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Book Title: Renunciates of Darkover|
The size of the: 28.22 MB
Date of issue: March 5th 1991
The author of the book: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780886774691
Read full description of the books Renunciates of Darkover:From Guild House to lord's court, the Free Amazons ply their trade, serving as mercenaries wherever there is need, banding together in comradeship, setting themselves apart from the everyday rules of Darkovan society, earning their freedom with blade and deed, and freely giving shelter and assistance to any woman in search of a safe haven.
From a fledgling matrix circle formed by Renunciates to a Free Amazon hired to protect Comyn Lord Varzil from an assassin's deadly threat to Marion's own recounting of a seemingly insurmountable conflict between Camilla and Rafaella--well-remembered characters from her magnificent novel, The Shattered Chain--here are twenty-two brand new tales about those dauntless Darkovan heroines beloved by the countless readers who are always eager to return for new adventures on the world of the Bloody Sun.
Introduction (Renunciates of Darkover) • essay by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Strife • short story by Chel Avery
Amazon Fragment (Excerpt) • short fiction by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Broken Vows • short story by Annette Rodriguez
If Only Banshees Could See • novelette by Janet R. Rhodes
A Midsummer Night's Gift • short story by Deborah J. Ross [as by Deborah Wheeler ]
The Honor of the Guild • short story by Joan Marie Verba
A Butterfly Season • short story by Diana L. Paxson
Misjudged Situations • short story by Kelly B. Jaggers
Awakening • novelette by Mary Fenoglio
Carlina's Calling • short story by Patricia Duffy Novak
A Beginning • short fiction by Judith Kobylecky
Set a Thief • short story by Mercedes Lackey
Shut-in • short story by Jean Lamb
Danila's Song • short story by Vera Nazarian
A Proper Escort • short story by Elisabeth Waters
The Lesson in the Foothills • short story by Lynne Armstrong-Jones
Summer Fair • short story by Emily Alward
Varzil's Avengers • short story by Diann S. Partridge
To Touch a Comyn • novelette by Andrew Rey
About Time • short story by Patricia B. Cirone
Family Visit • short story by Margaret L. Carter
Dalereuth Guild House • short story by Priscilla W. Armstrong
Read information about the authorMarion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.
Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about "the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be." Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly.
Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works outside the speculative fiction genre, including some gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels. For example, I Am a Lesbian was published in 1962. Though relatively tame by today's standards, they were considered pornographic when published, and for a long time she refused to disclose the titles she wrote under these pseudonyms.
Her 1958 story The Planet Savers introduced the planet of Darkover, which became the setting of a popular series by Bradley and other authors. The Darkover milieu may be considered as either fantasy with science fiction overtones or as science fiction with fantasy overtones, as Darkover is a lost earth colony where psi powers developed to an unusual degree. Bradley wrote many Darkover novels by herself, but in her later years collaborated with other authors for publication; her literary collaborators have continued the series since her death.
Bradley took an active role in science-fiction and fantasy fandom, promoting interaction with professional authors and publishers and making several important contributions to the subculture.
For many years, Bradley actively encouraged Darkover fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley's that had similarities to some of the fan's stories. As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction.
Bradley was also the editor of the long-running Sword and Sorceress anthology series, which encouraged submissions of fantasy stories featuring original and non-traditional heroines from young and upcoming authors. Although she particularly encouraged young female authors, she was not averse to including male authors in her anthologies. Mercedes Lackey was just one of many authors who first appeared in the anthologies. She also maintained a large family of writers at her home in Berkeley. Ms Bradley was editing the final Sword and Sorceress manuscript up until the week of her death in September of 1999.
Probably her most famous single novel is The Mists of Avalon. A retelling of the Camelot legend from the point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, it grew into a series of books; like the Darkover series, the later novels are written with or by other authors and have continued to appear after Bradley's death.
In 2000, she was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In 2014, Bradley was accused of sexual abuse by her daughter, Moira Greyland, who claims that she was molested from the age of 3 to 12. Greyland also claimed that she was not the only victim and that she was one of the people who reported her father, Walter H. Breen, for child molestation. In response to these allegations Bradley's publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd announced that they will donate all income from the sales of Bradley's e-books to the charity Save the Children.
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