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Andre Alice Norton (born [[MoustacheDePlume Alice Mary Norton]], February 17, 1912 March 17, 2005) was a prolific SpeculativeFiction writer. She was dubbed "Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy" by her biographers, fans, and peers, and has an award comparable to a Nebula for young adult speculative fiction named after her. She was also the first woman (and sixth person) to be named [[UsefulNotes/SFWAGrandMasterAward Grand Master]] by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She published her first novel in 1934 when she was 21 and her last posthumously in 2006.

Norton is well-known for her "[[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness soft]]" ScienceFiction, ScienceFantasy, and {{Fantasy}} novels, although she also wrote such things as spy stories, {{Western}}s, and gothic romance. Her most famous works are probably the ''Literature/WitchWorld'' series and her ''Beast Master'' novels, the latter of which were later adapted ([[InNameOnly sort of]]) to film and a tv series. Her work greatly influenced many modern authors, including Creator/MercedesLackey and Creator/DavidWeber. A number of female authors were encouraged to write on finding out that Andre was a pen name, and she was a woman.

!! Works with a page on this wiki:
[[index]]
* ''Literature/AndroidAtArms''
* ''Literature/TheBeastMaster'' series
* ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}''
* ''Literature/DreadCompanion''
* ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'' series, with Creator/MercedesLackey
* ''Literature/IceCrown''
* ''Literature/ThePrinceCommands''
* ''Literature/SolarQueen'' series
* ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' series
* The ''[[Literature/BlackTrillium Trillium]]'' series, with Creator/MarionZimmerBradley and Creator/JulianMay
* ''Literature/{{Warlock}}'': ''Storm Over Warlock'', ''Ordeal in Otherwhen'', and ''Forerunner Foray''.
* The ''Literature/WitchWorld'' series
* ''Literature/TheZeroStone'' series
[[/index]]

!! Selected other works:
* The ''Central Control'' series, actually two books only related by the interstellar government being called "Central Control"
* The ''Forerunner'' series
* The ''Janus'' series
* The ''Moon Singer'' series
* ''Quag Keep'' and ''Return to Quag Keep'' -- published in 1978, the first book is considered [[UrExample the first]] ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' novel. Norton wrote it after playing a session of the game with Creator/GaryGygax himself.
* The ''Star Ka'at'' series, with Dorothy Madlee
* The ''Sword'' series (spy stories, set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the years just following)

Stand-alone works:
* ''No Night Without Stars''
* ''Rogue Reynard''
* ''Sea Siege''
* ''Shadow Hawk'' (adventure in AncientEgypt)
* ''Star Man's Son'' (a.k.a. ''Daybreak - 2250 A.D.'')
* ''Scarface'' (can be thought of as ''Son of [[Literature/CaptainBloodHisOdyssey Captain Blood]]'')

Full list [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Andre_Norton here]]. (Even Wiki/TheOtherWiki had to split the bibliography into a page of its own.)

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!! Tropes in her other works:

* AdvancedAncientHumans: In ''Operation Time Search'', the fabled civilizations of Mu, Atlantis and others really existed and had highly advanced magitek. In the original timeline they were all destroyed as a result of the evil actions of Atlantis, but the intervention of an accidental time traveler changed history so they still existed in the present.
* AfterActionPatchUp: In ''A Brother to Shadows'', once inside after the assassination attempt, Zulzan insists Jofre take off his shirt and then treats the burn he suffered.
* AfterTheEnd:
** ''Breed to Come'' is set in a post-human world in which the disease that wiped out the humans led to the rise of several other [[IntelligentGerbil intelligent species]], among them [[CatFolk the protagonist's]]. His eldest surviving relative has spent his life studying the remains of human civilization and acquiring any technological advances that might benefit his people.
** The short story "The Gifts of Asti" opens just as Memphir, the protagonist's homeland, is falling to a barbarian invasion. She -- the last priestess of a mostly-forsaken religion -- follows a standing order about what to do AfterTheEnd (which was mentioned in prophecy), and takes a prepared escape route. She ends up on the far side of a mountain range to find a vast plain that was glassed in a now-forgotten war.
** ''No Night Without Stars'' opens several generations after TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, which appears to have been due to a ColonyDrop.
** ''Sea Siege'' opens on a small Caribbean island that is having trouble with {{mutant|s}} sea creatures -- just before WorldWarIII.
** ''Star Man's Son'' (a.k.a. ''Daybreak - 2250 A.D.'') opens generations after WorldWarIII. The protagonist is suffering from his culture's prejudice against {{mutants}}.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:
** In ''Star Man's Son'', a young mutant tries to get himself accepted as a Star Man despite the flagrant proof of his mutation, his hair.
** In ''The Stars are Ours!'', those of "Free Scientist" blood flee Earth into interstellar space.
** Humanity is treated like this in ''Star Guard'' by alien races.
%%* AncientAstronauts: The forerunners, among others.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: ''Star Gate'' ends with the heroes having built another CoolGate to find yet another AlternateUniverse, and the very last words are:
-->Sometimes he thought that an endless quest had been set them for some purpose, and that the seeking, not the finding, was their full reward. And it was good.
* AntlionMonster: In ''Judgment on Janus''. Niall/Ayyar falls into a pit dug by a kalcrok (a large spider-like monster). The kalcrok skillfully fashioned the pit walls to be unclimbable, so after killing it he must crawl though its nest to find an exit.
%%* AuthorAppeal: Cats, cats, cats. And occasionally horses.
* AutoKitchen: ''No Night Without Stars''. Sander lives in a PostApocalyptic world. During the novel, he finds an underground installation from the Before Days, the civilization that existed before the Dark Time. While exploring it, he finds a box with knobs on it. When he presses certain knobs, the box produces food.
* TheBeforetimes: ''No Night Without Stars''. The story takes place in a Post Apocalyptic Earth. The period before the Dark Times that ended the world is called the Before Days.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: Several of her science fiction books feature Free Traders, who travel from star to star carrying trade items. Their ships use a FTL drive that allows interstellar travel in a few days.
* CatFolk:
** The People in ''Breed to Come'' are a race of sapient cats descended from modern Earth cats.
** The Salariki, introduced in ''Plague Ship'' as primitive {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s with a fondness for the Earth substance called "catnip", went on to appear in several other novels.
* ColdIron: ''Steel Magic''. Cold iron is defined as being any metal "forged by a mortal in the world of mortals", so the three protagonists end up using their stainless steel picnic cutlery as weapons; respectively a spoon, fork and knife. Fortunately the cutlery develops unusual properties in the magical world (such as changing size) and is pretty dramatically lethal to any magical being it touches.
* ChangelingFantasy: At the end of ''Scarface'', Justin Blade is revealed to be the son of Sir Robert Scarlett.
* TheCityNarrows: The Dipple, a refugee camp in the planet Korwar's capital city of Tikil, appears in several novels, e.g. ''Judgement on Janus''.
* CommonalityConnection: In ''Dragon Magic'', four boys each find a jigsaw puzzle, make one corner -- and so one dragon -- of it, and get shifted to an ancient era to experience something related to it. This, and their attempts to research the facts, draw them together at the end.
* DeceptivelyHumanRobots: The android duplicates in ''Victory on Janus'' were instantly detectable by the Iftin (and canine) sense of smell, but were otherwise externally identical to specific Iftin and human individuals, down to imitating their voices. The first android "corpse" encountered was torn apart by [[EvilDetectingDog guard dogs]], revealing that the androids didn't bleed and were obviously mechanical.
* DemBones: In ''Quag Keep''.
* {{Demythification}}: "Pendragon: Artos, Son of Marius" -- one of the quartet of stories in ''Dragon Magic'' -- is set in post-Roman Britain. It ends with an explanation of the later legends of Arthur's death: he was secretly buried in such a way as to give his followers hope of his eventual return.
* DerelictGraveyard: [[RecycledInSpace In space!]] In ''Forerunner'', the desert north of Kuxortal holds a field of Forerunner spacecraft contaminated with radiation.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In ''The Opal-Eyed Fan'', the heroine dreams of a centuries ago HumanSacrifice on the island where she was shipwrecked.
* EarthAllAlong: In ''Star Rangers'', a decrepit patrol ship from a decaying human-dominated galactic empire finally breaks down for good far from the galactic core and its civilizations. The faraway fringe world on which our heroes are stranded seems almost too perfect to the human crew members, though...
* EarthThatWas: ''Star Rangers'' (a.k.a. ''The Last Planet'') has Central Control scout ship ''Starfire'' crash-landing on an unknown world located far off the star charts. Guess where...
%%* TheEmpire: The Space Adventures of Andre Norton have this.
* EvilDetectingDog:
** In ''Victory on Janus'', the garth guard dogs can distinguish the DeceptivelyHumanRobots from true humans and true Iftin by smell.
** In "All Cats Are Gray", Bat the cat alerts her owner Steena to the presence of a hostile, invisible alien lurking on the ship she's trying to salvage, allowing her to shoot it before it can attack. [[spoiler:Steena later explains that the alien was using ChameleonCamouflage. Since Bat is a colorblind cat, this resulted in a GlamourFailure, allowing him to see it normally. The twist comes from the fact that Steena is ''also'' colorblind. She couldn't see the creature as clearly, but Bat's reaction was more than enough to compensate]]. A rare example of someone actually listens to the Evil Detecting Cat.
* TheFairFolk:
** ''Here Abide Monsters''. A SpeculativeFiction novel including flying saucers. Nevertheless, the people of Avalon -- the AlternateUniverse into which the protagonists stumble via a CoolGate -- are the Fair Folk.
** In the short story "The Long Night of Waiting", Lizzie's description of the people in the AlternateUniverse in which she and her brother were trapped clearly indicates The Fair Folk, although they seem well-intentioned.
* FantasticGhetto: The Dipple on the planet Korwar in ''Judgment on Janus''. It was filled with war refugees no one wanted to deal with.
* FantasticRacism:
** In ''Star Guard'' (Xenophon's ''Anabasis'' RecycledInSpace), Terrans are looked down on and virtually enslaved as cannon fodder by the humanoid rulers of Central Control, but get along fine with nonhumans such as the [[LizardFolk Zacathans]]. There're also scenes in that book where Terran soldiers refer to the humanoids of one planet as [[FantasticSlurs "fur faces."]]
** In the chronologically later ''Star Rangers'', humans rule Central Control -- and many call nonhumans "Bemmies."
* FantasticSlurs: ''Star Rangers'' had "Bemmy"--apparently derived from the movie slang B.E.M., "bug-eyed monster"--as a generic insult for nonhumans. She got Anvilicious with it to the point of including "Bemmy-lover" as an insult for any human who hung out with them.
* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: ''Rogue Reynard'' from beginning to end.
%%* FunctionalMagic
* HoldingOutForAHero: ''The Crossroads of Time'' offered this as part of the explanation for the Wardsmen's non-interference directive: "We must not lend crutches and so produce cripples."
* HomeSweetHome:
** In "The People of the Crater", the first novella of ''Garan the Eternal'', after some initial understandings the male protagonist settles down with the People of the Crater.
** In ''Perilous Dreams'', the surviving protagonists of the first two stories learn that they are permanently trapped in an AlternateUniverse. However, they find that their new life has much to offer that the old did not, and live HappilyEverAfter.
** In ''Star Man's Son'', the hero gets several offers for places he could stay, but chooses to return home to face charges of theft and sacrilege. The people he stole from decide he did so well at ''their'' job that they dismiss the charges and recruit him to be a new leader.
* HumansArePsychicInTheFuture:
** The ''Moonsinger'' series used this: in the first book, narrator Krip wonders suspiciously if the fellow he's talking to is esper -- but [[HypocriticalHumor doesn't seem to think it's at all odd]] to probe with his ''own'' esper powers. In the second book, someone takes a reading and comments that Krip's psychic ability level is seven; the people who knew him are startled, because he was "only" a level five a fairly short time ago. The phrasing, by the way, makes clear that five is considered pretty high.
** The main character of ''Star Rangers'' comes from a planet where, apparently, the average level of psychic power was "six point six." This is implied to be almost scarily high. It may have contributed to politicians/bureaucrats from a less-gifted world deciding to [[NukeEm blast]] the hero's [[DoomedHometown homeworld]].
* HumansAreWarriors: ''Central Control'' series. Upon making first contact with the rest of the galaxy, humanity was deemed too savage to be allowed free run of the place. Instead, humans are only allowed to go off world as sort of Space Hessians.
* HumanShield: In the climactic battle in ''Star Man's Son'', the hero is used as this, tied to the barricade the mutant Beast Things have set up for their LastStand. He manages to get loose and crawls [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind to rescue another fellow in the same situation]], but finds the man already dead.
* IKissYourFoot: A variant in the historical novel ''Shadow Hawk'': the hero Rahotep, at an audience with Pharaoh Kamose, was about to kiss the ground in front of the ruler's feet in accordance with protocol. But Kamose slid a foot forward, granting Rahotep the special honor of '''touching''' the royal person. Particularly impressive to the witnesses as the hero had just recently been under suspicion of treason.
* InertialImpalement: ''Judgment on Janus''. After Niall falls into a kalcrok's trap, the kalcrok jumps at him to try to pin him to the wall. It is impaled on his sword, which he happened to be holding in front of him, killing it.
* IntelligentGerbil: The Zacathans (LizardFolk) and Trystians (Bird People) in ''Star Rangers''.
* IntrepidMerchant: Her Free Traders, who appear in almost all her {{science fiction}}.
* {{Kitsune}}: Fox spirits are mentioned in both ''Imperial Lady'' (co-written with Susan Shwartz) and ''The White Jade Fox''. In the former, Silver Snow's maid is a kitsune, while in the latter it's left ambiguous as to whether any of the characters are literally kitsune, but the trope is at least toyed with.
* LaResistance: Specifically, the Dutch Resistance from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, in the first and third books of the ''Sword'' series.
* LightIsNotGood: In the ''Janus'' duology, the heroes are members of a nocturnal, forest-dwelling people (''moonlight'' is okay), and their enemy rules the daylight and the sun-scorched desert.
* LizardFolk:
** The stand-alone short story "The Gifts of Asti" featured NonHumanSidekick Lur, a good guy example; he doesn't walk upright, and speaks only through [[PsychicPowers telepathy]].
** ''Quag Keep'', which is set in the world of TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}, featured a Lizardman named Gulth as one of the protagonists.
** Norton's Zacathans turn this trope upside down and inside out. Yes, they're reptiles. They're also highly intelligent, extremely civilized, and tend to be top-level Intelligentsia (having very long lifespans gives them lots of time to learn a lot of stuff). And they're still outstanding fighters if they have to be, due to reptile hide and very long teeth. (Oh yes, and the highest known psi rating in the galaxy, which they keep a Deep Dark Secret.)
* LostRomanLegion:
** From the prologue of ''Star Rangers'':
--->There is an old legend concerning a Roman Emperor, who, to show his power, singled out the Tribune of a loyal legion and commanded that he march his men across Asia to the end of the world. And so a thousand men vanished into the hinterland of the largest continent, to be swallowed up forever. On some unknown battlefield the last handful of survivors must have formed a square which was overwhelmed by a barbarian charge. And their eagle may have stood lonely and tarnished in a horsehide tent for a generation thereafter. But it may be guessed, by those who know of the pride of these men in their corps and tradition, that they did march east as long as one still remained on his feet.
** Norton later co-authored ''Empire of the Eagle'', a fantasy involving enslaved men of Crassus' army who're displaced into another universe after being given to a Chinese emissary after being taken prisoner at the Battle of Carrhae.
* MadeASlave: In ''Judgment on Janus'', Niall sells himself to buy enough drugs for his mother to have a peaceful death.
* MercyKill: In ''Star Guard'', every Terran soldier carries a special dagger whose sole purpose is to "give Grace" to a direly wounded comrade. The main character uses his at the specific request of a severely burned man.
* MirrorUniverse: In ''Star Gate'' (1958), the human colonists of Gorth, seeking an AlternateUniverse version of their beloved adopted planet that has no native intelligent life, accidentally stumble into a version in which their own counterparts have used their advanced technology to enslave the inhabitants.
* ModernMayincatecEmpire: ''The Crossroads of Time'' briefly mentions an alternate timeline with a hybrid Celtic-Germanic-Mayincatec civilization. Its sequel, ''Quest Crosstime'', features a timeline with a (different) modern Mayincatec empire.
* MysteriousAntarctica: In "People of the Crater" and its sequel "Garan of Yu-Lac", Earth was colonized by a super-advanced civilization, the remnants of which still exist in Antarctica.
* NewEden: In the short story and novella "Outside", humanity sealed itself into [[CityInABottle domed cities]] when the surface of Earth became too polluted to support life. An epidemic later wiped out the adults. At the beginning of the story, the Rhyming Man -- who looks like an old man -- has begun luring some of the smallest children away. The older brother of a missing girl learns that they have been taken outside, which has fully recovered in the absence of people.
%%* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Chances are, any given protagonist will discover he's got latent PsychicPowers by about half way through the book.
* NuclearNasty:
** ''Star Man's Son'' had mutant creatures in a post-apocalyptic world.
** ''No Night Without Stars''. A dog/wolf hybrid large enough to ride, for example.
* OneProductPlanet: In ''Star Guard'', Earth, a poor backwater latecomer to a galactic civilization, exports soldiers for combat on primitive or more advanced worlds (the military units are referred to as "Archs" and "Mechs" respectively).
* OurDragonsAreDifferent:
** ''Dragon Magic'' has only two actual dragons, featured in different short stories: Fafnir (from Myth/NorseMythology) and sirrush-lau (a swamp monster captured by the men of Meroe). The latter is nocturnal, has to be kept in water, and eats only plants (although it kills in a scary way when startled or angry).
** ''Quag Keep'' is a Dungeons & Dragons novel set in the world of TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}; the Golden Dragon Lichis appears briefly, acting as a consultant to the adventurer protagonists.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Iftin of the ''Janus'' series are both SpaceElves -- they are (or rather, were) the original native intelligent species of the planet Janus -- and Wood Elves. They were wiped out long before the arrival of human colonists, but set traps to create changelings so that their race would continue. Messing with any of the traps causes the person handling it to fall ill with the Green Sick, after which one is physically Iftin -- green-skinned, pointy-eared, and bald -- and carries some memories of an original Ift person, generally those memories geared toward survival skills, such as recognizing edible plants. The Janus novels play the trope straight -- the traps cause the victims to become xenophobic toward their former kind; they theorize that this was at least partly intended to keep them from trying to resume their former lives.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** ''Lavender-Green Magic'': When the kids' DisappearedDad went missing in action in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, their MissingMom had to take the best-paying nursing job she could get, which meant leaving the kids with her husband's parents.
** ''Octagon Magic'' and ''Red Hart Magic'': The female protagonist in each was being raised by her grandmother, who has become ill; she has now been turned over to an aunt. In the latter book, Nan's mother is alive but has a job requiring a lot of travel. ''Red Hart Magic'' also features Chris, Nan's new stepbrother, who seems to have been putting up with his DisappearedDad's job all his life.
** Both kids in the ''Star Ka'at'' books are orphaned; at the beginning of the first book, Jim was living with foster parents, while Elly Mae was living with her grandmother. Jim's foster home is a bit cool and unwelcoming to him, and Elly Mae's grandmother dies, so both children are not too sorry to leave Earth with the Ka'ats when offered the chance.
** ''Steel Magic'': The three kids' parents are on a trip to Japan; the kids have been left with an uncle.
** ''The X Factor'': Diskan Fentress' mother suffered DeathByChildbirth after his DisappearedDad (a Scout) was sent out on an exploratory mission, leaving Diskan to be raised in a creche intended to train the next generation of Scouts - a job Diskan wasn't suited for. Subverted in that Renfry Fentress' return just prior to the opening of the story has turned the now-grown Diskan's life upside down.
%%* PeoplePuppets: Occurs regularly in her fantasy series, and turns up in her science fiction settings as well.
* {{Pirate}}: ''Scarface'' is a non-sf historical adventure set in the age of piracy.
* ThePlague:
** ''Breed to Come'': The story opens AfterTheEnd; the plague that wiped out the humans (called the Demons in-story) led to the development of intelligence in several other species, including that of the protagonist.
** ''Dark Piper'': The planet Beltane, a lightly settled planet dedicated to biological research, developed some biological weapons, as some would-be invaders learn to their cost.
** The novella and short story "Outside": All the adults died years ago.
%%* PlanetTerra: Most of her science fiction.
* {{Precursors}}: She wrote a lot of space opera novels featuring relics of various lost civilizations, collectively called "Forerunners". She was one of the early developers of the abandoned-gateway-between-worlds idea that the ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' films and TV series are based on; one of her Forerunner cultures left behind such a network, which younger species, including humans, have started to explore.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Terran soldiers in ''Star Guard'' are described as mercenaries, but in fact they're conscripted by Earth's puppet government on the orders of the extraterrestrial super-government Central Control and hired out to various planetary wars.
* PsychicPowers:
** In the short story "The Gifts of Asti", the protagonist's people learned mindspeech from LizardFolk; she acknowledges freely that her LizardFolk companion is much more adept than she at the art.
** ''Moon of Three Rings'': The Moon Singers have mindspeech, which they can also use with animals. As part of their training, at some point they swap minds with an animal, which can go badly wrong.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Subverted in ''Operation Time Search'', when a young man from 20th Century America is flung back in time to the war between {{Atlantis}} and Mu, and is surprised, though he doesn't say it aloud, to find that his Murian hosts revere snakes. A nine-headed serpent motif is often used in jewelry -- and the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Emperor's]] crown.
* TheReptilians: The novels in the Council/Confederation universe feature the Zacathans, a race of Reptilians whose [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] is archaeology and history. They live at least a thousand years on average. [[LawOfAlienNames Their names all begin with "Z".]]
** ''Brother to Shadows'': The protagonist works with a Zacathan for an extended period, one of the best glimpses of them that we get.
** ''The X Factor'': The head of the dig on Mimir is Zacathan.
** ''Star Rangers'' (alternate title ''The Last Planet''): The hero's best friend is a Zacathan, a fellow member of their reconnaissance team. Although highly intelligent and knowledgeable, he's somewhat less science-oriented than most Zacathan portrayals. He's also more ready to fight than most, and mentions that his brother is highly skilled with a [[LaserBlade force blade]]. "Zippp--and there's an enemy down with half his insides gone--"
* RevengeByProxy: At the end of ''Scarface'', Captain Cheap reveals that [[spoiler:Justin Blade is the son of his old enemy Sir Robert Scarlett, and now he has his {{Revenge}}, having assured that the boy would hang as a {{Pirate}}. At which point it is revealed that Justin had already had his case remanded on new evidence, and won't be executed]].
* RobotWar: In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Victory on Janus'', THAT WHICH ABIDES begins using DeceptivelyHumanRobots that are [[RobotMe replicates of specific Iftin and human individuals]] during the winter hibernation of the Iftin, to drive a wedge between the two groups by making it look as though Iftin are preying on humans. In TheReveal, [[spoiler:THAT WHICH ABIDES is discovered to be the computer system of an ancient crashed colony ship; it has been attempting to {{terraform}} the planet all along on behalf of its colonists, and dealing with the Iftin as a perceived threat accordingly. The original planet-bound Iftin culture never had the technical background to understand this, let alone deal with it effectively, and was wiped out in consequence]].
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: In ''Star Rangers'', Terra's whereabouts have been forgotten, and it's said to be far from the centers of galactic civilization. The man who sent the ship on its last mission is in charge of Deneb, approximately 1400 light-years from Sol. But the villain is from the highly civilized Arcturus system, which is ... only 36 light-years away from the forgotten boonies -- not all that great a distance when a small scout starship can cover some 1400 in a few years (with exploratory landings along the way). And the ship is "Vegan registry" - Vega is a mere 25 light-years from Earth.
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: ''Scarface: Being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of Tortuga, and how fate deal justly deal with him to his great profit''.
* ShutUpKiss: "Long Live Lord Kor!" has a variation at the end: Lord Kor isn't babbling or rambling, but deliberately ''teasing'' the young lady to whom he's just proposed by starting to detail the ''political'' reasons it would be a good match. The final sentence is:
-->Then he stopped talking, for a good reason.
* SingleBiomePlanet:
** The Forest Planet Janus in ''Judgment on Janus'' and ''Victory on Janus''.
** The Ice Planet in ''Secret of the Lost Race''.
* SoiledCityOnAHill: ''Operation Time Search''. Atlantis fell under the control of evil rulers and was destroyed. The actions of the hero prevent this, and as a result history is changed and Atlantis survives to the present day.
* SpacePolice: The Patrol in the future history that includes the ''Solar Queen'' series.
* SpeciesLoyalty: A villainous motivation in ''Secret of the Lost Race''. An alien race can interbreed with humanity -- and in fact must to reproduce -- and this is greeted with revulsion and accusations of disloyalty by many humans.
* StayWithTheAliens: In ''Star Ka'at'', aliens have been living on Earth disguised as domestic cats. When they decide that humans are about to destroy the world in a war, they all leave; one of them has gotten fond enough of the orphaned boy who's his "owner" that he takes the boy with them, to the disgust of his fellow aliens.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand:
** The short story "The Long Night of Waiting": Two nineteenth century kids were accidentally swept into AnotherDimension through a CoolGate. They returned to find that [[RipVanWinkle roughly ten years]] had passed for every day they spent on the other side, and it was now the late twentieth century. They went back through the CoolGate, since it was closer to the life they were used to and they now had some friends there.
** ''Judgement on Janus'': After recovering from the Green Sick, Ashla attempts to contact her beloved younger sister, but learns that the physiological and psychological changes wrought by the illness are such that her sister no longer recognizes her, and that she cannot see her old home as home anymore.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: ''Star Guard''.
* TruceZone: ''Moon of Three Rings''. On the planet Yiktor, during trade fairs all violence is strictly prohibited within the area of the fair.
* UnfamiliarCeiling: In ''The Stars Are Ours'', Dard Nordis wakes up and immediately asks "Where is here?" The attending human praises him for coming up with an alternative to "Where am I?"
* WarRefugees: In ''Judgement on Janus'' and other stories, the Dipple is the dumping place for people evacuated from their planets during an interstellar war.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: In ''Dark Piper''.
--> "So be it--" That was Lugard once more, but he sounded very tired. "'And when Yamar lifted up his voice, they did not listen. And when he cried aloud, they put their hands to their ears, laughing. And when he showed them the cloud upon the mountains, they said it was afar and would come not nigh. And when a sword glinted in the hills and he pointed to it, they said it was but the dancing of a brook in the sun.'"\\
The Cry of Yamar! How long had it been since anyone had quoted that in my hearing? Why should anyone on Beltane? Yamar was a prophet of soldiers; his saga was one learned by recruits to point the difference between civilian and fighting man.
* WhichMe:
** ''Star Gate'' (1958): All the human colonists on Gorth evacuate the planet at the beginning of the book because the native intelligent species of Gorth (who call them the Star Lords) isn't ready for the humans' much more advanced technology. Some opt to search for an AlternateUniverse in which Gorth never developed intelligent life. They accidentally wind up in a MirrorUniverse in which their counterparts enslaved the natives rather than helping them. The HalfHumanHybrid protagonist refers to the MirrorUniverse counterparts of the Star Lords as the Dark Ones, the Dark Lords, or (in the case of individuals, such as Lord Dillan) "the false Lord X" or "the Dark Lord X" to distinguish them from the "true" Lord X. The eldest of the Star Lords has the hardest time adjusting to it when he finally sees the Dark Lords, because although he knew intellectually what they were, it hit him very hard to see (apparently) several people among them who in his universe were long dead and had meant a great deal to him. He had to be restrained from going to them until he got himself under control.
** ''Victory on Janus'' (1966): BigBad THAT WHICH ABIDES creates [[RobotMe android duplicates]] of the Iftin and of some human colonists - not as {{Evil Knockoff}}s, but to frame the Iftin for apparently attacking the colonists. The Iftin refer to the [[RobotMe android duplicates]] as the "false Iftin", and can tell them apart from the true ones by smell. The worst problem the protagonist has is when duplicates turn up, not of himself, but of an old LoveInterest and an old friend, both probably, but not certainly, long dead.
* WorldWarIII:
** ''Sea Siege'' (1957) is set on a small island in the Caribbean. They survive World War III (between UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the UsefulNotes/WarsawPact) at about the midpoint of the story, but have only sketchy information from radio broadcasts about what happened (mainly a list of major cities around the world that had been nuked early on). They eventually help rescue the survivors of a Soviet submarine because by then, both sets of survivors have bigger problems than worrying about who was responsible for the war.
** ''Star Ka'at'' has the titular race of alien beings, who have been living among us disguised as pet cats, leave Earth because they predict World War III is imminent; and they take two orphaned human children with them. The children (the point of view characters) pay very little attention to talk of war on the radio, and leave their unhappy homes without much regret -- so the implied destruction of the human race is quite casually dismissed (the Ka'ats certainly don't care about us).
* WretchedHive:
** The Dipple, a barracks for people who can't return to their homes because those have been destroyed or, more often, ceded to the enemy in the aftermath of a major interstellar war. (The name probably derives from D.P.L. for "Displaced Persons Lodging.")
** In ''Operation Time Search'' the city of Atlantis is described like this. It's a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by evil demon worshipping priests, and the hero goes to a BadGuyBar for information.
* XanatosGambit: In ''Victory on Janus'', THAT WHICH ABIDES executes a gambit to weaken its age-old enemies, the Iftin, by deploying android duplicates of specific Iftin and human individuals in staged "attacks" outside human settlements. If a staged attack succeeds in persuading a human settlement to open its gates to let in a "human fugitive" pursued by "Iftin", the settlement can be wiped out, thus depriving the real Iftin of potential recruits and allies; if the tactic fails, the Iftin are made to look like monsters, and the humans are likely to wipe ''them'' out.
* YearOutsideHourInside:
** ''Here Abide Monsters'': YouCantGoHomeAgain from the AlternateUniverse on the other side of the CoolGate, in effect, and if you ever got the chance to do so, you wouldn't want to because of this trope. The gates rarely seem to flow ''from'' their world ''to'' ours, and time on one side has little discernable relationship to time on the other. The contemporary (1970s) heroes meet with UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era refugees for whom only four years have passed, as well as encountering medieval-era and Mongol refugees.
** In the short story "The Long Night of Waiting", Lizzie and Matt are swept through a CoolGate and spend, from their point of view, 11 days among TheFairFolk. They return to discover that roughly ten years have passed in our world for every day in the other world. The title comes from the stone erected by their parents on the spot where they were seen to disappear.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: ''Quag Keep'' doesn't have them all meet there, but the viewpoint character and one other (who are both roleplayers magically transported into the world and bodies of their characters) do.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain:
** In ''Here Abide Monsters'', the protagonists are swept into AnotherDimension through a CoolGate, and learn that they are TrappedInAnotherWorld, called Avalon. Such refugees from our world fall into two groups: those who accept an offer by TheFairFolk to be assimilated, and those who persist as rootless wanderers and are treated as prey by various creatures.
** In ''Wraiths of Time'', the protagonist changes places with her AlternateUniverse counterpart, who dies in the process. Since she has no strong anchor to take her home, she cannot go back. In addition, the titular characters -- the victims of a MadScientist -- are in their wraith-state due to a similar problem.
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