Derelict for Trade

~ 6th Novel in the Solar Queen Series by Andre Norton

Written with Sherwood Smith


Click on image for slideshow

of cover-art for

Derelict for Trade

 

 

Synopsis ~

Write-up from an old Amazon.com posting ~

The Solar Queen is in real trouble. They’ve just saved thousands of lives in near disaster and are on the way to cash in on their newfound hero status with some profitable trade. But when they drop out of hyperspace and almost crash into a deserted ship, it’s all they can do not to become a wreck like the one they’ve stumbled across. Luckily, the Starvenger has just enough fuel to get both ships to the nearest space habitat. But a crooked syndicate of bureaucrats takes an interest--and a series of treacherous misadventures follows. An ultra-violent clan of aliens would put an end the Solar Queen's journeys. Stumbling upon an abandoned ship, Captain Jellico and the crew of the Solar Queen seize the prize and claim the right to salvage the derelict vessel, only to become the targets of a secret alien hijacking ring out to sabotage their claim.
 

Write-up from the front flap of the 1997 dustjacket ~

How many readers have felt their first thrill of space adventure with the crew of independent traders aboard the Solar Queen? With novels like Galactic Derelict and Sargasso of Space, Andre Norton, “The Grande Dame of science fiction" (Life magazine), has drawn uncounted millions of readers into wonder-provoking worlds of the future, where the unknown is challenging, the action exciting, and life is never dull, in this brand-new space thriller, the Solar Queen is in real trouble. After saving thousands of lives in a near disaster, the crew are heroes, and they’re ready to cash in their newfound celebrity for some profitable trade. But when they come out of hyper and almost crash into a deserted ship, They nearly find themselves dead on arrival.
Luckily, the derelict has fuel enough to get both ships to the nearest port—an eerily beautiful space habitat. Three races, human, Kanddoyd, and Shver, share The facilities; but a fourth species bureaucrats—nearly scuttles The Queen's crow and their claim to the derelict.
What started out as a lucky stop at the habitat turns into a series of treacherous misadventures as an alien stowaway, a gong of intergalactic spacejackers, and on ultraviolent clan of aliens threaten to make this the Solar Queen's final run.

 

Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

The Solar Queen is in real trouble. They’ve just saved thousands of lives in near disaster and are on the way to cash in on their newfound hero status with some profitable trade. But when they drop out of hyperspace and almost crash into a deserted ship, it’s all they can do not to become a wreck like the one they’ve stumbled across. Luckily, the Starvenger has just enough fuel to get both ships to the nearest port, a space habitat that is home to humans and two other races. Unfortunately, when they attempt to file for scavenger rights, a crooked syndicate of bureaucrats takes an interest and threatens to scuttle Captain Jellico's crew and their claim to the derelict.
What started out as a lucky stop at the habitat turns into a series of treacherous misadventures, as an alien stowaway, a gang of intergalactic spacejackers, and an ultra-violent clan of aliens threaten to make this journey the Solar Queen's final run.

 

Write-ups from fans ~

I have been told by reliable sources that this book was originally supposed to be written by Andre and Pauline Griffin, at the last moment the publisher pulled Pauline from the project and brought in Sherwood  Smith. This aggravated Andre to no avail for Sherwood would not listen to her input about the story. When she received her copy of the book she hid it out of site. When a friend of hers brought the title up in a conversation she directed them to remove this and the other three titles by Sherwood from her house. Upon her death she willed the copyrights to Sherwood because she hated all four books so much that she did not want her Estate associated with them. When you read them it is evident that Andre had little to do with them for they do not fit her style. They are included because her name appears on the front cover. ~ JW     Read a brief article on Sherwood Smith’s view.

 

After leaving Canuche of Halio, the crew of the Solar Queen decides to take a chance on finding a lucrative trade at the edge of human-dominated space.  However, that long a jump will run them perilously close to their fuel limits.  As they near breakout from hyper, the encounter a mass sufficient to drag them out of hyper--too far away to make port with their remaining fuel.  Luckily, the mass turns out to be a derelict ship, which upon investigation, has enough fuel that they can transship enough for both ships to make port.  The port they aim for is a space habitat established by an insectile race called the Kanddoyds.  A few Earth humans do live on the station, including a Patrolman, who is strangely lackadisacal about his duties, and has been on post for far too long.  The Kanddoyds are very politely and subtly obstructive about the Queen's crew's attempt to get any data about the ship they salvaged.  The Solar Queen also seems to have a stowaway on board.  Eventually they catch the stowaway, a little blue Rigellian female who grew up on the habitat but wants to become a Free Trader.  Her "family group" leader manages to access the habitat's data network to help cut through the red tape the Kanddoyd had created, but the obstructiveness turns physical: Dane is trapped into a duel with the Shver, heavy-grav worlders; Jellico and Cofort are pursued, with deadly intent, through the station by more Shver.  Eventually, the obstructiveness is traced to Flyndyck, a human who has so closely identified with the Kanddoyds that he has created an insectile shell for himself.  He and the Kanddoyds have developed a nice little scheme to disable and rob any ship that comes in with valuable cargo and to then take over the source of the cargo. ~ SL

 

KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1996
Another adventure, and a new collaboration, for the trading ship Solar Queen (Redline the Stars, with P.M. Griffin, 1993), whose crew survives intact from the previous volume--though ship's medic Rael Cofort has shed her "wonder woman" image and settled down among equals. As the Solar Queen, desperately short of fuel, hurtles out of hyperspace, it nearly crashes into an abandoned vessel; Captain Jellico decides to tow the derelict to the space habitat Harmonious Exchange and claim salvage rights. But the authorities at Exchange--it's run mostly by the alien Kanddoyds--seem disinclined to cooperate: They won't divulge information about the previous owners, for one thing, and Solar Queen's crew soon discover elements of a conspiracy whose function is to hijack lone vessels. Finding allies among the outcasts of Exchange, many of whom are indirect victims of hijackers, and menaced by huge alien Shver cops who tend to shoot first and ask questions later, Captain Jellico and others must discover who's behind the conspiracy before the bad guys can cover their tracks and strike back. A brisk, well-turned, agreeable adventure; fans of Norton's Witch World and other fantasies might find it a worthwhile change of scenery. 

 

trillium          medievil-dragon-tribal-line-black-white-tina-barnash          trillium          medievil-dragon-tribal-line-black-white-tina-barnash          trillium

 

Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1997) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-85919-8, 978-0-312-85919-0, $22.95 US $32.95 Canadian, 283pg ~ cover by Nicholas Jainschigg {Black Paper Boards}
  • (1998) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-55272-5, 978-0-812-55272-0, $5.99, 283pg ~ cover by Nicholas Jainschigg

 

trillium          medievil-dragon-tribal-line-black-white-tina-barnash          trillium          medievil-dragon-tribal-line-black-white-tina-barnash          trillium

 

Non-English Editions ~

  • (1998) Combined with "Redlined the Stars" translation by E. Dobrokhotova-Maykova ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-237-00667-1, HC, 528pg ~ "Derelict for Trade" translation by S. Anisimov ~ Russian title Аварийная планета [Derelict for Trade]
  • (2003) Combined with "Redline the Stars" translation by E. Dobrokhotova-Maykova and "A Mind for Trade" translation by M. Levin ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-170-16365-7, HC, 720pg ~ "Derelict for Trade" translation by S. Anisimov ~ Russian title Подчеркнуто звездами. Покинутый корабль. Разум на торги.
  • (2004) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkova and S. Vitina, "Plague Ship", "Voodoo Planet" and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina, "Redline the Stars" translation by E. Dobrokhotova-Maykova and "A Mind for Trade" translation by M. Levin ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-170-24014-7, HC, 1132pg ~ "Derelict for Trade" translation by S. Anisimov ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]
  • (2004) Combined with "Sargasso of Space" translation by S. Berezhkova and S. Vitina, "Plague Ship", "Voodoo Planet" and "Postmarked the Stars" translation by A. Malina, "Redline the Stars" translation by E. Dobrokhotova-Maykova, "A Mind for Trade" translation by M. Levin, and "Plague Planet" by unknown ~ Published in Moscow, by AST, 5-170-24016-3, HC, 1136pg ~ "Derelict for Trade" translation by S. Anisimov ~ Russian title Королева Солнца [Solar Queen]

 

 

 

 

 

<P          list          N>

 

trillium          medievil-dragon-tribal-line-black-white-tina-barnash          trillium          medievil-dragon-tribal-line-black-white-tina-barnash          trillium