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[GUEST ROUNDTABLE] Deborah J. Ross on Marion Zimmer Bradley and Darkover: Inspiring a Generation of Writers

Deborah J. Ross writes and edits fantasy and science fiction. She’s a former SFWA Secretary and member of Book View Café. Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Realms of Fantasy, Sword & Sorceress, and various other anthologies and magazines. Her most recent books include the Darkover novel, The Children of Kings (with Marion Zimmer Bradley); Lambda Literary Award Finalist Collaborators, an occupation-and-resistance story with a gender-fluid alien race (as Deborah Wheeler); and The Seven-Petaled Shield, an epic fantasy trilogy. She has just signed contracts for three more Darkover novels and another Darkover anthology.

Marion Zimmer Bradley was legendary not only for her own literary creations, including the Darkover series and The Mists of Avalon, but for inspiring and nurturing new writers. One of the joys of editing Stars of Darkover was discovering authors who sold their first stories to Marion’s anthologies and went on to notable careers. Even when Marion didn’t buy a story, she would often send a letter explaining why, suggest resources for the young writer, and offer encouragement. Here’s what some of the authors in this stellar new Darkover anthology have to say about how Marion influenced their careers…

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