Andre Norton by John Bankston

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1 In 1940, it was still an unanswered question whether Norton’s writing career would resemble King’s or Mitchell’s. An ocean away, events were taking place that would affect the lives of hundreds of millions. They would also inspire Norton’s first commercial success. The Coming of World War II After the horrors of World War I and the scarcities of the Great Depression, few Americans were interested in European affairs or the continent’s simmering conflicts. Defeated Germany had surrendered in 1918 in part to avoid the type of working-class revolution that transformed Russia into a Communist state the year before.

A market bubble was born. The bubble did not just burst on October 29, 1929; it exploded. The decline in stock values affected nearly every industry across the globe. F. Goodrich’s tire company and Cleveland’s Standard Oil. With so many companies failing, suppliers had fewer buyers. According to The Cambridge History of American Literature: Between 1930 and 1933, 9000 banks closed their doors or went bankrupt; 9 million savings accounts were lost. g. €. Work was nearly impossible to find. €. By 1933, 15 million Americans (one third of the labor force) were unemployed.

D. in biochemistry from Columbia University in New York City. Categories of Science Fiction Science fiction can be divided into “hard” and “soft” subgenres. Hard is technologically oriented; it strives to be as accurate from a scientific perspective as possible. “Soft” is primarily concerned with story and characters and is often more reliant on soft sciences like psychology and sociology. For example, Bradbury was often criticized by hard sci-fi fans for his lack of interest in scientific accuracy.

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