... Read more

A World Divided
Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | December 2003
$8.99/12.99(Canada) | 978-0-7564-0167-2 (0-7564-0167-4)

An omnibus volume of three classic, long-unavailable Darkover novels--Star of Danger, The Bloody Sun, and Winds of Darkover--tell of two men of mixed Darkovan ancestry, who must choose where their true allegiances lie. Read more

The Birthgrave
Written by Tanith Lee, Introduction by Marion Zimmer Bradley
DAW | Paperback | June 2015
$7.99/10.49(Canada) | 978-0-7564-1105-3 (0-7564-1105-X)

A mysterious woman awakens in the heart of a dormant volcano. She comes forth into a brutal ancient world transformed by genocidal pestilence, fierce beauty, and cultural devastation. She has no memory of herself, and she could be anyone—mortal woman, demoness lover, last living heir to a long-gone race, or a... Read more