High Sorcery

~ A Collection of Short Stories by Andre Norton



Contains ~

  • 07~ Wizard's Worlds (1967) (na) Worlds of If (1967) Edited by Frederik Poul, Published by Galaxy Publishing, Mag., $0.50, 164pg, June, (pgs. 7-49) ~ cover by Wenzel
  • 65~ By a Hair (ss) Phantom Magazine (July 1958), (UK), pgs. 32-40
  • 83~ Toys of Tamisan (1969) (na) Part 1 (1969) World of If Published by Galaxy, April, pgs. 5-44 ~ * Part 2 (1969) World of If Published by Galaxy, May, pgs. 107-145


Synopsis ~

Write-up from the back of paperback editions ~

Craike, a man hunted in two worlds… Miss Rutheven, whose needles pointed to secret kingdoms… Dagmar, with the fatal fascination of Helen of Troy… Ully, whose music touched the powers before mankind… Tamisan, the sorceress who found herself the victim of her toys…
These and others like them, inhabit Andre Norton’s world of “High Sorcery”, where the primeval desires and fears of man – his loving and loathing – are merged with his dreams of future knowledge and technological power. Those who have enjoyed the alchemy of Norton’s other mind-bending tales should enjoy these!


Write-up from a fan ~

I was surprised when I first encountered a short work by Norton; I had never thought of her as someone who worked in short lengths. In fact, she wrote dozens of short pieces. If ISFDB’s list of her short works looks comparatively small next to a list of her novels, that only reflects how many novels Norton wrote. Her output may not have been quite Asimovian but it was certainly Andersonian.

Which brings us to Norton’s 1970 collection, High Sorcery.

Wizard’s World • (1967) • novella
On the run from an anti-ESPer pogrom, esper mutant Craike sees no hope of…. ~ JN
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Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles Over the Years

1972 by P. Seldon in Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, February
2015 by James Nicoll, September, 11   Θ


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1970) Published by ACE, PB, 0-441-33700-, $0.60, 156pg ~ 2nd printing #33701 1971 $0.95, 3rd printing #33702 1973 $0.95, 4th printing #33703 1976 $1.25, covers by Gray Morrow ~ 5th printing # 33704-X 1979 $1.95, 6th printing #33709-0 1982 $2.25, 7th printing #33711-2 1984 $2.50 240pg, covers by Steve Hickman
  • (2012) Published by Premier Digital Publishing, eISBN 978-1-937957-62-9, DM, $3.99, 161pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge
  • (2014) Published by Open Road Media, eISBN 978-1-497656-27-7, DM, $3.99, 156pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1979) Published in Bologna, Italy; by Libra Editrice, Saturno. Collana di fantascienza n. 19, 186pg ~ translated by Roberta Rambelli ~ illustrated by Allison ~ Italian title Le terre degli incantesimi


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