The Defiant Agents - Time Traders, Bk 3 Author:Andre Norton The US is in a race with the Russians to use alien technology scavenged from crashed spaceships to colonize planets outside our solar system. Because they feel that they are in danger of losing this race, men working for the United States government have decided to use a group of volunteers from the Apache tribe as subjects in an experiment with... more »out their knowledge.
By use of the Redax, the volunteers will be made to think and act as Apaches of the 18th and 19th centuries would respond. It is hoped this would help them better adapt to life on a primitive planet. However, the spaceship they are traveling in crashes on the planet of Topaz. Travis Fox escapes with a group of the surviving volunteers.
In exploring the planet he learns that they are not the only group on the planet. The Russians using their own version of the Redax have Mongol nomads as their subjects.« less
Ancestral memory....Travis Fox, once the unwilling captive of the runaway spaceship Galactic Derelict, has volunteered- eagerly this time- for the mission to colonize Topaz. But when he and his fellow Apaches find themselves reverting to the ways of their ancient warrior-race, just as the expedition from Russia has been transformed into a Mongol Horde encamped across the mountains, it becomes clear that more than their own lives are at stake....