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The Time Traders (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #1)
The Russians have infiltrated an unknown era of the past and developed powerful new weapons by utilizing some lost technology. America ...more
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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
I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the imagery. When we were really exhausted from a long day outdoors, my brother James would say "The red jelly! We need the red jelly!" And of course we'd know exactly what he meant.
I haven't read it for years. I wonder how it would hold up.
P.S. I ...more
Some clever premises, some terrible first draft writing ("that'll take time - time we haven't got!") with ...more
On the surface, it’s a template story about time traveling Americans and Russians trying to find ways to control the future by traveling back into the past. Beneath all that, it’s a pretty bitter (and subtle - maybe too subtle at times) indictment of unchecked nationalism.
Norton plays up the isolation between characters (her main ch ...more
The mechanics and complications of time travel aren't explo ...more
For the most part, Ross had very little personality of his own ...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
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
The Cold War escalates when Western forces discover that the Reds may be using time travel to access alien technology from artifacts located in the indeterminate past. Ross Murdock is a criminal with a special skill set, captured and volunteered for a trip back in time in the hopes of finding the location of the Red base and with it the source of this alien technology.
This is time travel in its purest adventure form with the focus on the destination, not the technology used to get the character ...more
Anachronisms abound, unsurprisingly. The (anti?)hero expects to see black-and-white tv. The (vague and undefined) Soviet Union has changed, as has the West--but it's not really clear how. Attempts at space travel are defined as unsuccessful, after a promising (threatening?) start. No real ecological information is included (for example, a base under Arctic ice i ...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
Here we have something stirring around the time of the Cold Wars, with the Russians and their allies getting weapons that they couldn't have invented; and when Ross Murdock traces them back in time with Ashe - his partner and mentor in the program - they find a ship that crashed a very, very long time ago. Andre Norton is always vague about the details in just such a way that I think her "Baldies" ...more
I think my main problem was that even though it's set roughly 60+ years int ...more
Ross Murdock just can’t follow the rules, so he keeps getting in trouble with the law. He’s arrogant, rebellious, independent, smart, competent, and proud. That makes him the perfect recruit for the government’s secret Time Traders program, so when they offer Ross the option to either join up or go to jail, he doesn’t have much choice. Ross has no idea what’s going on with his new job, but he figures he’ll be able to escape. That turns out to be a lot harder than he e ...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