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Overview

How do you make a spaceman?
You start the same way that you start to make a chess master, a ballet dancer, a trapeze performer, or any other difficult and complex task demanding highly trained and concentrated skills, physical or mental; you start when the future professionals are too young to know whether that is what they want out of life, or not.

United Nations Expeditionary Planetary Survey-UNEPS-starts every year with one hundred five-year-olds, discovered, in early testing, to be both mentally and physically superior.

Twelve years later the best graduates of the Academy are given a Ship and sent out to find habitable planets for humans to live on. But what happens to a small crew of teenagers once the Ship leaves Earth?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441791132
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/15/1983
  • 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 is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Did you intend for your cover art to look like an erect penis wi

    Did you intend for your cover art to look like an erect penis with a lopsided testicle?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    LEGEND OF ZELDA

    OOOOOOOH PLEASE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    MEH

    LOZ and MINECRAFT and AMNESIA and GTA5 and SLENDER and KIRBY and POKEMON. Oh yeah free hugs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

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    LoZ everytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

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    Fantasy~Tiger~.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

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    Pokemon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

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    Fantasy. That will b fun

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

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    Even thought it's not on there, I say Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Glimmer

    Pokemon/fantasy

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Survey

    What vidiogame rp shiuld there. Be <p> Rune Factiry 4 <p> Naruto <p> Minecraft <p> Legend of Zelda <p> or Amnesia <p> PLEASE VOTE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    Fantasy. I would so be a pegasus in that rp!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    Fantasy. Id be cool to have fairies and mermaids and goblins and dragons and sprites. :)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    Pokemon if you can rp an actual pokemon. If not then fantasy.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Results!!!

    And the winner is.... <p>
    <p>
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    FANTASY!!!!! As promised, I've started a Fantasy rp located at "epic fantasy" all results. Please read the rules at the first result. <p>
    Oh, yeah. <p>
    The (only, it seems) other thing people voted for is Pokemon! So, I have decided to make a Pokemon rp at "rgb" results. In case you were wondering, that happens to stand for 'Red, Green, Blue.' If you've read the manga, you know what that means. If not, put down the nook and go read it!!! <p>
    Sincerely, Chronicler Thrandos, or Champion Red.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    C. Pokemon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    FANTASY!!!!!! Im going to be a dragon!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Speckleclaw

    Speckleclaw.clan-none.contact-erin hunter result 1(you have t as for me)apperence-a red tom.yes iwant mits iwant at least 2-3.i dont care how long it takes the most important part of a relationship is family.i want to get to know a cat before maybe them.the first lesson i will teach my kits love

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Survey for toms

    Please state your name, age, rank, clan, appearance, and where I can contact you.
    Then answer these questions:
    Do you want kits? If so, how many and how soon?
    What do you think is most important in a relationship?
    Do you want to get to know a cat before being their mate?
    What is the first lesson you would teach your kits?
    Thank you!
    I will get back to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Rp

    This is where all our dens will be. Okay, first things first, I say that mine name shall be Aspenfall.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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