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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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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: 4.1 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I liked the first book that was included in this, and wished that story had continued on.

The second book seems like it was written by a completely different person. The characters inner dialogue was obnoxious and immature. I'm not sure if these two stories were actually written by different people, or perhaps the author just identified better with the characters in the first part than the second.

I would have given the first story 4 stars, and the second 1...so I settled on 2 stars overall.

I have not read any of the other Darkover books as I wanted to start towards the beginning...not sure if I will read any more based on this book.
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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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Pela cronologia, esse é o primeiro livro da série Darkover, cujos livros são independentes, mas ao mesmo, complementares.
A série inclue uma lista de livros passados em períodos específicos, cada romance escrito como uma história individual.
A própria escritora, Marion Zimmer Bradley, recomendou que a ordem de leitura fosse feita através das datas de publicação, em vez da ordem cronológica dos acontecimentos, dado que o seu estilo literário evoluiu consideravelmente ao longo da sua carreira.
Mas talvez seja interessante começar por livros mais famosos da série, como A rainha da tempestade, A dama do falcão, ou A corrente partida, para se acostumar e aproveitar deste fabuloso mundo; para absorver as características, das diversas estórias desse planeta, como um conhecedor de Darkover.
No caso desse livro primordial, A chegada em Darkover, somos apresentados aos fundadores da civilização do planeta:
Num futuro distante, durante os primeiros anos em que a humanidade começa a explorar e colonizar novos mundos, uma nave que ia em direção a um desses planetas, sofre um acidente e acaba pousando em Darkover, um planeta que não teria sido escolhido para ser colonizado, pois era frio demais, e além disso abrigava espécies inteligentes, embora não civilizadas.
Sem ter como voltar ao espaço, nem como se comunicar com a Terra, a expedição é dada como perdida pela terra.
Muitos sobreviveram a queda, e pretendem reparar a nave (o que levaria muitos e muitos anos) e prosseguir viagem. A tripulação enfrenta um dilema, pois alguns querem permanecer no planeta e colonizá-lo.
Antes de decisões serem tomadas, eles começam uma exploração do planeta...
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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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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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I have read MZB books before, but never a Darkover novel. Saw the omnibus and decided that the "historical" beginning of the series would be a good place to start since I had heard many good things about the series. If you've never read either of these two novels, keep in mind they are connected in only the loosest possible way; set on the same planet. It would be like reading a book set in ancient Greece and one set in modern times. Nothing wrong with that, but if you're not expecting such a difference, it can be a bit startling.

The first book was a good enough standard introduction, and had some really interesting ideas like the Ghost Wind. Very space-pioneer feeling and there was a whole lot of potential to work it into something outstanding. But it just sort of fizzled and fell short of the mark. There was a lot going on in the book's society, but nothing really *happened,* if you get what I mean. When I finished the first book I found myself really hoping the second one would pick up where the other left off and run with it, but instead you're taken to a society so different there's basically no comparison. You'll see a few sir-names you recognize, mention of starstones, and nothing else. Nothing about the ghostwind that caused the first colonists so many problems (in fact, most of the first book dealt with Ghost Wind-induced issues), and a strange reliance on Spanish-ish words. Strange considering how prominent the Celtic heritage was in the first book and that more than half the characters spoke Irish or Scottish Gaelic.

More happens in the second book, but there's not a whole lot of reason why.
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