Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930 - 1999) Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, New York, in 1930, and grew up across the Hudson River on a farm in East Greenbush. She married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. She received a B.A. from Hardin Simmons University, Texas, and did post-graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time she helped found the Society for Creative Anachronism. She sold her first story in 1952 and was a writer of note for over four decades. Bradley is best known for two signature series: the 'Darkover' science fantasy series and her Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon and its sequels. She also edited anthologies for 14 years and published Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which ran for 50 quarterly issues between 1988 and the end of 2000. Marion Zimmer Bradley died in Berkeley, California, on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack.