When first published, The Beast Master was a new kind of science fiction adventure, featuring a Native American (Navajo) protagonist, Hosteen Storm, a soldier with a unique team—animals with whom he has a telepathic mind-link.The time is the future, when Earth has been devastated by interstellar war with the alien Xik. Storm is now on the planet Arzor. Once the home of an ancient, long-dead alien civilization, it is now inhabited by human colonists and the indigenous Norbies. Storm and the other Arzorites must fight the Xik, who are intent on to destroying all life but their own. With rousing action and Norton’s unique ability to evoke the strangeness and mystery of ancient alien civilizations, The Beast Master, and its sequel, Lord of Thunder remain fresh and enthralling, a half-century after their debut.
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ANDRE NORTON, named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, is one of the most famous and beloved creators of science fiction and fantasy adventure of all time. Author of more than one hundred novels and several hundred works of short fiction, Miss Norton entertained millions of readers with her exciting science fiction and fantasy since her debut in 1934 until her death in 2005. Her series, including Witch World, The Solar Queen, The Time Traders, Central Control, and Forerunner books, are the core of her long, successful career. Miss Norton died in 2005.