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A. Bertram Chandler Books In Order

Publication Order of Commander Grimes Books

Rendezvous on a Lost World (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rim of Space (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ship from Outside (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deep Reaches of Space (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catch the Star Winds (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Far Traveller (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Keep the Ship (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Matilda's Stepchildren (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Far Traveler (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Loot (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Anarch Lords (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wild Ones (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Amazon (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tramp Captain (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lieutenant of the Survey Service (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Survey Captain (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rim Runner (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reserve Commodore (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Grimes in the Rim World Books

Into the Alternate Universe (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Contraband from Otherspace (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rim Gods (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Dimensions (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gateway to Never (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Way Back (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Empress Books

Empress of Outer Space (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nebula Alert (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Grimes in Federation Service Books

The Road to the Rim (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
False Fatherland aka Spartan Planet (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Prime the Pump (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Inheritors (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Black Mark (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Broken Cycle (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Courier (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bring Back Yesterday (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Three Suns of Amara (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hamelin Plague (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Coils of Time (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glory Planet (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Alternate Martians (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Mercenaries (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Beasts (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Dream Dies (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frontier of the Dark (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kelly Country (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Raiders of the Solar Frontier (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Beyond the Galactic Rim (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Commodore at Sea (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hard Way Up (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Up to the Sky in Ships / In & Out of Quandry (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

A. Bertram Chandler was one of the highly renowned authors from Britain, who used to like writing science fiction novels. He was a British-Australian and very popular in the science fiction world. Chandler was born on March 28, 1912; and died on June 6, 1984. In addition to writing under his own name, he used to make use of a number of pen names as well. Some of his popular pen names include George Whitely, S.H.M, Andrew Dunstan, etc. Author Chandler was born as Arthur Bertram Chandler in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He chose the profession of Merchant Navy and worked as a marine officer for many years. Chandler sailed through the world in all types of ships, starting from the tramp steamer up to the troop ships. He decided to migrate to Australia in 1956 and obtained the citizenship there. Following his migration, he was involved in commanding a number of ships in the merchant navies of New Zealand and Australia. He has achieved the feat of being the last master to have served on the aircraft carrier of Australia, the HMAS Melbourne. He was asked to join HMAS Melbourne as per a law that required an officer to be on board while it was being towed to get broken up in China. As far as the writing career of author Chandler is concerned, he is believed to have written more than 40 books and some 200 short fiction works. For one of his short stories titled ‘The Bitter Pill’, Chandler was awarded the Ditmar Award. He won this award three more times later in his career. The descriptions that he has given in his books about the life in spaceships and understanding and relationships between the crew members are based on his personal experiences while serving on the seagoing ships. Due to his vast experience, his descriptions are filled with realism, which is hardly found with the other authors.

Chandler is particularly well known for writing the books of Rim World as well as the John Grimes series. Both these series have distinct naval flavors. John Grimes, in particular, is shown as an enthusiastic sailor. He goes through occasional adventures while sailing in the oceans on various planets. Author Chandler has said that he arrived at the novels of John Grimes in a roundabout and convoluted way. The original protagonist described by him was Derek Calver. He is depicted as a merchant spaceman who gets drifted to Rim from Galactic center. This is described in a similar way as author Chandler migrated to Australia from The United Kingdom. The Australian background of Chandler can be seen evident in his book as he has depicted Australia going on to become a major power in the world. The Australians become the leader in the space explorations as well as in the colonization of the other planets. Chandler also mentioned a villain named Drongo Kane, who is a pirate captain hailing from a planet called Austral. Several other books describe a planet called Australis in the galaxy. Chandler’s books depict sex on a frequent basis. The protagonists are shown more prone to promiscuous behavior and affairs. They are also shown indulging in love affairs and undertaking harmonious and long lasting marriages. In his personal life, author Chandler has a daughter named Jenny Chandler, who is married to a British writer named Ramsey Campbell. The stories of John Grimes are divided into 3 parts. The first part is shown in books released between the years 1967 and 1975, depicting the growth of John Grimes from an Ensign to a Commander. The next part depicts the hard times in the life of John Grimes following his resignation, in the books between 1977 and 1984. The final part of the series is shown in continuation with the other novel series of author Chandler.

An interesting book released as a part of the John Grimes series by A. Bertram Chandler is entitled ‘The Broken Cycle’. It was released by the DAW publication in 1979. At the start of this book, John Grimes is introduced as having the habit of getting lost in the space and getting acquainted with new experiences every now and then. He has already faced numerous such dilemmas in his job, being an interstellar officer. But, the latest one seems to be the most difficult of all as he gets lost inside an alien spacecraft. The matter gets even more complicated when John Grimes discovers that the universe did not belong to the aliens. Rather, it was an alternate one and was controlled by an omnipotent force. John Grimes has a companion in the form of a comely policewoman named Una Freeman. After capturing both of them, the aliens decide a fate that requires them to build an Eden Garden for them. The story comes to an interesting end as John Grimes and Una Freeman manage to plan an escape from the clutches of the aliens. On the whole, the book seems to be a wild and weird romp set in the space time. It shows surprising adventures of John Grimes in the space. The book was highly appreciated by the readers and critics, and this helped in its success all across the globe.

Another exciting book released in the series is titled ‘Star Courier’. The DAW publishers once again released it it 1983. Author Chandler has described at the beginning of the novel that John Grimes had a fabulous and a long career in the form of space’s Captain Hornblower. He went through numerous strange things over the course of his tenure at the Interstellar Federation. While rising through his ranks at the federation, he faced many triumphs as well as disasters, and finally became a famous Rim Runner. But, there came a point in his life when he fell between two cosmic empires all alone and had only a single space pinnace under his command. John Grimes was in need of work and was looking wherever he could to get one. Suddenly, he came to know that he has become a god. While delivering postages as a mailman, he did not hope for anything fancy in his life anytime soon. But, he attained divinity by delivering one of the postages. And by becoming a god he was offered a certified goddess in the form of a lovely postmistress. John felt that his life has changed completely and that too at a time when he least expected it. This book too was well appreciated by one and all. The critics lauded author Chandler for his interesting depiction of the characters and the plot.

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  • Martin Cooper

    Great to see this list but I’m a bit worried because I have see at least 3 Chandler books that are not listed here: When the Dream Dies, Beyond the Galactic Rim and Kelly Country. Also, this order seems quite different to others on the net