Synopses & Reviews
In the third and final volume of High Hallack, tales of high fantasy, science fiction, and coming of age reach back as far as 1943, yet are still as fresh and relevant today as when they were written. High Hallack was a place in Andre Norton’s fiction and was also the name of the genre writer’s library she opened in Tennessee. It is a wondrous keep that she called home, and now High Hallack opens its gates and allows these amazing stories to unfold.
"The three-volume definitive compilation of SFWA Grand Master Norton's short fiction concludes with 21 stories published between 1996 and 2005, the year of her death. Though her classic Witch World is notably absent from this volume, these often vignette-like pieces offer settings as varied as ninth-century Iceland, a contemporary Renaissance Faire, and the long-running far future of Norton's Forerunners and Free Traders series. The works are united across genres by pagan sympathies, the eternal clash of Light and Dark, and the spiritual puissance of cats (who even inherit a generation starship in 'The End Is the Beginning'). Several works reveal Norton experimenting outside her usual range: magic-wielding Native Americans resist benevolent robot totalitarianism in 'No Folded Hands,' an explicit riposte to Jack Williamson's 'With Folded Hands,' while NimuÃ« and Guinevere contend with their past actions and mythic reputations in the Arthurian retellings of 'Root and Branch Shall Change' and 'Ravenmere.' Few of these late stories will explain the prolific, pioneering author's appeal, but Norton completists will delight in their availability. Tor Books publisher Tom Doherty provides an introduction. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
For well over a half century, Andre Norton was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many standalone novels, her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, her Magic series, and many other unrelated novels, have been popular with readers for decades. Lauded as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, she is the recipient of a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention. An Ohio native, Norton lived for many years in Winter Park, Florida, and died in March 2005 at her home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.