Andre Alice Norton was born in 1912 and was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, who also wrote works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction.
She wrote primarily under the pen name Andre Norton, but also under Andrew North and Allen Weston.
She was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, to be Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master, and to be inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Her final complete novel, Three Hands for Scorpio, was published on April 1, 2005.
In February 20, 2005, the SFWA, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning with 2005 publications.