Andre Norton

Award-winning author exploring heroes undertaking rites of passage.

February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005

Andre Norton's stories feature a high degree of narrative control and a universe fundamentally responsive to virtue, good will, and spunk. Readers readily relate to her protagonists, who are often young women successfully undertaking a challenging rite of passage.

Born Alice Mary Norton, Andre Norton spent two decades as a librarian before turning to writing full-time. Although she was for many years marketed successfully as a writer for children and adolescents, much of her work is as adult in theme as most general science fiction.

From 1950 to 1970, Norton concentrated on science fiction novels, most of which were gathered into individual series that are part of a broadly conceived galactic superseries. From 1970 onward, following the success of her Witch World science fantasy series (1963–2005), she produced numerous fantasies as well.

Norton was the first woman to win the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy Award (1977), as well as the first to win a Nebula Grand Master Award (1984).

1997 Inductee