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The Friends of Darkover

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 Leroni of Darkover:

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.

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