Saturday, March 20, 2010
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton
Galactic Derelict is one of the seven original issue Science Fiction books I picked up at a Garage Sale last year. It was published in 1959 and sold for 75 cents. If it was still in print today it would sell for 10 times that today. Some of Andre Norton books are being reprinted so there is a possibility that Galactic Derelict will be available as a new book in the future.
Galactic Derelict is a sequel to Time Traders but can easily be read as a stand alone. Most of the story still holds up today. The one exception is the political background. Written at the height of the cold war it reflects the politics of the time. The United States is in a race with the Reds for ships that crashed on Earth in the distant past.
Travis Fox has joined Ross Murdock and Dr Gordon Ashe as time agents. They are attempting to bring an intact alien ship to the present. The ship arrives in the present time but the transfer has set off the alien autopilot. Before they can stop the sequence they take off on a trip to the alien home world. The story is full of adventure and strange new places. Woven throughout is the need to find a way to return home and the tension that produces. Andre Norton always told a good story and Galactic Derelict is no exception.
My copy of Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton was published by ACE in 1959.