It seems to me that the foundations for Bradley's Darkover stories rest here: starstones, the Chieri, Aldones, a mention of Zandru, and a story that is Darkover (the story of the Trailmen flu) among others. It is all there. There are a variety of tales and serials...each stands on its own. Sometimes the elements are familiarly named, and other times inferred by familiarity with Bradley's writing.
This was truly an enjoyable feast. It made me want more, yet the what I enjoyed most was seeing Bradley's writing development. Darkover pulled together all these elements that make up her early stories. Writers unfamiliar with her work might make a connection between pulling out threads and reweaving to create a stronger and more interesting piece.
Marion Zimmer Bradley is best known for her science fantasy series set in the Darkover universe and as the author of 'The Mists of Avalon.' A World Fantasy Award winner, her fiction is both memorable and powerful. This collection includes four novels and eleven short stories that helped make Bradley's reputation as one of the best writers the science fiction and fantasy field ever produced. 200,000 words and more than 500 pages of top notch science fiction and fantasy. Included are: 'Falcons of Narabedla,' 'Death Between the Stars,' 'The Dark Intruder,' 'The Door Through Space,' 'Black & White,' 'Treason of the Blood,' 'Jackie Sees a Star,' 'The Planet Savers,' 'The Stars Are Waiting,' 'Exiles of Tomorrow,' 'The Colors of Space,' 'The Crime Therapist,' 'Year of the Big Thaw,' 'The Wild One,' 'The Wind People.'