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Publication Order of Commander Grimes Books

Rendezvous on a Lost World (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deep Reaches of Space (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catch the Star Winds (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Far Traveler (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Keep the Ship (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Matilda's Stepchildren (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Loot (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Anarch Lords (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Ones (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Amazon (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tramp Captain (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lieutenant Of The Survey Service (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survey Captain (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rim Runner (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reserve Commodore (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Derek Calver Adventures Books

The Rim of Space (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ship from Outside (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Grimes in the Rim World Books

Into the Alternate Universe (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Contraband from Otherspace (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rim Gods (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Dimensions (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gateway to Never (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Way Back (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Commodore at Sea / Alternate Orbits (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Empress Books

Empress of Outer Space (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Mercenaries (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Alert (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Grimes in Federation Service Books

The Road To The Rim (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
False Fatherland / Spartan Planet (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Prime the Pump (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Inheritors (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Black Mark (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Broken Cycle (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Courier (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of John Grimes Saga Books

To the Galactic Rim (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Command (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galactic Courier (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ride the Star Winds (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Upon a Sea of Stars (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Note: This is an omnibus series with various works by Chandler.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bring Back Yesterday (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hamelin Plague (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coils of Time (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glory Planet (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alternate Martians (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sea Beasts (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Dream Dies (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frontier of the Dark (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kelly Country (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Wet Paint (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raiders of the Solar Frontier (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Beyond the Galactic Rim (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hard Way Up (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Up to the Sky in Ships (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Astounding Science Fiction, February 1946(1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Vol. 9 No. 25(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1959(1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Short Novels of Science Fiction(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
SF Authors' Choice 2(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astounding-Analog Reader, Book Two(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Worlds(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Australian Science Fiction(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worst Contact(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of this World Adventures, July 1950(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of this World Adventures, December 1950(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanguard Science Fiction, June 1958(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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