The Time Traders

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The Time Traders
First edition
Author Andre Norton
Cover artist Virgil Finlay
Country United States
Language English
Series The Time Traders
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher World Publishing Co.
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, paperback, and electronic)
Pages 219 pp
Followed by Galactic Derelict

The Time Traders is the first novel in The Time Traders series by Andre Norton. It was first published in 1958, and has been printed in several editions. It was updated by Norton in 2000 to account for real world changes. It is part of Norton's Forerunner universe.

The Time Traders introduces the series' premise, a confrontation between Western heroes, and the "Reds", and a mysterious alien race that has used time travel to alter Earth. This novel alternates between present day and a trading tribal society in Britain, 2000 B.C.


Delinquent Ross Murdock is coerced into joining a secret organization whose mission is to thwart their technically advanced Red enemies and to stop them from changing ancient history to their advantage. Murdock proves his worth early on, exposing a traitor. While in native disguise, Murdock is captured by enemies, also in disguise. Escaping, he discovers an alien spaceship, and the Baldy aliens. Murdock's organization finds the Reds and Baldies have long been fighting. With the help of natives, the heroes escape with considerable information about the Baldies and their technology. Their mission to preserve the present succeeds, and a major enemy installation is destroyed.


Floyd C. Gale wrote that "Traders gets Miss Norton back solidly and admirably on her track of excellence".[1]

Novels in the series[edit]

Associated sources[edit]

Four novels are available for free from online sources.

Books one, three and four of the series are available for free from Project Gutenberg:

Book two is available from Open Library:

Audio versions of both the original novel and the updated one are available from LibriVox:


  1. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (1959-08). "Galaxy's 5 Star Star Shelf". Galaxy. pp. 138–142. Retrieved 14 June 2014.