Time Traders II Book Summary and Study Guide

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Baen, Feb 2001, 19.00, 370 pp.
ISBN: 067131968X

   To gain perspective on when these novellas were released, Kennedy is President and Khrushchev is in power. The first moon walk has not occurred yet and the Mets winning the world Series is several year away when these two classic novellas were released. Both hold up well even with four decades of incredible gains by the scientific and technological communities, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some Cold War vestiges may seem outdated, yet nicely fit into the two story lines.
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    “The Defiant Agents”. Travis Fox and crew land on planet Topaz where they must reach inside to their Apache heritage to battle a difficult climate and a Russian team of explorers who likewise dig deep into their Mongol heritage.

    “Key Out of Time”. Time Agent Ross Murdock needs to unite three radically different cultures and potential enemies into one force to repel the dangerous invading Baldies.

    The anthology remains strong and actually shows how the great Andre Norton influenced future science fiction authors. Tales like these are why she remains one of the best loved writers of the twentieth century and now the twenty-first century.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Time Travel:    -   into past and future equally Explore:    -   dimension travel--general    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s)    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive    -   surviving natural elements on planet Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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