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Time Traders/Galactic Derelict (Time Traders / Ross Murdock, #1-2)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  171 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
This omnibus edition includes: "The Time Traders" and "Galactic Derelict."

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

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Baen Books
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terpkristin
The July S&L pick, this was a refreshingly quick read. I like time travel books, so the premise of this one was good to start out with. I think it started strong and got a little weird in the middle/last third or so. But luckily, it didn't have time to meander too long, as it was a rather short book overall. I could point out flaws and concerns with the book, but honestly, it was a quick and fun romp into the past with an unlikeable dude as the narrator, and the flaws didn't kill the book fo ...more
Kat
Dec 29, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
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Carrie
Jul 19, 2016 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a Sword and Laser bookclub pick. It didn't really age well, very light characterization, plotting practically nonexistent, more of a pulpy action book. Only one woman making a brief appearance in the book of course, and plenty of casual racism, exactly what you would expect for the time this was produced.

There are parts that move along, the beginning of Time Traders is good, but the middle becomes repetitive and the end cuts off a bit abruptly. The second book is a bit better, and featu
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Jockum
Jul 27, 2016 Jockum rated it liked it
Scifi från en enklare tid, eller iaf en pulpigare tid. Språket är ganska minimalt. Vi djupdyker inte ner i karaktärer och beskrivningar, utan handlingen tar ordentliga kliv framåt.

Jag är inget större fan av tidsresor. Handlingen tycks vanligtvis bakbindas av att man måste vara så försiktig med att inte påverka och man brukar generellt veta vad som händer om handlingen är förlagd till mer kända perioder. Men här hamnar vi i en tid före högkulturer och historiska källor. Känns lite friskt.

Den klas
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Kaethe
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
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Jim
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
From Booklist

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

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Derek
Nov 10, 2011 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Sandi
Jul 09, 2015 Sandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff
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
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Eric
Jun 19, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is absolutely worth your time to go and grab this one.

I picked up the Baen Free Library version when I was in between other titles and was just drawn into this one. Fantastic fun idea - Time Agents. There are certain aspects of this book that date it, both in world view from the time (America's greatest enemy) and in the descriptions of certain technology that was alien to the main characters. At one point in the book a set of headphones are described. I knew what they were, but the way they
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Kerry
Dec 11, 2011 Kerry rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2011 Jay Michaels rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Timothy Ferguson
Jun 05, 2013 Timothy Ferguson rated it it was ok
Shelves: librivox
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
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Melinda
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
Aug 21, 2013 Val Schmitt rated it really liked it
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"!
Nicholas
Aug 27, 2013 Nicholas rated it it was ok
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.
DaughterDaDa
May 10, 2009 DaughterDaDa rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Very engaging thus far. Good story, although some of the descriptions of the landscape are repetitive, otherwise it would get one more star.
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Aug 13, 2008 Carolyn Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Removed criminals turned secret agents travel back in time to Iron Age Britain to thwart evil Russians who are stealing advanced alien technology!
V.c.
Aug 23, 2013 V.c. rated it really liked it
This is an older novel, but I recently reread it on Kindle. It's as good as I ever remember it being. Grab your Kindle and download it.
Lisa
Jun 28, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Loved the originals. Also enjoyed the ones she cowrote in this universe until she went sentient planet on me.
Andreea Daia
Book #1 "The Time Traders" (YA thriller) — 4 stars
Book #2 "Galactic Derelict" (YA space opera) — 3 stars
Ralph McEwen
Jun 14, 2009 Ralph McEwen rated it liked it
Read as an e-book. A free download from \\www.baen.com/library Baen Free Library.
Roberta
Liked the first story, but the alien travel was weird and hard to follow.
MB (What she read)
Oct 12, 2010 MB (What she read) marked it as unfinished
Shelves: science-fiction
Read first book in omnibus edition. Didn't read 2nd book.
Jessica Grow
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Aug 08, 2016
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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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