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Before her death in 1999, bestselling author Marion Zimmer Bradley began writing what would turn out to be her last Darkover novel. She called her book "The Shadow King," but, because of her deteriorating health, she was never able to finish this work. For a decade the incomplete manuscript of "The Shadow King" languished on a shelf. Now, Deborah J. Ross has fleshed out and completed this last of Marion's work, and you hold in your hand the resulting novel: Hastur Lord.The Darkover saga spanned over 40 years of Marion Ziimmer Bradley's career with the first book The Planet Saver appearing as an Ace Double in 1958. New books in the series were written with regularity until her death in 1999. Author Deborah J. Ross continues to co-author books in the series and sustains Marion's Darkover legacy.
I discovered Marion Zimmer Bradley through her early works that appeared from Ace and later with DAW, avidly reading each new release. Like many people, my favourite novel of hers was Mists of Avalon. I was fortunate to meet Marion on a couple of occasions at SF conventions and have included a scan of one of several books I was lucky to have autographed. I have included a list of the Darkover novels below with covers for your enjoyment.
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.
Writing for over 4 decades, she is best known for her Darkover science fantasy series and her Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon. She also edited anthologies for 14 years and published Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.
She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack.
- The Planet Savers (1958)
- The Sword of Aldones (1962)
- The Bloody Sun (1964)
- Star of Danger (1965)
- The Winds of Darkover (1970)
- The World Wreckers (1971)
- Darkover Landfall (1972)
- The Spell Sword (1974) (with Paul Edwin Zimmer (uncredited)
- The Heritage of Hastur (1975)
- The Shattered Chain (1976)
- The Forbidden Tower (1977)
- Stormqueen! (1978)
- The Bloody Sun (1979) rewritten and expanded edition
- Two To Conquer (1980)
- Sharra's Exile (1981)
- Hawkmistress! (1982)
- Thendara House (1983)
- City of Sorcery (1984)
- The Heirs of Hammerfell (1989)
- Rediscovery (1993) (with Mercedes Lackey)
- Exile's Song (1996) (with Adrienne Martine-Barnes)
- The Shadow Matrix (1997) (with Adrienne Martine-Barnes)
- Traitor's Sun (1999) (with Adrienne Martine-Barnes)
The Clingfire Trilogy
- The Fall of Neskaya (2001) (with Deborah J. Ross)
- Zandru's Forge (2003) (with Deborah J. Ross)
- A Flame in Hali (2004) (with Deborah J. Ross)
- The Alton Gift (2007) (written principally by Deborah J. Ross)
- Hastur Lord (2010) (written principally by Deborah J. Ross)