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Key Out Of Time

by Andre Norton

Cover artist: Edward Valigursky

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1966

Cover price: 45¢


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"Time Agents Ross Murdock and Gordon Ashe, aided by a Polynesian girl and her team of telepathic dolphins, probe the mystery of the sea-planet men have named Hawaika. Its cities and civilizations have vanished, but our agents are snatched back through a Time Gate and marooned in the midst of the struggle for power that must have destroyed the planet.

"The richness which Andre Norton lavishes on her portraits of the wonder-worlds of the universe, the subtle warmth of the empathic relation she portrays between men and mutated animals, and above all the mysteries she suggests and half-reveals — these, in the words of another book, are stories, O my brothers!"
— P. Schuyler Miller, Analog

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Hawaika was a paradise planet, where soft warm winds breathed across the dreaming seas of the evening of a world. But Terran Time Agents Ross Murdock and Gordon Ashe knew that Hawaika's past held the key to a power riddle which reached across hundreds of galaxies — and eons of time.

When they set up their time probe, they got much more than they'd bargained for — for they were catapulted back into time into the middle of a fantastic battle that raged in the seas and on the shores of Hawaika, a combat of alien forces which not even the ancient peoples of Hawaika understood.

Marooned in the planet's past, they found themselves drawn into the climactic struggle whose disastrous outcome they knew to be inevitable.

"In parts of this book, Andre Norton comes as close to the magical mood and manner of A. Merritt as anything we have had in years."
— P. Schuyler Miller, Analog