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Product Details

  • Series: Solar Queen
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765300559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765300553
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most popular authors of our time."-Publishers Weekly

"Nobody can top Andre Norton when it comes to swashbuckling science-fiction adventure."
--St. Louis Globe-Democrat

"There have been few new Solar Queen adventures in recent years, and the field is the poorer for the lack of them. Anyone who wants to understand what 'sense of wonder' was all about should read this book."--The Orlando Sentinel (on Derelict For Trade)

"One of the most distinguished living SF and fantasy writers."-Booklist

"Could there be any greater pleasure for a science-fiction fan that re-reading the genre's classics? If you cut your teeth on space adventures, reading this book will carry you back to that time in its first few pages. If not. . . welcome aboard, shipmate. This is what it's all about."--Rapport (on Derelict For Trade)

From the Back Cover

In 1955, Andre Norton wrote Sargasso of Space, the first novel in what would become one of the best known science fiction series of all time. The free-traders' adventures on unknown worlds in that novel and then in Plague Ship, were enormously popular, garnering legions of enthusiastic readers and spawning sequels that continue to attract new readers to this day.

Each of these novels sent the traders rocketing into action, with exciting, unique adventures across the galaxy. Now, together for the first time, the first two novels are published in a single volume for the discovery of a new generation, as well as for fans still young at heart. This is rousing space opera at its most entertaining.


Praise for Andre Norton and the Solar Queen Series

"Nobody can top Andre Norton when it comes to swashbuckling science-fiction adventure."
--St. Louis Globe-Democrat

"There have been few new Solar Queen adventures in recent years, and the field is the poorer for the lack of them. Anyone who wants to understand what 'sense of wonder' was all about should read this book."
--The Orlando Sentinel

"One of the most distinguished living SF and fantasy writers."
-Booklist

"Could there be any greater pleasure for a science-fiction fan that re-reading the genre's classics? If you cut your teeth on space adventures, reading this book will carry you back to that time in its first few pages. If not. . . welcome aboard, shipmate. This is what it's all about."
--Rapport

"One of the most popular authors of our time."
-Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Sargasso of Space" (1955) and "Plague Ship" (1956) were the first two science fiction novels I ever checked out of our local library (I can still close my eyes and see that one dinky little shelf, crammed with some of SFs' greatest juvenile authors: Norton; Heinlein; Del Rey; Nourse).

This book contains the above two Solar Queen adventures and excludes her further travels in "Postmarked the Stars" and the novella, "Voodoo Planet." Norton's four-book series about the crew of the Solar Queen ended in 1969 with "Postmarked the Stars" but beware! Lesser authors have butted into the series, presumably with Norton's permission since this remarkable Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy and Nebula Grand Master is still writing (her first novel was published in 1934, her latest fantasy in 2002).

One Solar Queen rip-off to avoid at all costs is "Redline: the Stars."

Norton's Solar Queen stories are told from the viewpoint of Dane Thorson, an apprentice-Cargo Master who is introduced as a "lanky, very young man in an ill-fitting Trader's tunic." Most of this author's heroes and heroines are young, uncertain of themselves, shy, with a tendency to trip over their own enthusiasms and load themselves up with guilt at the slightest opportunity. They are very likeable and their adventures are narrated in remarkably lean prose with just the right touch of description.

After ten years of schooling, orphan Dane Thorson is assigned via a computer analysis of his psychological profile--not to a safe berth on a sleek Company-run starship that his classmates were vying for--but to a battered tramp of a Free Trader. To say that the 'Solar Queen' "lacked a great many refinements and luxurious fittings which the Company ships boasted" was an understatement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Solar Queen is an omnibus edition in the Solar Queen series. It contains the first two novels: Sargasso of Space and Plague Ship.

Dane Thorson is an apprentice cargomaster on the independent trader Solar Queen. His fellow crewmembers include Captain Jellico, Cargomaster Van Rycke, Astrogator Steen Wilcox, Chief Engineer Johan Stotz, Medic Craig Tau, Comtech Tang Ya, Cook-Steward Frank Mura, Jetmen Karl Kosti and Jasper Weeks, and Apprentices Rip Shannon and Ali Kamal. The ancillary crew of the Solar Queen consist of Sinbad, the ship's cat, and Queex the Hoobat.

In Sargasso of Space (1955), the Solar Queen wins trade rights to the D-class planet Limbo, which happens to contain some powerful forerunner technology and a nest of pirates.

In Plague Ship (1956), the Solar Queen has negotiated a change of trade rights, swapping their claims on Limbo for access to the new spices and gems on Sargol, the homeworld of the feline Saliriki. All goes well on the planet, but the crew members start to fall into a deep sleep one by one as they travel back to Terra.

These stories were originally published under the pseudonym of Andrew North. They were the beginning of a series of adventures that have introduced many people to the SF genre in the five decades since their publication. These tales demonstrate the author's skills as a story teller and show why the author has attracted so many dedicated fans over the decades.

Highly recommended for Norton fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of a future filled with strange adventures and exotic cultures.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Praise Tor Books for bringing out this handsome edition of two of Andre Norton's earliest science fiction novels! This single volume contains the first two books in the "Solar Queen" series about interplanetary Free Traders: "Sargasso of Space" and "Plague Ship." It's a handsome book, with a wonderful cover by Julie Bell and a jacket design that recalls the spirit of 1950s science fiction with all its wonder and fun. And that's exactly what Ms. Norton delivers in these two fine books.
Andre Norton today is best known for her fantasy novels, but she started out in space opera, and I personally prefer these to her work in fantasy; and the "Solar Queen" books contain some of her best work in the science-fiction field. Science fiction fans shouldn't miss this opportunity to read these great adventures. The storytelling here is pure, the adventures straightforward but fantastically constructed. Like Robert Heinlein's novels of the same period, Norton's books never talk down to her intended audience of teenagers, and adults enjoy her books as much as the younger readers. You're guaranteed to get lost in the wonder and excitement of the voyages of the intrepid Solar Queen and its crew of rugged individualist in their quest to get the best trade deals the galaxy can offer. Although the novels can be read independent of each other, the first book directly sets-up the next, so you can read both together as one novel.
The first novel, SARGASSO OF SPACE (1955) introduces our hero, Dane Thorsen, as he receives his first trading assignment as an apprentice cargo master on an independent trading ship, the Solar Queen.
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