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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (September 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756402247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756402242
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books.

Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others -- entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.


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Marion Eleanor 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. 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 FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels and for her Arthurian novel, THE MISTS OF AVALON.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS, which is still published annually under the title MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S SWORD AND SORCERESS.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack.

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Lots of subplots to the plots. .
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I have collected these over the years and can go back and reread them and enjoy them all over again....which is rare in any genre.
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I look forward to re reading them.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anne Wingate on March 18, 2011
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I'm astonished to be the first reviewer of this book. I would have expected every MZB fan to jump on it at once. It is essential for all readers of the extensive Darkover collection, as it fills in all the missing details of how humans first arrived on Darkover, in a crashed spaceship that was on its way to a Terraformed colony all ready for humans. Instead, they are on a halfway earth-type planet with unknown terrors and unexpected miracles. Who was Saint Valentine of the Snows? Find out. Why is a Ghost Wind called a Ghost Wind? Find out. Who was the first victim of the lethal scorpion-ant? Find out. Who was the first person of Earth birth to use a matrix crystal? Find out. Who was the first human-chieri mix? Find out.

If you are a Darkover reader and you haven't read this book, why not? Wake up and smell the "jaco." But watch out for the flowers; they can do some pretty strange things to humans and animals as well. And stay away from scorpion-ants.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracey A. Bawcum on April 20, 2011
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I bought the hardback version of this ebook years ago, and it was then titled Darkover Landfall. It got me hooked on Darkover!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Lidijover on December 7, 2006
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When I`ve attempted to tackle the Darkover saga in Chronological order, Landfall was the first place to go (I`ve already had read a few of the novels). I was expecting an "origin" story, where all the mysteries were solved or hinted, but instead, this is a stand alone novel, that is vaguely connected to the rest of the saga. In it self not a very good one.

One the other hand "Conquer" is very long book, set at the end of the Ages of Chaos, with a very complex story. Sometimes you feel like quiting during the reading, but I must say that the last chapters made my journey trough all this novel very rewarding, at the end you end up loving this wounded characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miche on November 18, 2011
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i am very glad to see these stories in print and available as ebooks. i read them first as a young girl in my grandmother's house and it was interesting to see that they have held up so well to the passage of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RoseZ on January 14, 2013
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Love landfall, two to conquer is a bit intense though, a bit dark, and the two dont really seem to have anything to do with each other since the time lines are so far apart. but, still, good books. i prefer landfall and if i'd known i would have just bought it seperately
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EMDoctor on September 15, 2008
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I had the original Darkover Landfall, but gave it to a neighborhood a library. I Hadn't Read "Two to Conquer", so I bought the omnibus version. I reread the story and it was just as great as the first time. Two to Conquer was pretty good too.
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Should have read this one first but I did not. Having this back ground makes the rest much more enjoyable and understandable. Fun read and very enjoyable. Wish there was one set about 200 years later as I wonder how they did and how they spread into the various families.
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By B.B. Humphrey on February 8, 2014
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I collected these Darkover books over thirty years ago - my first and only venture in to Si-fi and fantasy. Over the years, one-by-one I lost them, so as a birthday gift to myself, I began buying them again.
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