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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace (May 5, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441791123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441791125
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,381,341 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Worldreels on April 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent character study of three gals and three guys (covering the gamut of sexual orientation) locked aboard space ship headed for nowhere. Death is certain--but when? The head game going on was why any of the six were picked from a class of forty. Group psychology and future sociology study of humans cut off from mankind. Only the outer space setting qualifies story to be labeled sci-fi. Good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miralys Dritz on January 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's most obscure books, I managed to borrow a copy and read it. I thought it was excellent book. This is not really a science fiction book, it's more about the relationships between characters and their development as people. It starts out in the future in a time when Earth (Terra) is even more overpopulated and so every year they pick six of the brightest students from a class of 40, who are the best and have trained for many years, to go on a survey ship to find a new planet. We have six distinct people: easygoing Teague, free spirited Moira, the roboticaly perfect Ching, sensitive Peak, the quick Fontana and the spiritual Ravi. This book is how these people survive together in a confined space and working together in spite of their differences. In a way this book is a prequel to Darkover Landfall because they appear to take place in the same universe but Darkover is still very far into the future.

In all a good read especially if you like the way Marion can turn science fiction into a rich story where the focus is on people, not the fact that it is in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dt1phoenix on February 1, 2013
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I loved the whole premise of this story - the idea of young people being raised in schools that trained them for heading into the deep reaches of space and then thrown out there with no further supervision or help. I think the author did a excellent job of being realistic on what the initial results would be, but it was as if she didn't know where to go for an ending and just said 'oh well, maybe they will survive and maybe they won't - I have no more idea's let's just leave it there.' It is probably just be but if I receive this type of ending I am really looking for a sequel.
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More About the Author

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.