Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marion Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction, as well as some gay & lesbian pulp fiction novels (which were controversial at the time) under various pseudonyms. Feminist views were a common theme in Bradley’s fiction. Bradley is best known for her Darkover series and to a lesser degree, her Avalon series. She also edited the long-running Sword and Sorceress anthology, which gave Mercedes Lackey her start as a published author. Bradley passed away in 1999 at the age of 69 after years of failing health.

Marion Zimmer Bradley started out placing well in a short fiction contest for the magazine Amazing Stories. Her story, Outpost, was published in Vol. 23, No. 12 of the magazine (December 1949). Her first novel was Falcons of Narabedla, published in 1957. Below is a list of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s books in order of when they were originally published (as well as in chronological order when necessary):

Publication Order of Darkover Books

The Planet Savers (By: Elisabeth Waters) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sword of Aldones (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bloody Sun (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Star of Danger (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Winds of Darkover (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The World Wreckers (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Darkover Landfall (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Spell Sword (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Heritage of Hastur (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shattered Chain (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Forbidden Tower (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stormqueen! (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Two to Conquer (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sharra's Exile (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hawkmistress! (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thendara House (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
City of Sorcery (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Heirs of Hammerfell (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rediscovery (With: Mercedes Lackey) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Exile's Song (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shadow Matrix (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Traitor's Sun (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zandru's Forge (With: Deborah J. Ross) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Flame in Hali (With: Deborah J. Ross) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hastur Lord (With: Deborah J. Ross) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death of Brendan Ensolare (By: Deborah Wheeler) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Children of Kings (With: Deborah J. Ross) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thunderlord (With: Deborah J. Ross) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ski the Hellers (By: Elisabeth Waters) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Laran Gambit (With: Deborah J. Ross) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Darkover Books

Darkover Landfall(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stormqueen!(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thunderlord (With: Deborah J. Ross)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Traitor's Sun(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hawkmistress!(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Heirs of Hammerfell(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rediscovery (With: Mercedes Lackey)(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shattered Chain(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Spell Sword(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Forbidden Tower(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thendara House(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
City of Sorcery(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Star of Danger(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Winds of Darkover(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bloody Sun(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Heritage of Hastur(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Planet Savers (By: Elisabeth Waters)(1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sharra's Exile(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sword of Aldones(1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The World Wreckers(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Exile's Song(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shadow Matrix(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Two to Conquer(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zandru's Forge (With: Deborah J. Ross)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Flame in Hali (With: Deborah J. Ross)(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hastur Lord (With: Deborah J. Ross)(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Children of Kings (With: Deborah J. Ross)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death of Brendan Ensolare (By: Deborah Wheeler)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ski the Hellers (By: Elisabeth Waters)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Laran Gambit (With: Deborah J. Ross)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Claire Moffatt/Occult Tales Books

Publication Order of Hunters Books

(with Paul Edwin Zimmer)

Hunters of the Red Moon (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Survivors (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Sixth Sense Books

In the Steps of the Master (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Avalon Books

The Mists of Avalon (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Forest House / The Forests of Avalon (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lady of Avalon (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Priestess of Avalon (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ancestors of Avalon (By: Diana L. Paxson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ravens of Avalon (By: Diana L. Paxson) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword of Avalon (By: Diana L. Paxson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Avalon Books

Ancestors of Avalon (By: Diana L. Paxson)(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ravens of Avalon (By: Diana L. Paxson)(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Forest House / The Forests of Avalon(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lady of Avalon(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Priestess of Avalon(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mists of Avalon(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword of Avalon (By: Diana L. Paxson)(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Web Of Light Books

Web of Darkness (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Web of Light (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fall of Atlantis (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Trillium Books

Black Trillium (With: Andre Norton,Julian May) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood Trillium (By: Julian May) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Golden Trillium (By: Andre Norton) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lady of the Trillium (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sky Trillium (By: Julian May) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Light Books

Publication Order of Glenraven Books

(with Holly Lisle)

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Year of the Big Thaw (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Seven from the Stars (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Door Through Space (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
I am a Lesbian (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Strange Women (As: Miriam Gardner) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Colors of Space (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Sister, My Love (As: Miriam Gardner) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Spare Her Heaven / Anything Goes (As: Morgan Ives) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Twilight Lovers (As: Miriam Gardner) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Castle Terror (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No Adam for Eve (As: John Dexter) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Knives of Desire (As: Morgan Ives) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Souvenir of Monique (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bluebeard's Daughter (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Brass Dragon (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Endless Voyage / The Endless Universe (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Can Ellen Be Saved? (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Drums of Darkness (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ruins of Isis / Haunted Spaceship (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Catch Trap (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The House Between The Worlds (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Survey Ship (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Night's Daughter (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Warrior Woman (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Firebrand (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tiger Burning Bright (With: Mercedes Lackey,Andre Norton) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Lythande Short Stories/Novellas

Bird of Prey (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Men, Halflings & Hero Worship (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Jewel of Arwen (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Parting of Arwen (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Gratitude of Kings (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Once and Future Merlin (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Crime Therapist (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Centaurus Changeling (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death Between the Stars (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Falcons of Narabedla (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Measureless to Man (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Genuine Old Master (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lythande (With: Vonda N. McIntyre) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Stars Are Waiting (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dark Intruder (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Phoenix (With: Ted White) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jamie and Other Stories: The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Marion Zimmer Bradley Short Story Collection (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Marion Zimmer Bradley, Science Fiction Collection (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Checklist: A Complete, Cumulative Checklist of Lesbian, Variant and Homosexual Fiction (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Experiment Perilous (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Necessity for Beauty: Robert W. Chambers and The Romantic Tradition (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Sword and Sorceress Anthologies

Sword and Sorceress XXI (By: Diana L. Paxson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Thieves' World Books

Thieves' World (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadows of Sanctuary (By: Philip Jose Farmer,John Brunner,Joe Haldeman,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Storm Season (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Face of Chaos (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wings of Omen (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead of Winter (By: Robert Lynn Asprin) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Soul of the City (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood Ties (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadowspawn (By: Andrew J. Offutt) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Aftermath (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Uneasy Alliances (By: Robert Lynn Asprin) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stealers' Sky (By: Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shadow of Sorcery (By: Andrew J. Offutt) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sanctuary (By: Lynn Abbey) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Turning Points (By: Dennis L. McKiernan,Mickey Zucker Reichert,Lynn Abbey,Raymond E. Feist,Diana Paxson) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Enemies of Fortune (By: C.J. Cherryh,Jody Lynn Nye,Mickey Zucker Reichert,Lynn Abbey,Robin Wayne Bailey,Jeff Grubb,Selina Rosen,Andrew Offutt,Diana Paxson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thieves' World: Player's Manual (By: James Ryman) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Complete Lythande (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Clingfire Books

(with Deborah J. Ross)

The Fall of Neskaya (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zandru's Forge (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Flame in Hali (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Children of Kings Books

(with Deborah J. Ross)

The Alton Gift (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hastur Lord (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Children of Kings (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Darkover Books

(with Mercedes Lackey)

Different Kind of Courage (By: Mercedes Lackey) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Set a Thief (By: Mercedes Lackey) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rediscovery (With: Mercedes Lackey) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Poetic License (By: Mercedes Lackey) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Object Lesson (By: Mercedes Lackey) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

If This Goes On(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Demon Lovers and Strange Seductions(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Algol The Magazine About Science Fiction - Winter 1977 / 1978(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Keeper's Price -Darkover Anthologies(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword of Chaos -Darkover Anthologies(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Greyhaven(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moonsinger's Friends: An Anthology in Honor of Andre Norton(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress II(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Free Amazons of Darkover - Darkover Anthologies(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress III(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Worlds Apart(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress IV(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Other Side of the Mirror -Darkover Anthologies(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Red Sun of Darkover -Darkover Anthologies(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress V(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Four Moons of Darkover -Darkover Anthologies(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Spell Singers(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Spells of Wonder(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Domains of Darkover -Darkover Anthologies(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress VI(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress VII(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Renunciates of Darkover(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress VIII(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Leroni of Darkover(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress IX(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress X(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Towers of Darkover(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Darkover(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Snows of Darkover(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XI(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XII(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Excalibur(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley Fantasy Magazine, Volume 2(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XIII(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Space Opera(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XIV(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XV(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Worlds(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Chronicles of the Round Table(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XVI(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XVII(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XVIII(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XIX(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sword and Sorceress XX(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Music of Darkover(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lieu: Science Fiction Short Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Science Fiction Gems, Volume 9(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Written in the Stars: Science Fiction Stories by Women, 1930-1962(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: Stormqueen! and the Hunters books were co-authored by Paul Edwin Zimmer. Rediscovery was co-authored by Mercedes Lackey. Hastur Lord and Thunderlord were co-authored by Deborah J. Ross. Exile’s Song, The Shadow Matrix and Traitor’s Sun were co-authored by Adrienne Martine-Barnes. All Avalon books were co-authored by Diana L. Paxson, except for The Mists of Avalon. The Glenraven series was co-authored with Holly Lisle. The short stories The Virgin and the Volcano and Firetrap were co-authored with Elisabeth Waters. The Clingfire and Children of Kings series were written by Deborah J. Ross, based on Bradley’s work. Tiger Burning Bright was co-authored with Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton.

Black Trillium was co-authored with Julian May and Andre Norton. From XVIII onwards (except for XXI), the Sword and Sorceress anthologies were edited by Elisabeth Waters. XXI was edited by Diana L. Paxson. Greyhaven was co-edited with Paul Edwin Zimmer. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Worlds was edited by Rachel E. Holmen. Experiment Perilous also contains essays by Alfred Bester and Norman Spinrad.

I Am a Lesbian was written under the pseudonym of Lee Chapman. My Sister, My Love, Twilight Lovers and The Strange Women were written under the pen name Miriam Gardner. Spare Her Heaven, Anything Goes and Knives of Desire were written as Morgan Ives. No Adam for Eve was written using the pen name John Dexter. The Endless Voyage was also published as The Endless Universe.

If You Like Marion Zimmer-Bradley Books, You’ll Love…

Marion Zimmer Bradley Synopses: The standalone novel Tiger Burning Bright is a one-time-only collaboration between three of the best in fantasy – Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey. The House of the Tiger has been ruling Merina during a time of peace, but now Emperor Balthasar and his armies plan to crush the city/state while it’s vulernable.

The Dark Intruder and Other Stories is a short story collection contains some of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s best short fiction between 1952 and 1962. Among the stories included are The Dark Intruder (aka Mesureless to Man), Jackie Sees a Star, Exiles of Tomorrow, Death Between the Stars, The Crime Therapist, The Stars Are Waiting and Black & White.

The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley contains 16 stories between 1954 and 1980. She is known for her feminist topics, some of which included here are sex and pregnancy in space. This collection is not to be confused with the Halcyon eBook of the same title.

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