Voodoo Planet

~ 3rd Novel in the Solar Queen Series by Andre Norton

Originally released under pseudonym Andrew North


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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. This site has chosen to ignore these published versions and only concentrate on estate sanctioned materials.


Synopsis ~

Write-up from the back of the ACE paperback edition ~

Dane Thorson of the space trader Solar Queen is caught in the middle of a desperate battle between the rational science of the spaceways vs. the hypnotic witchcraft of the mental wizards of Khatka!
 

Write-up from the dust jacket of the Gregg Press edition ~

Voodoo Planet is the third of three novels that compose the Dane Thrson Solar Queen series - a swift-paced series set in the inter-galactic far-future that recounts the high adventures of Dane Thorson, young apprentice Cargo-Master, and his ship-mates on the free trader ship, the Solar Queen. All three of the Dane Thorson Solar Queen books first appeared under the pseudonym, Andrew North.
In Voodoo Planet, Dane Thorson, Medic Tau, and Jellico, captain of the Solar Queen, are invited to Khatka for pleasure-hunting in the planet's legendary jungles. However, their pleasures are short-lived as they encounter the incredibly evil power of Lumbrilo, a witch doctor who seeks to take over the planet and destroy the spacemen in the process. The men are thrown back upon their own physical and spiritual resources and are faced with the do-or-die challenge of mastering exotic magic.
 

Write-ups from fans ~

While the Solar Queen is in refit on Xecho to take over a mail run, the crew receives a visit from the Chief Ranger of the planet Khatka, who is having trouble with a voodoo priest.  The crew accepts the Ranger's invitation to a "hunting preserve", the group invitation being cover for Dr. Tau, whose knowledge of magic is wanted to fight the wizard who is attempting to take over the plane by using "voodoo" to demoralize the Rangers who guide off-world hunting parties.  While the head Ranger is showing the Queen's crew over a newly-opened hunting preserve, their flier crashes.  Dane, Tau, and Captain Jellico must make their way afoot back to civilization; on their trek, they encounter a large party of poachers who are being aided by the wizard they were brought in to fight.  Dane winds up drumming to aid Tau in making his "magic" to defeat the voodoo priest. ~ SL

 

The third and shortest of Norton's Solar Queen series. Three members of the crew get fooled into a free trip to a luxury game preserve planet. Dane Thorson, Captain Jelico and Craig Tau whose hobby is magic in all forms are tricked into a struggle against a local witch doctor who is threatening the tourist business. Of course they meet with treachery and sabotage, forcing them into contact with some of the most dangerous creatures in the Norton universe. Nice action sequences and world-building. Tau gets to show off his knowledge of the field of magic. ~ PG

 

1959’s Voodoo Planet is the second half of the omnibus referenced in the previous review. I was a bit surprised to discover that this is one of the Solar Queen stories. I thought I had been sent all of the Solar Queen stories for review over the years, but I’d never seen this one. Having read it, I suspect I know why this is the Solar Queen tale Norton fans would just as soon pretend does not exist. I will reveal the secret if you follow me into the dark mysteries of a review I will call (borrowing Hradzka’s…. ~ JN
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Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles about Andre

1959 by Hans Stefan Santesson in Fantastic Universe (fnz), July
1969 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fiction -> Science Fact, May
1969 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fiction -> Science Fact, October
2015 by James Nicoll, February, 27   Θ

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • [as Andrew North] (1959) ACE Double Book containing Plague Ship and Voodoo Planet, Published by ACE, PB, # D-345, $0.35, 178+78pg ~ cover of Plague Ship by Edward Valigurski ~ cover of Voodoo Planet by Ed Emshwiller ~ Plague Ship - “Complete & Unabridged” & Voodoo Planet - “Complete Novel”
  • Star Hunter & Voodoo Planet (1968) Published by ACE, PB, # G-723, $0.50, 318pg ~ cover by Jeff Jones ~ contains Star Hunter (1961) & Voodoo Planet (1959) ~ some count this as an ACE Double Book but it is not. The ampersand was replaced by the word AND on ACE # 78192 and later publications.
  • Voodoo Planet & Star Hunter (1978) Published by Gregg Press, HC, 0-839-82417-3, LCCN 77026231, $7.95, 160 pg ~ Space Adventure Novels of Andre Norton 3 ~ Dust Jacket by Jack Gaughan, Frontmatter by Elizabeth R. Cooke {Binding: 5.625 x 8.25 - Brown Cloth Boards with Gold Lettering (Publisher states the color is Burnt Orange), Orange End Papers}
  • Voodoo Planet & Star Hunter (1983) Published by ACE, PB, 0-441-78195-0, $2.50, 248pg ~ cover by Jeff Jones ~ Titles are switched around from previous editions ~ Also Voodoo Planet’s title continues with “Book Three in the Solar Queen Series”
  • (2008) Published by Arc Manor, PB, 978-1-60450-239-8, $12.98, 106pg ~ this is a "Print on Demand" publication and is included in this bibliography because this is the first time Voodoo Planet appears as a single title ~ includes excerpt of "Fortress on the Sun" by Paul Cook
  • (2017) Published by Open Road Media, DM, no ISBN, $0.99, 69pg ~ cover by Ian Koviak

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1994) Published in Poznań, Poland; by Rebis, 83-712-0134-6, 99pg ~ translation by Marek Obarski ~ cover by Tim White Thorns ~ Polish title Planeta Voodoo [Planet Voodoo]
  • (1991) Combined with "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" ~ Published in Tashkent, by Impulse-Union, no ISBN, HC, 336pg ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (1991) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Pague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" ~ Published in Moscow, by Novator, no 5-865-862019-1 and 5-865-86200-9, HC, 400pg ~ translation by A. Malina ~ cover by D. Yu Shcherbinin ~ Russian title Приключения "Королевы Солнца" [Adventures of Solar Queen]
  • (1991) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" ~ Published in Moscow, by Tsentrpoligraf, no ISBN, HC, 478pg ~ cover by A. Waldman ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (1992) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" ~ Published in Angarsk, by Amber, 5-883-58016-5, PB, 480pg ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (1992) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" ~ Published in Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14005-4, HC 608pg ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (1992) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship", "Postmarked the Stars" and "Plague Planet" by unknown ~ Published in Tallinn, by Melora, 5-797-90412-8 and 5-797-90438-1, HC, 400pg ~ translation bt A. Snezhko ~ cover by Boris Vallejo ~ Russian title Скитальцы космоса [Space Wanderers]
  • (1993) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship", "Postmarked the Stars", "Catseye", "Star Hunter" and "Plague Planet" by unknown ~ Published in Yaroslavl, by Nuance, 5-741-51030-2, HC, 768pg ~ cover by N.D. Shadura ~ Russian title Саргассы в космосе [Sargasso of Space]
  • (1995) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" ~ Published in Angarsk, by Amber Ltd. and Moscow, by Sigma Press, 5-883-58056-4, HC, 528pg ~ cover by Bruce Pennington ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (1997) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkov and S. Pobedino , "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina ~ Published in Moscow, by Armada, 5-763-20301-1, HC, 528pg ~ "Voodoo Planet" translation by A. Malina ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (1999) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkov and S. Pobedino, "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-237-01754-1, HC, 480pg ~ "Voodoo Planet" translation by A. Malina ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (2002) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkov and S. Vitina, "Plague Ship" and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-170-15683-9, HC, 653pg ~ "Voodoo Planet" translation by A. Malina ~ Russian title Саргассы в космосе. Зачумленный корабль. Планета колдовства. Проштемпелевано звездами.
  • (2004) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkova and S. Vitina, "Plague Ship", and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina, "Redline the Stars" translation by E. Dobrokhotova-Maykova, "Derelict for Trade" translation by S. Anisimov, "A Mind for Trade" translation by M. Levin and "Plague Planet" by unknown ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-170-24016-3, HC, 1136pg ~ "Voodoo Planet" translation by A. Malina ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (2004) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkova and S. Vitina, "Plague Ship", and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina, "Redline the Stars" translation by E. Dobrokhotova-Maykova, "Derelict for Trade" translation by S. Anisimov and "A Mind for Trade" translation by M. Levin ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-170-24014-7, HC, 1132pg ~ "Voodoo Planet" translation by A. Malina ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (2014) Combined with “Sagasso of Space”, “Plague Ship” & “Postmarked the Stars”, Published in Moscow by Eksmo, 9785699690169, HC, 672pgs ~ “Sargasso of Space” translation by S. Berezhkova and S. Pobedina, “Plague Ship”, “Voodoo Planet” & “Postmarked the Stars” translation by A. Malina ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ series: All Norton ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (2015) Combined with “Sagasso of Space” & “Plague Ship”, Published in Moscow; by Eksmo, 9785699800254, HC, 576pgs ~ series: The Great Space Novels ~ Russian title Саргассы в космосе [Sargasso of Space]
  • (2016) Combined with “Sagasso of Space” & “Plague Ship”, Published in Moscow; by Eksmo, 9785699800285, HC, 576pgs ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ series: The Best Science Fiction of the XX Century ~ Russian title Саргассы в космосе [Sargasso of Space]

 

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