Grand Adventure on the High Frontier...
The Solar Queen is in real trouble. They've just saved thousands of lives in a 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 slmost 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 derelict Starvenger has just enough fuel to get both ships to the nearest port, a space habitat that is home to humans two other races. Unfortunately, when they attempt to file for scavenger rights, a croked 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 ultraviolent clan of aliens threaten to make this journey the Solar Queen's final run.
Andre Alice Norton (1912-2005) was an American science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction) under the noms de plume Andre Norton, Andrew North and Allen Weston. Norton published her first novel in 1934, and was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977, and won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) association in 1983.
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