Monday, August 6, 2012

Andre Norton : Star Rangers

On a recent outing with my wife we went into a used bookstore.  This one is a bit out of the way, most of the local used bookstores have either closed or don't carry what I'm looking for.  You see I've got a thing for those old DAW Yellow Spined books that I remember from my youth. Anyways I spied this sharp looking volume on the shelf:
Andre Norton's Star Rangers.  I have to admit the man on the cover drew me in.  I thought he looked totally cool, sort of a combination of Spock and Hawk from the Buck Rogers TV series.
Anyway, I just finished reading it and I have to say for a book written in the early 50's I found it to be quite enjoyable.  Not to give away too much but its about a group of Star Rangers during the decline of a vast Space Empire, that find themselves stranded on a forgotten world.  Good stuff, ripe for mining material for your sci fi space games i.e. Stars Without Number, X-plorers, etc...  The guy on the cover turned out to be a psychic human but I may just have to "steal" the image to work up a new alien race for SWN.
Good Gaming! -B.


  1. I too have a weakness for those yellow spine Daw books, most of mine are Lin Carter or Brian Stableford books. I have recently aquired the first two books in Andre Norton's Witch World series and should be reading them soon.

  2. From the mists of time, come forth, spirits. Norton's Witch World was the first "adult" series that I devoured at the local public library. I loved them so well that as I aged I tracked down the SolarQueen & then Forerunner series. When I was introduced to Her influence on Traveller is unmistakeable, but her image of a fantasy world preceded my discovery of D&D & was by far the most important literary source to shape my gaming.

  3. Must be some sort of common disease among gamers, as I too only scan the shelves for the old yellow spines... anything thicker or more colorful is justs plain too "modern" to my tastes.

  4. Yep, I love those Daw spines as well.
    Sadly my favorite place for them locally just recently went under.
    Wandering the aisles of Ebay and Amazon just isn't the same.

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone. It's good to know I'm not alone in my love of the Yellow Spined DAW Sci Fi books from yesteryear.
    And Rainswept I agree she was an amazing writer!