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Darkover: First Contact (Darkover Omnibus: Darkover Landfall & Two to Conquer) Mass Market Paperback – September 7, 2004
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
brad the Wolf has been brought up to control the armies of his family, but loses his place in the kingdom because of his bitterness..As he grows up and returns he finds he is now his younger brother's general and is under the regent his father.. This tale has lots of action but also soul searching that can destroy a man.
I have put off submitting my review until I have read this three times. Each time I find something new to think about and I love Darkover tales with their ESP, and matrix tower and learonus and star stones and just people sort of like us.
These questions are answered logically in First Contact, the story of Darkover. The colonists react to a Ghost Wind violently, thus destroying any technological knowledge. Also they adapt socially, to increase the gene pool, through group marriage, helping raise each other's' children.
The resident aliens are depicted wisely, kindly with benign intentions toward the survivors. Other alien groups are more ferocious.
This is a great book for everyone! A wonderful start for any fantasy lover into the world of Darkover!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always enjoy the books by this author! I have read these books before and they were not my favorite but because this is one of the best authors that I have read I will read them... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Linda Carl
Great book but the shipping took almost a month (not the books fault of course).Published 5 months ago by johnny
I love MZB's writing and am really glad you can still find her work on AmazonPublished 10 months ago by Z. Salloom
My sister told me to read this first book Ann I would want to read all of the rest She is so very right. Read morePublished 20 months ago by StevenR
Must Read!! Marion Zimmer Bradley's works are fantastic. I love the Darkover world!Published 22 months ago by Jenn RW
I bought this on my kindle 'cause I thought it would be a good introduction to the Darkover series. And I really did enjoy reading this. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Harold