March 17, 2005

Legendary SF/fantasy author Andre Norton dies

The legendary and prolific author of the "Witch World" series and many other titles, Andre Norton, died this morning at her home in Murfreesboro, TN.

Her death was announced by friend Jean Rabe, who said Norton died of congestive heart failure. Norton was born Alice Mary Norton on February 17th, 1912 in Cleveland. She penned more than 130 novels during her career of nearly 70 years.

The "Witch World" series, which detailed life on a planet reachable only through metaphysical gateways, included more than 30 novels.

Her last complete novel, "Three Hands of Scorpio," is set to be released in April.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently created the Andre Norton Award for young adult novels, and the first award will be presented in 2006.

Norton was 93.
(More coverage from Dead Pool & others)

Posted by mhking at March 17, 2005 12:44 PM

And another of the greats...goes beyond the veil. I had no idea she was *that* old (I figured she was somewhere 'round her 70's). Though I was not a fan of hers, she was (or should be) one of the icons of science fiction, right up there with Heinlein, Bradbury, Clark, and Asimov. May she rest easy, and be remembered with fondness every time her words are read.

Posted by: Guy S at March 17, 2005 01:36 PM

Andre was a great lady and a great person. I only wish that in the last year of her life I had visited her more often. She was always gracious, eager to discuss writing, archaeology, or any other topic that sprang to mind. Her mind was sharp and she should be an inspiration to all aspiring writers that a creative mind and a strong work ethic are the keys to success. I for one, will treasure our conversations, her books and her memories. Always.

Posted by: Dave Horton at March 21, 2005 12:53 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?