Arthur Bertram Chandler (28 March 1912 – 6 June 1984) was an Anglo-Australian mariner-turned-science fiction author.
A. Bertram Chandler
|Born||Arthur Bertram Chandler|
28 March 1912
|Died||6 June 1984 (aged 72)|
|Pen name||George Whitley, George Whitely, Andrew Dunstan, S.H.M.|
He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He was a merchant marine officer, sailing the world in everything from tramp steamers to troop ships. In 1956, he emigrated to Australia and became an Australian citizen. By 1958 he was an officer on the Sydney-Hobart route. Chandler commanded various ships in the Australian and New Zealand merchant navies, and was the last master of the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne as the law required that it have an officer on board while it was laid up waiting to be towed to China to be broken up.
Chandler's daughter, Jenny Chandler, married British horror fiction writer Ramsey Campbell.
Chandler wrote over 40 novels and 200 works of short fiction. He won Ditmar Awards for the short story "The Bitter Pill" (in 1971) and for three novels: False Fatherland (in 1969), The Bitter Pill (in 1975), and The Big Black Mark (in 1976).
Chandler's descriptions of life aboard spaceships and the relationships between members of the crew en route derive from his experience on board seagoing ships and thus carry a feeling of realism rarely found with other writers. He was 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. In the books, there is a repeated reference to an obsolete type of magnetically powered spaceship known as the "Gaussjammer", remembered nostalgically by "old timers" – which is modelled on the windjammer. The heyday of the Gaussjammer, some centuries earlier than the Rim Worlds books, is the setting of the less well-known The Deep Reaches of Space (1964) which has undisguised autobiographical elements: its protagonist is a seaman turned science-fiction writer who travels to the future and uses his nautical experience to save a party of humans stranded on an alien planet.
Chandler arrived at the John Grimes series in a rather convoluted and roundabout way. His original Rim Worlds protagonist was Derek Calver, the merchant spaceman who drifted from the Galactic center to the Rim (similar to Chandler himself having migrated from the UK to Australia). In The Rim of Space and The Ship from Outside, Calver had various adventures around the Rim, became a ship's captain and also met and married the purser Jane "Calamity" Arlen - like him a refugee from the center.
Then appeared Sonia Verril, the glamorous femme fatale and temptress who messed up Calver's life and came close to wrecking his marriage. While this love triangle was moving towards an explosive confrontation deep in space, the grumpy Commodore Grimes was introduced as a secondary character far in the background. However, the plot culminated with Calver, along with Arlen, going to the mysterious Outsiders' Ship and being taken off away from the Galaxy and out of all human ken, leaving the stage empty.
It was then that Sonia Verril got Commodore Grimes to join her in an adventure Into the Alternate Universe which ended with their hitching up for life and with Grimes becoming Chandler's undoubted no.1 character. Chandler then went on to provide Commodore Grimes with numerous new adventures as well as chart his career backwards to its humble beginnings (much as the historical naval hero Horatio Hornblower, who in some ways served as a model, was first introduced as a captain and his career then sketched backwards to his time as a midshipman).
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 colonising other planets. Drongo Kane, a pirate captain who is the villain in several books, comes from the planet Austral, and other books mention the planet Australis in another part of the galaxy. His story "The Mountain Movers" (part of John Grimes' early career) includes the song of future Australian space adventurers, sung to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda", with the first stanza running:
The colonists who sing the song end up re-enacting the darker part of Australian history and dispossessing the natives of the planet Olgana – humanoids who resemble the Australian Aborigines. As revealed at the climax of the story, the resemblance is not accidental.
In his novel Kelly Country (1984) Chandler explored an alternate history, in which the bushranger Ned Kelly was not captured and hanged, but led a rebellion, ultimately becoming the president of an Australian republic which degenerated into a hereditary dictatorship.
Chandler made heavy use of the parallel universe plot device throughout his career, with many Grimes stories involving characters briefly crossing over into other realities. In "The Dark Dimensions", which is set at a point in space where various realities meet, Grimes (the Rim World Commodore), meets not only another John Grimes who is still in the Federation Survey Service, but also the characters from the Empress Irene books and Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry.
In his ironic short story "The Cage", a band of shipwrecked humans wandering naked in the jungles of a faraway planet are captured by aliens and placed in a zoo, where, failing in all their efforts to convince their captors that they are intelligent, some are dissected. Eventually they become resigned to captivity and adopt a small local rodent as a pet, placing him in a wicker cage. Seeing this, their captors apologise for the mistake and repatriate them to Earth, remarking that "only intelligent creatures put other creatures in cages".
Sex is frequent in Chandler's books, often in free fall. Women on board are typically pursers or passengers; far less often are they regular officers in the chain of command. Chandler's protagonists are quite prone to affairs and promiscuous behaviour, but are also shown falling in love and undertaking long-lasting, harmonious marriages; e.g., Sonya Verril served as an officer before settling down with Grimes. Relationships are invariably described from the male point of view; women characters might be sympathetic, but are always seen from the outside.
In the early Bring Back Yesterday (1961), the dashing Johnnie Petersen is involved with four women in the course of a single book, whose plot lasts no more than a few weeks. Of them, one is inconsiderate and hurts him deeply; one is kindly and motherly, but Petersen is not physically attracted to her; one is a short chance encounter which soon ends with no lasting positive or negative trace; and the last is the one and only great love of his life. Petersen changes time itself in order to save her from a gruesome death and lives happily ever after with her.
The main story is set in an earlier period of the same future timeline as Grimes, a period in which ships are the magnetic "Gaussjammers", recalled with some nostalgia in Grimes' time.
The John Grimes story is divided here into three parts – Early, Middle and Late.
No Room in the Stable by A. Bertram Chandler, reprinted by permission of Scott Meredith Literary Agency, Inc
This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 1961.
For an overview of world literature see 1961 in literature.
1960 in Australian literature,
1961 in Australia,
1962 in Australian literature.1964 in Australian literature
This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 1964.
For an overview of world literature see 1964 in literature.
1963 in Australian literature,
1964 in Australia,
1965 in Australian literature.40th World Science Fiction Convention
The 40th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Chicon IV, was held September 2–6, 1982, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
The chairmen were Ross Pavlac and Larry Propp; Larry Smith and Bob Hillis were vice-chairmen. The guests of honor were A. Bertram Chandler (pro), Frank Kelly Freas (pro), and Lee Hoffman (fan). The toastmaster was Marta Randall. Total attendance was 4,275. Other notable attendees included Muppets creator Jim Henson and actor Jeff Pomerantz.Arthur Chandler
Arthur Chandler may refer to:
Arthur Chandler (footballer) (1895–1984), footballer for Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers and Notts County
Arthur Chandler (bishop) (1860–1939), Bishop of Bloemfontein, 1902–1920
A. Bertram Chandler (1912–1984), British-Australian science fiction authorAvalon Books
Avalon Books was a small New York-based book publishing imprint active from 1950 through 2012, established by Thomas Bouregy. Avalon was an important science fiction imprint in the 1950s and 60s; later its specialty was mystery and romance books. The imprint was owned by Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc.. It remained a family firm, with Thomas's daughter Ellen Bouregy Mickelsen taking over as publisher in 1995.On June 4, 2012 it was announced that Amazon.com had purchased the imprint and its back-list of about 3,000 titles. Amazon said it would publish the books through the various imprints of Amazon Publishing.Chandler Award
The Chandler Award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for "Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction".
It is named in recognition of the contribution that science fiction writer A. Bertram Chandler made to Australian science fiction, and because of his patronage of the Foundation.
Unlike the Ditmars, this award is decided upon by a jury and, although nominally an annual award presented in conjunction with the Australian National Science Fiction Convention, is not necessarily presented every year.
The first Chandler Award was presented in 1992 to Van Ikin at the National Science Fiction Convention - SynCon '92.Giant Killer (story)
"Giant Killer" is a science fiction short story by A. Bertram Chandler. It was first published in the October 1945 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, and later included in many science fiction anthologies, including World of Wonder edited by Fletcher Pratt. In 1996 it was shortlisted for a Retro Hugo Award for Best Novella.Grimes (surname)
Grimes is a surname that is believed to be of a Scandinavian, English, or Irish descent, and may refer to:
Alison Lundergan Grimes (b. 1978), Kentucky Secretary of State
Aoibhinn Grimes (b. 1976), former field hockey forward from Canada
Ashley Grimes (disambiguation), multiple people
Barbara Grimes (d. 1957), teenage American murder victim - see Murder of the Grimes sisters
Brent Grimes (b. 1983), American football player
Bryan Grimes (1828–1880), major general in the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War
Burleigh Grimes (1893–1985), American baseball player
Camryn Grimes (b. 1990), American actress
Charles Grimes (surveyor) (1772–1858), English surveyor
Charles Grimes (rower) (1935–2007), American Olympic rower
Christopher M. Grimes (b. 1948), artist from Bermuda
Connor Grimes (b. 1983), American field hockey player
David Grimes (Alabama politician) (b. c. 1953), American politician
David Robert Grimes, (b. 1985), Irish physicist and cancer researcher
Edward Grimes (b. 1991), one of the twin performers in the duo known as Jedward (along with John Grimes)
Frank Grimes (actor) (b. 1947), Irish actor
Gary Grimes (b. 1955), American actor
Grimes (musician) (b. 1988), stage name of the Canadian musician Claire Elise Boucher
Henry Grimes (b. 1935), American jazz musician
Jack Grimes (disambiguation), multiple people
James W. Grimes (1816–1872), American politician
Jason Grimes (b. 1959), American long jumper
Jesse Grimes (1788–1866), Texas pioneer and politician of Grimes County Texas
John Grimes (disambiguation), multiple people
Joseph Rudolph Grimes (1923–2007), Liberian Secretary of State; Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law founder
Karolyn Grimes (b. 1940), American actress
Louis Arthur Grimes (1883–1948), tenth Chief Justice of Liberia
Ken Grimes (b. 1947), American artist
Mark Grimes, Toronto City Councillor
Mark Grimes, Dublin's most beautiful person 2016
Martha Grimes (b. 1931), American writer of detective fiction
Oscar Grimes, Jr. (1915–1993), utility infielder in Major League Baseball
Patricia Grimes (d. 1957), teenage American murder victim - see Murder of the Grimes sisters
Paul Grimes (criminal) (b. 1950), former Liverpudlian gangster who became and informant in a witness protection program
Paul Grimes (public servant), contemporary senior Australian public servant and former Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture
Phil Grimes (1929–1989), Irish hurler
Quentin Grimes (born 2000), American basketball player
Ray Grimes, Sr. (1893–1953), first baseman in Major League Baseball
Roger Grimes (b. 1950), Canadian politician
Roy Grimes (1893–1954), second baseman in Major League Baseball
Sarah Grimes, musician in the band September Girls
Scott Grimes (b. 1971), American actor
Shenae Grimes (b. 1989), Canadian-American actress
Steve Grimes, contemporary member of the British band The Farm
Stuart Grimes (b. 1974), former Scottish international rugby player and captain
Tammy Grimes (1934–2016), American actress and singer
Tiny Grimes (1916–1989), American jazz and R&B guitarist
Vic Grimes (b. 1970), American professional wrestler
W. F. Grimes (1905–1988), British archaeologistFictional characters:
Frank Grimes, a character from The Simpsons Season 8 episode "Homer's Enemy"
John Grimes, the hero of a series of science fiction novels by A. Bertram Chandler
John Grimes, in the film Black Hawk Down
Morgan Grimes, major character on the television series Chuck
Muddy and Dallas Grimes, villains of the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Rick Grimes, protagonist in the comic book and television series The Walking Dead
Lori Grimes, his wife
Carl Grimes, their son
Sarah Grimes in Welcome Home (2015 film)John Grimes
John Grimes may refer to:
Dr. John Grimes (1802–1875), Quaker anti-slavery advocate
John Grimes (New Zealand bishop) (1842–1915), first Roman Catholic bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand
John Grimes (bishop) (1852–1922), Roman Catholic bishop
John Bryan Grimes (1868–1923), North Carolina Democratic politician and farmer
John Grimes (baseball) (1869–1964), American baseball player
John Grimes (priest) (1881–1976), Anglican Archdeacon of Northampton
John Grimes, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (2005-2009)
John Grimes (singer) (born 1991), member of the Irish pop rap duo Jedward
John Grimes, fictional character in a series of novels by A. Bertram Chandler
John Grimes, fictional character in the film Black Hawk DownList of Ace SF double titles
Ace Books published 221 science fiction Ace doubles between 1952 and 1973 in tête-bêche format, and a further 40 between 1974 and 1978 in a more traditional format in which the two books are both the same way up.List of Ace double titles
American company Ace Books began publishing genre fiction starting in 1952. Initially these were mostly in the attractive tête-bêche format, but they also published a few single volumes, in the early years, and that number grew until the doubles stopped appearing in about 1978. The tête-bêche format was discarded in 1973, but future double novels were continued for a while.
Between 1952 and 1968, the books had a letter-series identifier; after that date they were given five-digit numeric serial numbers. The list given here covers every Ace Double published between 1952 and 1978, for all genres. It gives a date of publication; in all cases this refers to the date of publication by Ace, and not the date of original publication of the novels. For more information about the history of these titles, see Ace Books, which includes a discussion of the serial numbering conventions used and an explanation of the letter-code system.List of Ace titles in M series
Ace Books published its M series of books from 1964 to 1966, at a price of 45 cents.
M-100 WE John Callahan A Man Named Raglan / Barry Cord Gun Junction (1964)
M-101 SF Leigh Brackett The Secret of Sinharat / People of the Talisman (1964)
M-102 WE Ray Hogan Hoodoo Guns / Rod Patterson Trouble At Hangdog Flats (1964)
M-103 SF Fred Saberhagen The Golden People / Lan Wright Exile From Xanadu (1964)
M-104 WE Tom West Sidewinder Showdown / Dan J. Stevens Land Beyond The Law
M-105 SF Margaret St. Clair Message From the Eocene / Three Worlds of Futury (1964)
M-106 WE Reese Sullivan The Blind Trail / Tim Kelly Ride Of Fury (1964)
M-107 SF A. Bertram Chandler The Coils of Time / Into The Alternate Universe (1964)
M-108 WE Rod Patterson Gunfire Heritage / Wayne C. Lee Warpath West (1965)
M-109 SF G.C. Edmondson Stranger Than You Think / The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream (1965)
M-110 WE Tom West Bushwack Brand / Merle Constiner Wolf On Horseback (1965)
M-111 SF Edmond Hamilton Fugitive of the Stars / Kenneth Bulmer Land Beyond the Map (1965)
M-112 WE Nelson Nye Rogue's Rendezvous / Gun Feud At Tiedown
M-113 SF Damon Knight Off Center / The Rithian Terror (1965)
M-114 WE Brian Garfield (as Frank Wynne) Lynch Law Canyon / Stephen Payne Stampede On Farway Pass
M-115 SF John Brunner The Repairmen of Cyclops / Enigma From Tantalus (1965)
M-116 SF Robert P. Mills (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, Tenth Series
M-117 SF Bruce W. Ronald Our Man in Space / Jack Sharkey Ultimatum in 2050 A.D. (1965)
M-118 WE Merle Constiner Guns At Q Cross / Tom West The Toughest Town In The Territory (1965)
M-119 SF Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth (1965)
M-120 WE Nelson Nye Ambush At Yuma's Chimney / John Callahan Ride The Wild Land (1965)
M-121 SF Emil Petaja Alpha Yes, Terra No! / Samuel R. Delany The Ballad of Beta-2 (1965)
M-122 WE Roger G. Spellman Tall For A Texan / William Vance Outlaw Brand (1965)
M-123 SF John Brunner The Altar on Asconel / Ted White Android Avenger (1965)
M-124 WE Stephen Payne Trail Of The Vanishing Ranchers / Tom West Battle At Rattlesnake Pass (1965)
M-125 SF Jack Vance Monsters in Orbit / The World Between and Other Stories (1965)
M-126 WE Harry Whittington Valley Of Savage Men / Ben Elliott Brother Badman (1965)
M-127 SF John Rackham We, The Venusians / Fred Saberhagen The Water of Thought (1965)
M-128 WE Brian Garfield (as Brian Wynne) The Night It Rained Bullets / Reese Sullivan Nemesis Of Circle A (1965)
M-129 SF A. Bertram Chandler The Alternate Martians / A. Bertram Chandler Empress of Outer Space (1965)
M-130 WE John Callahan Half-Injun, Half-Wildcat / Clement Hardin Outcast Of Ute Bend (1965)
M-131 SF Kenneth Bulmer Behold The Stars / Mack Reynolds Planetary Agent X (1965)
M-132 SF Robert W. Chambers The King in Yellow (1965)
M-133 SF A. Bertram Chandler Space Mercenaries / Emil PetajaThe Caves of Mars (1965)
M-134 WE Tom West Lost Loot Of Kittycat Ranch / Lin Searles Saddle The Wind (1965)
M-135 SF Philip E. High The Mad Metropolis / Murray Leinster Space Captain (1966)
M-136 WE Ray Hogan Panhandle Pistolero / Nelson Nye The Marshall Of Pioche (1966)
M-137 SF Robert P. Mills (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, Eleventh Series (1966)
M-138 WE Brian Garfield (as Frank Wynne) Call Me Hazard / Dean Owens The Rincon Trap (1966)
M-139 SF Samuel R. Delany Empire Star / Tom Purdom The Tree Lord of Imeten (1966)
M-140 WE Reese Sullivan Deadly Like A .45 / Barry Cord Last Stage To Gomorrah (1966)
M-141 SF Jack Vance The Brains of Earth / The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph (1966)
M-142 SF H.F. Heard Doppelgangers (1966)
M-143 SF John W. Campbell Islands of Space (1966)
M-144 WE Ernest Haycox Trigger Trio (1966)
M-145 NA Elizabeth Kellier The Patient at Tonesburry Manor (1966)
M-146 NA anonymous (ed.) Cracked Again (1966)
M-147 SF Andre Norton The Stars Are Ours!
M-148 SF Andre Norton Star Born (1966)
M-149 SF James Holbrook Vance (as Jack Vance) The Eyes of the Overworld (1966)
M-150 SF Andre Norton The Defiant Agents
M-151 SF Andre Norton The Last Planet
M-152 SF H. Warner Munn King Of The World's Edge (1966)
M-153 SF A. E. van Vogt The Weapon Makers (1966)
M-154 SF John W. Campbell Invaders from the Infinite (1966)
M-155 SF Roger Zelazny Four For Tomorrow (1966)
M-156 SF Andre Norton Key Out Of Time (1966)
M-157 SF Andre Norton Star Gate (1966)
M-158 WE Brian Garfield (as Brian Wynne) The Proud Riders (1966)
M-159 NA Sylvia Lloyd Down East Nurse (1965)
M-160 WE Nelson Nye Trail Of Lost Skulls (C. 1)
M-161 NA Sharon Heath Nurse at Moorcroft Manor (1965)
M-162 SF Donald A. Wollheim (as David Grinnell) Edge Of Time (1966)
M-163 NA Ray Hogan Wolver
M-164 NA Suzanne Roberts Cross Country Nurse
M-165 SF Keith Laumer Worlds Of The Imperium (1966)NESFA Press
NESFA Press is the publishing arm of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc. The NESFA Press primarily produces three types of books:
Books honoring the guest(s) of honor at their annual convention, Boskone, and at some Worldcons and other conventions.
Books in the NESFA's Choice series, which bring back into print the works of deserving classic SF writers such as James Schmitz, Cordwainer Smith, C. M. Kornbluth, and Zenna Henderson.
Reference books on science fiction and science fiction fandom.Nebula Alert
Nebula Alert is a 1967 science fiction novel by Australian author A. Bertram Chandler. The novel forms a part of the author's "Empress Irene" series of stories and was originally released as an Ace Double (G-632), backed by The Rival Rigelians by Mack Reynolds.Secret Agent of Terra
Secret Agent of Terra is a 1962 science fiction novel by British writef John Brunner. It is the first book of the Zarathustra Refugee Planets series; the other books are Castaways' World (1963) and The Repairmen of Cyclops (1965). Secret Agent of Terra was first published as Ace Double F-133, with The Rim of Space by A. Bertram Chandler.
Brunner later reworked the story for his 1969 novel The Avengers of Carrig.Tales from the Planet Earth
Tales from the Planet Earth is a 1986 anthology of science fiction stories edited by Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull It presents 18 stories, sharing a common background developed by Pohl and Hull, by 18 authors from 18 different countries; each author's story is set in his native country.The collection was dedicated for the memory of A. Bertram Chandler and Janusz A. Zajdel.The Door Through Space
The Door Through Space is a 1961 science fiction novel by American writer Marion Zimmer Bradley. An expansion of Bradley's story "Bird of Prey", which first appeared in the May, 1957 issue of the magazine Venture, it is her first novel, and was published by Ace Books, bound tête-bêche with Rendezvous on a Lost World by A. Bertram Chandler.
Although it is not part of her Darkover book series, Darkover is mentioned (as another planet) in passing in the book; numerous Darkover elements appear in the book, such as a red sun, Dry Towns with chained women, catmen and other nonhumans, Terran Empire trade cities, Ghost Wind.The Rim of Space
The Rim of Space (1961) is the debut science fiction novel by Australian author A. Bertram Chandler. The novel forms a part of the author's "Rim Worlds" series of stories.