Forerunner Foray

Forerunner Foray

Andre Norton / Feb 22, 2020

Forerunner Foray Only Andre Norton could have created Ziantha and the story of how her powerful mental talents led her to the eerie stone of power that drew her on a deadly quest back through ancient empires and ali

  • Title: Forerunner Foray
  • Author: Andre Norton
  • ISBN: 9780441246205
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Only Andre Norton could have created Ziantha, and the story of how her powerful mental talents led her to the eerie stone of power that drew her on a deadly quest, back through ancient empires and alien reincarnations, seeking the lost talisman of a forgotten race FORERUNNER FORAY is a vivid window on the future that no science fiction fan can afford to miss

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    About "Andre Norton"

      • Andre Norton

        Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice The androgynous Andre doesn t really say male to English speaking readers, even though it is a man s name in other languages i.e Norwegian She also used the names Andrew North and Allen Weston as pseudonyms.Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America SFWA association in 1983.Norton was twice nominated for the Hugo Award, in 1964 for the novel Witch World and in 1967 for the novelette Wizard s World She was nominated three times for the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, winning the award in 1998 Norton won a number of other genre awards, and regularly had works appear in the Locus annual best of year polls.On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, 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 in 2006 Often called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy by biographers such as J M Cornwell and organizations such as Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Publishers Weekly, and Time, Andre Norton wrote novels for over 70 years She had a profound influence on the entire genre, having over 300 published titles read by at least four generations of science fiction and fantasy readers and writers Notable authors who cite her influence include Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, C J Cherryh, Cecilia Dart Thornton, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Charles de Lint, Joan D Vinge, David Weber, K D Wentworth, and Catherine Asaro.


    1. The first book that I ever read by Alice Norton - known as Andre Norton. She was basically a SF&F writer who began writing back in the 1950s. Most of her books deal with Psychic traits, links between animals and humans, and psychic links between objects and humans. Her development of characters that you care about, actually care about is one of the best in the field. I originally purchased this book at the Airport while waiting to take a flight down from New York to visit my Grandparents in [...]

    2. Ziantha’s a member of the Thieves’ Guild. While working a job at High Lord Jucundus’ apartment, she spots a mysterious clay figure. The figure draws her in, but she manages to ignore its siren’s call. She finishes her job and moves on—but not for long. She just can’t get the figure out of her mind. Using her telekinetic powers, she steals the figure only to realize it contains something more powerful than she could have ever imagined—a stone of power. This stone leads her on a dang [...]

    3. The third in the series, though much less connected than Storm Over Warlock and Ordeal in Otherwhere. (Blink and you'll miss it.) And it opens on the same planet where Catseye takes placeZiantha also sprang from the Dipple and escaped it; Yasa, a catwoman, a high-ranking veep of the Thieves' Guild, recognized her as a sensitive and took her in. The story opens with her raiding an information stash kept by a politician now in exile -- and happening on a rough clay lump in his rooms. It obsesses h [...]

    4. This is the third book in the Forerunner series. Good read, and written for a younger audience. The main character in the book is a young woman named Ziantha from the slums of a pleasure planet, that had some abilities to sense the past of objects she held. Overall the book explores the possibility of using Parpsychology in a universe of the future. She was taken in and trained by the thieves guild, and expected to work for them. While on a assignment, she found a item of interest that called to [...]

    5. This book brings back Shan Lantee, as he helps our young Esper escape from a life of slavery to the powerful Guild. Ziantha is trying to steal information on a memory cube, but is called by an artifact which begs her wordlessly to take it home. The Guild person who controls Ziantha is intrigued, and begins tracing the artifact, allowing for random events which bring in Lantee. The story shows a different side of the spaceport, and of the all-powerful Guild, while still focusing on one individual [...]

    6. This very simple tale of far-futuristic galactic intrigue seemed more like a short story than a novel. I don't think the writing is what most people would think of as "great," but the very basic of writing mechanics are there - descriptions, building suspense, top-level character development, etc. This would be a great book for a beginning writer to read. I very much enjoyed it as a quick distraction between finishing The Many Colored Land by Julian May, and waiting for the Golden Torc to come i [...]

    7. Not the best of the Norton books, but not half bad. The general storyline is a wild psychic talent recruited by the Thieves Guild as a child and conditioned against betraying them. Her own survival after tangling with a powerful Forerunner artifact means she finally has to make the choice to become more than a Guild tool. I think my son got more out of the story than I did, so I'll add a half star more than I would normally.

    8. Not exactly a sequel to Ordeal in Otherwhere. Dating note: this is described as being very shortly after Uncharted Stars. The story begins on Korwar, and includes a visit to Waystar. On a secondary note, I don't find that Ziantha is treated significantly better by her partner than by her patrons in the Thieves' Guild. One might impugn the motives of the Veep Yasa, and of her employees, but they treat Ziantha with a fair amount of respect, whatever their motives.

    9. I have read all of Nortons work for third until 1990 or so. I have not read any of Her co-authored works because it feels like trading on Nortons name. I don't recall a single novel that wasn't enjoyable read Some of the older works feel a bit dated now. But it's not like reading Ee Doc Smirh. Norton is usually a fun light read

    10. I read this as a kid, and I don't remember much about it, but I must have loved it at the time, because I dressed as the heroine for Halloween that year. Naturally, as with most years, no one knew who I was supposed to be

    11. This is one of the very first Andre Norton books I read - and I've read it again since because that was a long time ago and I didn't quite get it at the age of 10. All I knew was it was good and fascinating. :o)

    12. A good book. I'm not a huge fan of the "ancient starspanning empire" stories but this is a good one. Maybe I've just seen it a bit much.

    13. Intriguing in some ways, but a bit too out there in others. This will be enjoyed, or not enjoyed, according to how one's tastes run for the weird side of sci-fi.

    14. When I read this there was n-o-t-h-i-n-g like it now it would likely be dated. Still I love the title, the original cover art, and I liked how Ms. Norton approached a different way of being.

    15. This was probably the first Norton I read and still remains my favorite. So much adventure in one book - well done. Any good writer nowadays could aspire to such.

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