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->''Science fiction encourages us to explore... all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.''
-->-- '''Marion Zimmer Bradley'''

Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930-1999) was a prolific SpeculativeFiction and {{Fantasy}} writer who was often regarded as having a feminist bent to her work. MZB, as she was known to fans, was a co-founder and the namer of The Society for Creative Anachronism.

She was most famous for her ''{{Darkover}}'' series and the novel ''TheMistsOfAvalon''. She was a contributor to the ''ThievesWorld'' setting, with a sequence of stories featuring Lythande, Mage of the Blue Star. She also dove into gay and lesbian [[PulpMagazine Pulp Fiction]] early in her career.

Her former husband was convicted of a number of offenses involving children, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement there is debate as to what extent she was aware of or complicit in these activities.]] See TheOtherWiki for more information.
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!!Works by Marion Zimmer Bradley with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/BlackTrillium'' (in collaboration with Creator/AndreNorton and Julian May) and her solo sequel, ''Lady of the Trillium''
* ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' series
* ''Literature/LadyOfAvalon''
* ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon''

!!Other works by Marion Zimmer Bradley provide examples of:

* {{Atlantis}}: ''Web of Darkness'' and ''Web of Light''
** Mentioned as where the people of Avalon come from in TheMistsOfAvalon.
* ContemptibleCover: ''[[http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2010/03/hunters-of-the-red-moon/ Hunters of the Red Moon]]''
* {{Bifauxnen}} / SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler: Lythande]] passes for an attractively eccentric male. And has to maintain that pretense, ''forever''.
* KnifeThrowingAct: ''Knives of Desire''
** Bradley was also a target girl for a knife-thrower act herself in her younger days
* PerspectiveFlip: ''The Firebrand'' retells the Trojan War from the perspective of Kassandra.

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