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Book Title: Forerunner Foray|
The author of the book: Andre Norton
Edition: Ace Books
Date of issue: 1973
ISBN 13: 9780441246205
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The first book that I ever read by Alice Norton - known as Andre Norton. She was basically a SF&F writer who began writing back in the 1950s. Most of her books deal with Psychic traits, links between animals and humans, and psychic links between objects and humans. Her development of characters that you care about, actually care about is one of the best in the field.
I originally purchased this book at the Airport while waiting to take a flight down from New York to visit my Grandparents in Florida. Most likely over Winter break during the holidays sometime during my Freshman year at Geneseo State. Once I read this book I was hooked. I began to search out her other novels in used bookstores and probably picked up most for 25 or 50 cents each back then. During my time at Geneseo I would read her books to escape from my mundane life of studying, studying, and more studying - hey, there was so much hard science a person could do without going a bit insane. So I fell back to reading escapist literature. It helped me keep my mind balanced, and helped me forget about Organic Chemistry and heavy duty Genetics. UGH. Sometimes I wonder, really wonder how I got through those years. I know I never took a full load of classes, that was nigh on impossible. Why? Taking umpteen Science Biology, Geology, Chemistry, plus the ones needed for my Environmental Sciences Minor, plus taking their so-called "Common Core" Humanities classes - which included English Lit, where one had to read about a novel a week, plus working 15 hours a week, and having some sort of a social life, well you get the idea. I had to escape into my fictional lands of fantasy. It was the only way I could survive mentally.
And there were plenty of others who shared my love for SF&F and other escapist literature - my books would be passed around our circle, and of course we'd spend hours discussing this character and that one, and to heck with classwork for a time.....It kept us sane (right Lisa?)
Years ago when I cleaned out my Collection I only held onto certain books, certain series that I knew I would reread someday. I kept all of my Andre Norton books, all Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ardath Mayhar, CJ Cherryh, Pat McKillip, and Jo Clayton - oh, and any old first edition hardcovers I had happened to come across during my years of hunting. At that time Geneseo had a relatively small collection of SF&F books, so I donated about 500 books to them. A few months later I received a letter from the librarian thanking me, and telling me that a little under 400 books had been added to their SF&F Collection in my name - they even created a Bookplate for me, stating I was the one who donated them.
Of course since then I began collecting them all over again, and I still have too many books. When I cleaned out my Library a few years ago, I only kept the older collectible books that I then owned. The rest went up for sale, or were donated to Goodwill. AS of today, the ones I kept are still boxed up in my basement, waiting, yes waiting for the time when my Den's library is finally set up.
All thanks to one book, by one Author, Forerunner Foray, by Andre Norton.....
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Read information about the authorAlice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" to English speaking readers, even though it is a man's name in other languages (i.e. Norwegian). She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms.
Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983.
Norton was twice nominated for the Hugo Award, in 1964 for the novel Witch World and in 1967 for the novelette "Wizard's World." She was nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, winning the award in 1998. Norton won a number of other genre awards, and regularly had works appear in the Locus annual "best of year" polls.
On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning in 2006.
Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J. M. Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years. She had a profound influence on the entire genre, having over 300 published titles read by at least four generations of science fiction and fantasy readers and writers.
Notable authors who cite her influence include Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, C. J. Cherryh, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Charles de Lint, Joan D. Vinge, David Weber, K. D. Wentworth, and Catherine Asaro.
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