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.
The two main characters of the books are propelled on a quest that seems utterly pointless and ridiculous from the setup until the very end.
Her conflict is due to the Darkovan rigid societal expectations of feminine behavior which is to serve their husbands without any real voice in decision making at all.
I am an avid MZB fan and have read most of her novels, but the Darkover series is the closest to my heart and The Saga of the Renunciates stands above all.
Can't say enough good about the Darkover books and MZB in general. This was a gift for a friend. It was delivered on time and she having no previous experience with this series is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by angel jones
I collected these Darkover books over thirty years ago - my first and only venture in to Si-fi and fantasy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by B.B. Humphrey
This is MZB at her best. The stories of the Free Amazons are rich with detail and relationships. It's nice to have them all together in one volume.Published 9 months ago by Karen L. Pancoast
Until reading the Darkover Series, I had read little of this Author past "The Mists of Avalon," which totally captivated me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Therin
excellent book i love the way she portrayed the strength of the women very worth the read I definitely recommendPublished 19 months ago by Joann
This is my favorite storyline from the Darkover series (focusing mostly on Jaelle and Margali, Free Amazons) and it was great to find all three books in one. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris K
I have recently been re-reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books, most of which I read, and loved, years ago. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by C. L. Fluty
I've always liked these 3 books in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. The Renunciates are women living in the feudal, patriarchal Darkovan society who renounce the... Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Caitlin Martin
First let me say that before last week I had never heard of the Darkover series, so as I was reading some of the reviews left here and saw all of the references to Landfill (what... Read morePublished on January 26, 2009 by M. Davidson