Andre Norton, RIP

Science Fiction/Fantasy author Andre Norton died today at age 93 at her Tennessee home. (CNN has another story, also worth the time.)

Along with Robert A. Heinlein, Andre Norton was my introduction to SF and Fantasy literature. The Zero Stone, Uncharted Stars, Star Man’s Son and Sea Seige and many others all kept me company as a young boy. I’ll still occasionally pull one of her books off my shelves and reread it, even though her work was primarily meant for a younger audience.

I can do this because her books were well researched and well written. As I have grown older, I have found that her books have some extra meaning, as if written on multiple levels. I don’t know if that was on purpose, but I like to think so.

She’ll be missed, but she’ll live on through her work. That seems a fitting tribute.

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