Time Traders (Time Traders / Ross Murdock #1-2)
DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY OF TIME
Intelligence agents have uncovered something which seems beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USAs greatest adversary on the world stage is sending its agents back through time! And someone or something unknown to our history is presenting them with te...more
I am tired of finding science fiction tailored for today's YA readers with disposable cash and love to be spoon-fed. Classic tales like this one from Andre Norton remind me why I fell in love with science fiction in the first place: stories take place on strange worlds and new technology is met with wonder, not suspicion.
Characters aren't as complex (read: deep) as many in today's best-seller...more
For this volume, Norton has updated The Time Traders (1958) and Galactic Derelict (1959) to take into account 40 years of political, social, and technological developments--such as computer games, a concluded cold war, and many more female characters in sf--without essentially changing them. In Time Traders, Ross Murdock has the choice of rehabilitation or volunteering for a secret research project, which turns out to be searching the past for the source of illicit technological i
This is another of Norton's Classic tales. This novel is, in a sense, a time machine as well as being a story about time travelling. Written during the Cold War period, this novel gives the reader a look into the fears of the American populace in the first decade after the advent of nuclear fission and the proliferation of the early Nuclear States (most notably the Republican United States of America and the Communist United Soviet States of Russia). The Science Fiction ge...more
And it's good reading. Ross Murdock, ne'er do well, is offered the choice of rehabilitation or volunteering by the judge in charge of sentencing. So he signs up for something with the military, that turns out to be time travel. Mostly, though, it's the story of Ross fighting it out with pre-historical people and survival in the wilderness.
For those who care, there isn't any sex...more
In the second, Galactic Derelict, the time travellers recover a spaceship from ten thousand years in the past, only for its pre-programmed flight to be launched once they return to the present day. It's a fascinating idea - the worlds the ship takes them to are now long-abandoned, the building...more
It holds up fairly well - there are few anachronisms introduced by the advance of technology since Norton wrote the stories, but there are a few strange quirks of technology. Why is a refueling station still operative (barely) thousands of years after its abandonment, but the compon...more
Written 30 years before the Berlin Wall finally fell, Russians are the Cold War foe here, but bigger, tougher enemies are gradually revealed. The dialogue's a bit s...more
A group of time travellers have to try and find where they are getting it from and try to get the lead on the Russians.
There are two stories in this book, both of which throw someone from outside into the time travel team. There's always lots of action as the different groups try and get the upper hand.
This revciew originally appeared on bo...more
Be aware that this version of the book contains the 1st two novels of the Ross Murdock series (Time Traders and Galactic Derelict). Perhaps I should have understood that but it was not intuitive to me.
Regardless, for those few of us who have not read Andre Norton will enjoy reading this b...more
Book #2 "Galactic Derelict" (YA space opera) — 3 stars