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RIP: Andre Norton

RIP: Andre Norton

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Over the weekend, I got my most recent copy of Locus (the only magazine I read cover-to-cover :)).  In it, the lede was that Andre Norton died on the 17th of March, 2005.

I'm not really surprised, she'd been in poor health for quite some time, but...

Andre wrote the very first novel I ever checked out of a library (possibly the first novel I ever read), when I was 6 years old.  I went to the Briarcliff Manor public library (inside the Briarcliff Manor train station - it's still there) and checked out my first book with my sparkling new library card.

It was Star Rangers (1953), and the adventures of Kartr and his band of rangers utterly enthralled me.

I was hooked, utterly and irrevocably.

I have many of her books in the library at home, some of which are worn to the point that they're almost unreadable.  Its been so wonderful seeing Baen and other publishers re-issue her stories, she was truly one of the great ones.

Farewell Alice. 

  • RIP indeed. I was a big fan of "The Zero Stone" when I was tennish. I might even have a copy somehwhere at home -- I should reread those old classics one of these days.
  • Only tangentially related, but it occurs to me that you might not be aware of Ansible (http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/Ansible/ and http://www.ansible.co.uk/). Andre Norton's decision to return home and await the end was covered in there a couple of months back, I seem to remember.

    Don't worry, it's free. ;-)
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