Title attributed to Andre Norton



The Time Traders

&  # 1 in the Time Travel series (aka) Time War or Ross Murdock or Time Traders


Bibliography ~

¯  (1958) * Published by World, HC, WP958, LCCN 58011154, $3.00, 218pg ~ cover by Virgil Finlay {Orange Cloth Boards}

¯  (1960) * Published by ACE, PB, # D-461, $0.35, 191pg ~ cover by Ed Emshwiller ~ 1971-78 covers by unknown, 1980 & later covers by Walter Valez

¯  (1978) * Published by Gregg Press, HC, 0-839-82421-1, LCCN 78026925, $8.95, 220pg ~ The Time Trader Series 1 ~ Dust Jacket and Frontmatter by Wayne Barlowe, Introduction by Thomas T. Beeler {Binding: 5.625 x 8.25 - Dark Blue Cloth Boards with Silver Lettering, Blue End Papers - ISBN 0-839-82421-1 not on copyright page} ~ See Gregg Press Page for list of complete set.

¯  (1979) * Published by G Prior, HC, 0-860-43331-5, 198pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by unknown

¯  Time Traders (2000) * Published by BAEN, HC, 0-671-31952-3, LCCN 00058665, $24.00, 370pg ~ cover by Steve Hickman ~ Omnibus containing The Time Traders (1958) & Galactic Derelict (1959)


¯   NOTE: This Title has entered the “Public Domain” and is therefore open to any publisher that wants to print it. Many “Print on Demand” publishers have started to release this title. It is my decision as creator of this site to ignore these published versions. A good place to find them is Amazon.com however now that Amazon is releasing this title for their electronic reader “Kindle” they are not listing all of the published editions either.


Non English Editions ~

¯  (1964) Published in Munich, Germany; by Moewig, OCLC: 73748140, Terra Sonderband 78, 95pg ~ German title Operation Vergangenheit

¯  (1984) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Pabel, 38-118-3802-4, TB 2, 160pg ~ translation by H. U. Nichau ~ German title Operation Vergangenheit

¯  (1992) Published in Debrecen, Hungary; by Phoenix, 963-7457-23-2, 215pg ~ translation by Edit Moczok ~ cover by Tibor Szendrei ~ Hungarian title  Időharcosok

¯  (1975) Published in Japan; by Kubo Shoten Books, 47-659-1539-5, QT 23, 226pg ~ translation by Komiya Takashi ~ cover by Ichiro Takebe ~ Japanese title 不時着した円盤の謎

¯  (1994) Published in Poland; by Wydawnictwo Poznańskie, 83-861-3800-9, 211pg ~ translation by Marta Starczewska ~ Polish title Handlarze Czasem

¯  (1999) Published in Warsaw, Poland; by Amber, 83-724-5125-7 ~ Polish title Tajni agenci czasu

¯  (1993) Combined with "Galactic Derelict" ~ Published in Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14015-1, HC, 352pg ~ translation by Dimtry Arseniev ~ Russian title Война во времени [War Time]

¯  (2003) Combined with "Galactic Derelict" translation by Dmitry Arseniev, "The Defiant Agents" translation by Oleg Kolesnikov and "Key Out of Time" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-03581-8, HC, 512pg ~ "Time Traders" translation by Oleg Kolesnikov ~ Russian title Война во времени [War Time]


Synopsis ~

From the back of Paperback edition ~

Ross Murdock, a convicted criminal, is a “volunteer” for a secret government project: Operation Retrograde. Unwillingly at first, but with increasing fervor, Murdock becomes a member of the team fighting the strangest battle of the Cold War.

The Russians have infiltrated an unknown era of the past and developed powerful new weapons by utilizing some lost technology. American scientists also have the means to transport men into the past, and it becomes imperative that Operation Retrograde succeed in finding and tapping the source of the Russian’s secret weapons.

Murdock and the other members of his team embark on a dangerous and frantic search of almost forgotten time periods in a Cold War where the Past has become the battlefield of the future!


From the back of 2006 "print-on-demand" edition ~
If it possible to conquer space, then perhaps it is also possible to conquer time. At least that was the theory American scientists were exploring in an effort to explain the new sources of knowledge the Russians possessed. Perhaps Russian scientists had discovered how to transport themselves back in time in order to learn long forgotten secrets of the past.

That was why young Ross Murdock, above average in intelligence but a belligerently independent nonconformist, found himself on a "hush-hush" government project at a secret base in the Arctic. The very qualities that made him a menace in civilized society were valuable traits in a man who must successfully act the part of a merchant trader of the Beaker people during the Bronze Age.

For once they transferred by time machine to the remote Baltic region where the Russian post was located, Ross and his partner Ashe were swept into a fantastic action-filled adventure involving Russians, superstitious prehistoric men, and the aliens of a lost galactic civilization that demanded every ounce of courage the Americans possessed!





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