The Sioux Spaceman

~ A Novel by Andre Norton


Synopsis ~

Write-up from an old posting ~

When the Terran Confederation finally made the great leap into interstellar space they discovered that they were not the first. They found that the vast Styor Empire enslaved two-thirds of the star systems of the known galaxy, and their inhabitants. The Styor, in spite of their vast numerical and technological superiority, found that it was never worth the effort and losses to try to enslave the upstart Terrans. Yet, they could not ignore the Earthmen either, for they were popping up everywhere. So the Styor allowed the newcomers to operate as traders- an occupation unfit for imperial bureaucrats and warriors.
The Earthmen accepted this status, for it allowed them to travel to the enslaved worlds where the Patrol could not yet venture. They kept their eyes open and noted the growing cracks in the decadent Empire. Here and there they could do what they could to widen those cracks. This was the case on the planet Klor, where Kade Whitehawk, Amerindian of the Northwest Terran Confederation noticed that the vast grasslands of that world were distinctly reminiscent of his plains homeland. The enslaved native race of Klor, the Ikkinni, reminded Whitehawk of his own people, the Lakota.
They only lacked one essential to fight back against their Styor masters - the horse. Kade could get horses- and if a few managed to slip away. After all, had not Whitehawk's own people accomplished the impossible when they won back their own land from the mechanized civilization that had once tried to enslave them?


Write-up from the 1966 ACE paperback edition & the front flap of the 1976 Hale edition ~

Kade Whitehawk had two strikes against him in the Space Service. First, he had bungled his assignment on the planet Lodi. Second, he believed all creatures had a right to freedom and dignity – and having such opinions was strictly against the rules.
But when he was assigned to Klor, he found the Ikkinni there – tortured yet defiant slaves of a vicious tyrant race.
Right then Kade swung at the last pitch. For rules or no rules, The Sioux Spaceman knew that he had to help these strange creatures gain their freedom… and then he alone, because of his Indian blood, had the key to win it for them.


Write-up from the back of the 1970s ACE paperback edition ~

Kade Whitehawk’s pride, and his hatred of the Alien Styor, with whom Terra had an important trade pact, led to his disgrace at his first post as a trader for the Space Service. Yet his second job found him on the planet Klor, where the primitive but defiant Ikkinni were ruthlessly enslaved by their cruel Styor masters.
Whitehawk was a trader; he was supposed to ignore local affairs and do nothing to upset the profitable trade with the Styor. But he was also Lakota Sioux….
Gradually, but irresistibly, he found himself being drawn into the almost foredoomed battle for Ikkinni freedom – a bloody battle that could make him a renegade to his own people, and destroy the race he was trying to save.


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

The Sioux Spaceman, the sixth and final volume of the Space Adventure Novels of Andre Norton, recounts the efforts of trader-xenologist Kade Whitehawk to win the confidence of primitive aliens and equip them with the means of winning their freedom from civilized overlords. Whitehawk starts out with two strikes against him in the Secret Service. First, he had bungled his assignment on the planet Tadder. But more important is his belief that all creatures have the right to freedom and dignity - an opinion that is strictly against the rules. But when he is assigned to Klor and finds the Ikkinni, tortured yet defiant slaves of vicious, tyrannical overlords, subdued by electronically operated slave collars, he knows he must act. Questions of morality and heroism are dealt with in a framework of high adventure in this exciting tale of master vs. slaves.


Write-ups from fans ~

Another mention of Nuclear War. Since the war the Amerindian tribes have flourished. But Humankind, having gone out to Space, has to put up with an obnoxious but very powerful Race called the Styor. They look down on humans and consider them tools or peons. Teams of Terran "traders" can have only one member of any ethnic group at any given time, so when Jon Steele, a Sioux tribesman, is murdered, He is replaced by another Sioux, Kade Whitehawk. This was Kade's last chance as he had gotten in trouble for sympathizing with a native race on Lodi where the Styor ruled with a cruel iron fist. Now assigned to the mixed team on Klor, he wondered why they would put him on another world where the Styor enslaved the native Ikkinni. After a lot of trouble, including someone trying to set up a fatal "accident", Kade decides to help the Ikkinni free themselves from Styor subjugation and he discovers that he is part of a much grander plan. ~ PG


1960’s The Sioux Spaceman is another one of Norton’s standalone novels, although fans will recognize elements common to other Norton series. As I contemplated the book before reading, the cover didn’t fill me with enthusiasm, particularly given how badly I was served by Voodoo Planet, but … it turned out that, while this isn’t one of Norton’s more memorable books, it has points of interest.
Humans emerged onto the galactic stage to discover two-thirds of the habitable worlds of the Milky Way were already ruled by the despotic Styor. After some initial skirmishes, Styor and human have settled…. ~ JN
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Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles Over the Years

1960 by Frederik Pohl in Worlds of If, September, reprinted in: (UK) Worlds of If #6
1961 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fact -> Fiction, March
1974 by D. Barnett in Kliatt young Adult Paperback Book Guide, November
1974 by Charles N. Brown in Locus #166 (fnz), October 23
2015 by James Nicoll, March, 20   Θ
2017 by Patrick T. Reardon, Oct. 30
2018 by Judith Tarr at, Dec. 10


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1960) ACE Double Book containing The Sioux Spaceman & And Then the Town Took Off by Richard Wilson, Published by ACE, PB, # D-437, $0.35, 123+133pg ~ both covers by Edward Valigursky

Synopsis for And Then the Town Took Off ~
 The town of Superior, Ohio was certainly living up to its name! In what was undoubtedly the most spectacular feat of the century, it simply picked itself up one night and rose two full miles above Earth! Radio messages simply stated that Superior had seceded from Earth. But Don Cort, stranded on that rising town, was beginning to suspect that nothing was simple about Superior except its citizens. Calmly they accepted their rise in the world as being due to one of their local townspeople, a crackpot professor. But after a couple of weeks of floating around, it began to be obvious that the professor had no idea how to get them down. So then it was up to Cort: either find a way to anchor Superior, or spend the rest of his days on the smallest - and nuttiest - planet in the galaxy!


  • (1966) Published by ACE, PB, # F-408, $0.40, 143pg ~ With a profile of Andre Norton by Lin Carter, #76801 1969 $0.60 144pg, ~ covers by Edward Valigursky ~  #76802 1974 $1.25 160pg, #76803 ???? $1.50 160pg, #76804 1984 $2.50 160pg, ~ covers by Dean Ellis
  • (1976) Published by Hale, HC, 0-709-15589-1, £3.00, 160pg ~ UK printing ~ cover Photo by Kingaby Associates {Black Paper Boards}
  • (1978) Published by Gregg Press, HC, 0-839-82420-3, LCCN 77025468, $7.95, 143pg ~ Space Adventure Novels of Andre Norton 6 ~ 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}


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1960) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Pabel, OCLC: 73753189, Utopia Großband 132, 94pg ~ translation by M.F. Arnemann ~ German title Die sklaven von Klor
  • (1966) Published in Munich, Germany; by Moewig, OCLC: 73892372, 65pg ~ translation by M.F. Arnemann ~ German title Die sklaven von Klor
  • (1966) Published in Munich, Germany; by Moewig, OCLC: 72941803, Terra Extra 111, 65pg ~ translation by M.F. Arnemann ~ German title Die sklaven von Klor


Russian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (2002) Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-01308-3, HC, 480pg ~ cover by G. Ruddell, illustrations by A. Lurie ~ Russian title Сын звездного человека [Son of Star Man]


    • "Star Man"s Son" as "Son of Star Man" ~ translation by V. Fedorov, pp. 5-160
    • "The Sioux Spaceman" as "Space Sioux" ~ translation by O. Kolesnikov, pp. 161-278
    • "Dark Piper" as "The Moody Piper" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 279-422
    • "Long Live Lord Kor!" as "Long live Lord Cor!" ~ translation by O. Kolesnikov, pp. 423-478


  • (2005) Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-09429-6, PB, 384pg ~ cover by C. Kurbatov ~ Russian title Сын Сын Звёздного Человека [Son of Starry Man]


    • "Star Man's Son" as "Son of Star Man" ~ translation by V. Fedorov, pp. 5-217
    • "The Sioux Spaceman" as "Space Sioux" ~ translation by O. Kolesnikov, pp. 218-378


  • (2015) Published in Moscow by Eksmo, 9785699827817, HC, 704pgs ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ Russian title Последняя планета [Last Planet] ~ Limited to 5000 copies


    • "Seret of the Lost Race" as "The Mystery of the Lost Race" ~ translation by O. Kolesnikov, pp. 5-124
    • "The Sioux Spaceman" as "Space Sioux" ~ translation by O. Kolesnikov, pp. 125-264
    • "Yurth Burden" as "The burden of yurts" ~ translation by O. Kolesnikov, pp. 265-374
    • "Star Guard" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 375-538
    • "The Last Planet" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 539-701


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