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Darkover Landfall (Darkover - Publication Order #7)

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Darkover, planet of wonder, world of mystery, has been a favorite of science fiction readers for many years. For it is a truly alien sphere--a world of strange intelligences, of brooding skies beneath a ruddy sun, and of powers unknown to Earth. In this novel, Marion Zimmer Bradley tells of the original coming of the Earthmen, of the days when Darkover knew not humanity. T ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 15th 1987 by RH Canada UK Dist (first published December 1st 1972)
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Dec 18, 2013 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2015
Night settled over the world of the four moons; the dark sun sank in a strange clear twilight and the rare stars appeared. One after another, the moons climbed the sky; the great violet-gleaming moon, the paler green and blue gemlike discs, the small one like a white pearl. In the clearing where the great starship, alien to this world, lay huge and strange and menacing, the men from Earth breathed the strange wind and the strange pollen borne on its breath, and curious impulses straggled and eru ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Grace rated it did not like it
It is very difficult to read this in 2011. One of the characters assures himself he's "no male chauvinist!" while thumping around, whinging about how he has to include female scientists on his survey team and telling them to zip up their parkas because their t-shirts are indecently clingy. I get that this was published in 1972, when MZB had no idea what gender equality would look like in a more ideal form, but... this ain't it. A hysterical woman has already been slapped into sense, by the way. ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
I know I have a lot of reviews that have become "backed up" but I must admit I have been righting a few outstanding wrongs - like the story of Darkover.

I first came across the series in the early days of my getting in to reading what I wanted to read (as compared to what school told me to read). It was during the early days of book hunting where I would rummage through any old box of books I would stumble across at the charity stores or car boot sales (sorry English thing). Now it did mean my li
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Darkover Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but my affection for her rests not on the Avalon books, which I didn't care for, but her Darkover series. Darkover is a "lost colony" of Earth that falls back into a medieval society. Ruled by a psychically gifted aristocracy, after centuries it's rediscovered by a star-spanning high-tech human federation, giving the series a feel of both science fiction and fantasy. The Darkover series as a whole features strong female characters, but it has enough swashbuckl ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Cera rated it liked it
This is the first Darkover books in terms of internal chronology, showing the emergency landing of a Terran colony ship on the remote planet, and the subsequent struggle to create and maintain a viable society on an alien world without high technology. It doesn't feel anything like the main books of the series, which are high science fantasy with psychic powers, but I enjoy it anyway. It works perfectly for me as an unabashed fantasy about exploration and colonisation. MZB tries to depict the da ...more
Dec 09, 2012 A. rated it did not like it
Two thirds into this book and I'm setting it down for good. While it begins an interesting enough crash-landing and survival story, there is too much relentlessly sexist material here for me to sit by and endure. Perhaps I was expecting something different from a woman author who has at times flirted with feminism, but this is ridiculous. A woman is denied an abortion because apparently the colonists will need all the babies they can get. This is frustrating enough. But then a man explains to th ...more
Feb 17, 2010 Clarice rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: MZB fans, science fiction readers, vintage science fiction readers
Recommended to Clarice by: no - one
I am going through quite a phase with Marion at the moment, and it was her Avalon series that got me hooked on her work. It made sense to progress to the critically acclaimed Darkover series next. I also decided to find more background information on Marion Zimmer Bradley and this can be found on

In terms of internal chronology, Darkover Landfall is a good starting point as it tells the story of the first earthlings stranded on Darkover following the crash
Oct 01, 2009 Chuck rated it it was amazing
The is excellent novel forms the science fiction basis for the fantasy in the Darkover series. Bradley is often credited with successfully blending the elements of science fiction and fantasy, and she does so brilliantly in this book.

Darkover Landfall is largely a “hard” science fiction novel; it tells the story of how a colony ship, forced badly off course by a gravitational anomaly, crash lands on the only planet it can find with a habitable atmosphere. The planet has an abnormally large sun,
Jul 14, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
AHAHAHA 1970s. My favourite part: the bit where the male lead goes 'I'm not a chauvinist, but HERE ARE SOME TOTALLY SEXIST OPINIONS EVEN FOR THE 70s.' (I paraphrase.) I wish there was more detail about everyday survival stuff. It feels more like a sketch to explain some backstory than a novel.
Lana Del Slay
Sep 03, 2012 Lana Del Slay rated it it was ok
(Not a review of any particular edition.)

Coming to this after Thendara House was a bit of a letdown for me. I wanted to like the characters a lot more than I did, and I wanted to embrace their philosophies more than I could. I was able to sympathize with exactly two: Judy Lovat and Camilla Del Rey. Well, three, but the third is a spoiler.

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La serie di Darkover è così stratificata che reputo opportuna una più o meno prolissa introduzione prima di parlare del romanzo oggetto della recensione. Va subito detto che Darkover non nasce come serie, lo diviene nel corso della pubblicazione: nell'idea dell'autrice, ogni romanzo doveva essere fruibile a sé, e, per lo stesso motivo, talvolta viene a mancare la coerenza interna tra un romanzo e l'altro.
La pubblicazione dei romanzi non segue la linea storica della colonizzazione di Darkover: il
Dec 21, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
There has been some debate about how good of writer MZB was. If I am being totally honest, I would have to say that she is not the best writer in the world, and considering the massive amount of work she put out, some of it is "hack" work.

The Darkover novels always stand out, however. Part of this for me is that there is almost consistent theme of the good of the society versus the rights of the inidivual in the books, even in the earlier ones. That theme is one full view here.

Landfall tells the
The original meaning of the word 'cartoon' was more like a preliminary sketch. This book is something like a POSTliminary cartoon--an attempt to explain logically how people got in to the sort of situations we see them in in 'later' (though often written earlier) books. There's some effort at explanation, but not much. Why, for example, do the ships not have distress beacons? There's a later book in which contact with the Terran Empire is reestablished--but there's a lacuna of hundreds of years. ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm well aware of the scandal that's emerged since Marion Zimmer Bradley's death; but I loved this series when I was a kid, and so when I stumbled on an old paperback, I thought I'd revisit it.

...maybe the rest of the series was better? This book exists solely to explain how the society the series focuses on came about. Since I only dimly remember a lot of the details, I probably missed some subtle cues. But there's basically no plot. It starts post-crash. Then some stuff happens. But there's no
Jan 17, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok
An ok book but it just doesn't really go anywhere - it's clearly written as a nothing more than a prequel filling in Darkover's history.

A spaceship crashes - but no reason is given as to why. No-one seems to know, much less care. It's a colony ship, but the colonists don't seem to have basic equipment like personal communicators or any kind of transportation, and the captain doesn't mention any standard emergency procedures for crashing on an alien planet, surely a basic part of officer trainin
Jan 11, 2013 X rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Darkover
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Jun 23, 2015 Damien rated it really liked it
I remembered it as quite simplistic, and misogynistic. I'm no longer so sure. It sets a frame for the other darkover novels, with the male/female imbalance. Sometimes, its awkward/clumsy ("the girl") but gives some reasons for the imbalanced society of darkover, prejudiced against women. On the whole, I liked it
Feb 27, 2014 Melody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Choisi et lu pour mon cours de Paralittérature.

J'ai choisi ce livre car Marion Zimmer Bradley était apparemment l'une des rares femmes de son époque qui avait su s'imposer en science-fiction. Et bien pour moi ce livre a été une grosse déception et honnêtement si ce n'était pas pour un cours je ne l'aurais même pas terminé.
Nancy King
Aug 17, 2011 Nancy King rated it really liked it
I like MZB although at times, her characterization is lacking. I've read the entire Darkover series and I like them all. I like her fascination with linguistic minutiae and genealogy. The only thing I regretted about this book is that I had hoped it might reveal the origins of some of the later Darkover mythology about Hastur, the Lord of Light and his counterparts. :sigh:
周婉蓮 차우 크리스티나 Cass
I read the first book in this omnibus, Darkover Landfall in 2008. I'm now continuing with Two to Conquer. I am following my own reading order for the Darkover novels as described on my blog - - except that I read Darkover Landfall earlier and am reading Two to Conquer now after Hawkmistress! instead of after City of Sorcery.

The 5 star rating on here is for Darkover Landfall. I'll adjust the rating, if necessary, after I read Two to Conquer (and maybe writ
Oct 18, 2016 Mareli rated it really liked it
I lost my previous review and I feel depressed :(

I'm taking a break from the love stories I was reading lately and I decided to read this amazing series again, this time in its chronological order.

It's wonderful, having the benefit to know what will happen, to relate the Darkover culture to that beginning. The religion, the classes, the society organization, most of those things depend from the first days of Earth people on Darkover.

Lately I read bad things about the author, I'm going to detach
Now that I've finished the entire series (I hope), I'm going back to reread the whole series, according to internal chronology. This becomes tricky, since Bradley herself often wasn't clear where things fit.

I'll be adding new comments as I go along, but for the main reviews, I won't be altering them much.

What occurred to me here was that the involuntary 'colonists' didn't seem to be looking much into adhesives, gels, and other fastenings. Also, whatever they needed metal for, they did need it fo
Mar 10, 2012 Casusangelus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem das terranische Raumschiff unter Captain Leicesters Führung von seinem Kurs abgekommen ist und auf einem unbekannten Planeten notlanden musste, hat die Reparatur für ihn erstmal oberste Priorität. Moray, der Führer der Siedler, die mit an Bord waren um auf einem bereits erkundeten Planeten eine terranische Kolonie zu gründen, ist da allerdings anderer Ansicht. Er hat nicht viel Hoffnung, dass das Raumschiff überhaupt repariert werden kann. Er versucht den Captain zu überzeugen, da
Feb 23, 2017 Lavender rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, sci-fi
I've had several of the Darkover books laying around my house forever (they were in a box of books I got from a friend when she moved). I wish I had started reading these earlier. I am looking forward to exploring this world and its people more.
Jun 27, 2014 Eze rated it it was ok
I'm not entirely inclined, based on this book, to pick up the rest of the series. The story itself could have been far more interesting than it was if it didn't fall back so heavily on misogynistic/chauvinist subjects every moment the opportunity to point out the 'vast differences between the capabilities of men and women' came up. Over all it distracted greatly from the story itself. Whereas I'm usually heavily for character exploration and getting to know the characters I found myself disguste ...more
Heather Fryling
Aug 05, 2016 Heather Fryling rated it did not like it
I started to feel uneasy in the first few pages of this book. The female first officer of an intergalactic starship was described as a girl, sexualized, and generally depicted as the submissive inferior of all her fellow male officers. Apparent sexism aside, I wasn't sure what qualified her to be first officer if she apparently had no leadership qualities to offer. But Darkover Landfall was published in 1972. As an old book, I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.
Then I got to this pa
Jun 24, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book (chronologically) in Bradley's Darkover series, of which I've been a fan since middle school. This is the origin story of human life on Darkover, and is about a crashed spaceship that had been on its way to colonize a new planet but ended up somewhere wholly unexpected. The book tracks a few main characters as they deal with injuries and deaths of fellow passengers resulting from the crash, establishing their location on the planet and in the galaxy, encounters with the na ...more
I've already read the darkover books six years ago and enjoyed them. This first volume wasn't among my favorites then. The reason for this might have been that I read this book somewhere in the middle of the series and missed some of the recurring themes of the series, which of course aren't present in this book. Another reason might be that the last time I might have been a bit young for some of the adult themes.

This book describes how the planet later to be known as Darkover is first discovere
I avoided this series for years, mainly because the covers of the paperbacks looked incredibly doofy. But then I found the entire series available at my college library, so I decided to give the first volume in the series (though not the first one written) a try.

Turns out the writing is decent, and this is a good variation on the "spaceship crash-lands on a strange world" genre with which any SF fan will be familiar. It takes a while for things to get going in the novel, and the character develo
Douglas Milewski
Feb 28, 2016 Douglas Milewski rated it it was ok
Call me slow on the uptake, but I somehow never read any Darkover books in the 1970s or 80's. Darkover Landfall (1972) by Marion Zimmer Bradley introduced me to this world. (My copy came from the used book store. The yellow DAW Books logo has this Egyptian look to it.)

A ship has crashed into a strange world, but the survivors don't yet know that they're stuck. They don't yet know that the world will have an effect on their minds. They don't yet know the hazards that lay before them.

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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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