The Time Traders

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Author: Andre Norton
Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,383 / 187 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.8
LoC Category: PS
Series: Time Traders
Downloads: 12,572
Added to site: 2006.08.30 10287

Intelligence agents have uncovered something beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USA’s greatest adversary is sending its own agents back through time! And someone (or something) is presenting them with technologies and weapons far beyond our most advanced science. We have only one option: create time-transfer technology ourselves, find the opposition's ancient source...and take it down!

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.." droned the voice. Ross realized that he must have missed something, not that it mattered. He was almost determined not to play along any more.

There was a click, signifying that Kelgarries was through braying. But the customary silence did not close in again. Instead, Ross heard a clear, sweet trilling which he vaguely associated with a bird. His acquaintance with all feathered life was limited to city sparrows and plump park pigeons, neither of which raised their voices in song, but surely those sounds were bird notes. Ross glanced from the mike in the ceiling to the opposite wall and what he saw there made him sit up, with the instant response of an alerted fighter.

For the wall was no longer there! Instead, there was a sharp slope of ground cutting down from peaks where the dark green of fir trees ran close to the snow line. Patches of snow clung to the earth in sheltered places, and the scent of those pines was in Ross's nostrils, real as the wind touching him with its chill.

He s


Average Rating of 3.8 from 6 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

Not one of Norton's better books in the first place, and sadly dated now. In the late 20th century, the Reds and the Americans fight a Cold War via time travel.


If you ignore the changed political landscape and some of the holes in the science, it's an excellent story. It grips you from the start and doesn't let go until the end.


I enjoyed this book. Survival in an earlier time presents some interesting challenges for the time travelers. The second book in this series - Galactic Derelict - is not yet available on But a free download is available at

Shay Stephens

I have read Key Out of Time and it sparked my interest to read the first book of the series The Time Traders. I really enjoyed this book and to see the development of the characters.

They sure have a way of jumping from the frying pan and into the fire as the situation they are dealing with goes from bad to worse.

The main character Ross starts out unappealing, but once they go into the past, that is when things got interesting for me and held my attention to the very end of the book. I am now eagerly anticipating the chance to read The Defiant Agents to read more about their adventures in time.

Great book, I really enjoyed it.


An excellent light read, the story is adventurous and easy to follow.

Alex Berlin

Better than a lot of the light speculative fiction of the time, it's still got some gaping holes in the science.

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