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Authors: Andre Norton

Secret of the Stars

Secret of the Stars

Andre Norton

Star Hunter
and
Secret of the Lost Race
. Together in an omni trade paperback volume from master storytelling legend, Andre Norton. A hunted man makes a last stand against deadly pursuers on a hellish planet. A hunter on a dangerous world encounters a menacing alien.

Secret of the Lost Race

Joktar was running for his life—and he didn’t know why. After growing up orphaned in the spaceman’s helltown of interstellar New York, Joktar was adept at dodging the law, but he knew of no special reason why all the police forces of the civilized galaxy should suddenly concentrate on him. All he knew was that he had to run—out of the Solar system and across the galaxy to the mysterious Wolf worlds. In the freezing hell that was the planet Fenris, Joktar turned to face his hunters and fight to regain his freedom in a universe gone mad.

Star Hunter

On safari to an unexplored jungle world, Ras Hume must hunt two kinds of quarry—the fearsome native beasts and the equally menacing lone survivor of a mysterious spaceship crash.

Baen Books
By Andre Norton

Time Traders

Time Traders II

Star Soldiers

Warlock

Janus

Darkness & Dawn

Gods & Androids

Dark Companion

Masks of the Outcasts

Moonsinger

Crosstime

From the Sea to the Stars

Star Flight

Search for the Star Stones

The Game of Stars and Comets

Deadly Dreams

Moonsinger's Quest

The Forerunner Factor

Ice and Shadow

Children of the Gates

Secret of the Stars

SECRET OF THE STARS

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Secret of the Lost Race copyright © 1959 by Ace Books, Inc.

Star Hunters copyright © 1962 by Andre Norton.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form

A Baen Books Original

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ISBN: 978-1-4767-3674-7

eISBN: 978-1-62579-282-2

Cover art by Adam Burn

First Baen paperback printing, May 2014

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Norton, Andre.

[Novels. Selections]

Secret of the stars / by Andre Norton.

pages ; cm

ISBN 978-1-4767-3674-7 (omni trade
pbk.)
1.
Science
fiction. I.
Norton, Andre. Secret of the lost race. II. Norton, Andre. Star hunter. III. Title.

PS3527.O632A6 2014

813'.52--dc23

2014002508

Printed in the United States of America

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Electronic Version by Baen Books

www.baen.com

Confidential: X3457-A-R-

From: Kronfeld, Director, Colonization Project 308

To: Lennox, Commander, Space Scouts, Fifth Sector, Detached Rating

Subject: Service Files

Require release to this department service files for following:

O-S-S-D 451 Marson, H. Deceased.

O-S-S-D 489 Ksanga, V.T. Deceased.

Confidential: X3457-A-R- Reply

From: Lennox, Commander, Space Scouts, Fifth Sector, Detached Rating.

To: Kronfeld, Director, Colonization Project 308

Subject: Service Files

Regret orders forbid release of official records to any department not connected directly with service.

(Message in code from Lennox to Sen Yen Lui, Commander-in-Chief, Fifth Sector, accompanying micros of above)

What is going on? Who talked and where? Should these files be “lost” for the duration?

(Reply in code from Sen Yen Lui to Lennox)

Sit tight. We will ask questions of our own. If there is trouble shall contact you at once so you may take proper steps.

Order: 56431-S.S.D.

From: Mahabi Kabali, Space Admiral, Commanding Fifth Sector

To: Sen Yen Lui, Commander-in-Chief, Space Scouts, Fifth Sector

Subject: Service Files

You will herewith order release of records of following (listed below) to be consulted, in accordance with usual procedure, by Kronfeld, Director of Colonization Project 308.

O-S-S-D 451 Marson H. Deceased

O-S-S-D 489 Ksanga, V.T. Deceased

(Coded note accompanying the above)

Sorry. Pressure is on, hard. We cannot sit on this now. Anyway both men are safely dead, and have been for years. And there cannot be any possible leak of the real facts; only suspicions.

(Call on private com-band from Kronfeld to Bryar Morle, Port of N’Yok)

Get your best private investigator on this. We know now that the probable port of entry
was
N’Yok. And there was a child that looked young but was about six or seven. Time of entry approximately fifteen—sixteen years ago. Sure, the trail is cold, and it’s getting colder all the time. But this is our first positive lead; it could well be the last. I needn’t tell you that this is a category one order. Time is running out. Draw on the Foundation Funds. We can prove our case if we have the evidence. Those boneheads in uniform are already sweating!

(Comment of Bran Hudd, partner in Hudd and Rusto, Private Investigators)

Cold trail? This thing’s in space freeze now. What does this joker think we are—miracle men or time travelers? Rusto: He lays down the credits like he grows ’em special in his cellar. So we go through the motion anyway. And a spread of cash can loosen tongues. You have that mock-up of what they think the dame looked like. Shove off and start earning our share.

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