Marion Zimmer Bradley Books

Marion Zimmer Bradley was an award-winning American author that wrote science fiction and fantasy. She died in 1999 following a heart attack. Bradley couldn’t remember a time when she did not write. It took the author a while to gain traction as an author.

Order of Darkover Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Planet Savers (Short Story) 1962 Description / Buy
2 The Sword of Aldones 1962 Description / Buy
3 The Bloody Sun 1964 Description / Buy
4 Star of Danger 1965 Description / Buy
5 The Winds of Darkover 1970 Description / Buy
6 The World Wreckers 1971 Description / Buy
7 Darkover Landfall 1972 Description / Buy
8 The Spell Sword 1974 Description / Buy
9 The Heritage of Hastur 1975 Description / Buy
10 The Shattered Chain 1976 Description / Buy
11 The Forbidden Tower 1977 Description / Buy
12 Stormqueen! 1978 Description / Buy
13 Two to Conquer 1980 Description / Buy
14 Sharra's Exile 1981 Description / Buy
15 Hawkmistress! 1982 Description / Buy
16 Thendara House 1983 Description / Buy
17 City of Sorcery 1984 Description / Buy
18 The Heirs of Hammerfell 1989 Description / Buy
19 Rediscovery 1993 Description / Buy
20 Exile's Song 1996 Description / Buy
21 The Shadow Matrix 1997 Description / Buy
22 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
23 Zandru's Forge ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2003 Description / Buy
24 A Flame in Hali ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2004 Description / Buy
25 Hastur Lord ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2010 Description / Buy
26 The Children of Kings ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2013 Description / Buy
27 Thunderlord ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2016 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Darkover Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Darkover Landfall 1972 Description / Buy
2 Stormqueen! 1978 Description / Buy
3 Thunderlord ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2016 Description / Buy
4 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
5 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
6 Hawkmistress! 1982 Description / Buy
7 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
8 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
9 The Heirs of Hammerfell 1989 Description / Buy
10 Rediscovery 1993 Description / Buy
11 The Shattered Chain 1976 Description / Buy
12 The Spell Sword 1974 Description / Buy
13 The Forbidden Tower 1977 Description / Buy
14 Thendara House 1983 Description / Buy
15 City of Sorcery 1984 Description / Buy
16 Star of Danger 1965 Description / Buy
17 The Winds of Darkover 1970 Description / Buy
18 The Bloody Sun 1964 Description / Buy
19 The Heritage of Hastur 1975 Description / Buy
20 The Planet Savers (Short Story) 1962 Description / Buy
21 Sharra's Exile 1981 Description / Buy
22 The Sword of Aldones 1962 Description / Buy
23 The World Wreckers 1971 Description / Buy
25 Exile's Song 1996 Description / Buy
26 The Shadow Matrix 1997 Description / Buy
27 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
29 Traitor's Sun 1999 Description / Buy
X|X Two to Conquer 1980 Description / Buy
X|X Zandru's Forge ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2003 Description / Buy
X|X A Flame in Hali ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2004 Description / Buy
X|X Hastur Lord ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2010 Description / Buy
X|X The Children of Kings ( With: Deborah J. Ross) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Darkover Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Keeper's Price 1980 Description / Buy
2 Sword of Chaos 1982 Description / Buy
3 Free Amazons of Darkover 1985 Description / Buy
4 The Other Side of the Mirror 1987 Description / Buy
5 Red Sun of Darkover 1987 Description / Buy
6 Four Moons of Darkover 1988 Description / Buy
7 Domains of Darkover 1990 Description / Buy
8 Renunciates of Darkover 1991 Description / Buy
9 Leroni of Darkover 1991 Description / Buy
10 Towers of Darkover 1993 Description / Buy
11 Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover 1993 Description / Buy
12 Snows of Darkover 1994 Description / Buy
13 Music of Darkover ( By: Elisabeth Waters) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Claire Moffatt/Occult Tales Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dark Satanic 1972 Description / Buy
2 The Inheritor 1984 Description / Buy
3 Witch Hill 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Hunters Series with Paul Edwin Zimmer

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hunters of the Red Moon (Short Story) 1973 Description / Buy
2 The Survivors 1979 Description / Buy

Order of Sixth Sense Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 In the Steps of the Master 1973 Description / Buy

Order of Avalon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Mists of Avalon 1979 Description / Buy
2 The Forest House / The Forests of Avalon 1993 Description / Buy
3 Lady of Avalon 1997 Description / Buy
4 Priestess of Avalon 2001 Description / Buy
5 Ancestors of Avalon ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2004 Description / Buy
6 Ravens of Avalon ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2007 Description / Buy
7 Sword of Avalon ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2009 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Avalon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Ancestors of Avalon ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2004 Description / Buy
3 Ravens of Avalon ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2007 Description / Buy
4 The Forest House / The Forests of Avalon 1993 Description / Buy
5 Lady of Avalon 1997 Description / Buy
6 Priestess of Avalon 2001 Description / Buy
7 The Mists of Avalon 1979 Description / Buy
X|X Sword of Avalon ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Web Of Light Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Web of Darkness 1982 Description / Buy
2 The Fall of Atlantis 1983 Description / Buy
3 Web of Light 1983 Description / Buy

Order of Trillium Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Black Trillium ( With: Andre Norton, Julian May) 1990 Description / Buy
2 Blood Trillium ( By: Julian May) 1992 Description / Buy
3 Golden Trillium ( By: Andre Norton) 1993 Description / Buy
4 Lady of the Trillium 1995 Description / Buy
5 Sky Trillium ( By: Julian May) 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Light Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Ghostlight 1995 Description / Buy
2 Witchlight 1996 Description / Buy
3 Gravelight 1997 Description / Buy
4 Heartlight 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Glenraven Series with Holly Lisle

# Read Title Published Details
1 Glenraven 1995 Description / Buy
2 In the Rift 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Marion Zimmer Bradley Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Year of the Big Thaw (Short Story) 1954 Description / Buy
2 Falcons of Narebedla 1957 Description / Buy
3 Seven from the Stars 1961 Description / Buy
4 The Door Through Space 1961 Description / Buy
5 I am a Lesbian 1962 Description / Buy
6 The Strange Women (As: Miriam Gardner) 1962 Description / Buy
7 The Colors of Space (Short Story) 1963 Description / Buy
8 My Sister, My Love (Short Story) (As: Miriam Gardner) 1963 Description / Buy
9 Spare Her Heaven (Short Story) (As: Morgan Ives) 1963 Description / Buy
10 Twilight Lovers (Short Story) (As: Miriam Gardner) 1964 Description / Buy
11 Castle Terror 1965 Description / Buy
12 No Adam for Eve (As: John Dexter) 1966 Description / Buy
13 Knives of Desire (As: Morgan Ives) 1966 Description / Buy
14 Souvenir of Monique 1967 Description / Buy
15 Bluebeard's Daughter 1968 Description / Buy
16 The Brass Dragon 1969 Description / Buy
17 The Endless Voyage / The Endless Universe 1975 Description / Buy
18 Can Ellen Be Saved? 1975 Description / Buy
19 Drums of Darkness 1976 Description / Buy
20 The Ruins of Isis / Haunted Spaceship 1977 Description / Buy
21 The Catch Trap 1979 Description / Buy
22 The House Between The Worlds 1980 Description / Buy
23 Survey Ship 1980 Description / Buy
24 Night's Daughter 1985 Description / Buy
25 Warrior Woman 1985 Description / Buy
26 The Firebrand 1987 Description / Buy
27 Tiger Burning Bright ( With: Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton) 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Lythande Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Bird of Prey (Short Story) 1957 Description / Buy
2 Men, Halflings & Hero Worship 1973 Description / Buy
3 The Jewel of Arwen (Short Story) 1974 Description / Buy
4 The Parting of Arwen (Short Story) 1974 Description / Buy
5 The Gratitude of Kings (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
6 The Once and Future Merlin (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Marion Zimmer Bradley Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dark Intruder (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Marion Zimmer Bradley Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley 1985 Description / Buy
2 The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley: Jamie and Other Stories 1992 Description / Buy
3 The Marion Zimmer Bradley Short Story Collection 2014 Description / Buy
4 Marion Zimmer Bradley, Science Fiction Collection 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Marion Zimmer Bradley Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Checklist: A Complete, Cumulative Checklist of Lesbian, Variant and Homosexual Fiction (Short Story) 1960 Description / Buy
2 Experiment Perilous (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
3 The Necessity for Beauty: Robert W. Chambers and The Romantic Tradition (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Sword and Sorceress Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sword and Sorceress 1984 Description / Buy
2 Sword and Sorceress II 1985 Description / Buy
3 Sword and Sorceress III 1986 Description / Buy
4 Sword and Sorceress IV 1987 Description / Buy
5 Sword and Sorceress V 1988 Description / Buy
6 Sword and Sorceress VI 1990 Description / Buy
7 Sword and Sorceress VII 1990 Description / Buy
8 Sword and Sorceress VIII 1991 Description / Buy
9 Sword and Sorceress IX 1992 Description / Buy
10 Sword and Sorceress X 1993 Description / Buy
11 Sword and Sorceress XIV 1994 Description / Buy
12 Sword and Sorceress XI 1994 Description / Buy
13 Sword and Sorceress XII 1995 Description / Buy
14 Sword and Sorceress XIII 1996 Description / Buy
15 Sword and Sorceress XV 1998 Description / Buy
16 Sword and Sorceress XVI 1999 Description / Buy
17 Sword and Sorceress XVII 2000 Description / Buy
18 Sword and Sorceress XVIII 2001 Description / Buy
19 Sword and Sorceress XIX 2002 Description / Buy
20 Sword and Sorceress XX 2003 Description / Buy
21 Sword and Sorceress XXI ( By: Diana L. Paxson) 2004 Description / Buy
22 Sword and Sorceress XXII ( By: Elisabeth Waters) 2007 Description / Buy
23 Sword and Sorceress XXIII ( By: Elisabeth Waters) 2008 Description / Buy
24 Sword and Sorceress XXIV ( By: Elisabeth Waters) 2009 Description / Buy
25 Sword and Sorceress XXV ( By: Elisabeth Waters) 2010 Description / Buy
26 Sword and Sorceress XXVI ( By: Elisabeth Waters) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Best Of Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy Magazine Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine 1994 Description / Buy
2 The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy Magazine, Volume 2 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Thieves' World Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Thieves' World ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1979 Description / Buy
2 Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1980 Description / Buy
3 Shadows of Sanctuary ( By: Philip José Farmer, John Brunner, Joe Haldeman, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1981 Description / Buy
4 Storm Season ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1982 Description / Buy
5 The Face of Chaos ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1983 Description / Buy
6 Wings of Omen ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1984 Description / Buy
7 The Dead of Winter ( By: Robert Lynn Asprin) 1985 Description / Buy
8 Thieves' World Graphics ( By: Lynn Abbey) 1985 Description / Buy
9 Lythande 1985 Description / Buy
10 Soul of the City ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1986 Description / Buy
11 Blood Ties ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1986 Description / Buy
12 Aftermath ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1987 Description / Buy
13 Uneasy Alliances ( By: Robert Lynn Asprin) 1988 Description / Buy
14 Stealers' Sky ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1989 Description / Buy
15 Sanctuary ( By: Lynn Abbey) 2002 Description / Buy
16 Turning Points ( By: Lynn Abbey) 2002 Description / Buy
17 Enemies of Fortune ( By: Lynn Abbey) 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Clingfire Series with Deborah J. Ross

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Fall of Neskaya 1998 Description / Buy
2 Zandru's Forge 2003 Description / Buy
3 A Flame in Hali 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Children of Kings Series with Deborah J. Ross

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Alton Gift 2007 Description / Buy

Marion Zimmer Bradley Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Greyhaven 1983 Description / Buy
2 Spells of Wonder 1989 Description / Buy
3 Space Opera 1996 Description / Buy
4 Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Worlds 1998 Description / Buy
5 The Chronicles of the Round Table 1999 Description / Buy
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She started by writing for school magazines. She also experimented with fanzines. It wasn’t until she sold her first short story that her publishing career took off. But even before success came her way, Bradley was always writing.

Her literary influences include C.L. Moore, Henry Kuther, and Leigh Brackett, to mention but a few. As a child, she was drawn to adventure stories. The novels that stayed with her would paint pictures in her mind of strange and distant worlds.

People that followed her work closely will attest to the fact that her writing clearly manifests the authors that inspired her. Born in 1930 in Berkley, California, the author spent her childhood on an Albany farm.

Bradley was 17 when she started writing in earnest. Two years later, she married Robert Alden Bradley. The author was called Marion Eleanor Zimmer at birth. The ‘Bradley’ name with which she is associated entered the picture after her first marriage.

Her relationship with Robert, which produced one son (David Robert Bradley), did not last. The couple divorced in 1964. She married Walter H. Breen just a few weeks later. Her daughter, Moira Greyland, came from this second marriage.

Bradley was formally educated, having attended Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, Texas) and the University of California (Berkley). It is for her relationship with Breen that Marion Zimmer Bradley is most famously known.

The pair collaborated for so long that even after they separated in 1979, not only did they maintain their marriage but they went on to pursue a successful business relationship. They even lived on the same street. The couple’s divorce was only finalized in 1990.

However, that is not the reason why Bradley’s relationship with Breen is so heavily scrutinized. Breen gained notoriety when he was accused of child molestation. He was eventually arrested and convicted.

At first, Bradley came under fire because it was believed that she knew about Breen’s sexual proclivities but did nothing to stop him. She also failed to report his crimes. During her testimony in court, Bradley ridiculed the idea that she should have protected Breen’s teenage victims.

None the less, Bradley’s reputation survived. She had a massive following of authors and readers that supported the feminist messages in her stories. Everything changed when Bradley’s daughter accused her of sexual abuse in 2014.

Moira also revealed that, in some cases, Bradley had enabled Breen’s actions, allowing him access to multiple young boys. The allegations destroyed Bradley’s name. Some of her publishers revealed that they would start donating the money made from the sale of her books to organizations that protected children.

Figures like John Scalzi, Diana L. Paxson, and G. Willow Wilson expressed their shock at the allegations.

Marion Zimmer Bradley Awards

Bradley has received Hugo, Nebula, and Prometheus Award nominations. She won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Prize.

Marion Zimmer Bradley Books into Movies

The Mists of Avalon became a TNT Miniseries. There were plans to turn the Darkover series into a TV show.

Best Marion Zimmer Bradley Books

Bradley initially encouraged her followers to write Darkover fan fiction. All that changed when a dispute with a fan regarding the similarities between their fan fiction and a new Darkover novel arose. The novel remained unpublished and Bradley pulled her support for Darkover fan fiction.

Some of the author’s best novels include:

Mists of Avalon: Everyone knows the story of King Arthur and Camelot, or they think they do. Morgaine was there when the tragedy of Camelot unfolded and she reveals all in this tale that shows the role women played in King Arthur’s saga.

Priestess of Avalon: Eilian was born the day Rian, Avalon’s High Priestess died. She was Rian’s fifth child and she came into the world as the merlin kept vigil.

From the Merlin came the prophecy of Eilian, one that told of her birth and the role she would play as the gateway between worlds. All that knew of her expected greatness. But they had no idea that she would walk a path so different from that of her predecessors.

When Does The Next Marion Zimmer Bradley book come out?

Marion Zimmer Bradley doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Thunderlord and was released on August, 2nd 2016. It is the newest book in the Darkover Series.

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