On this day in 1912, writer Andre Norton was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a prolific speculative fiction author in the 1950s and 1960s. She was nominated twice for the Hugo Award – for the novel Witch World in 1964 and the novelette “Wizard’s World” in 1967. Norton helped found the Swordsmen and Sorcerers’ Guild of America, or SAGA, in the 1960s. SAGA was a group of heroic fantasy authors. In 1976, Norton played Dungeons & Dragons in Gary Gygax’s Greyhawk setting. She then wrote Quag Keep, about characters who travel from this world to Greyhawk. She died in 2005 of congestive heart failure. That same year, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) created the Andre Norton Award for outstanding works of fantasy or science fiction for young adults.
February 17, 2021