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.
"A Flame in Hali" is the last book of the Clingfire Trilogy and, like the first two stories "The Fall of Neskaya" and "Zandru's Forge", is a story conceived... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gregory Alan Wingo
Must Read!! Marion Zimmer Bradley's works are fantastic. I love the Darkover world!Published 4 months ago by Jenn RW
I collected these Darkover books over thirty years ago - my first and only venture in to Si-fi and fantasy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B.B. Humphrey
While I know MZB had a big hand in writing this series, it just didn't feel the same to me. I have to give Ms. Ross some big kudos for trying to fill those shoes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Elizabeth R Crew
Potent end. Makes you glad you read all three and want to read more. Love how Varzil showed up in other books during same time frame this book covers. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Maren E Haugen
Well this is the book that brings it all together, and the tragedy that involves Varzil the good's life, and the result of the adoption of the Compact. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Moongrim
Some may like this book even more than "Zandru's Forge", if they didn't care for the fact that much of the plot of that book was a rehash of the story told in "Hawkmistress"; there... Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by James Yanni
In the concluding volume of the Clingfire Trilogy, the focus is on Varzil Ridenow, his sister Dyannis, and Eduin Deslucido, the gifted laranzu who has been molded by his embittered... Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Chrijeff
What is Debroah Ross doing to MZBs legacy. This book did grave injustice to her memory and her creation. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Jean A. Caillet