A. Bertram Chandler was born in England in 1912 and grew up to sail the world in everything from tramp steamers to troop transports. He was a frequent contributor to the legendary magazine Astounding Science Fiction (later retitled Analog) during it's Golden Age, and contributed the classic novella "Giant Killer" to the magazine during the 1940s. He emigrated to Australia in 1956, and commanded vessels under the Australian and New Zealand Flags. In the 1950s through the 1980s he contributed stories to the leading science fiction magazines, and published a steady stream of novels, most, but not all of them, chronicling the exploits of his popular hero, John Grimes, who has often been called the Horatio Hornblower of science fiction. He wrote more than 40 novels and 200 shorter works and was the Guest of Honor at the 1982 World Science Fiction Convention. He died in 1984.
To the Galactic Rimby A. Bertram Chandler
• The Road to the Rim—meet Lieutenant John Grimes of the Federation Survey Service; fresh out
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John Grimes will one day command his own starship, and change the course of Galactic history, but right now he's a wet-behind-the-ears junior officer who finds that he keeps running into problems which were never covered in his courses at the Academy.
• The Road to the Rim—meet Lieutenant John Grimes of the Federation Survey Service; fresh out of the Academy-and as green as they come.
• To Prime the Pump—El Dorado is a planet with a pressing problem: the men are infertile, cause unknown, and the women want someone to Do Something! Not quite the problem young John Grimes expected to deal with...
• The Hard Way Up—a collection of seven tales of John Grime's adventures, meeting danger and winning glory out at the rim of the Galaxy.
• The Broken Cycle—John Grimes never intended to get lost in space, let alone being lost with a very attractive policewoman who's all business. And he really never expected to run into an entity who claims to be a god and has a garden of Eden ready and waiting for the pair.
Three novels and a story collection, all in one volume of space adventure.
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The Road to the Rim. Recently graduated Federation Junior Lieutenant John Grimes begins his career amidst the Rim Worlds. He plans to follow orders so he can advance. However, John learns the best laid plans of mice and Grimes often go astray when a beautiful damsel in distress is involved while he is directed to ignore the Waldegrenese Navy piracy. To Prime the Pump. On El Dorado, men have become infertile though the reason is unknown. The women demand action, preferably of a sexual encounter. The Space Cruiser Ares arrives to provide humanitarian aid to this race that has gone from near immortality to near extinction. With Lieutenant Grimes and his horny naval mates on a mercy mission all is not lost. The Hard Way Up. These seven short stories ("With Good Intentions", "The Subtracter", "The Tin Messiah", "The Sleeping Beauty", "The Wandering Buoy", "The Mountain Movers" and "What You Know") continue the maturing of John Grimes. The hero matures as he ignores orders from a distant bureaucrat who has no idea how to survive and complete the appropriate mission on the Galactic Rim. The Broken Cycle. Grimes and police officer Una Freeman are lost in space. He is unconcerned as she is pretty; but she is frantic as she has a job to perform. Both are surprised to meet an essence claiming to be God and insisting the couple populate the Garden of Eden. Though he wants some R&R with Freeman, he is unprepared to battle serpents in a convoluted and complicated universe. These are entertaining reprints of three novels and seven short stories from the 1960s and 1970s. Though aptly labeled as a Captain Horatio Hornblower sailing the Galactic Rim, Grimes is also a swashbuckling James Bond in space. Harriet Klausner