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Sargasso of Space

(Solar Queen #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,531 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Almost half a century ago, renowned science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton introduced apprentice cargo master Dane Thorson in Sargasso of Space, in the first of the star-spanning tales of the Solar Queen series

Dane signed on with the independent cargo ship Solar Queen looking for a career in off-world trade. In Sargasso of Space, the Solar Queen free traders win e
Paperback, Vintage Ace Sf, F 279, 286 pages
Published 1964 by Ace (first published 1955)
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Димитър Цолов
Класическа приключенска фантастика от 1955, която съвсем логично звучи леко остаряло. Романът няма претенции за гениалност, но историята за кораба на свободните търговци "Кралицата на Слънцето" и тайнствената планета Лимбо, съхранила останки от древната изчезнала цивилизация на Предтечите, бе разказана изключително сладкодумно. А и Нортън съвсем не е случайно име - дамата е представител на "златното" поколение на американските фантасти, срещата с което закъсня с почти половин век за българския ч ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Sargasso of Space" is the opening novel in Andre Norton's so-called "Dane Thorson series," and is a fine introduction to the books that follow. In this first volume we meet Dane Thorson, a young cargo-apprentice who is assigned (by mechanical Psycho selection) to the trader ship Solar Queen. The crew of the Queen pools its earnings and wins an entire planet, sight unseen, at auction. (Perhaps Ebay will be conducting auctions such as this in 50 or so years!) The crew then explores this strange p ...more
Я не знаю, что такого в этой книге, но прочитав в юности, я перечитывала ее потом не менее 10 раз.

И только сейчас я увидела, что это целая серия! Перечитываю в н-цатый раз и бегом за продолжением.

П.С. О да, и снова кайф!
Šī savulaik man bija ļoti iemīļota grāmata, lasījis esmu reizes piecas, un praktiski sižetu zinu no galvas. Protams, no grāmatas atcerējos tikai piedzīvojumu daļu un japāņu nindzju Muru. Izvēloties nākamo “Fantastikas pasaulē” sērijas grāmatu, nolēmu izvēlēties savu bērnības favorītu un pie reizes atsvaidzināt sev atmiņā grāmatas varoņus.

Federācijā ietilpst simtiem zvaigžņu sistēmu. Galvenais ekonomikas dzinējspēks ir tirdzniecība. Bez tirdzniecības kuģiem planētas paliktu izolētas un neizpētīta
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Back in the 1950s, many writers were churning out space adventure books in response to the increasing interest in space travel. Most of them stunk. This one didn't. Yes, it features an all-male cast of tough characters, but the writing is up there to Ms. Norton's usual standard. Mary Alice Norton, a librarian, began writing boys' adventure novels, but to keep her gender from becoming an issue, used the pen names Andrew North and Andre Norton. Which amuses me no end, because when I read my first ...more
First published in 1955, Sargasso of Space is the first book of the Solar Queen series. It introduces Dane Thorson as a young man just graduated and chosen by a Psycho computer machine as apprentice-Cargo-Master to join the 12 crew members of the slightly battered Solar Queen, a Free Trader ship. Their space adventure begins when the crew pool all their money together to enter a blind auction and win the ten year trading rights to D-rated planet Limbo. After opening the sealed information packet ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The first 50% of this book is a bore.
The novel is relatively short for a sci yarn so a lot of the setup feel perfunctory and cold.
There is not enough time to connect to any of the characters.
50 to 65% in you start to get what the book is trying to go far and like some of the elements.
65% to the end is exhilarating, I was not able to put it down.
Once the thread of the mystery finally starts to get pulled it's great.
I was able to guess most of the mysteries of the novel but it was quite fun.
I wo
Deby Fredericks
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fondly remember some of the later books in this series, but I hadn't read this one. Got it at a yard sale. It's a keeper!

The story is vintage Norton. A protagonist of humble origins sets out to make an honest living and finds all kinds of trouble. The action is non-stop, though sometimes psychological rather than physical. The characters are somewhat simple, but that works because it's a relatively large cast. Everyone gets their moment to shine, and the free traders even make a good score.
Tom King
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Proper swashbuckling sci-fi

I grew up an Andre Norton fan. This was just the sort of Norton adventure I remember. Proper ending and all - not all the pseudo postmodern endings that spoiled my appetite for SF later on. I gave it a five not so much for its literary value but as a counter to the snooty purists who will inevitably look down their collective noses at such low brow fare. Thanks Andre for all the space fun. ;-)
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I told myself I wouldn't start the Solar Queen books until I finished the Time Traders but when it comes to Andre Norton, I just can't help myself it seems.

This was a all-boy ship crew, but Miss Norton's clear defining of their personalities made it pleasant. It mostly revolves around three young boys, Dane Thorson, the main character, along with Ripley Shannon and Ali Kamil. They have to learn to work together, or their first time on Limbo might be their last.
One of Norton's strongest SF books, Sargasso of Space puts us firmly on the side of the 'little guy' independent trader, the Solar Queen, aiming to make a profit within the rules, up against the bottomless pockets of the large trading combines.

With an excellent combination of comradeship, mystery and adventure, this is a quick and engrossing read. The only mar is the usual issue with Norton's early work - women don't exist.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-ship, sci-fi, kindle
I have been an avid reader of Andre Norton works for years but I never got to read this book till now. It is odd to finally read the first book in a series years after you read all the others. It is a wonderful space adventure from the golden age of sci-fi. I think it was a excellent beginning to a series I have loved for years.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Когда искал данную книгу, узнал что Андре Нортон – это женщина.
А после прочтения могу теперь сказать, какое именно произведение было взято за основу мультфильма "Тайна третьей планеты". ;)

Да, вот так вот все и выясняется!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I have read this book a while ago when I read English books translated. However, it was Strugatskies translation which made it quite readable. Since I have tried the original works and they somehow were not very nice. Maybe my tastes changed, maybe the translation actually made the book better.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine classic space opera!
Feb 14, 2016 added it
Started off quite slowly, but when the action started, couldn't stop reading, the mystery just compelled me to read it
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
"Sargasso of Space" is a vintage science fiction novel of the space opera subgenre, quite popular in the 1950s. The novel appeals to the Young Adult readers, especially males. However, the older readers may enjoy it as well. This is a typical novel of Alice Mary Norton who mainly writes under the pen name Andre Norton.

Using the strong literary criteria, one can argue that "Sargasso of Space" is an entertaining novel with some weaknesses. Some characters and situations are introduced, but they a
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very fun old style science fiction story. In fact if it were to print now, I imagine it would be sub-categorized as a space opera. The character development is wonderful, rich, and deep. You really care about what happens to them as the story slowly progresses. And slow it is. The book only spans several weeks in time, but that time is filled with quality detail.

Parts of this book were very quaint, because of its age (1955). It had a couple of things in common with its agemate, Foundat
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this as a teenager. There are three in the series and I remember wanting to read more about the Solar Queen's adventures. I've always liked books about traders in space. (That was one of the things I loved about Firefly--one of my favorite TV shows.)

This book is told from Dane Thorson's POV. He's the newest, youngest and least experienced member of the crew. He was disappointed when he discovered he was apprenticed to a small independent free trader. The large company ships a
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Dale Thorson got his first assignment in the Trade, it was not with one of the prestigious corporations that had the most lucrative trade routes in space and the newest starships. He was assigned as a cargo-apprentice on the Solar Queen, a relatively small ship, an older ship, with a crew of twelve. She was an independent free trader.

At their first stop on the planet Naxos the crew takes a gamble at auction and buys the rights to a five-to-ten-year trading rights to a newly surveyed planet
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Certainly an old book but a classic author that helped define the genre. There's no other way to put it: this is a fun read. Does it show it's age? Yeah. I think the worst case being "crax" as portrayed near the end, but overall not a big problem. It has that adventure feel to it, like the an exploration story. Having just finished a Clive Cussler book, I'd have to say I enjoyed Norton's take on adventure far more than his even that is if 15 years older.

It hooked me early. I started in a Friday
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space
*Love* the world-building! What an imagination and what a talent to apply it to this world and have the reader able to understand it effortlessly. It was easy to follow through, and the character development was dynamic and continuous throughout the story. A rare instance of seeing men in sci-fi novels written as humans, with emotions and fears not driven by loss of pride or ego - a much more realistic view of what a space explorer might look like and act like. A more realistic view of what huma ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sargasso of Space was fun and exciting, a good, classic sci-fi book. The plot was pretty good, a planet of wrecked spaceships, alien technology and space pirates, makes for an exciting action-packed read. The only complaint that I had with the book was that the characters were all pretty one-dimensional and flat. There is nothing really to distinguish them except their race and their jobs on the ship. Norton also made things a bit confusing by using a character's two names, first and last, inter ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Non-spoiler backstory thing I found hilarious:
"Volcanic action, followed by tidal waves, had overwhelmed a whole nation in two days and a night -- so that Japan had utterly ceased to be -- washed from the maps of Terra."

I don't think it works that way...

Anyway, this was a quick read and I enjoyed it, although the characterization is weak. And I mean, I get that it was 1955 so probably having a racially diverse cast where the black guy is really smart was doing well, but geeze was Rip's accent cr
Anna Savage
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Omg this book took me forever. Just when I'd think I was going to give up something neat happens so I stick around, then a bunch of more boring crap, then something neat. It was hard to visualize the characters because each character went by several names and there were at least 4-5 you Follow constantly in addition to other and they kept splitting up and changing groups. It was confusing and there was too much monotonous detail. But the ideas are really neat. I like the premise. The different r ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
My favourite sci-fi reads are usually those that present a plausible, possible future with interesting ideas about technology, culture, etc. Sargasso of Space presented very little of this. While there were a few ideas about alien life forms, the sci-fi part was mostly of the B-movie, bubble gum sort: blaster guns, rockets with fins and young men excited about space travel. Nonetheless, there was enough mystery and suspense to make the book a worthwhile read!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sargasso referring to an area of the Atlantic Ocean. This is a nice adventure where space traders travel to a mystery island that is difficult to escape from. While a nice read, several of the mysteries appeared to be written into the story just to frighten the reader and were not explained by the end of the book.

Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fun book. It is older fiction which introduces a world where space trade and exploration are the norm. The group involved win exclusive rights to a planet not knowing that the planet is home to a group of pirates. The mystery of the ships they find crash landed on the planet and how they came to be there leads them into direct conflict with the pirates.
Jeff Dickison
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic fifties sci-fi, this book probably deserves to have a 4.5 rating. Andre Norton was the beginning of my enjoyment of science fiction when I was a teenager and this book is a winner. What a wonderfully imaginative world Norton renders here. Highly recommended to science fiction fans.
K. Counihan
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Pub (1955) Space Travel on a Cargo Ship

Solar Queen is a basic bare bones interstellar tramp freighter. This is Dane Thorsons first assignment as an apprentice. The captain gets an invitation to check out and bid on new trade planet called Limbo. They crash land, now what?
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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. She also used the names Andrew North and Allen ...more

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