Plague Ship (Solar Queen Series #2)

Plague Ship (Solar Queen Series #2)

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by Andre Norton
     
 

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Andre Alice Norton was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, first to be SFWA Grand Master and first inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Told from the viewpoint of Dane Thorson, an apprentice-Cargo Master, a "lanky, very young man in an ill-fitting Trader's tunic," Plague Ship takes the crew of the Solar Queen to Sargol, where

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Andre Alice Norton was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, first to be SFWA Grand Master and first inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Told from the viewpoint of Dane Thorson, an apprentice-Cargo Master, a "lanky, very young man in an ill-fitting Trader's tunic," Plague Ship takes the crew of the Solar Queen to Sargol, where the enigmatic feline natives seem very reluctant to trade away their fabulous scented gemstones. When Dane Thorson discovers an herb that the Salariki are willing to swap for their gems, he brings the ship into a peril he could never have imagined -- a strange plague that comes from venomous stowaways from Sargol. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780839824169
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
02/01/1978
Series:
Solar Queen Series , #2

Meet the Author

For well over a half century, Andre Norton (1912-2005) was one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy authors in the world. With series such as Time Traders, Forerunner, Beast Master, and the Central Control Series (comprised of the books Star Rangers and Star Guard), her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to science fiction. Her fantasy novels, including the bestselling Witch World series, have been popular with readers for decades.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAAZING!!!!!! It starts out slow at first, and you might not see the point, but stick with it! The equipment the characters use is so sci-fi, and some parts are surprisingly funny! The Free-Trader ship Solar Queen lands on a planet inhabited by feline-like creatures. The crew of the Solar Queen begins to trade with them, but are hampered by Inter-Solar, or I-S men. After managing to gain the trust of the planet's inhabitants, the crew of the Solar Queen takes a load of valuable wood, on the promise that they will return and give the natives catnip, which they love. The I-S men, wanting trade rights themselves, reluctantly help the crew of the Solar Queen load the wood. A few days after the Solar Queen leaves the planet, some of the crew members become sick, including the doctor. The crew of the Solar Queen must make some hard choices, and does, causing the I-S men to mark them as a criminal plague ship, to be destroyed at will. With no other choice, the crew lands the Solar Queen on Terra (Earth) in the heart of the Big Burn, a scar left from the last Atomic War. Hoping to broadcast their story on one of Terra's networks, the crew makes more hard, dangerous choices. This is not the best written sci-fi story I've ever read, but it has a great plot. Don't be fooled by the slow start-it picks up and crescendos to a wonderful finish! It's definitely worth it!
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I suppose you could consider this decently written but it is very sparse on character development and detail. The story flows fast and there is action of sorts yet it is a very childish story told by a writer of children's books. How the author got so many stories published and got such rave reviews is a mystery! If her fantasy books are as bad as this...? Not recommended for any mature reader. JC