Plague Ship by Andre Norton, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Adventure
ISBN: 1598188771
EAN13: 9781598188776
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 1, 2006
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8.5" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Dane Thorson, Cargo-master-apprentice of the Solar Queen, Galactic Free Trader spacer, Terra registry, stood in the middle of the ship's cramped bather while Rip Shannon, assistant Astrogator and his senior in the Service of Trade by some four years, applied gobs of highly scented paste to the skin between Dane's rather prominent shoulder blades. The small cabin was thickly redolent with spicy odors and Rip sniffed appreciatively. You're sure going to be about the best smelling Terran who ever set boot on Sargol's soil, his soft slur of speech ended in a rich chuckle. Dane snorted and tried to estimate progress over one shoulder. The things we have to do for Trade his comment carried a hint of present embarrassment. Get it well in-this stuff's supposed to hold for hours. It'd better. According to Van those Salariki can talk your ears right off your head and say nothing worth hearing. And we have to sit and listen until we get a straight answer out of them. Phew

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   Trading ship encounters a plague at the fringes of explored space
There is a 2008 re- release of a science fiction novel. It's a classic from the height ofNorton's story- telling powers. The crew of a Free Trader starship are on a planet with humanoid inhabitants that trace their ancestry to cats. The crew of starship which is part of a large trading conglomerate will stop at nothing to take over the trading contract in this world. In a trade war, the Free Trader's small but experienced crew is called upon to outwit their opponents. When most of the Free Trader ship's crew get sick, it's up to the crew's three most junior members to save their shipmates and vessel, and to tell their story before the authorities can destroy the plague ship.
   Early Norton and more a juvenile book
The books in the Solar Queen series tend to be written for teenagers. The series reflects a type of science fiction writing which has vanished over the years and provides a pleasant relief from the current trends of the genre. They are now enjoyable reads for older readers as well. Ms. Norton created a number of visions and future histories during her long and prolific career. Her passing left a large gap for science fiction fans to fill, and all of her short stories, novellas, and novels are worth a read.
   Trading Rights, Aliens and Unforeseen Consequences
An entertaining space opera romp following a crew of independent space traders trying to establish business relations with an alien race before the Solarians can. Although this is the second in a series, I found it very easy to get into. It is a well paced and thoughtful read.
   Norton was quite good at carrying characters from book to book and developing ...
A great job of telling a story has been done by the man. I began to wonder why the book was called Plague Ship because of the amount of time spent preparing the background. I have not read all ofNorton's books, but I have read a few of his books. This book strikes me as part of a series, which I believe is the case. It's not named that way, as novels are often called today. Ms. Norton was able to carry characters from book to book and develop them.
   Great space opera, fun read!
The story is believable. It was well handled. The plot is nice and the interactions are painfully human. These traders handle tough situations with experience beyond their years. A story worth reading again.
   Great sci fi adventure
I have been a fan of the Solar Queen and her crew since I was a kid. Every time I read the books, I am left in awe.
   Plague Ship another review
I enjoy reading good stories. When we have to donate our library to the local library, Mr. Norton's books are among the first ones I replace. The story is well developed and details are fed to the reader.
   Classic but relatively standard SF from 60+ years ago
The second book in the space adventure series is called Plague Ship. This is a catch- up on the rest of the series because I read books 1 and 4 a long time ago. It involves a visit to a planet with valuable resources for barter, but the mission goes awry after the Queen is back in space. A few younger crewmen are able to escape from difficult situations. The book is enjoyable for those who like the older stuff, but it's not very interesting.