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The World of the Dreamers In 1965, when Mariner IV radioed back the vision of Mars as a planet pocked with craters and unlikely to harbor life of any advanced sort, some newspapers wondered how science-fiction writers would take this. But, characteristic of their limitless imaginations, they came up with their own answers. A. Bertram Chandler presented this novel as his particularly challenging response. If Mars is indeed barren, what are we to say of the wonderfully lifelike Mars worlds of H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Otis Adelbert Kline, and so many others? They are too real to be lost! They must exist somewhere! And so a space expedition heads to that barren and lifeless Mars to find The Alternate Martians. It's a science-fiction adventure, packed with action, and filled with some unexpected Red Planet surprises!
A space expedition to Mars find themselves in the worlds of H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Otis Adelbert Kline.
"When Kinsolving's Planet crosses your path, beware!"Commodore John Grimes would have done well to heed this warning. But the evil magic of Kinsolving draws him on, pulling him on a journey through the universes. Is Grimes a swiftly facing literary ghost, doomed to disappearance for the inadvertent theft of a meerschaum pipe? Or, is he a flesh and blood Commodore, sailing the spaceways from world to world, enjoying dangerous voyages to momentary safe ports?It does not matter what role is the "true" John Grimes for none can protect him from the grasp of Kinsolving's Planet, an abandoned colony which reaches out for man, for the target, John Grimes, who is inexorably sucked toward his final destiny ...
John Grimes career as a space pirate has ended, he faces his toughest assignment yet. He has been made governer of the anarchist' own planet. His first task is to stay alive with a whole world plotting his murder!
A pivotal time in the career of John Grimes. A fateful journey in the vessel Discovery, bearing an uncanny kinship to the legendary vessel the Bounty. The big black mark on his service record.
The account of the pivotal moment in John Grimes career, the big black mark on his service record that forced him to change his loyalties.
Large-print edition of a science fiction novel first published in 1974. Set in the near future, when youth dominates and those over 45 achieve the status of senior citizen and receive a free euthanasia pill.
Being lost in space was no new experience to John Grimes, whose career as an interstellar officer had brought him into many such dilemmas. But being lost inside a colossal alien spacecraft had no precedent.Complicating the matter was the discovery that the very universe was not their own but an alternate and that their captor seemed to be the omnipotent force of that entire other cosmos.As Grime's only companion was the comely policewoman, Una Freeman, the fate that the Alien God selected for them required the creation of a Garden of Eden. But there were two serpents in this one - both of them bicycles!
Unable to exceed the speed of light, he found ways around the law of nature, twisting space and time to his bidding. But the lure of FTL speeds could would not be forgotten...and the crew of the Flying Cloud - casts-offs from the great civilisations of the galaxy - found themselves breaking through the barriers of the past to discover new worlds - worlds from which they could never return!
Down into the tortuous coils of time . . .Dr. Henshaw had created what he thought was a time travel machine and he had sent guinea pigs through it. But now he needed a human guinea pig to test it with.Christopher Wilkonsen thought the whole idea was absurd, until a book that had been sent through the machine came back with a thumbprint of his lost sweetheart Vanessa on it.
A deadly cargo that threatens to sheer through the fabric of reality, like a knife through soft butter.
Her Imperial Highness Empress Irene is in trouble. She needs to prevent the take over of the universe by the power hungry Mortimer Jones . . .
The Far Traveler was hardly the sort of starship to use in the study of lost space colonies. Lost colonies were likely to be desperate, eccentric and otherwise unappreciative. And The Far Traveler was a rich woman's toy, constructed of gold and directed by an omniscient, dictatorial and feminine computer known as Big Sister.John Grimes had become that golden vessel's captain. A captain in name only because nobody could talk back to Big Sister or the haughty beauty who owned everything aboard. But Grimes was a man of many resources and lost space colonies were placed that did not observe the civilized rules. You could be sure, therefore, that the man known as the Commodore Hornblower of Outer Space would be likely to come through okay, even if the ladies - mechanical and physical - never expected him to!
A Space Fantasy Filled with Horror The Mannschenn Drive was the gateway to the stars, but it had one unfortunate site effect . . . Traveling faster than light, mankind reverted to the bestial form of his own legendary nightmare: the werewolf. And space only feed the creatures they'd become. The lycanthropic horror that the full moon once called forth from the soul's depths, now no longer howls at the moon but soars far beyond it.
The Mannschenn Drive was the gateway to the stars, but it had one unfortunate site effect: Traveling faster than light, mankind reverted to the bestial form of his own legendary nightmare-the lycanthropic horror that the full moon once called forth from the soul's depths, now no longer howling at the moon but soaring far beyond it...
John Grimes is stranded on a Hell Planet! Another adventure with the pipe-smoking, action-loving spaceship commander Lieutenant John Grimes.
Mystery and intrigue on the waterways of the planet Venus The Venus colony was settled and thriving, when suddenly all communication from Earth ceased. No messages. No transports. Nothing. Insistent that science had lead their home into the depths of nuclear war, the colonists rejected technology, burning books, killing scientists, and hunkering down in the safety of a the newly formed Venusian theocracy of Beulah Land. Only the city-state of Albany remained independent. Their machines were tolerated as a necessity-until airplanes, gunships, and weapons started patrolling the border. With war between the colonies imminent, Saint-in-Charge Adelie Dale and First Mate Whitley of Beulah Land's Richmond Queen must make heads-or-tails out of the hazardous Venusian politics . . . before a greater enemy obliterates them all!
It's Not Human! It began with a few small items in the newspapers-dead dogs and cats, a mutilated child, a series of unexplained fires. Then, suddenly, it exploded into a full-sized catastrophe. Huge mutants-half rat, half man-began to take over the world, stealing children for laves and destroying while cities and their populations. Only a few people escaped, among them Tim Barrett, his wife Jane, and a handful of survivors. Alone on the high seas in a small ship, they set off to find the island where Dr. Theodore Piper ahd been experimenting with a sonic death ray. They knew Dr. Piper was their only hope for personal and world survival-if he was still alive . . if the King Rats hadn't forced him to serve their evil purpose . . . and if he could find a way to stop the spreading horror of invasion.
A selection of John Grimes short stories including:With Good IntentionsThe SubtracterThe Tin MessiahThe Sleeping BeautyThe Wandering BuoyThe Mountain MoversWhat You Know
John Grimes tackles the slave trade on a lost world with some very feline like inhabitants.
Rim ghosts are real! Intruders from alternate universes appearing where the fabric of space is thin. Sonya and John Grimes find themselves in an alternate universe.
A. Bertram Chandler was born in the United States but spent most of his writing career in Australia. His most enduring contribution to science fiction is John Grimes who he and others have described as the Horatio Hornblower of space. All of these novels were written between 1964 and 1984. In this first omnibus the novels are: The Road to the Rim; To Prime the Pump; The Hard Way Up; Spartan Planet; and John Grimes will one day be a Commodore in the cessionist Rim World Navy, out at the edge of the galaxy here the laws of men are nonexistent and those of nature sometimes tenuous. But for now he is just a very green senior officer in the service of the Federation. If he keeps out of trouble, he'll rise to the rank of Admiral; all he has to do is follow the rules-and he is determined to do just that, but being John Grimes, he'll find it more difficult than he imagined....
In this fourth Omnibus of Grimes, he is a reserve Commodore. Included are the novels: The Last Amazon; The Wild Ones; and Catch the Star Winds. There are also six short stories.
In this the fifth omnibus of the series, we are approaching the end of John Grimes career as we will ever know it. Included are: Into the Alternate Universe; Contraband from Otherspace; The Rim Gods; and The Commodore at Sea.
A. Bertram Chandler was born in the United States but spent most of his writing career in Australia. His most enduring contribution to science fiction is John Grimes who he and others have described as the Horatio Hornblower of space. All of these novels were written between 1964 and 1984. In this second omnibus the novels are: The Broken Cycle; The Big Black Mark; The Far Traveller; and Star Courier.