Literary Birthday – 17 February – Andre Norton

Andre Norton was born 17 February 1912, and died 17 March 2005.

Seven Quotes

  1. As for what I write – well, I write the kind of tales I like to read myself.
  2. As for courage and will – we cannot measure how much of each lies within us; we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry us through the trials which may lie ahead.
  3. Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behaviour, that they are so united to creative people.
  4. Most of my contributions in the field have been for teenagers, and my one rule is that one must never simplify – which is an insult to the readers’ intelligence – and most of the SF readers tend to be in the upper third of their classes in school.
  5. I think the human race made a big mistake at the beginning of the industrial revolution, we leaped for the mechanical things, people need the use of their hands to feel creative.
  6. Either the law exists, or it does not.
  7. SF appeals to me, as I have always enjoyed reading it, and it is a purely imaginative exercise – though one does have to do a lot of research for each book. I find that the sword-and-sorcery has the greatest appeal for myself – and it is the most fun to write.

Alice Mary Norton was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy. She wrote under the pen names Andre Norton, Andrew North, and Allen Weston. She was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, first to be SFWA Grand Master, and the first inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. A selection of her stories is available in Andre Norton: The Essential Collection.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 17th February 2015