The success of Darkover was so important from the beginning that amateur soon
joined their forces in a group called The Friends of
Darkover. This group played a very important role in Darkover
development, especially in the writing of Darkover
anthologies, as explained
in my short history of these books.
It has more or less stopped its activities, but you can still reach
them. I include here a self description of the group, included in recent Daw
Darkover publications, such as
So popular have been the novels of the planet Darkover that an organization of
readers and fans has come into being, virtually spontaneously. Several
meetings have been held at major science fiction conventions, and more
recently specially organized around the various "councils" of the Friends of
Darkover, as the organization is now known.
The Friends of Darkover is purely an amateur and voluntary group. It has no
paid officers and has not established any formal membership dues. Although the
members of the Thendara Council of the Friends no longer publish a newsletter
or any other publications themselves, they serve as a central point for
information on Darkover-oriented newsletters, fanzines, and councils and
maintain a chronological list of Marion Zimmer Bradley's books.
Contact may be made by writing to the Friends of Darkover, Thendara
Council, Box 72, Berkeley, CA 94 701, and enclosing a SASE (Self-Addressed
Stamped Envelope) for information.