Some Dinography Assistance

I’ve still got a missing chapter for the Triassic section of the Hugosauriad covering:

  • Stories with dinosaurs…
  • …written by women…
  • …who were born in 1921 or earlier

The three most obvious names for science-fiction writers who were women and who were born before 1921 are:

  • Andre Norton (b. 1912)
  • Leigh Brackett (b. 1915)
  • Alice Sheldon aka James Tiptree jr (b. 1915)

But I need a dinosaur connection.

I’m pretty sure I read Andre Norton’s Beastmaster and I’ve seen a cover with a dinosaur on it but I don’t recall any dinosaurs in it. Am I mistaken?

Brackett’s “The Dragon-Queen of Venus”/”The Dragon-Queen of Jupiter” has Venusian reptile creatures that are sufficiently dinosaur like but was published in the 1940s and is a bit out of scope. Is there something later I’m missing?

Tiptree? Her career is a bit later and I don’t think I’ve read enough to have any sense of whether there are any dinosaurs or dinosaur-like creatures in any of her works.

Of course there are many other writers in this period (1950s-60s) who were less famous but may have written an interesting dinosaur-related story. Preferably somebody with a Hugo connection (i.e. a finalist in some category at some point).

All ideas welcome.

20 thoughts on “Some Dinography Assistance

    1. Brilliant! OMG! It’s perfect!
      James Davis Nicoll has a mini-review:

      ““The Night-blooming Saurian” • (1970) • short story

      All that’s needed to save the funding for the time travel team is giving one idiot senator the chance to shoot a brontosaurus. Pity that the team can only access a period that is eighty million years too late for brontosauri. But they have a cunning plan….


      “Idiots with rifles and a yen to kill dinosaurs” is a rich little genre all to itself.”

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      1. Yes, the sheer amount of time travel stories about big game hunters who want to shoot dinosaurs is surprising, especially since the subgenre seems to have vanished completely by now. I guess it has something to do with the fact that big game hunting is less acceptable these days than it once was.

        Leigh Brackett has a couple of alien reptiles in her stories and novels, but no dinosaurs per se. I’m pretty sure that there are dinosaurs in Andre Norton’s work somewhere, but I don’t know where.


      2. Regarding Leigh Brackett, I’m currently rereading the Eric John Stark stories for a review and the people on Mars use reptilian creatures as riding animals. The old planet story covers depict them as dragon-like, but I suspect they’re more dinosaur like. However, the only purpose of these creatures to get Erik John Stark and the other characters from point A to point B and occasionally refuse to go on, giving pursuers a chance to catch up with Stark.


  1. Andre Norton: Postmarked to the Stars, 1969, part of her Solar Queen series/universe.

    “The ship is on a mail run to a planet called Trewsworld, transporting a largeish shipment of alien bird embryos and a pair of live mammalian(ish) creatures called brachs. In fairly short order Dane finds the missing package, which turns out to be producing radiation—and it’s having weird effects on the cargo. For one thing, the brachs, who are supposedly not very bright, turn out to be very bright indeed. And the bird embryos are turning into dragons.

    Trust Norton to find a way to get dragons into a space adventure.

    The box’s rays, it seems, are causing genetic regression, which turns the birds into dinosaurs (did she know what we’d discover about Terran birds?), but reveals that modern brachs have devolved from high intelligence. ”

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  2. I’m going to answer my own question with a ‘nearly not quite’: Deep Down Dragon by Judith Merril (1961 Galaxy) is an intriguing story about induced memories. A couple in a kind of therapy imagine the wife being attacked by an alien monster on a remote planet with the husband rescuing the wife. The monster is the ‘dragon’ of the title and the husband’s version is more alien but the wife’s version is ‘a junior sized tyrannosaur. Out of Professor Challenger maybe’.
    Merril was born 1923, so just outside the range, and it is more of a generic monster than a dinosaur.

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