Andre Norton

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Andre Norton (born Alice Norton) was a particularly prolific Speculative Fiction writer. She was dubbed "Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy" by her biographers, fans, and peers, and has an award comparable to a Nebula for young adult speculative fiction named after her. She published her first novel in 1934 (when she was 21! Her second published novel was actually written first ... while she was in high school) and her last posthumously in 2005.

Norton is well-known for her "soft" Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, and Fantasy novels, although she also wrote such things as spy stories, Westerns, and gothic romance. Her most famous works are probably the Witch World series and her BeastMaster novels, the latter of which were later adapted (sort of) to film and a tv series. Her work greatly influenced many modern authors, including Mercedes Lackey and David Weber. A number of female authors were encouraged to write on finding out that Andre was a pen name, and she was a woman.

Her complete bibliography would take up several pages, so here is a very incomplete list:

Series:

  • The Beast Master series -- Space Western
  • The Central Control series, actually two books only related by the interstellar government being called "Central Control"
  • The Halfblood Chronicles, with Mercedes Lackey
  • The Forerunner series
  • The Janus series
  • The Moon Singer series
  • The Quag Keep series
  • The Solar Queen series
  • The Star Ka'at series, with Dorothy Madlee
  • The Sword series (spy stories, set in World War II and the years just following)
  • The Time Traders series
  • The Trillium series, with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Julian May
  • The Witch World series

Stand-alone works:

  • Android At Arms
  • Catseye
  • No Night Without Stars
  • The Prince Commands (Ruritanian adventure; her first novel)
  • Sea Siege
  • Shadow Hawk (adventure in Ancient Egypt)
  • Star Man's Son (a.k.a. Daybreak - 2250 A.D.)
  • Scarface (can be thought of as Son of Captain Blood)

Full list here. (Even The Other Wiki had to split the bibliography into a page of its own.)


Andre Norton provides examples of the following tropes: