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October 2014

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18norton_184Andre Norton was born in 1912 as Alice Mary Norton.




She later changed her name legally to Andre  Norton. She started writing short stories in high school and published her first novel in 1934 at the age of 22. When Andre started writing it wasn’t popular for women to write fantasy and science fiction so she wrote under a different name Andrew North. She mainly used that name during the 1950 ‘s when she started writing science fiction. Andre wrote many series in her life time. Some of my favorite Andre Norton books were written before I was born. A couple of series I really like are, Moonsinger and Solar Queen. She wrote a few mystery stories that I really love. Snow shadow is one of them and The Opal eyed Fan is another.


Cover of "Opal-Eyed Fan"

Cover of Opal-Eyed Fan


She has written books for over 70 years. If there are classics in science fiction I consider Andre Norton books to be them. She died at the age of 93 still writing books and collaborating with other authors. What an amazing writer.
















































September 2014




Alistair Maclean




Alistair MacLean

Alistair MacLean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Was born April 22, 1922, and grew up in Glasgow. He was the son of a Scottish Minister and learned English as a second language after his mother tongue Scottish Gaelic.His name in Scottish Gaelic is, Alasdair  MacGill-Eain




Alistair joined the Royal Navy in 1941. In 1943 he saw action in the Atlantic and Arctic. In 1944 he was in the Mediterranean, and part of the invasion of France.  In 1945 he saw action in  the Far East, helping evacuate liberated POW’s from Changi prison in Singapore. He left the Navy in 1946 and started college at the University of Glasgow where he studied English and graduated in 1953. While a student there he started writing short stories for extra income. He won a contest in 1954 with his maritime short story Dileas. The Publishing Co. asked for a novel and he responded with HMS Ulysses, drawing on his many wartime experiences and his brother’s knowledge as a Master Mariner. The novel was very successful and he was able to devote his time to writing war stories, spy stories and other adventures.




Nature, especially the Sea and the Arctic north play prominently in many of Mclean’s stories. He set his stories in many exotic places. There was not a lot of romance in his books just a little bit. Many of his books were made into movies, four of which he wrote the screenplay’s for. The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles dare, Ice Station Zebra, and Breakheart Pass.  All together he wrote 28 books and four screenplays He also wrote some outlines for movies that other people wrote later. Alistair struggled with alcoholism and died in 1987 because of it.




I remember the first book I heard of his was The Satan Bug. We were doing a big family project and my sister read it to us while we worked I thought it was really good so I found more of his books. Goodbye California and The Way to Dusty Death. My sister gave me her copy of Breakheart Pass when she went away to college. To this day, that’s one of my favorite books. I’ll pull it out and read it every once in a while.breakheart-pass-1-1-179x300








English: A collection of Alistair MacLean nove...












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I love the way his web site starts out. Hello my name is Alan Dean Foster. I’ve been trying to see as much of this planet as possible, and using my imagination to examine worlds beyond. I found his books in the early 1990’s and have enjoyed reading them since then.  The first book I ever read was called, For the Love of Mother-Not, and I’ve been hooked on Pip and Flinx stories ever since.




Alan Dean Foster was born Nov.18, 1946 in New York City NY.  He went to college at the University of California and earned a degree in  Political science and a MFA. He is best known for his Humanx Commonwealth science fiction novels. Many of his stories are about Philip Lynx(Flinx) and his childhood friend the minidrag Pip. One of his best known fantasy works is the Spellsinger series. I haven’t read them yet but  I’m looking forward to reading a new series from an author I already love. Alan has a real gift for novelizing screenplays. He’s novelized, Star Wars, Star Trek Universe and other Star Trek Episodes,  Alien Nation, Transformers, The Black Hole, Clash of the Titans, The Chronicles of Riddick and many others. If you like to soar through the heavens to new places you will love Alan Dean Foster
































































































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Edgar Rice Burroughs




He was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in  many genres.




Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Burroughs was born Sept. 1, 1875 in Chicago Illinois. He attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts then Michigan Military Academy, graduating in 1895. He tried to get into West Point but didn’t pass the test so he in listed and was a soldier in the Seventh U.S. Cavalry, Arizona territory. After being diagnosed with a heart problem and thus ineligible to serve he was discharged in 1897. In 1911 he started writing fiction. Burroughs and his wife had three children, Joan, Huber, and John. I think this is a fun piece of trivia, their daughter Joan married the Tarzan film actor James Pierce. Burroughs started reading fiction magazines in the early 1900s. He recalls thinking “quote, if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines, I could write stories just as rotten. As a matter of fact although I had never written a story, I knew absolutely that I could write stories just as entertaining and probably a whole lot more so than any I chance to read in those magazines. Unquote” In 1912 his first story, Under the Moon of Mars was serialized under the name of Norman Bean in issues of The All-Star. Later his storys were in the Argosy as well. Burroughs wrote Science fiction and Fantasy as well as Western and Historical Romance. Tarzan was a cultural sensation and he exploited it through different medias including comic-strips, movies, and merchandise. Tarzan remains one of the most successful fictional characters to this day and is a cultural icon. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote many books I’m only going to put down the series he wrote and a few of my all time favorite books he wrote.




Tarzan series,  Barsoom (Mars series) Pellucidar series, Venus series, Caspak series, Moon Mukcer series, The bandit of Hell’s Bend, The Mad King, The Eternal Savage, The Outlaw of Torn, The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County.






















Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edga...

Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 1934 (Photo credit: Wikipedia




















Vintage Tarzan Character Watch by Bradley Time...

Vintage Tarzan Character Watch by Bradley Time, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Circa 1983 (Photo credit: France1978)


English: Art by Frank E. Schoonover from Thuvi...

English: Art by Frank E. Schoonover from Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, McClurg, 1920. Français : Illustration réalisée par Frank Schoonover pour l’édition originale de 1920 de Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Thuvia, vierge de Mars) de Edgar Rice Burroughs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)