Sword and Sorceress series

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The Sword and Sorceress series is a series of fantasy anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and originally published by DAW Books. As she explained in the foreword to the first volume, she created the anthology to redress the lack of strong female protagonists in the sub-genre of sword and sorcery. At the time, most female characters in sword and sorcery were little more than stock damsels in distress, or pawns who were distributed at the conclusion of the story as "bad-conduct prizes" (Bradley's term) for the male protagonists. Many of the early sword-and-sorcery works featured attitudes toward women that Bradley considered appalling.

As the Sword and Sorceress series grew in popularity with readers, she began to receive increasing numbers of excellent submissions. As a result, she had to become more selective, and to shorten her reading periods accordingly. For the eighteenth volume, which she was editing at the time of her death, she had enough material for three volumes. After her death, it was decided to take as many as possible of the stories she had tentatively chosen and publish them in three annual volumes, thus extending the series. After volume twenty was published, the publisher decided to extend an invitation for an additional volume under Diana L. Paxson, an editor who had worked with Bradley, with the possibility of additional volumes being published if it became a success.

The Sword and Sorceress series is noteworthy not only for its introduction of strong female protagonists into a sub-genre previously dominated by male characters, but for its financial success. Unlike most anthologies of original fantasy short fiction, they routinely earned out their advances and continued to pay their authors royalties for years afterward, often on foreign sales. In addition, many authors who made their first professional sales in the Sword and Sorceress anthologies subsequently enjoyed successful careers as novelists.

In February 2007, the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, which holds her copyrights, negotiated a contract with Norilana Books to publish a new volume and proceed to elicit submissions.[1] The book was published in November 2007, and the editor was Elisabeth Waters. Norilana Books has published four more books of the series, also edited by Elisabeth Waters. Since 2012 the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust has published the Sword and Sorceress anthologies.

The Anthologies[edit]

Sword and Sorceress I[edit]

1984. ISBN 978-0-88677-359-5 (USA edition)
1986. ISBN 978-0-87997-928-7 (USA edition)
1988. ISBN 978-0-7472-3105-9 (UK edition)

Sword and Sorceress II[edit]

1985. ISBN 978-0-88677-041-9 (USA Edition)
1986. ISBN 978-0-88677-360-1 (USA Edition)
1988. ISBN 978-0-7472-3106-6 (UK Edition)

Sword and Sorceress III[edit]

1986. ISBN 978-0-88677-141-6 (USA edition)
1986. ISBN 978-0-88677-302-1 (USA edition)
1988. ISBN 978-0-7472-3107-3 (UK edition)

Sword and Sorceress IV[edit]

1987. ISBN 978-0-88677-210-9 (USA edition)
1989. ISBN 978-0-88677-412-7 (USA edition)
1989. ISBN 978-0-7472-3364-0 (UK edition)

Sword and Sorceress V[edit]

1988. ISBN 978-0-88677-288-8 (USA edition)
1989. ISBN 978-0-7472-3389-3 (UK edition)

Sword and Sorceress VI[edit]

1990. ISBN 978-0-88677-423-3 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress VII[edit]

1990. ISBN 978-0-88677-457-8 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress VIII[edit]

1991. ISBN 978-0-88677-486-8 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress IX[edit]

1992. ISBN 978-0-88677-509-4 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress X[edit]

1993. ISBN 978-0-88677-552-0 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XI[edit]

1994. ISBN 978-0-88677-614-5 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XII[edit]

1995. ISBN 978-0-88677-657-2 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XIII[edit]

1996. ISBN 978-0-88677-703-6 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XIV[edit]

1997. ISBN 978-0-88677-741-8 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XV[edit]

1998. ISBN 978-0-88677-768-5 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XVI[edit]

1999. ISBN 978-0-88677-843-9 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XVII[edit]

2000. ISBN 978-0-88677-891-0 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XVIII[edit]

2001. ISBN 978-0-88677-996-2 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XIX[edit]

2002. ISBN 978-0-7564-0049-1 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XX[edit]

2003. ISBN 978-0-7564-0142-9 (USA edition)

Sword and Sorceress XXI[edit]

2004. ISBN 978-0-7564-0195-5 (USA edition). Edited by Diana L. Paxson.

Sword and Sorceress XXII[edit]

2007. ISBN 978-1-934648-15-5 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.
2007. ISBN 978-1-934169-90-2 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

Sword and Sorceress XXIII[edit]

2008. ISBN 978-1-934648-78-0 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

Sword and Sorceress XXIV[edit]

2009. ISBN 978-1-60762-048-8 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

Sword and Sorceress XXV[edit]

2010. ISBN 978-1-60762-081-5 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

Sword and Sorceress XXVI[edit]

2011. ISBN 978-1-60762-096-9 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

Sword and Sorceress XXVII[edit]

2012. ISBN 978-1-938185-08-3 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

Sword and Sorceress XXVIII[edit]

2013. ISBN 978-1-938185-31-1 (USA edition). Edited by Elisabeth Waters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sword & Sorceress 22". Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 

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