Marion Zimmer Bradley
(June 3, 1930 – Sept 25, 1999)
In 1961, she said of herself: "I am a member of Circus Fans of America, have other interests in Tolkien fandom, opera, folk songs, mountain climbing, and rock collecting."
In 1966, she helped found and named the Society for Creative Anachronism where she was known as "Elfrida of Greenwalls." She was involved in developing several local SCA groups, including in New York and was an editor of Pennoncel and Banneret. In the 70s she lived in Greyhaven and she helped form the Vampire Society.
Professionally, she is primarily known for the Darkover series. She made her first sale to Amazing Stories in 1949 with a story which had previously appeared in Spacewarp. She founded and sustained Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. She briefly published the Darkover Newsletter.
Her brother was fan Paul Edwin Zimmer. Originally from Albany, NY, she married first Robert Bradley in 1949 and lived Rochester, Texas, through the early 1960s; they had one son, David Bradley. She divorced Robert in 1964 and then married Walter Breen (of later Breendoggle fame), with whom she had two children. She finished college in 1965 and moved to the Bay Area for graduate school, finishing in 1967. Subsequently, she lived in New York and the Bay Area.
Bradley and Breen separated in 1979 while remaining married, and continued a business relationship and lived on the same street. They divorced in 1990, after Breen was arrested on child molestation charges, though she later testified that she had been aware of his activities for many years.
Her legacy was considerably tainted by that, and by posthumous accusations against her of child sexual abuse and rape by her younger children, Mark and Moira Greyland.
- Stephen Goldin on Walter Breen’s 1980s molestation of his stepson and MZB’s complicity.
- Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
- Autobiographical sketch from 1953
- Allerlei (with Walter Breen)
- Anduril (with David Bradley and Paul Zimmer)
- Anything Box
- Astra's Tower
- Catch Trap
- Day*Star (for FAPA)
- Fantasy Ambler (for FAPA)
- Gemini Fapa
- MEZRAB (with Robert Bradley)
- On the Ragged Edge
- Tightbeam (at leas tone issue)
- Ugly Bird (with Redd Boggs)
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1958 -- Southwestercon VI
- 1963 -- 1963 Best Novel Hugo nominee
- 1967 -- Westercon 20
- 1975 -- Witchcraft & Sorcery SF Convention
- 1976 -- MileHiCon 8, Forry Award
- 1977 -- LepreCon 3
- 1978 -- Noncon 1, BYOB-Con 8, Hamilton Memorial Award, 1978 Best Novel Hugo nominee
- 1979 -- Othercon II
- 1980 -- Fantasy Worlds Midwinter Festival, Darkover Grand Council 1980, Intervention Beta
- 1981 -- Stucon 1, CopperCon 1, Intervention Gamma
- 1982 -- Mythcon XIII, X-Con 6, Moscon IV, Earthcon II, Darkover Grand Council V, CopperCon 2
- 1983 -- Tropicon II, Albacon II
- 1984 -- InConJunction V, Esotericon, Western Re-Con II
- 1985 -- DSC 23
- 1986 -- Mythcon 1986
- 1987 -- MisCon 2
- 1988 -- Norwescon X
- 1994 -- Con-Version XI
- 2000 -- World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement (posthumous)
- She was also more-or-less perpetual GoH at Darkover Grand Council.
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