Echoes in Time

~ 6th Novel in the Time Traders Series by Andre Norton

(Series aka) Time Travel, Time War or Ross Murdock

Written with Sherwood Smith


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Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of the 1999 dustjacket ~

Having revitalized the classic Solar Queen series to critical acclaim, Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith now turn their storytelling talents to Norton's popular Time Traders series.
Time Agents Ross Murdock and Eveleen Riorden are recalled from their honeymoon to take port in u dangerous assignment: find a team of Russian scientists who vanished without a trace from a research mission in the past of a far-all planet. Along with a team of Russian Time Agents with their own mysterious agenda and Saba, a new agent teamed with Gordon Ashe, they leap into the alien world's distant history.
There they encounter several alien races, whose appearance, language, and customs are almost incomprehensibly strange. Something changed this world, and music seems the only tool that might prove a key to unlocking the planet's secrets.
But as they try to decipher a digital alien Rosetta Stone, time is running out for their mission. Ross now knows what happened to the missing scientists-—but can he save his team before they too vanish forever?
This thrilling adventure of a desperate race against treacherous time itself is a tale filled with excitement and wonder in the grand time Traders tradition.

 

Write-up from the back of paperback edition ~

Time Agent Ross Murdock and Eveleen Riorden just wanted a little time off to enjoy their honeymoon. but when a team of Russian scientists vanishes without a trace, the couple is recalled to action and thrust headlong into danger on a distant planet.

Confronted with mysteries from the moment they arrive, Ross and Eveleen encounter natives with customs so alien as to defy understanding, and strange icons with a possible secret. Plagued by a bizarre malady sapping their energy, they begin to piece together the fate of the missing scientist. Suddenly, their mission is a race against time: if the Time Agents can't find answers to the puzzles that surround them, they too may vanish forever....

 

Write-up from an old Amazon.com posting ~

Time agents Ross Murdock and Eveleen Riorden are recalled from their honeymoon to take part in a dangerous assignment: find a team of Russian scientists who have vanished without a trace from a research mission in the past of a far-off planet. Along with a team of Russian time Agents with their own mysterious agenda and Saba, a new agent teamed with Gordon Ashe, they leap into the alien world's distant history. There they encounter several alien races, whose appearance, language, and customs are almost incomprehensibly strange. Something changed this world, and music seems the only tool that might prove a key to unlocking the planet's secrets. But as they try to decipher a digital alien Rosetta stone, time is running out for their mission. Ross now knows what happened to the missing scientists--but can he save his team before they too vanish forever?

 

Write-up from a fan ~

The Russians have lost an exploration team investigating one of the planets that they had been awarded in the "lottery" of tapes recovered from the adventures of the American Time Traders team who recovered a Baldies' spaceship and subsequently triggered it into returning to its home world. The Cold War is winding down and the Russians and Americans are now uneasy allies, so the Russians request the help of the Americans.

Gordon Ashe, Ross and Eveleen Murdock, and a musicologist named Saba Mirium travel in space to the starport/empire capital world and back in time when it was abandoned, to try to discover what happened to the Russian team. ~ SL

 

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.

 

KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1999
In 1994’s Firehand, Norton joined forces with P.M. Griffin to launch a revival of her 30-year-old Time Traders series; now, to continue it, she’s taken on a fresh collaborator, Sherwood Smith, who worked with Norton on two Solar Queen yarns. Earth began to explore the galaxy in alien globe ships, but then had to foil an invasion attempt by the aggressive Baldies. Time-travel veterans Ross Murdock and his wife, Eveleen Riordan, now must learn to cooperate with their former rivals, the Russians, who took a beating in the Baldy attack. The Russians have lost a time-travel team on a distant planet where, eerily, archeologists uncovered a carving of a current time agent, the African musicologist Saba. The joint rescue mission arrives at the planet, finding numerous alien races devolved into animals. But back in the past when the Russian time-travelers were lost, the advanced Yilayil coexist with various other sapient races. The rescuer/investigators, however, soon fall sick. The Yilayil immediately recognize Saba and take her for special training, while the others search for the missing Russians and try to figure out what’s going on. Ross, Eveleen, and companions get sicker and sicker before Saba learns how to make contact with the planet’s plant-consciousness, which views all intelligent animals as enemies and produces spores to devolve them into harmless critters—hence the sickness. Then the Baldies attack. A much-improved, if more thoughtful re-revival, with believable aliens, a reasonable time-travel rationale, and properly worked-out consequences. 

 

Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles about Andre

1999 Kirkus Reviews, November 01
2000 by John C. Bunnell in Amazing Stories, Special Edition
2000 by Alan Fraser in Vector #209
2000 by Tom Easton in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, April

 

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Dedications and Acknowledgements ~

With heartfelt thanks to Dave Trowbridge, tech wizard extraordinaire, for unstinting help.
- S.S.

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1999) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-85921-X, 978-0-312-85921-3, $23.95, 319pg ~ cover by Julie Bell {Gray Paper Boards, ISBN on Front Flap & Rear of Dust Jacket}
  • (2000) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-55274-1, 978-0-812-55274-4, $5.99 US $7.99 Canadian, 319pg ~ cover by Julie Bell
  • Time Traders III (2002) Published by SFBC, HC, 0-739-43103-X, 978-0-739-43103-0, # 54748, $12.99, 403pg ~ cover by Stephen Hickman ~ Omnibus containing Echoes in Time (1999) & Atlantis Endgame (2002)

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (2006) Published in Moscow, by Eksmo and St. Petersburg, by Domino, 5-699-18073-7, HC, 400pg ~ translation by N. Sosnovskaya ~ cover by Jean Pierre Targete ~ Russina title Эхо времен [Echoes in Time]

 

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