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Time Traders (Time Traders / Ross Murdock #1-2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  633 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This omnibus edition includes: "The Time Traders" and "Galactic Derelict."


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

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 1958)
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To be honest, I didn't read the paperback, but the free digital book offered by Baen. Thank god for them!

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
Melissa (ladybug)
Jun 27, 2015 Melissa (ladybug) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SciFi lovers
Shelves: fiction, re-reads
I don't know how many times I have read this book, but it just gets better with time. It has been some years since last reading it, and I had forgotten the story line. I loved being able to read a book that was new but old at the same time. :D I love almost all the books that Andre Norton has written.
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Ed [Redacted]
Dated and extremely YA, the first half was pretty boring and the second half picked up well, seemed like a couple of long short stories sewn together to make a novel. Norton has skill to be sure, I would like to read something more adult from her.
This book, "Time Traders" by Andre Norton is a compendium of the first two books in her "Time Traders" series: "The Time Traders" and "Galactic Derelict." The novels were written in 1958 and 1959, respectively. They read just about as you'd expected decent science fiction to read from that era: technically good writing, good story, but a bit linear/simplistic in plotting (and there's nothing wrong with that since that's just the way it was back then). The two books aren't quite evenly matched, t ...more
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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

I am copying the short blurb reviews I gave to the two separate ebooks I read earlier this year.

Time Traders - A good, short read, suitable for younger readers. The reactions and attitude of the young punk at the beginning felt authentic. The only part I found a little unrealistic was the way they tried to keep him in the dark after bringing him to their training base without any explanation; counting on some magical sense of rightness and patriotism to make him subsume himself to their agenda
2 books in one. The first book, Time Traders, is about Time travelers (Duh!), but the second is about these same Time Travelers who become now Space Travelers in the second book Galactic Derelict. Sure, you could pick this book apart, but WHY? It is such a fun romp and easy read. Good guys are good guys and bad guys are bad guys. The first book is full of wildly different neolithic tribes from pre-history, the second book is full of wildly unique aliens, some friendly, others who view our intrep ...more
Me gusta la editorial Baen, no solo por ser una referencia en la ciencia ficción que cobija a varios de mis escritores favoritos, tambien porque conoce el valor de su catálogo de libros y que no hay mejor cebo para un lector que un libro gratis. Y no libros de hace cincuenta años, como este, tambien libros actuales o de series aún en publicación ("Honor Harrington" de David Weber). Que estén en inglés es un reto asequible para quién no se asuste y tenga un poco e imaginación para cubrir los huec ...more
Charles Daniel
Classic Science Fiction

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
So, just to be confusing, I've completed the first novel in this two-in-one edition, which is also called Time Traders.

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
Stephen Theaker
There are two novels in this volume. In the first, The Time Traders, time travellers go back to ancient Britain and find aliens there - or are they future humans? Exciting at times, but a little uninspired.

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
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
Having re-read the book(s) some 30 years after my first reading, they hold up really well (this version of 1888744 is actually an omnibus edition of the first two volumes of the series, 1888744 and Galactic Derelict).

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
Rollie Reid
This is another Andre Norton free on Kindle.

This is the novel that introduces us to Ross Murdock and Gordon Ashe, a pair of Time Travelers. Ross is the protagonist of this one and in the fast and loose style of the 50s, Ross encounters pre-historic tribesmen, Russian agents and aliens during his long and arduous adventure.

This, like most of Andre Norton's early work, is a straight forward adventure story, and a lively one.

Fun reading, but not much to think about.
This omnibus contains "The Time Traders" and "Galactic Derelict," both written in the late 1950s. I read them in the mid-Sixties, when they were not too old. Fifty-some years after their original publication, they still hold up fairly well as adventure stories. The only anachronistic item at all it the use of the Russians as the bad guys. However, it is the Russians of the new Russian Empire that was formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Not a bad prediction, but it still feels somewhat ...more
Jay Michaels
Time Traders (1959), Galactic Derelict (1960) by Andre Norton. I'd read other novels in this series, notably The Defiant Agents and Key Out of Time, but accidentally skipped the first one. Time Traders lays some very important groundwork for the main character Ross Murdock, who's too aggressive for his relatively tame future society.

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
Brian Turner
Old school sci-fi. The Russians are coming out with inventions that appear far ahead of their time.
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.
Jeff R Hawkins

I had trouble putting this one down. Sci Fi is my first love, and I am now reminded why.
Short read, and lots of unanswered questions, but I love the various settings it talks place in.
Overall, this feels a lot like the works of some of the old masters of the genre. I look forward to reading the next one!
Tommi Mannila
50's YA with all of it's ups and downs.

I might've liked this if i had read it 25 year ago, but at the age of 36 every plothole and convinient thing, which there are way too many, that makes plot going on shows really badly. And while i see why most(?) people say that this is "fast read", for me it was drag.

If you like YA novels, add one star to my rating.
Some interesting technical oddities due to its age, and it ends rather abruptly. A fairly interesting read, though, if you like sci-fi.
Loved the originals. Also enjoyed the ones she cowrote in this universe until she went sentient planet on me.
1978 grade C
1997 grade B+
2011 grade B+

Series book TT1
Timothy Ferguson
This is older sci-fi, which suffers a little in that its techniques have gone from revolutionary to ubiquitous. Andre Norton uses real-world archaeology to inform her worldbuilding, which was considered magnificent, but that archaeology is out of date, and the story’s pace is slow now that her revolutionary tricks don’t spark. Difficult to recommend. Possibly for fans of early sci-fi. I listened to a Librivox version, but I’m not sure which. (There are two.)

This revciew originally appeared on bo
I've been reading Andre Norton SF novels since I was a young teenager and never get tired of reading them over and over. Ms. Norton has the ability to spin a well woven story pack with imagination and adventure.

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
Liquid Frost
A two-for-one freebie via Amazon. Given that this was written in the ?late 50's? I believe, kudos to the writer (female who legally changed her name to Andre Alice Norton to gain broad (no pun) appeal in this era) as the material is still relevant today. Time travel, competition (Russia/U.S.) the hunt for technology, and adventure - it is all there. The writing style is still solid, although some of the dialogue is dated. Overall, a quick, easy read - a good entry for the non-scify reader.
Bronwyn Rykiert
This book was not for me, I found it not much fun to read so I gave up 3/4 of the way into it. The concept seemed interesting when I read the back cover - to travel back in time to find a civilisation who left their workings in paper and not stone like others civilisations over the years.
What does it mean if I know I read this book and probably liked it but not fabulously well, but really can't remember what it's about except that it's page-turning fantasy disguised as science? Norton writes well; it's great escapism. But not fabulous enough to be remembered in detail.
Val Schmitt
While I spent a bit of time second guessing the actions/abilities of the characters and the science of the story, this caught me up and I wanted to keep reading past "my bedtime"!
Didn't like these. Came off like boring, poorly constructed Young Adult fiction from the 50s, except I think kids then would have been bored with it.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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Time Traders / Ross Murdock (8 books)
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  • Galactic Derelict (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #2)
  • The Defiant Agents (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #3)
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