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Publication Order of Holdfast Chronicles Books

Walk to the End of the World (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motherlines (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Furies (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Conqueror's Child (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Sorcery Hall Trilogy Books

The Bronze King (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silver Glove (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Thread (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Suzy Charnas Standalone Novels

Dorothea Dreams (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kingdom of Kevin Malone (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ruby Tear (As: Rebecca Brand) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Seas (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Father's Ghost (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life's Greatest Battles: Awareness is the start of breakthrough (As: Rebecca Brand) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Suzy Charnas Short Stories/Novellas

Unicorn Tapestry (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boobs (in Asimov's) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Advocates (With: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beauty and the Opéra or The Phantom Beast (in Asimov's) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Suzy Charnas Plays

Vampire Dreams (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Suzy Charnas Short Story Collections

The Vampire Tapestry (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moonstone and Tiger-Eye (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listening to Brahms (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music of the Night (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
SnackReads Generations 1 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Best Science Fiction of the Year Books

The Best Science Fiction of the Year 1 (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 2 (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 3 (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 4 (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 5 (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 6 (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 7 (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 8 (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 9 (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 10 (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 11 (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 12 (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction of the Year 13 (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction of the Year 14 (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction of the Year 15 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 16 (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best Science Fiction of the Year 10(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy Annual III(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy Annual IV(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 16(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Large Array(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards No. 22(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1989(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skin of the Soul(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seaharp Hotel(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Whisper of Blood(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Omni Best Science Fiction One(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Modern Science Fiction(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Hugo Winners, Vol. 3(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men / The Mammoth Book of Werewolves(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women of Wonder, the Contemporary Years(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, March 1996(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women Who Run with the Werewolves(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Visions of Wonder(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modern Classics of Fantasy(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Thirst(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of the Night(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanishing Acts(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 1(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poe: 19 New Tales of Suspense, Dark Fantasy, and Horror Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Teeth: Vampire Tales(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories By Women(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Whisper of Blood(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Suzy McKee Charnas is an American published author that also goes by the pen name Rebecca Brand. She resides in New Mexico in the United States with her husband.

Suzy was born on October 22, 1939. She is known for being a writer of short stories as well as a novelist, writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres most often.

She has won awards several times for her fiction writing with scores such as the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award. and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She has also had her short works collected in a 2004 installment titled Stagestruck Vampires and Other Phantasms. She also wrote a four volume novel series called The Holdfast Chronicles that was written over thirty years. The final novel in this series is called The Conqueror’s Chila and came out in 1999. It is considered to be one of her largest career achievements. and the series features aspects of separatist societies, a feminist dystopia, war, and reintegration.

McKee Charnas also wrote The Vampire Tapestry. The fiction was adapted into a play by the author that was titled “Vampire Dreams’.

The author was born in Manhattan with two artists for parents. Her father worked as an illustrator for the company Wonder Books, making picture books for children. Her mother worked as a textile designer. While together for a time, ultimately her parents chose to get a divorce when she was young. As a result, Suzy often helped her mother raise her little sister, who has six years younger.

Even though her family did not make much money, that did not stop Suzy from pursuing her education. She went to a high school that focused on the arts in New York City. Her parents also influenced her and she briefly considered going after a visual arts career. She attended Barnard College, where she graduated with her undergraduate degree while majoring in economics and history. She then went on to attend New York University, graduating with her master’s degree in education.

She also went to Nigeria as a member of the Peace Corps and has taught there.

Her work focuses on sociological aspects as well as anthropological aspects of science fiction as opposed to just the technological. McKee Charnas credits her familiarity with history and economics as well as the time that she spent in Nigeria as having large impacts on her work. In addition to science fiction, she has explored other genres such as adventure and Western while reading books earlier in life. However, she noticed that many of the works did not have strong female characters in them.

One of the major books that influenced her writing was The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. The book has served as an inspiration for her own career in writing. The author says that this is one of the first feminist books that she had come across. She did not herself intend to pen her own feminist literature despite this, but it was her first draft of Walk to the End of the World that embodied this, despite being originally intended to be mostly political satire.

The author found some resistance when she was attempting to get the second book in her Holdfast Chronicles published. In an interview, the author revealed that Ballantine Books, the same company that had published the debut novel rejected the story at first because it was determined that there were no male characters. The company considered young boys their target audience. The fact that there are some sexual relationships in the book as well. She kept trying to get it published, but it kept getting rejected for the themes inside. An editor even said that they could accept the story as is if the women in the book were changed to men. After a year, the book was accepted.

Walk to the End of the World came out in 1974 and is the first novel in The Holdfast Chronicles by Suzy McKee Charnas. It was nominated for a John W. Campbell award. If you love science fiction novels, be sure to check this one out!

Humanity has been reduced to a distant memory after a nuclear holocaust changes the landscape of society. Now society has devolved into different feudal groups, all just trying to survive and exist in a world that they once knew to be prosperous and now has been reduced to ruin.

One of these communities is called the Holdfast, and they have come up with their own story about what happened that holds women responsible for the whole thing. Now they are part of a caste considered as inferior. Referred to as fems, they are dominated by men and devalued, seen as only being worthy as when it comes to being slaves and breeding.

The society of Holdfast has a rigid hierarchy. The older men are called Seniors, and they hold the authority over the younger men (called juniors) absolutely. When one of them disobeys that authority and deserts his pot, Captain Kelmz and Servan D Layo are sent on a mission to find him and bring him back.

When they find Eykar Bek. the three have a change of heart and decide to go look for Bek’s father Maggomas. Whether they will find him or not remains to be seen. But their indiscretion has not gone unnoticed by the Seniors, who have sent others out to track them and bring them back into the fold.

The three meet a female slave named Alldera, who is out in the wild with her own mission. She wants to find the free Fems that are supposed to exist somewhere beyond the Holdfast and get help from them. The four team up on their travels, which will take far away from the Holdfast. As they go to the town of Troi, there’s no telling what the future holds for these four individuals.

Want to know what happens? Get a copy of Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas to find out what happens in this exciting adventure story!

Motherlines was published in 1978 and is the second novel to come out from Suzy McKee Charnas in The Holdfast Chronicles.

The main character of Alldera is back. She has risked everything she has to get away from the Holdfast. There the men ruled over the women and deemed them as less than and subservient, good for only slaves.

She had heard the legend tell of women out there, freed Fems that were beholden to no man and did what they like without anyone serving as their masters. What she finds instead surprises her.

The Motherline Tribes are free women who ride horses and also breed without men. She5 is inspired to be free by them, but can she adapt to a new life outside of the Holdfast? Read this book to find out!

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