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Norton, Andre
POSTMARKED THE STARS [sq4] {Jeff Jones cvr}
book-date: 1969
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Postmarked the Stars by Andre Norton: - 4th in her "Solar Queen" series. Trouble started early for the free-trader Solar Queen the moment cargo master Dane Thorson collected a package for transit from Xecho to Trewsworld. What was in the package Dane did not learn until after he had been kidnapped, knocked out, and a dead man bearing his credentials had been substituted for him aboard the ship. Efforts to find out the reasons for the mysterious switch seemed hopeless until they made the ghastly discovery that their precious cargo of alien embryos had been subjected to secret radiation, causing them to regress genetically into monster forms. Only after Dane and his fellow spacemen had endured a series of nightmare adventures on their port of call did they begin to fit the puzzle together - to realize that they had stumbled upon a criminal operation that involved a whole cluster of stars...

This early paperback features a cover by the imcomparable Jeff Jones. Jones was most active in SF in the late Sixties and early Seventies, and showed an affinity for Norton's work with his 3 "Solar Queen" covers and both Zero Stone covers - most of these covers lasted for many printings. The 7 covers he did for Norton titles are the best those have ever had (in my opinion) - not only good illustrations of scenes, but capturing the sense-of-wonder of these prime period Nortons. Even if you have other editions of these, I recommend getting copies just for the art (and the great stories.)