Alice Mary Norton, this is her birth name, was born on February 17, 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice Norton, a more masculine name that seemed more suited to a market in which readers were mostly boys. For her 70-year career she’s known as the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The novel “The Dying Earth”, also known as “Mazirian the Magician”, by Jack Vance was published for the first time as a book in 1950 after the stories that compose it were previously published in a magazine. It’s the first novel of the cycle of the Dying Earth. In 2001 it was a finalist for the Retro Hugo Award, the retroactive version of the Hugo Award that considers fifty years old stories, as the best novel of the year.
The novel “Our Lady of Darkness” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1977. Originally it was a shorter story titled “The Pale Brown Thing”, serialized in “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction” in 1974, which was later expanded into this novel. This longer version won the World Fantasy Award as best fantasy novel of the year.
News came of the death of American science fiction and fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey on Monday following a massive stroke at her home in Ireland. She was particularly famous for the Dragonriders of Pern series but she wrote many other stories.
Julian May was born on July 10, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Elmwood Park, a suburb of Chicago. She wrote several science fiction and fantasy novels. She’s most famous for the Pliocene Exile / Galactic Milieu saga.