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Jeff Kerwin had spent his early years in the Spacemen's Orphanage on Darkover. Yet he'd never felt that he belonged there, for he was haunted by dreams of the world surrounding the Terran city. After being shipped back to Earth, Jeff finally returns to the planet of the bloody sun, where he hopes to unlock the mystery of his heritage.

Jeff Kerwin had spent his early years in the Spacemen's Orphanage on Darkover. Yet he'd never felt that he belonged there, for he was...

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Jeff Kerwin had spent his early years in the Spacemen's Orphanage on Darkover. Yet he'd never felt that he belonged there, for he was haunted by dreams of the world surrounding the Terran city. After being shipped back to Earth, Jeff finally returns to the planet of the bloody sun, where he hopes to unlock the mystery of his heritage.

Jeff Kerwin had spent his early years in the Spacemen's Orphanage on Darkover. Yet he'd never felt that he belonged there, for he was haunted by dreams of the world surrounding the Terran city. After being shipped back to Earth, Jeff finally returns to the planet of the bloody sun, where he hopes to unlock the mystery of his heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441068593
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/1985
  • Series: Darkover Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley was born in Albany, NY and lived for many years in Berkeley, CA. Best known as a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romantic occult fiction, Bradley was also the editor of "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine" and many anthologies. Her most famous works include the "Darkover" series of science fiction novels and the "New York Times" bestselling "The Mists of Avalon," Bradley's romantic, magical, contemporary novels for Tor include "The Inheritor, Heartlight, Ghostlight, "and" Witch Hill," Marion Zimmer Bradley died in 1999.

Biography

Marion Zimmer Bradley was writing before she could write. As a young girl, before she learned to take pen in hand, she was dictating stories to her mother. She started her own magazine -- devoted to science fiction and fantasy, of course -- as a teenager, and she wrote her first novel when she was in high school.

Given this history of productivity, it is perhaps no surprise that Bradley was working right up until her death in 1999. Though declining health interfered with her output, she was working on manuscripts and editing magazines, including another sci-fi/fantasy publication of her own making.

Her longest-running contribution to the genre was her Darkover series, which began in 1958 with the publication of The Planet Savers. The series, which is not chronological, covers several centuries and is set on a distant planet that has been colonized by humans, who have interbred with a native species on the planet. Critics lauded her efforts to address culture clashes -- including references to gays and lesbians -- in the series.

"It is not just an exercise in planet-building," wrote Susan Shwartz in the St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. "A Darkover book is commonly understood to deal with issues of cultural clash, between Darkover and its parent Terran culture, between warring groups on Darkover, or in familial terms."

Diana Pharoah Francis, writing in Contemporary Popular Writers, noted the series' attention on its female characters, and the consequences of the painful choices they must make: "Struggles are not decided easily, but through pain and suffering. Her point seems to be that what is important costs, and the price is to be paid out of the soul rather than out of the pocketbook. Her characters are never black and white but are all shades of gray, making them more compelling and humanized."

Bradley's most notable single work would have to be The Mists of Avalon. Released in 1983, its 800-plus pages address the King Arthur story from the point of view of the women in his life -- including his wife, his mother and his half sister. Again, Bradley received attention and critics for her female focus, though many insist that she cannot be categorized strictly as a "feminist" writer, because her real focus is always character rather than politics.

"In drawing on all of the female experiences that make of the tapestry of the legend, Bradley is able to delve into the complexity of their intertwined lives against the tapestry of the undeclared war being waged between the Christians and the Druids," Francis wrote in her Contemporary Popular Writers essay. "Typical of Bradley is her focus on this battle, which is also a battle between masculine (Christian) and feminine (Druid) values."

And Maureen Quilligan, in her New York Times review in 1983, said: "What she has done here is reinvent the underlying mythology of the Arthurian legends. It is an impressive achievement. Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Celtic and Orphic stories are all swirled into a massive narrative that is rich in events placed in landscapes no less real for often being magical."

Avalon flummoxed Hollywood for nearly 20 years before finally making it to cable television as a TNT movie in 2001, starring Joan Allen, Anjelica Huston, and Julianna Margulies.

Two years before she died, Bradley's photograph was included in The Faces of Science Fiction, a collection of prominent science fiction writers, such names as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Under it, she gave her own take on the importance of the genre:

"Science fiction encourages us to explore... all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision."

Good To Know

Aside from her science fiction and fantasy writing, Bradley also contributed to the gay and lesbian genre, publishing lesbian fiction under pseudonyms, bibliographies of gay and lesbian literature, and a gay mainstream novel.

Bradley rewrote some editions of her Darkover series to accommodate real advances in technology.

Her first stories were published in pulp science fiction magazines in the 1950s.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Lee Chapman, Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 30, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      Albany, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      September 25, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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    The Bloody Sun, Against the Terrans, The Second Age, After the Comyn

    Jeff Kerwin grew up in the Spaceman's Orphanage on Cottman IV, until he was forced to travel to Earth. When he wasn't able to imitate their lost Earth son Jefferson Andrew Kerwin, he joined the Terran Space Service to make his way back home to Darkover. Around his neck he wears a blue stone. He's had it for as long as he can remember, but he has no idea that it's a matrix stone. Not only that, but that it use to belong to his mother, a leronis, the Keeper of Arilinn after the late Leonie Hastur.
    With his red hair not hidden under a hood in the Trade City, he is mistaken for one of the Comyn. There are those who don't agree with what decisions the Comyn has made for the people of Darkover. Some do want the Terran technology. A stone gets chunked at Kerwin's head, by an unknown pitcher.
    Because his Terran father thought ahead to give his son the best of both worlds, Kerwin has citizenship into the Empire. He hopefully and desperately tries to hunt down any records regarding his Darkovan parents. There isn't any record of him ever being in the orphanage. The computers only give him the same repeated message, "subject not found", in all of his searches. He begins to feel as if he's gone crazy; because he knows for sure that he was there and can't prove it to himself, or maybe more importantly to anyone else.
    Realizing that he will not be accepted as a Terran, and faced with a deportation order, Jeff abandons his Earth heritage, and searches for his answers in the Arilinn Tower. Unaware of the powerful intimacy between the members of the circle and the strong untapped empath laran he possesses, he finds himself reacting as a Terran boyfriend would, not like a Darkovan Tower technician should. Sleeping with Neyrissa is unlike any woman Jeff has ever been with before. When she comforts Auster with her laran the hatred between the two men explodes.
    Being in Arilinn Tower, he not only learns about laran and psi powers and how to use his laran, he is taught how to use the matrix stone given to him by his mother. (I'd love to tell you who his mother is, but that would be a spoiler. It was an enjoyable surprise for me.)
    There are only a few towers operating out of the once many from the Ages of Chaos, and none of them have a complete working matrix circle that Arilinn Tower now possesses with Jeff's membership. With the tempting ease of the Terran technology exchange that the Darkovans want, it is a struggle for the Comyn and the Towers to retain the integrity of the Darkovan way of life, rather than becoming another Empire satellite state. To their credit, Arilinn Tower succeeds with finding the desperately needed metals (for industry and commerce), buying them some more time. Unfortunately, they soon discover that someone is compromising their efforts, from the inside. Jeff's suspicions are on Auster Ridenow. Jeff and Auster have been at odds since they met. Jeff now fed up with not fitting in with either of his home planets and in addition to the misunderstood loss of Neyrissa's intimacy, confronts Auster with a challenge to prove his innocence. Unknowing to Kerwin, Auster has a trap matrix set up to ensnare Jeff and prove his innocence instead!
    To touch a Keeper is a powerful taboo that still remains, but since the Forbidden Tower changes are happening. The training required at a young age isn't truly necessary anymore. Because of Damon's efforts, anyone willing can be taught to use their laran and the mat

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