Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A. Bertram Chandler

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The John Grimes Novels | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Road to the Rim
To Prime the Pump
The Hard Way Up
The Broken Cycle
Spartan Planet
The Inheritors
The Big Black Mark
The Far Traveller
Star Courier
To Keep the Ship
Matilda’s Stepchildren
Star Loot
The Anarch Lords
The Last Amazon
The Wild Ones
Into the Alternate Universe
Contraband from Otherspace
The Rim Gods
Alternate Orbits
The Dark Dimensions
The Gateway to Never
The Way Back
To The Galactic Rim
Ride The Star Winds
Upon A Sea of Stars

Other Novels | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Hamelin Planet
The Coils of Time
Glory Planet
The Laternate Martians
The Sea Beasts
The Bitter Pill
Kelly Country
Frontier of the Dark

A. BERTRAM CHANDLER

A. BERTRAM CHANDLER was born in Aldershot, England, on March 28, 1912, and grew up in the small town of Beccles in Suffolk. Education-wise, he attended Peddars Lane Council and later Sir John Leman Secondary School until, at the age of 16, he joined the Sun Shipping Company of London as an apprentice and went  to sea. Four years later, he completed his Certificate of Competency as Second Mate of a Foreign Going Steamship and rejoined the Sun Shipping Company as Third Officer. Three years after that, he left the Sun Shipping Company to joined the Saw Shavill company as a Fourth Officer. In 1956, he emigrated from Britain to Australia, where he married his second wife and joined the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand as a Third Officer. He died in Sydney, Austraila, on June 6, 1984.

His writing career began shortly after Pearl Harbor, when he met with the editor of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, John Campbell, who encouraged Chandler to contribute stories to the magazine. He took Campbell at his word and submitted “This Means War,” which was Chandler’s first publication. He went on to writer 40 novels and over 200 pieces of short fiction. During the course of his career, he won 4 Ditmar Awards (formerly known as the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) for his short storyThe Bitter Pill (1971), and the novels False Fatherland (1969), The Bitter Pill (1975), The Big Black Mark (1976), as well as the Seiun Award, the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Award, with his short story “Wet Paint” in 1976 for Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year. His work can also be found under the pen names George Whitely, George Whitley, Andrew Dunstan, and S.H.M.

 

 

REVIEWS

 

Praise for THE BROKEN CYCLE

“Nothing very meaty… but fun.”

Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact

Praise for THE BIG BLACK MARK

“True-blue Grimes fans should be satisfied… eminently readable.”

Galaxy Bookshelf

Praise for THE FAR TRAVELER

“As in many sf works, the character of the computer is best developed, but the humans hold their own throughout this diverting, often uproarious tale.”

Library Journal

“THE FAR TRAVELER keeps up that established tradition for this reader.”

The Madison Review of Books

Praise for STAR COURIER

“This is one series I won’t mind seeing more of.”

Los Angeles Free Press

“Chandler’s blend of the comic and erotic with his adventure touches pleasant nerves. All in all, a fine selection.”

Hunters Den

Praise for THE GATEWAY TO NEVER

“Immediately we imbibe the pleasures of Chandler’s mythos and admire his deft strategies…We get vivid characters—Grimes is a salty, irascible softie, old-fashioned but empathetic, with a code of honor, but not inflexible—a solid plot and a negligible but not nonexistent quota of speculative bits.”

Locus

“This book, like the previous volumes, is a must for anyone who likes space opera . . . as well as anyone who’s a fan of the old Ace and DAW SF paperbacks.”

Analog

Praise for THE WAY BACK

“For all the action, it’s a… good light read.”

Publishers Weekly

“The assorted short stories offer some nice readable interstitial adventures, including a couple of first-person narratives by protagonists other than our hero, giving us a chance to see him from the outside, so to speak.”

Locus

“Chandler fills his stories with humor, adventure — cliff-hanging — treachery and even love.”

Northwest Arkansas Times

“A pleasantly diverting tale spun by an old pro. Recommended.”

Captain George’s Penny Dreadful

Praise for TO THE GALACTIC RIM

The planets are exotic and full of wonders, the problems are extremely unusual; and Grimes’ solutions are brilliantly outrageous.  The Grimes books are filled with humor and some fine detail about the experience of space exploration … In either print or e-book, this volume is a bargain not to be missed.”

Analog

Praise for RIDE THE STAR WINDS

“There’s plenty of humor and loads of fun – and if some of the concepts seem a bit dated, that’s part of the charm… If you haven’t had the chance to make the acquaintance of Commodore John Grimes, you owe it to yourself to do so.”

Analog

“For those who like accessible space operas filled with great characters, alien cultures, high adventure and a fun, witty hero, RIDE THE STAR WINDS will definitely satisfy!”

SFRevu

Praise for UPON A SEA OF STARS

“Mr. Chandler never ceases to amaze me with the select and vast choice of entertaining plots that are peopled by characters with already highly complex personalities who continue to evolve and on more than one occasion simply surprise me…A. Bertram Chandler’s experiences as a merchant seaman throughout many parts of the world add a highly palpable air of authenticity to his works. The stories in this book are no exception. Despite how you might feel about these “dated” science fiction classics, one cannot argue with the entertainment factor.”

SFRevu

Praise for THE BITTER PILL

“It’s surprising to see Chandler at this stage of his career suddenly switch from space opera to ‘serious’ novels, but with THE BITTER PILL as his maiden work in the new mode, he’s off to an excellent start and I will look forward to future works.”

ALGOL

BIBLIOGRAPHY & RIGHTS INFORMATION

 

  • FALSE FATHER won the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award (now the Ditmar Award) for Best Australian Science Fiction
  • THE BITTER PILL won the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award (now the Ditmar Award) for Best Australian Science Fiction
  • THE BIG BLACK MARK won the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award (now the Ditmar Award) for Best Australian Science Fiction
  • In e-book, all titles are available through eReader.com for Palm
  • In e-book, all John Grimes titles are available through Baen’s Webscription service
  • In e-book, all non-John Grimes titles are available through F+W Media
  • In omnibus, all titles are covered in a series from SF Book Club
  • Czech rights to Wales***
  • French rights to Les Moutons Electrique on The Road to the Rim and To Prime the Pump***
  • French rights to Riviere Blanche on John Grimes Short Story collection
  • Germany and Japan have extensive Chandler translations
  • Italian rights to Arnoldo Mondadori***
  • Audio rights to Audible

***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***

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