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Two of SFWA Grand Master Norton's earlier novels, Star Guard (1955) and Star Rangers (1953), offered here with minimal textual changes, should be just as enjoyable to the grandchildren if not great-grandchildren of the original readers. In Guard, around A.D. 4000, humans are valued by Central Control as mercenaries, but otherwise are at the bottom of the galactic hierarchy. Kana Karr, a young swordsman investigating the mysterious deaths of some of his comrades, stumbles on a conspiracy that endangers Central Control and the human race alike. Some 4,000 years later in Rangers, the Patrol cruiser Starfire makes its last landing on an unknown but habitable planet. Three of the crew, the Rangers Kartr (human), Fylh (a birdlike Trystian) and Zinga (a reptilian Zacathan), become a sort of Three Musketeers to save the natives from the ruthlessness of other humans. They succeed well enough to eventually receive a shipload of assorted refugees and discover the secret of this "unknown" planet. The language, plot and characterization are somewhat simpler than we are used to today, but the settings come alive as well as anybody's. Moreover, Norton's handling of ethical issues, particularly the uses of telepathy and relations with nonhumans, is quite complex. This is no less remarkable when one considers that she was writing in the days when telepaths were often supermen and aliens usually depicted as BEMs. (Aug.)Miller; Forecasts, May 21) and Leopard in Exile (with Rosemary Edghill; Forecasts, Mar. 26).
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Classic science fiction from one of the old masters. Can't have a story about interstellar mercenaries without some violence, but this is old school, so you won't faint from the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by da perfesser
There are two stories here. The first I had read some time ago, being a fan of Andre Norton for many years. The second, 'Star Rangers' is one I hadn't read yet. Read morePublished 14 days ago by L. J. Capehart
I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging tale of what could be. Well written and thought provoking. It's sure to please sci-fi and action readers alike.Published 19 days ago by JC Rogers
This is a two different stories in one book. First is about earth by way of its star soldiers gain their own access to the stars. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Susan Otto
this was a second time around, it was just as riveting as the 1st time I read it in high schoolPublished 29 days ago by Silas Chambers
This is my first read of a Andre Norton novel. Somehow, although I had heard of her for years, I never got around to reading any of her work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. D. Caro
I haven't read this author in ages and was so surprised to see this was free. This is classic old school sci-fi. Good stuff.Published 1 month ago by Jack Cox
A couple of good stories, but rather old-fashioned and lacking in subtlety. Young readers are more likely to enjoy these.Published 1 month ago by Tom Welch