Influences: A. Bertram Chandler

Arthur Bertram Chandler (1912-1984) was a merchant mariner turned science fiction writer.  He used his experiences at sea in his writing which gave his deep space adventures a dose of realism unlike many of his contemporaries. He is most well known for his Rim World series and John Grimes novels, both of which have a distinctly naval flavor. In the latter, Chandler’s principal hero John Grimes is an enthusiastic sailor who has occasional adventures on the oceans of various planets. Chandler’s Australian background is evident in his depiction of a future wherein Australia becomes a major world power on Earth, and Australians take the lead in space exploration and in colonizing other planets.

Must Reads:

Rim World:

The Rim of Space (1961)

Beyond the Galactic Rim (1963) -Collection of older stories

Rendezvous on a Lost World (1961)

Bring Back Yesterday (1961)

The Ship From Outside (1963)

Catch the Star Winds (1969)

John Grimes:

The Road to the Rim (1967)

The Hard Way Up (1972)

The Broken Cycle (1975)

The Big Black Mark (1975)

Star Courier (1977)

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