Warren Norwood Collection, 1962-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

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Collection Overview

Title: Warren Norwood Collection, 1962-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Predominant Dates: 1982-1989
ID: 01/ AR0800
Primary Creator: Norwood, Warren (1945-2005)
Extent: 68.0 Boxes

Materials are arranged into twenty seven series, Series 1: The Windhover Tapes: An Image of Voices, Series 2: The Windhover Tapes: Flexing the Warp, Series 3: The Windhover Tapes: Fize of the Gabriel Ratchets, Series 4: The Windhover Tapes: Planet of the Flowers, Series 5: The Seren Cenacles (Co-Authored by Ralph Mylius), Series 6: The Double Spiral War: Midway Between, Series 7: The Double Spiral War: Polar Fleet, Series 8: The Double Spiral War: Final Command, Series 9: Shudderchild, Series 10: True Jaguar, Series 11: Time Police: Let Them Vanish [Vanished], Series 12: Time Police #2: Trapped!, Series 13: Time Police #3: Stranded (Co-Authored by Mel Odom), Series 14: Time Police #4: Twisted (Co-Authored by Mel Odom), Series 15: Rocker and SHIFT!, Series 16: Short Stories, Music Books, and Speeches, Series 17: Poetry, Series 18: Other Works, Series 19: Artwork, Series 20: Publications, Series 21: Promotional Materials and Galley Proofs, Series 22: Clippings, Series 23: Personal Artefacts, Series 24: Correspondence, Series 25: Published Books, Series 26: Publications, Promotional Material, Artwork, Series 27: Accretion, 2020.

The series, and the materials within the boxes are arranged in chronological order.

Languages: English


Warren Norwood was a North Texas alumnus and the author of several popular science fiction and fantasy novels that were primarily published in the 1980s. The Warren Norwood Collection contains the drafted manuscripts, outlines, and proofs for Norwood’s published and unpublished novels, short stories, poetry, and speeches, his correspondence, publications featuring his work, convention newsletters, posters and other promotional materials for his books.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains original materials from Warren Norwood’s writing career as well as his speeches and artwork used for inspiration and portrayals of Norwood’s works. Of Norwood’s thirteen published novels there are outlines, drafts, proofs, and final published copies of his series The Windhover Tapes, including the novels An Image of Voices, Flexing the Warp, Fize of the Gabriel Ratchets, and Planet of the Flowers, which was renamed Planet of Flowers, the series The Double Spiral War, including the novels Midway Between, Polar Fleet, and Final Command, the series Time Police, including the novels Let Them Vanish, which was renamed Vanished, Trapped!, Stranded, which was co-authored by Mel Odom, and Twisted, which is an unpublished version of Refugee! and was also co-authored by Mel Odom, the novels The Seren Cenacles, which was co-authored with Ralph Mylius, Shudderchild, and True Jaguar.

Copies of his music books Uncle Warren’s Baritone Ukelele Course and Uncle Warren’s Mountain Dulcimer Course and his drafted sheet music are included along with copies of his speeches “How to be an Overnight Success in Only 20 Years”, “Muddling Toward the Millenium”, “A Report from 9991”, his poetry collections You and Me, The Otherwiseman, Poetry and Me, Almost a Tree, and New Poems and Poetry, which is incomplete, manuscripts for his plays It’ll Keep, How to Fight Turmoil and Influence People, and Angelica Breaks the Family Circle, a manual titled Writing Fiction for Profit, and a Directory of Tarrant County Grant Makers, which was co-authored by Gigi Norwood.

There are also notes, outlines, drafts, and submission copies for Warren Norwood’s works Rocker, SHIFT!, The Grumpy Old Fart’s Book of Truth for the 21st Century, One Night’s Child, Musil, “Heavenside Song”, “Alien Instincts”, “Dream Child”, “Makin’ Do”, “Private Pursuits”, “Metalingus”, “Momma Made Me Do It”, Caleb Rock, Freespace Vigilantees, Traveling, Beyond the End, Past Remembering, Chaco, In a Bright Room, The Silk, Klutz, Calvin, Flux, Sis, Godmother, Fables, Claws that Catch, Rule of Threes, Correct Fare, Please, Art of Love, “Under Alien Darkness They Lay Down”, “A Narrow Angle of Hell”, a bibliography of Norwood’s published novels, his school essays and papers, his journals, datebooks, sketchbooks, photographs, drawings, and leatherwork, some of which was used with Norwood’s works. There are promotional materials for his books that include posters, ads, convention newsletters, newsletters for the Science Fiction Chronicle, Locus, Nebula Awards Report, and Frontiers!, clippings of reviews of his work, and material for events that he attended and judged.

Also in the collection are books that were a part of Norwood’s own collection, including The Yoni: Sacred Symbol of Female Creative Power by Rufus C. Camphausen, poetry anthologies and literary magazines featuring Norwood’s work, books and paraphernalia from and about the Vietnam War, books that have review blurbs by Norwood, materials Norwood received from other authors, and correspondence to and from other authors, publishing houses, and friends.

Collection Historical Note

Warren Norwood was born August 21, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was drafted into the US Army in 1966 and is a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal for his service and much of his work takes inspiration from his time in Vietnam. After returning home in 1968 his daughter was born and he moved to Denton, Texas to attend the University of North Texas, then North Texas State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. Following his graduation Warren Norwood worked as a writing teacher for several years. Over fifty of his students from this time went on to publish their own work professionally, including the novelists Viqui Litman, Lori Wilde, and Deborah Crombie.

Norwood’s first novel, An Image of Voices, was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer after being published in 1981. It was the start of his series The Windhover Tapes, which is made up of four of his thirteen published novels. Over the course of his writing career Norwood also wrote and published several short stories and poems, which were included in magazines, anthologies with other writers, and in his own smaller collections.

In 1987 his second wife, Gigi Sherrell Norwood, introduced Warren to the mountain dulcimer, the first instrument he played consistently. Norwood went on to write several music and dulcimer tablature books and spread his knowledge to anyone he could.

Norwood eventually settled in Weatherford, Texas where he passed away on June 3, 2005 from complications due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Norwood left a portion of this collection with the UNT Rare Books Room in the 1990s and in 2012 Rare Books merged with the UNT Archives to create UNT Special Collections. The remaining materials in this collection were received following his death.

Source: “About Warren C. Norwood”. Weird Sisters Publishing. https://weirdsisterspublishing.com/index.php/about-weird-sisters-publishing/warren-c-norwood/?fbclid=IwAR3mFDhSK0iQh8a3R-eVl_CXiHNwMppT6LF4_k1ankyJxlrVKBPLA_YL8uU

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2020-108
Acquisition Source: Warren Norwood
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Warren Norwood Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: Entered 6/03/2014 by Laurel Alexander and Whitney Willis.


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