- Series: The Gregg science fiction series
- Hardcover: 215 pages
- Publisher: Gregg Press; First Edition edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0839825153
- ISBN-13: 978-0839825159
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,026,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The world wreckers (The Gregg science fiction series) Hardcover – 1979
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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.
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As is so often the case, Bradley gives us a glimpse into her sexually deviant world in a vivid rape scene in the midst of a story of unconventional love. Her sexually and physically abused daughter, Moira Greyland leaves us with these thoughts of the person and legacy of Marion Zimmer Bradley:
And no remorse was ever seen
Reality was in between
Her books, her world, that was her life
The rest of us a source of strife.
She told me that I was not real
So how could she think I would feel
But how could she look in my eyes
And not feel anguish at my cries?
I'd like to say straight up that the title and cover description of this book are misleading. Although the world wrecking premise is in the book, it is only there to provide a foundation for the story's conflict, and is, in the overall scheme, pretty insignificant. The bulk of the plot revolves around a group of telepaths learning to work together and learning about an ancient, dying race known as the chieri. This story is plenty compelling and was quite enjoyable, just not what I expected.
This book has many of the problems associated with pulp scifi. Some of the characters are underdeveloped or stereotypical. A lot of the dialogue is unrealistic (doesn't seem like something a person would actually say, even in the context of the story). The style is very easy to read, which is a good thing in some ways, but also makes the story come off as somewhat simplistic/juvenile.
Despite these issues, this was a quick, enjoyable read. However, because it is so short, and because it is unspectacular, I would not recommend going out of your way to get this book. If you see it at a store or can find it for a couple of bucks online, you'll be in for a few good hours of entertainment. If you don't read it, though, you won't really be missing anything.
That inspiration shows here, and I am glad I kept on. This one is much better than its predecessors -- yes, I enjoyed reading it! Sure, I still get annoyed at the oddities that should have been caught in editing. And if you're a Darkover die-hard, well, take heed of those other reviewers who voice bitter complaints about inconsistencies with other stories of the, uh, Darkover-verse. Still, none of that came at the expense of my enjoyment of this book.
The World Wreckers takes place as Andrea Closson, representing a shady interplanetary business interest, plots to destroy the fabric of Darkovan society. See, Darkovans have been resisting outsiders' attempts to exploit its resources for profit. Andrea wants to destroy Darkover's unique civilizations, so that those who seek profit can move in and build it up again as they desire.
Closson is close to succeeding in her destructive scheme. The old ways, the old peoples, are dying out, the sabotaged environment is killing the planet's population, and those who remain are scattered, unorganized and unable to fight back. This book is the story of a few who come together, from far and wide, to fight for Darkover's survival. The crisis is planetary, but the stories are intensely personal for our protagnoists. And even if the culmination of their struggle is -- well, rather sudden and most definitely a reflection of the era of free love in which the book was written -- I was entertained from beginning to end.