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Marion Zimmer Bradley

USA (1930 - 1999)
Sister of Paul Edwin Zimmer

aka Lee Chapman, John Dexter, Miriam Gardner, Morgan Ives

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.

Writing for over 4 decades, she is best known for her Darkover science fantasy series and her Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon. She also edited anthologies for 14 years and published Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack.
Claire Moffatt
1. Dark Satanic (1972)
2. The Inheritor (1984)
3. Witch Hill (1990)



Glenraven (with Holly Lisle)
1. Glenraven (1996)
2. In the Rift (1998)

Children of Kings (with Deborah J Ross)
1. The Alton Gift (2007)


Series contributed to

Anthology series

Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Short stories
Centaurus Changeling (1954)
The Climbing Wave (1955)
Exiles of Tomorrow (1955)
Death Between the Stars (1956)
Bird of Prey [short story] (1957)
A Dozen of Everything (1959)
The Wind People (1959)
The Wild One (1960)
Treason of the Blood (1962)
The Jewel of Arwen [short story] (1973)
The Day of the Butterflies (1976)
Hero's Moon (1976)
The Engine (1977)
The Keeper's Price [short story] (1978)
The Lesson of the Inn (1978)
The Secret of the Blue Star (1979)
To Keep the Oath [short story] (1979)
Blood Will Tell [short story] (1980)
Elbow Room (1980)
The Hawk-Master's Son (1980)
The Pledged Word (1983)
The Shadow [short story] (1984)
Knives [short story] (1985)
Everything but Freedom [short story] (1987)
Oathbreaker (1987)
The Walker Behind [short story] (1987)
House Rules [short story] (1988)
Man of Impulse (1988)
Firetrap [short story] (1990)
Amazon Fragment (1991)
Hilary's Homecoming [short story] (1993)
Hilary's Wedding [short story] (1993)
Jamie [short story] (1993)
Here There Be Dragons? (1995)
To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1996)

Hugo Best Novel nominee (1963) : The Sword of Aldones
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1976) : The Heritage of Hastur
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1978) : The Forbidden Tower
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (1983) : The Mists of Avalon
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1984) : Thendara House
World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement winner (2000)

Books about Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marion Zimmer Bradley recommends
The Dark World
The Dark World (1946)
Henry Kuttner
"I consider the work of Henry Kuttner to be the finest science fantasy ever written."
Poor Tom's Ghost
Poor Tom's Ghost (1977)
Jane Louise Curry
"The best children's fantasies of which this is definitely one - offer no insult to the intelligence of the adult reader. If you buy this for your pre-teenager and don't read it for yourself, you are missing a memorable reading experience, and a very poignant evocation of the pre-adolescent mind."
Watchtower (1979)
(Tornor, book 1)
Elizabeth A Lynn
The Dragon Waiting
The Dragon Waiting (1983)
John M Ford
"I read it with delight, wonder, and fascination. The book plays, with a truly wonderful seriousness, the game of fantasy and history. I love it."
Sword-Dancer (1986)
(Sword-Dancer, book 1)
Jennifer Roberson
"This is wonderful...tough, touching...and superb."
The Unlikely Ones
The Unlikely Ones (1986)
(Pigs Don't Fly, book 1)
Mary Brown
"Really wonderful...I shall read and re-read this one."
Slob (1987)
(Chaingang, book 1)
Rex Miller
"Rex Miller is terrific. Slob scratches itches I didn't know I had. I'm looking forward to the next Jack Eichord book."
Unquenchable Fire
Unquenchable Fire (1988)
(Unquenchable Fire, book 1)
Rachel Pollack
"Surrealistic, imaginative, wildly original!"
Children of the Night
Children of the Night (1990)
(Diana Tregarde, book 1)
Mercedes Lackey
"Easily one of the best things I've read for a couple of years. I loved it."
The Little Country
The Little Country (1991)
Charles de Lint
"One of the most fascinating books of this decade."
The Forever King
The Forever King (1992)
(Forever King, book 1)
Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy
"Books like this don't come along very often."
Lady of the Forest
Lady of the Forest (1992)
(Robin Hood , book 1)
Jennifer Roberson
"A beautiful synthesis of all the Robin Hood legends and probably the best book I have read all year."
The Skystone
The Skystone (1992)
(Camulod, book 1)
Jack Whyte
"It's one of the most interesting historical novels that I've ever read and I've read plenty."
The Year the Horses Came
The Year the Horses Came (1993)
(Earthsong, book 1)
Mary Mackey
"A fascinating prehistoric world... the best of its kind."
The Prince of Ill Luck
The Prince of Ill Luck (1994)
(Warhorse of Estragon, book 1)
Susan Dexter
"One of the most delightfully funny books I've read in my life."
Daughter of Prophecy
Daughter of Prophecy (1995)
(Power and the Pattern, book 1)
Anne Kelleher Bush
"Fascinating - a most ingenious blend of science fiction and fantasy."
Met by Moonlight
Met by Moonlight (1998)
Rosemary Edghill
"A story of true magic... It's been many years since I've read anything with such power and passion."
The Madagascar Manifesto
The Madagascar Manifesto (2002)
(Madagascar Manifesto)
Janet Berliner and George Guthridge
"A shocking yet warmly human story. Very much worth reading."
Lords of Rainbow
Lords of Rainbow (2003)
(Lords of Rainbow)
Vera Nazarian
" all of Vera's stories - strange, poignant, and exquisite... her novel about a world without color - strange when what she writes is so colorful."

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