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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434450341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434450340
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on July 24, 2009
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The People of the Crater (2008) is a chapbook containing the first speculative fiction story written by the author. This 1947 novelette has also been published as "Garin of Tav" and was included in the collection Garan the Eternal (1972).

In this novelette, Garin Featherstone is a famed flyer who led a decisive raid against the enemy. Now the war is over and he cannot find a job. Then Gregory Farson hires him to fly a cargo plane for a forthcoming Antarctica expedition.

Farson has hired three pilots and each flies a plane toward the area that Farson wishes to explore. They see a strange blue column of air reaching high into the atmosphere. They fly toward it, but the first plane veers away and does not answer radio calls.

Farson orders Garin to close up and the remaining two planes fly side-by-side into the blue column. Suddenly Garin feels like he is no longer alone in the cockpit. Something takes control of his body and flies his plane through the blue mists.

Inside the column, Garin sees a terrain with tortured gray rock seamed with yellow. The plane circles inside the crater while Garin fights against the Presence. Suddenly the overpowering will is gone and he flies up and away from the crater.

Then one engine fails and his plane dives down toward the green foliage far below. Garin struggles to bring the nose up, but the plane plunges toward the fern-like trees. It crashes and Garin loses consciousness.

When Garin regains his senses, he finds himself badly hurt. Any movement brings him pain. Then goblin-like creatures climb into the cockpit and remove him from the wrecked plane.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady on April 25, 2009
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I am an avid fan of Andre Norton and have been for many years. This is obviously one of her earliest books and not as sophisticated as her later books, but still a very enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2013
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Norton is one of my favorite authors and was my introduction to Sci-Fy. That being said, this is one of her earlier works and not as good as her later novels. It also reflects the themes and genre of it's time. It's not a Lensman (Smith) or a BeastMaster (Norton) but it is a Norton and a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on October 6, 2013
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This classic novella from Andre Norton is one of her first ventures into science fiction, and has held up pretty well since it was first published in 1947. The plot is fairly straight forward, but told in a spirit of adventure and wonder: An air force pilot is recruited to join an Antarctic expedition where he discovers an ancient alien civilization which has prophesized his arrival. Adventure ensues and he a must descend to the depths of the crater and face the Black Ones in order to rescue the fair Thrala, daughter of the Ancient Ones.

Andre Norton's story was undoubtedly influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lost World," Edgar Rice Burrough's books of Mars, and perhaps the classic 1937 movie "Lost Horizon.". I am so glad that Amazon has digitally made available many of these classics for the Kindle. Recommended when read in context of the era it was written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KL on June 14, 2013
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Read carefully the other reviews of this. It seems like most of the positive reviews are by people who like Andre Norton, even if they admit this is not one of the more polished of the author's works. I found it almost unreadable. There is no investment for the reader in the protagonist at all, and I never had any feeling of suspense reading this. Thankfully, I got it on my kindle as part of a Norton collection. I'll give this author another chance, but would never recommend this.
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The People of the Crater

Andre Norton writing as Andrew North.

The People of the Crater (2008) is a chapbook containing the first speculative fiction story written by the author. This 1947 novelette has also been published as ""Garin of Tav and was included in the collection Garan the Eternal (1972).
The above borrowed from the review of Arthur W. Jordin. He does such as good job, why should I try to rephrase it. In fact if you want to read a plot summary read his review.

The first paragraph is mine. It seems quaint now that Alice Norton had to try to hide her femininity.

I highly recommend this to fans of Andre Norton who want to see how she started in speculative fiction.
I believe the The Prince Commands (A Tor Book) was her first book (see my review).

You can view my listmania Andre Norton chronological order (1 of 5), also.

Gunner March, 2012
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I downloaded for free a copy of The People of the crater. One of the great things about Kindle is that you can download many classics for free and have a well stocked library full of classics that are much better than some of today's cheap attempts.

I really recommend reading this book, it is one of Andre Norton first books, and even when it is not as good as her letter - better known works - it is definitely a classic, much like Julius Verne style.

The story is simple to read and the plot is classic and fresh, Norton descriptions and characters are well defined and easy to understand, the plot engages in an adventure by a desperate pilot then turns to a fast paced war in a hidden crater.

I believe the story is worth readig for the easy to understand and well defined characters and interesting - fun to read - plot, to be read by younger audiences or young at heart.
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