To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about To the Galactic Rim , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 01, David rated it really liked it. These are all stories featuring A. These are to the Grimes canon what books like Mr.
Midshipman Hornblower and Lieutenant Hornblower are to C. Forrester's famous naval hero. My favorite volume in this collection was The Hard Way Up in which young Lieutenant Grimes captains a small courier ship and goes from one adventure to another in rapid succession. Aug 23, Kevin rated it it was ok Shelves: abandoned. It always seemed complicated, series within series and several periods within the overall story arc.
I never knew where exactly to start or if it mattered. This omnibus e-book finally begins to put them somewhat in order. I read the first two installments, The Road to the Rim and To Prime the Pump , the earliest John Grimes adventures chronologically, though maybe not the earliest written? I don't know.
I'm afraid I found them tedious with outdated mores and very little sense of wonder. I may continue the series someday if I'm really bored, but it will not be high on my bucket list. Life is short. Dec 17, Alan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of space opera buffa.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. When I first ran across A. Bertram Chandler 's John Grimes novels, I must've been at or near the so-called Golden Age of science fiction: thirteen.
The Far Traveler by A. 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. Related book awards Ditmar Award. Lost colonies were likely to be desperate, eccentric, and otherwise unappreciative. Christopher Wilkinson thought the whole idea was absurd, until a book that had been sent Contact Us. University of Wisconsin University Bookstore.
And to a thirteen-year-old mind, this stuff is great , sweeping space opera epic in scope but grounded in salty humor from a quirky, crusty main character: John Grimes, whom we first meet as an Ensign in the Federation Survey Service, fresh off of Earth and wet behind his rather large and prominent ears. Grimes doesn Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Grimes doesn't stay a stripling for long, though. I've only read this particular edition once, but I've read these books three or four times each in earlier editions, and always enjoyed the respite from heavier literature.
Thirty years or so further on, though This is pulp sci-fi term used advisedly , its plots and themes lifted wholesale from 19th-century naval fiction and Chandler's own life as a merchant marine officer, and the attitudes therein were already fast becoming archaic even as these books were being written. From pipe-smoking in spaceship common rooms, to questionable breakfast choices Grimes enjoys a meal apparently consisting solely of "kidneys, sausage and bacon" at one point , to casual sexism and sexual harassment as social norms, Chandler's Galactic Rim novels—of which this omnibus edition is a fair sampling—often read like a s-era Playboy magazine ideal brought unaltered into the future.
And yet Part of this is the extravagance of detail—for example, where most science fiction involving space travel has but one "star drive," contenting itself with a single method of getting from system to system, Chandler came up with several—often all installed on the same ship! It's like and probably modeled after the transition from sail to steam, when a ship on Earth's seas might have had a coal-fired steam engine, traditional rigged sails, and even oars or sweeps for close work and when the coal runs out and the wind fails.
A starship on which John Grimes is serving—whether it be a giant Alpha-class liner or a tiny Epsilon-class scout—would have its Reaction Drive rockets for maneuvering in space and extra boost during takeoff , an Inertial Drive for landing and taking off from planets, and the Mannschenn Drive with its endlessly-precessing gyroscopes for faster-than-light travel between star systems. Older ships were "gaussjammers" or "lodejammers" using the Ehrenhaft Drive, yet another technology, this one dependent on easily-disrupted magnetic lines of force between solar systems.
Each mechanism has its own distinct characteristics and failure modes, providing many narrative hooks for different stories. Another aspect of Chandler's novels that helps make them both more realistic and more exotic to North American readers is that he was an Australian and proud of it. His use of Australian geography, slang and social conventions added a unique flavor that "nongs and drongos" from elsewhere have to read to appreciate.
This richness of imagination extends to other many features of the series, too. While Earth's Federation is probably the most powerful political entity in the near Galaxy, it's constantly in conflict with the gaudy Empire of Waverly, the sinister Waldegrenese, the Kingdom of Skandia, and of course the far-flung and rebellious Rim Worlds themselves, whose distance from the political center engenders resentments that are obviously going to be a major source of conflict from the first few pages of The Road to the Rim.
And those are just the human worlds. The most prominent aliens to appear in this volume are the Shaara, insectile and matriarchal, but there are simian aliens, saurians and amphibians around, as well as the mysterious Old Ones and several different artificial and robotic intelligences.
Compre To the Galactic Rim (John Grimes Rim Worlds Book 1) (English Edition) de A. Bertram Chandler na rapyzure.tk Confira também os eBooks mais. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. A. Bertram Chandler was born in England in and grew up to sail the world in everthing from tramp steamers to troop.
This is a crowded universe. There are in fact more than 20 John Grimes novels in all, and these four barely scratch the surface. Which is how it should be This particular edition features a typically awkward and garish Baen cover, one that faithfully reproduces a scene from To Prime the Pump but nevertheless fails to convey anything much about Grimes himself not only is he in a lurid green SCUBA suit, his face is turned away from the viewer or his Galactic milieu.
But any Baen reader knows that the covers are more of a brand signifier than an explanation of the contents The Wikipedia article on A. Bertram Chandler 28 March — 6 June was used as a source for several of the specifics in this review, when memory and example alone did not serve. May 14, Lyle Blosser rated it liked it. When it was a space adventure pirates, battles, strategy, etc. When it devolved into a sort of odd weirdness, it was less so.
I was prepared to enjoy this classic and I did but it reminded me it was written some time in the past and our sensibilities have changed a bit since. I don't regret reading it in the least, but I'm not overly eager to read more. Aug 18, Leo Knight rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction.
Bertram Chandler This omnibus edition collects four of Mr. The stories follow Grimes from his first deep space voyage as a freshly minted ensign in the Survey Service, up through his first commands. Although he tries to usually do the right thing, Grimes is hardly a paragon of virtue. He smokes an odious pipe, he likes a good stiff drink fairly often, and pays a great deal of attention to the fairer sex. He makes plenty of mistakes, which usually puts his at odds with his superiors.
Nonetheless, he comes across as a likable bloke, mainly because of his sense of humor. Chandler himself served in the merchant marine, and many of the details of life aboard his fictional spacecraft come from that experience.
His ships seem lived in and familiar. The sublight Inertial Drive, and faster than light Mannschenn Drive, function mechanically, with gears, bearings and gyroscopes. They can be taken apart with hand tools and fitted back together. His characters also have familiar, humanizing traits. They drink, smoke, fall in love, get lucky, get dumped, tell jokes, have petty squabbles.
I enjoyed this most about the stories, the juxtaposition of this homey familiarity with the weird creatures and cultures they encounter. The stories do have a dose of mysticism. Intelligent beings, and even some robots, have psychic abilities. Most ships have at least one telepath to communicate with other ships and bases. Some of the entities Grimes encounters can read minds, send thoughts, even influence behavior via mental power alone.
Some of the stories hint at even deeper, more magical connections. I found these tales quite entertaining. Unlike many science fiction heroes, John Grimes seems quite humanly fallible. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia , disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series. Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title eg. By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number.
If you want to force a particular order, use the character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, " 0 prequel " sorts by 0 under the label "prequel. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see Wikipedia: Book series. Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations , on the part of the author or publisher.
For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification eg. Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question.
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