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Legacy: Andre Norton Award[edit]

2012-12-03 The Norton Jury on the Norton Award: Why It’s Important for All SFWA Members

2012-12-01 (SFWA 2012-12, 2013-02) Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Children's literature#Middle Grade and Young Adult

12 Norton finalists for 2012/2013 cycle! [1]

"Any young adult/middle grade prose or graphic novel first published in English in 2012 is eligible."[2]

"The first Norton Award (for the year 2006) was bestowed during the Nebula Awards ceremonies on May 11–13, 2007."[same]

Dec 1, missing
Dec 2, Sherwood Smith

"Andre Norton first began talking to me about this project in 2004. Her initial idea was to establish an award (with cash) for unpublished manuscripts." ... "The award was established just a few weeks before Andre died" ... the book only has to be published in English, but can come from any country in the world), SFWA’s Board agreed that there should be a jury, and that it could add several titles, at least until the membership began reading and nominating YA work.

Dec 3, Jenn Reese - why it's important
Dec 13, Jenn Reese - The Norton Award and Middle Grade Books

"actually an award for both young adult and middle grade fiction, despite the official title." - identifies 10 clear MG and 5 borderline (including 3 and 1 winner) namely 2012 2010 2009 2008

Dec 15, Althea Kontis

"in 2004 when she sold off High Hallack, piece by piece, to fund the Andre Norton Award."

two contributors make Norton instrumental in conceiving the award


SFAwards for service or life achievement

SAGA, Worldcon participants, 1974-1981

  • 1979 Balrog Award for lifetime achievement, 1st

1979-1985, fan-voted for fantasy

  • 1983 Skylark Award, 17th and 3rd woman (JLBdel Rey, Anne McCaffrey)

NESFA from 1966 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (the "Skylark")

SFWA officers and past presidents, from 1975 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award


  • 1988 Big Heart

another Worldcon service award, prelim to Hugo ceremony

  • 1994 First Fandom Hall of Fame Award "a member of the fan community active at the time of the first World SF Convention--for service to SF"

prelim to Hugo ceremony

  • 1997 SF & F HOF

CSSF 1968, institutionalized 1982, from 1996 Campbell Conference (science fiction)


  • 2002 Southeastern SF A for Life Achievement
SFAwards for particular works
  • 2003, 2005, 2006 Sir Julius Vogel Award SFFANZ for Norton/McConchie novels

open to NZ members and annual convention participants

Our sources[edit]

Mclellan: (SFWA) "Andre Norton's books were the gateway to science fiction and fantasy for generations of readers, and through her example and personal encouragement she opened the doors for many new writers," Jane Jewell, executive director of the group, told The Times this week.

Norton's last complete solo novel, "Three Hands of Scorpio," will be published by Tor Books in April.

Jewell said Norton, who never married and had no immediate survivors, requested that she be cremated with copies of her first and last books.

Lehmannhaupt: central theme was the rite of passage to self-realization undertaken by misfits or displaced outsiders,

pre-SF "juvenile historical fiction and adventure stories"

Wollheim/DAW "Daybreak - 2250 A.D.," eliminating all references to the story and its author as being for young readers, and found himself with a steady seller.

1954, 182pp half of Ace Double with Kuttner-Moore collab
1961, Ace solo

38 of 40 branches!

23 novels by 1958

Kirkus coverage[edit]

KIRKUS The Prince Commands[1]

Graustarkian romance. Kirkus summarized: "a boy, brought up in ignorance of his royal blood, is spirited off to become the ruler of a virtually unknown Balkan principality." And concluded, "A familiar formula -- but good reading."[1] According to WorldCat, a 1937 Danish-language edition has been catalogued.

Is it set in the 1930s? or "historical"?

One WorldCat library has catalogued it as "The prince commands, etc. [A story for boys.]" Clute & Nicholls say that Norton achieved success with the novel.

1937 Danish-language Varulven (Werewolves) [3] [4] [2] (Copenhagen: Gyldenhall, 1937)

The science fiction writer Andre Norton first reached success with a 1934 Ruritanian novel, The Prince Commands. [3]

Witch World [1963-1968]. ISFDB places five in the Estcarp subseries and one in the High Hallack subseries.[4]


KIRKUS SEARCH Search Results: "Andre Norton"[5]

Dragon Mage (Tor, Jan 2008), AN and Jean Rabe —"a direct sequel to Dragon Magic" -ISFDB

  • Return to Quag Keep (Tor, Jan 2006) [5] "Derivative, stale rubbish."
  • Brother to Shadows (William Morrow, Nov 1993) [6] "Norton's most persuasive solo outing in quite some time."
  • Wizards' Worlds (Tor, Sep/Nov 1989 collection; 1953-85) [7] "Norton has only one gear--Forward: slow--and she's often overbearingly YA-ish; but the short/medium-length format shows off her real yet limited talents to best advantage."
  • Flight in Yiktor (Tor, May 1986) [8] sequel "A frail, diffident sequel to Exiles of the Stars" ... "In most of Norton's works, the characters, situations, and voices are inescapably juvenile. This one is no exception. The ambiance is magical rather than science fictional. The backdrop is mostly froth. And the narrative sounds absurdly like a muffled groan. So, overall, this one would look better--though by no means convincing--on the YA shelf."

LCC: Star Ka'ats and the winged warriors, AN and Dorotthy Madlee ; illus. Jean Jenkins

LCC: Star Ka'ats and the plant people, AN and Dorothy Madlee ; illus. Jean Jenkins

LCC: Star Ka'at world, AN and Dorothy Madlee ; illus. Jean Jenkins ;130p

LCC: Star Ka'at (Walker, 1976), AN and Dorothy Madlee ; illus. Bernard Colonna ; 122p

  • Red Hart Magic (Crowell, Sep 1976 ), illus. Donna Diamond [9] CHILDREN's tepid

The Day of the Ness (Walker, 1975), AN and Michael Gilbert

  • Outside (Walker, Feb 1974; Mar 1975), illus. Bernard Colonna [10] CHILDREN's

Lavender-Green Magic (Crowell, 1974), illus. Judith Gwyn Brown

  • Dragon Magic (Crowell, Apr 1972), illus. Robin Jacques [11] CHILDREN's what's the point?
  • Exiles of the Stars (Viking, Apr 1971) [12] - sequel to Moon of Three Rings - "The author provides her usual dashes of daring and dollops of intrigue in a labyrinthian plot designed to hold the reader in suspended admiration."

High Sorcery (Ace, Mar 1970), collection

LCC: Bertie and May (World, 1969), Bertha Stemm Norton and Andre Norton, illus. Fermin Rocker

LCC: Postmarked the Stars (Harcourt, 1969)

  • Uncharted Stars (Viking, Mar/Apr 1969) [13] sequel to The Zero Stone "The author's version of hallucinatory and telepathic effects is excellent and the Vondar/Eet duo is inspired. Perhaps they will continue charting stars even after Eet undergoes a final, surprising transfiguration. So far, two of the author's best."

Dark Piper (Harcourt, 1968)

Fur Magic (World, Oct 1968), illus. John Kaufmann

  • The Zero Stone (Viking, Nov/Mar 1968) [14] "Miss Norton's extraordinary imagination is again at work ... Good sustaining action in what could be the start of a very nice series."
  • Octagon Magic (World, May 1967), illus. Mac Conner [15] CHILDREN's

Operation Time Search (Harcourt, Jan 1967)

    • STARRED Moon of Three Rings (Viking, Aug 1966) [16] "the prolific author who can generally be counted on to do multiple rings around any of the others working in the juvenile science fiction form, and this is one of her best. ... It's a compelling pilgrimage, well worth taking for fantasy/SF fans."
  • Victory on Janus (Harcourt, Sep 1966) [17] --sequel to Judgement on Janus-- "excellent science fiction writer" ... "The long complex story is only for Miss Norton's most enthusiastic fans. The writing is in her most involved style and you practically need a machete to break through the underbrush of the Ifts' green, spiritual world."

Steel Magic (World, Aug 1965), illus. Robin Jacques

  • The X Factor (Harcourt, Aug 1965) [18] -f- "one of the most imaginative in the science fiction field (Night of Masks, and Ordeal in Otherwhere, 1964, are her most recent) leads her hero Diskan Fentress on an unusual journey outward from one strange planet to another, and also inward in the realms of his subconscious. ... an offbeat book in which action is vague, even secondary, but mood and emotion are sharply evoked."

Quest Crosstime (Viking, Aug 1965)

  • Night of Masks (Harcourt, Aug 1964) [19] -silent- "The author uses seemingly limitless imagination and skill to carry the reader through the intricacies of this science fiction/fantasy/adventure."
  • Ordeal in Otherwhere (World, Mar 1964) [20] -silent-

Witch World (Ace, 1963)

Judgment on Janus (Harcourt, 1963)

    • STARRED Key Out of Time (World, Mar/Apr 1963) [21] -male- "Again, Andre Norton, one of the greats among writers of teen -age science fiction (Galactic Derelict, 1959, p.658, J-316, for one), has employed his boundless imagination ... Owing to the author's exceptional mastery of detail, and astute control of plot, Key Out of Time stands as a novel which should more than satisfy young science fiction fanciers and fanatics."

Eye of the Monster (Ace dbl, 1962)

  • Lord of Thunder (Harcourt, Sep 1962) [22] Arzor/Beast sequel "secondary to the fascinating description, the imaginative ideas, and the general quality of prose and dialogue. For the experienced science-fiction reader."
  • Rebel Spurs (World, Sep 1962) [23] "In traditional Andre Norton fashion, the prose and dialogue are well-done and the plot is carefully and cleverly constructed."
  • The Defiant Agents (World, Feb/Mar 1962) [24] -male- "Andre Norton, a polished writer of science fiction, weaves his outlandish fare in patterns intricate enough to attract the most devoted addict. Do not try to contrive a consistent political allegory out of his flight into fantasy. This is pure science fiction with obvious pertinent overtones."

Star Hunter (Ace dbl, 1961)

  • Catseye (Harcourt, Sep 1961) [25] -male-
    • STARRED Ride Proud, Rebel! (World, Apr 1961) [26] "Andre Norton- in a new role- weaves a substantial and dramatic narrative with the Civil War as its focus. Drew Rennie was a rebel ...

The Sioux Spaceman (Ace dbl, 1960) — (Gregg Press, 1978) with a profile of AN by Lin Carter

  • Shadow Hawk (Harcourt, Oct 1960) [27] -silent- Ancient Egypt - "As usual, Andre Norton packs so much uncompromising exposition into the first half-chapter that it proves a stumbling block to many readers. But once the initial dose is swallowed, the story moves quickly to a high interest peak. Whether the author's locale is in the storied past or the imagined future, there is always the feeling of cardful research and plausible detail. No sissy stuff, this, but rich fare for the avid reader."
    • STARRED Storm Over Warlock (World, Apr 1960) [28] "told here with that sweep of imagination and brilliance of detail which render Andre Norton a primary talent among writers of science fiction. A boy's story, packed with adventure and fancy."

Secret of the Lost Race (Ace dbl, 1959)

  • Galactic Derelict (World, Oct 1959) [29] -male- "Andre Norton has no peer in his chosen field of science fiction for teen agers. This time his story involves an expedition in both time and space ..."
  • The Beast Master (Harcourt, Aug 1959) [30] -male- "Written by the author of Star Gate and Star Guard, this fantasy is made convincing by the author's boldness of imagination and by his ability to yield totally to the atmosphere which he creates."
  • The Time Traders (World, Oct 1958) [31] -male- time travel based in Cold War "An interesting idea, well handled by Andre Norton, science fiction expert, who projects his reader deftly both backwards and forwards in time and injects his narrative with considerable and interesting historical information."
  • Star Gate (Harcourt, Aug 1958) [32] -male- "Andre Norton, whose ability to extend scientific thought to the limit of imagination has won him many enthusiasts among science fiction fans, elaborates in Star Gate on the possibility of alternate destinies governed by optional changes in time. A fascinating concept, masterfully handled by the author."

to this point 21 novels /20 hardcover /17 hc as by Andre Norton /16 reviewed by Kirkus inclg four starred reviews

  • Sea Siege (Harcourt, Aug 1957) [33] -f- West Indies island after atomic war "Andre Norton, who wrote Star Guard and The Stars Are Ours focuses her talent for science fiction on the nether reaches of the see this time."
  • Star Born (World, Mar/May 1957) [34] -silent- "Astra" 4/5th generation sequel to The Stars are Ours

The Crossroads of Time (Ace dbl, 1956)

  • Stand to Horse (Harcourt, Aug 1956) [35] CHILDREN's Company K in Santa Fe "Quite simply, the plot is one of battles and bad men, based on research into the history of the period, but the characters are more closely examined for what they are worth than in the ordinary adventure. We get a look at their motives as well as their actions, the enemy becomes understandable and Ritchie and Herndon, the sergeant whom he had disliked at first, fully realize the tragic effects of the white man's relentless energies."

Plague Ship (Gnome, Apr 1956), Andrew North

  • Star Guard (Harcourt, Aug 1955) [36]

Sargasso of Space (Gnome, May 1955), Andrew North

    • STARRED Yankee Privateer (World, Mar 1955), illus. Leonard Vosburgh [37] Atlantic American Revolution "Another good yarn from the author of Star Rangers and At Swords' Points."

Murder for Sale (Hammond, Hammond, 1954), AN and Grace Allen Hogarth

    • n STARRED At Swords' Points (Harcourt, Aug/Sep 1954) [38] Cold War "Superior cloak and dagger ... Spell-binding and as adept as Andre Norton's more familiar science fiction."
  • The Stars are Ours (World, Aug 1954) [39] Astra 1 - "Past master at serious science fiction ... Part I of her story ..."
  • Star Rangers (Harcourt, Aug 1953) [40] "The 80th century A.D. when an impartial rule of galactic systems is disintegrating frames a science fiction story with adult concepts and a catchy theme. ... they learn that the planet is the legendary Terra of the first spacemen. Reptiles and birdmen as well as humans people this and their worlds are a myriad of far-reaching systems, quite imaginatively projected." [41] "Pulpish but entertaining, the sort of material Norton cut her teeth on: should fit right in alongside the Webers, Moons, Flints, Asaros, Ringos, Drakes, etc."
  • STAR MAN'S SON: 2250 A.D. (Harcourt, Aug 1952) [42] "Good grade science fiction carried by a thought provoking theme. Nicolas Mordvinoff's drawings have a certain power and heaviness that add to the sense of Fors' quest, the urgency of the battle."
  • Huon of the Horn (Harcourt, Sep/Jun 1951) [43] "An unusual though circumscribed item, this translation of the 1534 English version of the romance of Huon of Bordeaux, included in the cycle of the Charlemagne Saga. relaxed sentence structure which nevertheless retains some of the archaic flavor of the Lord Berners translation ... the incidents do not have the universal appeal of some of the Arthur legends, for example, or the Roland tales ... as a curiosity and as a supplement to the study of legend, this undoubtedly has value, although a weak competitor to other tales of knightly adventure."
  • n Sword in Sheath (Harcourt, Jul/Oct 1949) [44] two OSS youths post WWII(contemporary) "Straight adventure, well done, a good "bridging book" to use as bait for the comic addicts."
    • n STARRED Scarface (Harcourt, Aug/Jun 1948) [45] pirates of the Caribbean "Well-sustained, action-packed pirate yarn which should provide good material to bridge that gap for the boys emerging from the comic book stage. ... Straight adventure- well done."
  • n Rogue Reynard (HM, Jun 1947) [46] subtitle: "Being a tale of the fortunes and misfortunes and divers misdeeds of that great Villain, Baren Reynard, the Fax, and how he was served with King justice. Based upon the Beast Sage."
  • n The Sword is Drawn (Houghton Mifflin, Apr/Mar 1944) [47] WWII Holland Dutch Indies, Dutch Underground "sounds like a thriller" ... "pace should be faster"
    • n STARRED Follow the Drum (Wm Penn, Sep 1942) [48] brother and sister return from the continent to claim their fortune after father's death --without success; they end up in Restoration Maryland "The pictures of prison life, marauding soldiers, life at sea, slave markets, early manor life in Maryland, the cruelty of owners and much else, are exceedingly well done. Girls will realize what strength and persistance it took in those days to fight through life--present day hardships will not seem so difficult."

Ralestone Luck (Appleton-Century, Aug 1938)

  • n The Prince Commands (Appleton-Century, Feb; Appleton-Century-Crofts, Jun 1934) [49] "A Graustark type of tale ... A familiar formula -- but good reading."


no reviews of the first six and few thereafter, except latterday collaborations and shared-universe stories
Trey of Swords (1977)[50]
The Crystal Gryphon (1972)[51], The Jardoon Pard (1974)[52], Gryphon's Eyrie (1984)[53]

The Warding of the Witch World(1996)[54] "A vast, rather amorphous panorama framing numerous plotlets, and set forth in the usual stilted, sometimes outlandish prose, Still, a major effort from Norton that should satisfy Witch World fans."

At least eight of Norton's novels received Kirkus "starred reviews": Follow the Drum (1942), Scarface (1948), At Swords' Points (1954), Yankee Privateer (1955), Storm Over Warlock (1960), Ride Proud, Rebel! (1961), Key Out of Time (1963), Moon of Three Rings (1966). (Only the latter subsequent to Witch World (1963), which inaugurated her longest running and most ambitious project)

LCC records[edit]

  • The prince commands, being sundry adventures of Michael Karl, sometime crown prince & pretender to the throne of Morvania, by André Norton ; illustrations by Kate Seredy. (App, 1934) [55]
  • Ralestone luck, by André Norton ... illustrated by James Reid. (App, 1938) [56]
  • Follow the drum, being the ventures and misadventures of one Johanna Lovell, sometime lady of Catkept manor in Kent county of Lord Baltimore's proprietary of Maryland, in the gracious reign of King Charles the Second. By Andre Norton. (Wm. Penn, 1942) [57]
  • The sword is drawn, by Andre Norton; with illustrations by Duncan Coburn. (Houghton Mifflin, 1944) [58]
  • [not in LCCat] Rogue Reynard] (Houghton Mifflin, 1947) 96pp
  • Scarface, being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of Tortuga, and how fate did justly deal with him, to his great profit by Andre Norton. Illus. by Lorence Bjorklund. (Harcourt, Brace, 1948) [59]
  • Sword in sheath [by] Andre Norton. Illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund. (Harcourt, Brace, 1949) [60]
  • [not in LCCat] Huon of the Horn (Harcourt, Brace, 1951)
  • Star Man's son, 2250 A.D., by Andre Norton. Illustrated by Nicolas Mordvinoff. (Harcourt, Brace, 1952)

Much later she edited four volumes of Catfantastic tales with Martin H. Greenberg, a different person. publisher's description cataloged by LC: "Two of the biggest names in the fantasy field have put together a unique collection of fantastical cat tales for friends of furry felines. Cats work a special magic in these stories from the future, from the past, and from dimensions people never dream of." 1989 to 1996

Bibliography: Single titles[edit]

first five listings revised at Andre Norton bibliography#Single titles
  • n [61] The Prince Commands, being sundry adventures of Michael Karl, sometime crown prince & pretender to the throne of Morvania (D. Appleton–Century Company, 1934), illustrated by Kate Seredy[6] – nongenre
  • n Ralestone Luck (Appleton–Century, Aug 1938), illus. James Reid[6] – nongenre (complete online text via Project Gutenberg)
  • n [62] Follow the Drum, being the ventures and misadventures of one Johanna Lovell, sometime lady of Catkept manor in Kent county of Lord Baltimore's proprietary of Maryland, in the gracious reign of King Charles the Second (New York: William Penn Publishing Corp., 1942)[6] – nongenre
  • n [63] Rogue Reynard, being a tale of the fortunes and misfortunes and divers misdeeds of that great Villain, Baron Reynard, the Fox, and how he was served with King justice. Based upon the Beast Saga (Houghton Mifflin, 1947), illus. Laura Bannon[2] – nongenre
  • n [64] Scarface, being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of Tortuga, and how fate did justly deal with him, to his great profit (Harcourt, Brace, 1948), illus. Lorence Bjorklund -LCC[6] – nongenre
  • [65] Huon of the Horn (1951)
  • [66] Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (1952), illus. Nicolas Mordvinoff — also published as Daybreak: 2250 A.D. —also as Star Man's Son, as a 1954 Ace Double with Beyond Earth's Gates by Lewis Padgett
  • n Murders for Sale (1954), as by Allen Weston [Norton] and Grace Allen Hogarth — nongenre -also as Sneeze on Sunday (1992)
  • n [67] Yankee Privateer (1955), illus. Leonard W. Vosburgh — nongenre
  • n [68] Stand to Horse (1956) — nongenre CHILDREN's
  • [69] Sea Siege (1957)
  • [70] Star Gate (1958)
  • Secret of the Lost Race (1959); as an Ace Double with One Against Herculum by Jerry Sohl — also as Wolfshead (1977))
  • n [71] Shadow Hawk (1960, nongenre)
  • The Sioux Spaceman (1960); as an Ace Double with And Then the Town Took Off by Richard Wilson
  • Star Hunter (1961); as an Ace Double with Voodoo Planet )
  • Eye of the Monster (1962); as an Ace Double with Sea Siege (1957)
  • [72] The X Factor (1965)
  • Operation Time Search (1967)
  • Dark Piper (1968)
  • High Sorcery ( ), collection
  • Dread Companion (1970)
  • Ice Crown (1970)
  • Android at Arms (1971)
  • Garan the Eternal (1972), collection
  • Breed to Come (1972)
  • Here Abide Monsters (1973)
  • The Many Worlds of Andre Norton (1974), collection, edited by Roger Elwoodalso as The Book of Andre Norton
  • Iron Cage (1974)
  • [73] Outside (1974) — CHILDREN's
  • The Day of the Ness (1975, by Norton and Michael Gilbert, illus. by Gilbert
  • The White Jade Fox (1975)
  • Merlin's Mirror (1975)
  • No Night Without Stars (1975)
  • Knave of Dreams (1975)
  • Wraiths of Time (1976)
  • Perilous Dreams (1976), collection
  • The Opal-eyed Fan (1977) — nongenre
  • Velvet Shadows (1977) — nongenre
  • Yurth Burden (1978)
  • Seven Spells to Sunday (1979), AN and Phyllis Miller
  • Snow Shadow (1979), AN and Enid Cushing
  • Voorloper (1979)
  • Iron Butterflies (1980) — nongenre
    • Maid at Arms (1981), AN and with Enid Cushing, although Norton is not on the cover
  • Ten Mile Treasure (1981) — nongenre
  • Moon Called (1982)
    • Caroline (1983), AN and Enid Cushing — nongenre
  • Wheel of Stars (1983)
    • House of Shadows (1984), AN and Phyllis Miller
  • Stand and Deliver (1984) — nongenre
    • Ride the Green Dragon (1985), AN and Phyllis Miller — nongenre
  • Serpent's Tooth (1987), limited edition of 999
  • Moon Mirror (1988), collection
  • Wizards' Worlds (1989), collection
    • The Jekyll Legacy (1990), AN and Robert Bloch
    • Port of Dead Ships" (1991); bound with Seakeep by P. M. Griffin as Storms of Victory
  • Brother to Shadows (1993)
  • The Monster's Legacy (1996)
  • Three Hands for Scorpio (2005)
    • A Taste of Magic (2006), AN and Jean Rabe


  1. ^ a b "THE PRINCE COMMANDS by Andre Norton". Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 1934. Posted online 2012 with some later data. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  2. ^ a b c Andre Norton at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  3. ^ John Clute and John Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy pp. 826–827. ISBN 978-0-312-19869-5.
  4. ^ Witch World Universe at ISFDB.
  5. ^ Search Results: "Andre Norton". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  6. ^ a b c d Cite error: The named reference LCC was invoked but never defined (see the help page).