The Time Traders was one of the first science fiction books I read. With time travel, secret agents battling Russians in the Bronze Age, and alien space ships, it had everything an adolescent could want. I was soon inspired to track down and read the other books in the series as well other books by Norton such as The Beast Master and Witch World. A recent rereading shows that I was not mistaken in my original impression.
Norton’s books were never known for their deeper meaning. They never inspired cult like followings as did books like Dune or Stranger in a Strange Land. What they did offer was plenty of action, exotic backgrounds and a sense of wonder. This was a promise that Norton delivered on time and again until by the end of her career she had published some three hundred titles over seven decades. If she wrote to a formula, it was one that never grew old or became dated. In a count of her books on my bookshelves I came up with a total of fifty volumes.
Norton was never terribly concerned with scientific accuracy or portraying her worlds in exacting detail. Not one to let such matters get in the way of the plot or action, she wrote in a sparse language, sketching rather than painting her environments with just enough information to exercise the imagination of her readers.
Many of those readers were young, but I’ve never been able to distinguish a clear line between which of her books were meant as juveniles and which weren’t. Other than the ages of her protagonists, there was little difference in her writing style between the two. There was never a sense in her writing that she was dumbing down her plots or prose for a particular audience. Similarly, while I realized somewhere about the second or third book that the author was probably a woman, the seemed irrelevant, and in fact it wasn’t until quite a few years later that I established that possibility as a fact. Throughout her career, Norton wrote with an timelessness that appealed to readers of all ages and genders,
Resurrected Press is happy to bring you The Time Traders for your enjoyment, and if you like what you read we will be offering the further adventures of the time agents our editions of The Defiant Agents and The Key Out of Time.
About the Author
Andre Norton was the pen name of Alice Mary Norton (February 17, 1912-March 17, 2005) author of hundreds of fantasy and science fiction novels and stories. Though she had intended to become a teacher, the depression forced her to change plans and become a librarian, a career she followed until she could become a full time author. Her first novel was published in 1934. She began writing science fiction in the fifties, continuing until her death. She received both the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America.