The Solar Queen Omnibus
- The Sargasso of Space
- Plague Ship
by Andre Norton
The first of the "Solar Queen stories" by Norton, I bought this book on the day she died, 3/27/2005. At fifty years old, these stories have a few antique SF features - but encapsulate a vision of a fully realized world. Trade, warring between free traders and corporate, and apprentice starting out in a career - these are a great piece of craftsmanship - an excellent work.
It is interesting to look at these 'Space Opera' stories in comparison to Star Trek. Norton created an interesting future with great episodic potential. Neither dystopia nor utopia there is an interesting future. Earth suffered a terrible war in the past - there is a remaining "big burn," a radioactive wasteland. There are huge powerful corporations who run space trade, and there are the small free traders. It is a remarkable series. Worth reading!