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                                                                                               FANGS OF THE WOLF WORLD

Across half a Galaxy, the Terran Empire maintains its sovereignty with the consent of the governed. It is a peaceful reign, held by compact and not by conquest. Again and again, when rebellion threatens the Terran Peace, the natives of the rebellious world have turned against their own people and sided with the men of Terra; not from fear, but from a sense of dedication. There has never been open war. The battle for these worlds is fought in the minds of a few men who stand between worlds; bound to one world by interest, loyalties and allegiance; bound to the other by love. Such a world is Wolf. Such a man was Race Cargill of the Terran Secret Service. . . . At one time Race Cargill had been the best Terran Intelligence agent on the complex and mysterious planet of Wolf. He had repeatedly imperiled his life amongst the half-human and non-human creatures of the sullen world. And he had repeatedly accomplished the fantastic missions until his name was emblazoned with glory. But that had all seemingly ended. For six long years he'd sat behind a boring desk inside the fenced-in Terran Headquarters, cut off there ever since he and a rival had scarred and ripped each other in blood-feud. But when The Door Through Space swung suddenly open, the feud was on again -- and with it a plot designed to check and destroy the Terran Empire.

Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (1930 - 1999) was an American author of fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy novels, and is best known for the Arthurian fiction novel The Mists of Avalon, and the Darkover series. While some critics have noted a feminist perspective in her writing, her popularity has been posthumously marred by multiple accusations against her of child sexual abuse and rape by two of her children, Mark and Moira Greyland, among many others. Zimmer Bradley's first child, David R. Bradley, and her brother, Paul Edwin Zimmer, also became published science fiction and fantasy authors.

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  • Marion Zimmer Bradley(Author)
  • Aegypan (January 1, 2007)
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  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By J.L.D on January 27, 2013

    The Door Through Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley I read this; because it was there. Well, it's written by Marion Zimmer Bradley and its one of the first novels of her's that was published. I loved The Colors of Space but honestly did not read much more than that because her stories seemed predominantly fantasy and at the time I was reading science fiction. I'm almost sorry I haven't read more of her's- the good thing is that enough is out there I might still have time. The Door Through Space demonstrates that she had a lot of talent coming out of the gate. The story starts on the planet known as Wolf. The reader is introduced to Race Cargill former intelligence agent of the Terran Secret Service. He's at the spaceport in Kharsa and in the first chapter we are introduced to the natives much of the political situation and some of the back-story of Cargill all through the movement of a mob chasing a dwarf who appears to be peddling toys. And the reader is introduced to a mystery when the dwarf disappears while Cargill is trying to calm the natives, using his skill at speaking in their language. All of this is in the first short chapter. Cargill is intent on leaving Wolf on the next Star-ship. He's ready to go and on the ship waiting when he's pulled off by his employer who has one more job for him. This job involves a traitor named Rakhal. Rakhal had been a fellow agent. When he turned native he left with Race's sister Juli and he disfigured Race's face. Race has since been at a desk job and he has no desire or ambition to seek after Rakhal or to kill his own brother in law. The problem is that Juli has come back and she's desperate to have Race find Rakhal and bring back her own daughter to her. If that's not enough Race finds out that Rakhal has been pursuing the possibility that someone on Wolf might possess a matter transmitter. If that's true then Terran Intelligence needs to be on top of it. One more time Race Cargill must go undercover to find his niece and try to secure the matter transmitter. This is a tightly written tale that has survived the test of time and still stands as an intriguing story that keeps the reader on their toes and involved to the very end.I sure hope Amazon has that download fixed. If not Guttenburg has this in kindle format and its easy to upload it from a pc into your que- I believe that's how I did it.J.L. Dobias

  • By Lolalu on February 17, 2009

    C'mon, folks!! OK, this is pulp science fiction and it's not as good as the 50 novels that will follow it, but Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote this in 1961 and it's her first published book. It's fascinating to see so many ideas making their way onto paper for the first time.Another reviewer, Joe Sherry, does a good job of summarizing the plot so let's not recap that. This novel owes a lot to C.L. Moore, Leigh Brackett, Andre Norton, and yes, Robert E. Howard, the only male in that group of four. It's predictable--don't read it to be surprised by the plot because it's by the numbers. Characters are flatter than crepes even though they have exotic scarring from blood feuds. Back alleys, spaceports and drug dens could have come from a box of Writers' Helper.No, read it to walk under a red sun for the first time alongside MZB. Listen to the clank of Drytowner women's marriage chains. Marvel at how well most tech references held up (except for maybe vacuum tubes as a sought-after trade item.) Scarcely a page goes by without seeing the very first shoot of something that will grow into a lush and consistent world myth.Elizabeth Waters' introduction alone is worth the price of the book for its glimpse into Bradley's early years as an abused child and later her work in a circus as a knife-thrower's assistant/target. "Oh, that explains rather a lot," I thought. Despite having had a "Visit Scenic Darkover" bumper sticker years ago, I'm not a devotee, just someone who's read most of her books and enjoyed them. "The Door Through Space" provides history, context, and the chance to see a major author at the start of her long, rewarding career. It will be a treasure for the real MZB fans.

  • By A customer on March 28, 2001

    Before she went on to write some of the greatest classics in science fiction and fantasy, Marion Zimmer Bradley, believe it or not, wrote some awful novels. This is one.The "Door through Space" is an unremarkable (and almost unreadable) space-travel novel so like many others written at this time. It is pseudo-hard science fiction -- that is, a technologically-focused book with a little metaphysical nonsense thrown in. Marion Zimmer Bradley, when an editor, once said she would never buy a spaceship story in which "the spaceship was more interesting than the people". This is one of those.That's not to say this book doesn't have some redeeming qualities. It's thin, pulpy-looking, and a looks good on the bookshelf next to the rest of my Bradleys. I picked my copy up for a quarter at a garage sale. I wouldn't have paid a penny more.

  • By old vermonter on April 18, 2014

    This is a very short book-more of a novella I think. But the story was compelling and interesting to the end. I think young adults would really enjoy this as much as adults if they like plausible science fiction. Bradley writes a "this could be true sometime in the distant future" tale, which I really enjoyed.

  • By Daphne on March 20, 2014

    The character and story development is a little weak. The story also ends rather abruptly. There is a lot of buildup and then within a couple of pages of the event it has been building up to it just ends. There was a lot of the story that was just left hanging.

  • By michael on October 17, 2012

    the file freezes the kindle when you try open it--It is bad ju ju for the kindle - this is no star rating


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