Bertram Chandler's Book 3 in the Saga of Commodore John Grimes: "The Dark Dimensions" & "The Rim Gods" by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - December 29, 2016 Go. Here. Now: Rim Dimensions: The The: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/... I enjoy reading Chandler's writing, even when I'm fairly sure that he's cranking out material b/c his publisher thinks he has more to mine in an area he's had popular acclaim w/, wch is the case here. I've read & reviewed 16 other bks of his so far in 2016. If I think of Books 2 & 3 of the Saga as containing 2 bks apiece, as I do, that brings my Chandler reading up to 20 of his bks. Of these, in addition to the 4 bks of Books 2 & 3 of the Saga, 8 have Grimes as the main character: The Anarch Lords, To Prime the Pump, The Big Black Mark, To Keep the Ship, The Far Traveler, Into the Alternate Universe, The Road to the Rim, & Spartan Planet Beyond the Galactic Rim is a collection of 4 short stories all of wch feature Grimes to some degree or another & featuring his earliest appearance that I've noted in "Forbidden Planet" (1959). Nebula Alert & The Ship from Outside have Grimes making cameo appearances. Kelly Country has the protagonist be named John Grimes but he's in a very different story from those of the Rim Saga. NOW, just so you have an idea of how much of this Grimes material there is & how complicated it might be to try to read them in chronological order: According to http://www.bertramchandler.com/johngr... : Grimes stories in order (the ones I have in bold are the ones I've read) w/ the info somewhat abridged by me for the purposes of this review: John Grimes: Survey Service The Road to the Rim (Nov 1967) To Prime the Pump (1971) The Hard Way Up (Oct 1972) The Broken Cycle (1975) Spartan Planet (Apr 1969) The Inheritors (Jun 1972) The Big Black Mark (Feb 1975) John Grimes: Far Traveller Couriers The Far Traveller (1977) Star Courier (Mar 1977) To Keep the Ship (1978) Matilda's Stepchildren (1979) Star Loot (1980) The Anarch Lords (Sep 1981) The Last Amazon (Jun 1984) The Wild Ones (1984) John Grimes: Rim Commodore "Chance Encounter" (ss) New Worlds, Mar 1959 Into The Alternate Universe (Dec 1964) Contraband from Otherspace (Jan 1967) "Grimes at Glenrowan" (ss) IASFM, Mar/Apr 1978 "Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo" (ss) Unpublished "Grimes and the Great Race" (nv) IASFM, Apr 1980 "Grimes Among the Gourmets" (ss) Other Worlds, ed. Paul Collins, Void, 1978 "Grimes and the Odd Gods" (nv) F&SF, Jun 1983 "Grimes and the Jail Birds" (ss) F&SF, May 1984 The Gateway to Never (Jun 1972) The Rim Gods (Feb 1969) Alternate Orbits (May 1971) "Hall of Fame" (nv) (as "The Kinsolving's Planet Irregulars") Galaxy, Jul 1969 "The Sister Ships" (nv) Galaxy, Sep 1971 "The Man Who Sailed the Sky" (nv) "The Rub" (nv) Galaxy, Apr 1970 "The Dutchman" (nv) Galaxy, Nov 1972 "The Last Hunt" (ss) Galaxy, Mar 1973 "On the Account" (nv) Galaxy, May 1973 "Rim Change" (na) Galaxy, Aug 1975 "Doggy In The Window" (nv) Amazing, Nov 1978 The Dark Dimensions (May 1971) The Way Back (1976) Perhaps you can understand my confusion, Note, for one thing, the absence of Kelly Country. That's the logical progression & makes sense but note that Into the Alternate Universe is from 1964 so that early bk apparently already has Grimes as a Commodore. If I were to arrange the novels that I've read (ignoring the short stories) into a narrative chronological order instead of into the order they were published in (&, presumably, written in) we'd have this: The Road to the Rim To Prime the Pump Spartan Planet The Inheritors The Big Black Mark The Far Traveler To Keep the Ship The Anarch Lords Into the Alternate Universe Gateway to Never The Rim Gods The Dark Dimensions NOW, note that Book 2 of the Saga has The Dark Dimensions followed by The Rim Gods & note that Book 3 (the one that I swear I'm going to eventually review here) starts w/ The Inheritors & ends w/ Gateway to Never.. The thing is that Chandler's always writing something about the Rim like 'where the fabric of space-time is stretched thin' & then he overliteralizes the metaphor & turns it into an analogy & has Grimes meet himself when parallel time-tracks cross paths, etc, etc.. Uh, but back to Book 3, the one I'm ostensibly reviewing: The Dark Dimensions: My 1st reaction was: 'Have I read this? On p 2 as Commodore Grimes is getting his orders from the Admiral I picked this brief passage to quote: ""But it's not Kinsolving's Planet again, is it?" "The Admiral laughed. In my review of Beyond the Galactic Rim ( https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/... . .'"" The short story, "Wet Paint", has a 1st person narrator who I take to be Grimes but who's never specified as such as far as I can tell by superficially skimming over it again now. &, yes, this ties in w/ The Dark Dimensions insofar as Clarisse Mayhew, one of Grimes's crew for THIS story, is the daughter of that caveman who has inherited some special psychic properties from him. I think I'm right in saying that Commodore Verrill still holds a reserve commission in the Intelligence Branch of their Survey Service. And she'd be very annoyed if she wasn't allowed to come along for the ride."" - p 4 I 1st remember encountering the Sonya Verrill spy character when she seduced Derek Calver in The Ship from Outside. I quote from my The Ship from Outside review ( https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/... ""A few years ago," Grimes continued, "I was instructed to take Faraway Quest out to investigate some strange, drifting wreckagewreckage that, obviously, had not originated in this universe.""" - p 57 &, yeah, again, I asked myself: wch bk? she's on the screen now, if you care to take a butcher's." "Grimes took a "butcher's hook," reflecting that life was already sufficiently complicated without his second-in-command's rhyming slang." - pp 62 -63 The meaning of this is PFO (Pretty Fucking Obvious) but let's take a little etymological digression, shall we? In Australia, where the usage is the same, it has the additional meaning, crook (angry)." - p 45, Julian Franklyn's A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang Instead of reviewing the next 170pp of The Dark Dimensions, let's just say that I was pleased w/ the way Chandler wove together so many other threads of the space-time fabric-stretched-thin but I don't want to spoil it for you. He is an old friend and shipmate of the Commodore, and asked me to keep in touch to let him know if Commodore Grimes was in any key danger."" - p 232 NOW, in keeping w/ all the placing my duckies in a row that happened in pt 1 of this review, I call to the reader's attn that Clarisse Mayhew was a character in The Dark Dimensions - the bk that precedes this one in Book 3 of the Saga. But even you must see that if the Commandments are given anew to Man then we, the Elect, shall be elevated to our rightful place in the Universe." ""Then God save us all," said Grimes." - p 238 W/o spoiling it, I think I can risk quoting this tasty little pieceage next: "Grimes realized that he was laughing uncontrollably and saying, over and over to himself, "Not Sinai, but Olympus! 4 #3 (January 1990), and was created by Keith Giffen, Al Gordon, Tom Bierbaum and Mary Bierbaum." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tharn The fictional planet Tharn is in The Rim Gods & that's from 1969, 21 yrs earlier than its supposed invention as cited above. Even earlier (can you feel my pulse quicken?) Tharn appeared in The Rim of Space but Derek Calver's the hero in that one.
He emigrated to Australia in 1956 and became an Australian citizen.