The Motion Picture Company has announced development of a tribute and biography of famed science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton in collaboration with Sue Stewart, literary executor of the Andre Norton Estate.

Andre Norton published her first novel in 1934. She was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and she won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the SFWA in 1983. Her numerous works include the Witch World series, Beast Master, Star Guard, Sargasso of Space, The Time Traders, and many more.

More from the press release…:

BURBANK, CA: The Motion Picture Company, Inc. is honored to announce its participation in the development of a tribute and biography of famed science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton.

Sue Stewart, literary executor of the Andre Norton Estate, is collaborating with MPCI to produce an hour-long biographical tribute, profiling the prolific author’s life story.

Norton was the recipient of several respected honors, including being the first woman to win the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy Award and the Nebula Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, the later a title she shared with Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.

In the early 1950s, Norton broke genre gender barriers with her stories that were initially only thought to appeal to young male readers. She went on to pen The Beast Master, the Witch World series, and more than 130 other novels in 67 languages during her long career. She operated High Hallack, a library for genre writers, in Murfreesboro, TN, as she provided opportunities for new writers and collaborative efforts with her expanding collection of stories.

The documentary-tribute working title: “THE LADY’S QUILL, A TRIBUTE TO ANDRE NORTON” will scan the early days of Alice Norton, as she began writing children’s books, continuing after she changed her name to “Andre” at a publisher’s request to be more marketable with readers in fantasy and science fiction. The broadcast will include sound bites of Andre Norton interviews from friends and other famous authors in the genre, and personal insights of her private life.

MPCI will begin pre-production and development of the documentary with further announcements on March 17, 2011, the six-year anniversary of Norton’s death at age 93. Clips, photos, and interviews of Norton are being cataloged. Many other authors and friends from around the globe will be participating with on-camera comments as they share stories and remembrances of the Lady and her Quill.

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