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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A couple of good stories, but rather old-fashioned and lacking in subtlety. Young readers are more likely to enjoy these.Published 2 days ago by Tom Welch
Vintage Andre Norton science fiction. A little slow at first, but once the basic plot is fleshed out the character names, places, and objects stop getting in the way. Read morePublished 10 days ago by mel
Written with the same spirit and scintillating narrative as all of her other books. Two more great stories that keep one spellbound and enthralled from beginning to end.Published 2 months ago by John Henderson
This edition collects two shorter novels into one volume. The two individual titles are 'Star Guard' and 'Star Rangers'. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew
AN has written two novels about Earth's Solar System and how Star Soldiers were formed and why. The two novels are excellent reads for the genre. Read morePublished 2 months ago by eddyrapcon