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BuckeyeBob19 Sep 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

I recall starting to read a Sci Fy book back in elementary school that I never finished. So it must have been written in the '50's or 40's and was in the young adult section of the school library.
All I recall is that in the beginning of the story, the main character is searching for 2 wolverines that had been released from their cages overnite (he believes it was done intentionally) and while searching for them he sees his outpost attacked and destroyed by aliens.
The hardback version of this book had a robbie the robot type drawing on the inside cover paper (but I think it was just cover art and not part of the story line).
any of our older SCI-FY readers recall this?

OneBadMonkee Inactive Member19 Sep 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

Storm over Warlock, book 1 of the Forerunner series by Andre Norton.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member19 Sep 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

Does this look familiar?


Ed Emshwiller art.

I read the Ace paperback,which used the same illustration.

Oberlindes Sol LIC19 Sep 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

I am bummed that my school library didn't have that one! I read all the Andre Norton I could find when I was a kid.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member19 Sep 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

I still go back and reread,from time to time. They hold up well.

Graycat Inactive Member19 Sep 2017 3:17 p.m. PST

Wow, I had forgotten that one! Norton will always be listed as my favorite author. Personal favorite is 'The Zero Stone'. Norton wrote in the era when it was unfashionable for women to write SF. I am sad to have never met her.

BuckeyeBob19 Sep 2017 8:17 p.m. PST

THAT"S THE BOOK!!!!!!! The school library copy had no book cover… I recall a blue cloth cover. But I began reading from the link provided by Onebadmonkee and that first chapter fits my memory exactly! After searches of book stores, libraries and on line etc for more than 50 yrs, I finally can now finish this book!
I am so grateful for all of your responses. This is so remarkable…I am glad I asked the TMP readers.

goragrad19 Sep 2017 11:09 p.m. PST

Have to admit I had forgotten enough of that book not to be able to answer the OP.

Once pointed out I remembered having read it but not a lot more – time to dig that one out of storage.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member20 Sep 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

She wrote a lot of SF:


And a lot of fantasy:


Interesting that she wrote a couple of fantasy novels quite early, but was told it couldn't really sell well,so she turned to SF. Then,when Tolkien was published in paperback in the mid-sixties,the floodgates were opened.

If you'd like to read a piece of historical fiction from her, I highly recommend "Shadow Hawk", a novel about the beginning of the revolt against the Hyksos:



I read a lot of her books as a teen. As the SFE article points out, they show a fundamentally optimistic view of the universe. I don't know how well that would go over with the dystopian fixations of today's kids.

Graycat,you're right,and some of her fiction was first published as by "Andrew North". Of course, "Andre" was ambiguous, too. Most of her SF featured young male heroes, and was often described as "masculine: in style,so it's no surprise that reviewers could be found referring to her as "he".

goragrad20 Sep 2017 2:33 p.m. PST

It was a bit of a surprise to learn that Andre was actually Alice Mary. But then one of my favorite authors was Rosemary Sutcliff so having another of my favorites turn out to be a woman was a pleasant surprise.

Knowing that women were writing in the field made it more inclusive(?) – it wasn't just a male endeavor.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member20 Sep 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

BTW,the first part of "Star Guard" was modeled on Xenophon.

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