Derelict for Trade - Solar Queen, Bk 6 Author:Andre Norton, Sherwood Smith In this brand-new space thriller, the Solar Queen is in real trouble. After saving thousands of lives in a near disaster, the crew are heroes, and they're ready to cash in their newfound celebrity for some profitable trade. — But when they come out of hyper and almost crash into a deserted ship, they nearly find themselves dead on arrival. Lu... more »ckily, the derelict has fuel enough to get both ships to the nearest port - an eerily beautiful space habitat. Three races, human, Kanddoyd, and Shver, share the facilities; but a fourth species - bureaucrats - nearly scuttles the Queen'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 the Solar Queen's final run.« less
I grew up on Andre Norton and was really looking forward to reading some new ones. I was very disappointed by this book, and the others I ordered with Sherwood Smith. They are terrible. They are so consciously PC that they border on the idiotic (frontier traders constantly finding themselves in life-threatening situations that don't carry weapons?), the characters are completely out of character, and the excitement of exploring the unknown has been replaced by the melodrama of the soap opera.