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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.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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)

The Dark Intruder (1964)
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley (1985)
The Complete Lythande (1986)
Jamie (1988)
The Early Works of Marion Zimmer Bradley (2009)
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Two (2011) (with James Blish, Roger Dee, Philip K Dick, Philip José Farmer, C M Kornbluth, Alan E Nourse, Rog Phillips, Robert Silverberg and Manly Wade Wellman)
The Maenads (poems) (2013)
The Seventh Science Fiction Megapack (2013) (with Poul Anderson, John Gregory Betancourt, Jerome Bixby, Reginald Bretnor, Grendel Briarton (Reginald Bretnor), Damien Broderick, Fredric Brown, Arthur C Clarkes, Mark Clifton, Geoffrey Cobbe, Michael R Collings, Lester del Rey, C J Henderson, Michael Kurland, Edward M Lerner, Mike Resnick, Jesse Roarke, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D Simak, Jerry Sohl, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Richard Wilson and Robert F Young)
Giant Science-Fiction Six-Pack (2014) (with Samuel R Delany, Harry Harrison, H Beam Piper, Winston P Sanders (Poul Anderson) and Harl Vincent)
Science Fiction Gems, Volume 9 (2015) (with Ben Bova, Mark Clifton, Randall Garrett, John Jakes, David H Keller, Frank Belknap Long, Rog Phillips, Jack Sharkey, Robert Sheckley and Evelyn E Smith)
The 11th Science Fiction MEGAPACK (2016) (with Poul Anderson, Manly Banister, John Gregory Betancourt, Jerome Bixby, J F Bone, Hal Clement, Mark Clifton, Lester del Rey, Simon Eisner, E Everett Evans, H B Fyfe, Christopher Grimm, James E Gunn, Raymond F Jones, C M Kornbluth, Fritz Leiber, Murray Leinster, Katherine MacLean, William Morrison, Frederik Pohl, Frank M Robinson, Ross Rocklynne, Tony Rothman, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D Simak, Evelyn E Smith, Stephen Tall, William Tenn, Sydney J Van Scyoc, F. L. Wallace, Robert Moore Williams, Donald A Wollheim and Robert F Young)
Science Fiction Super Pack #2 (2016) (with Poul Anderson, Jerome Bixby, Ken Brady, Algis Budrys, Brenda W Clough, Alfred Coppel, Philip K Dick, Charles Dye, H B Fyfe, Randall Garrett, Harry Harrison, Henry Josephs, Murray Leinster, Katherine MacLean, Judith Merril, C L Moore, Andre Norton, Jay O'Connell, H Beam Piper, Frederic Pohl, Larry Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Peter Sherman, Evelyn E Smith, Allen Steele, Bryce Walton and Jamie Wild)


Series contributed to

Anthology series


Anthologies edited

Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Short stories
Centaurus Changeling (1954)
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 Awards Best Novel nominee (1976) : The Heritage of Hastur
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1978) : The Forbidden Tower
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book 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 (1946)
Henry Kuttner
"I consider the work of Henry Kuttner to be the finest science fantasy ever written."

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."
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."

Sword-Dancer (1986)
(Sword-Dancer, book 1)
Jennifer Roberson
"This is wonderful...tough, touching...and superb."

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 (1988)
(Unquenchable Fire, book 1)
Rachel Pollack
"Surrealistic, imaginative, wildly original!"

Children of the Night (1990)
(Diana Tregarde, book 2)
Mercedes Lackey
"Easily one of the best things I've read for a couple of years. I loved it."

The Little Country (1991)
Charles de Lint
"One of the most fascinating books of this decade."

The Forever King (1992)
(Forever King, book 1)
Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy
"Books like this don't come along very often."

The Skystone (1992)
(Camulod / Legends of Camelot, 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 (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 (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 (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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