A. Bertram Chandler

A. Bertram Chandler was born in Aldershot, England, on March 28, 1912, and grew up in the small town of Beccles in Suffolk. Education-wise, he attended Peddars Lane Council and later Sir John Leman Secondary School until, at the age of 16, he joined the Sun Shipping Company of London as an apprentice and went  to sea. Four years later, he completed his Certificate of Competency as Second Mate of a Foreign Going Steamship and rejoined the Sun Shipping Company as Third Officer. Three years after that, he left the Sun Shipping Company to joined the Saw Shavill company as a Fourth Officer. In 1956, he emigrated from Britain to Australia, where he married his second wife and joined the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand as a Third Officer. He died in Sydney, Australia, on June 6, 1984.

His writing career began shortly after Pearl Harbor, when he met with the editor of Astounding Science Fiction, John Campbell, who encouraged Chandler to contribute stories to the magazine. He took Campbell at his word and submitted “This Means War,” which was Chandler’s first publication. He went on to writer 40 novels and over 200 pieces of short fiction. During the course of his career, he won 4 Ditmar Awards (formerly known as the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) for his short story The Bitter Pill (1971), and the novels False Fatherland (1969), The Bitter Pill (1975), The Big Black Mark (1976), as well as the Seiun Award, the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Award, with his short story “Wet Paint” in 1976 for Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year. His work can also be found under the pen names George Whitely, George Whitley, Andrew Dunstan, and S.H.M.

DAW Books was the original English language publisher for almost all of Chandler’s novels and collections, and Hayakawa in Japan published almost all of Chandler’s work, as well.

Learn more about Chandler on his official fan site, here.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    Frontier of the Dark
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    Kelly Country
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    The Bitter Pill
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    The Sea Beasts
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    The Alternate Martians
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    The Coils of Time
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    The Deep Reaches of Space
    A. Bertram Chandler
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    Glory Planet
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Standalone
    The Hamelin Plague
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Collections
    Up to the Sky in Ships
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • The John Grimes Saga
    To the Galactic Rim (#1)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • The John Grimes Saga
    First Command (#2)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • The John Grimes Saga
    Galactic Courier (#3)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • The John Grimes Saga
    Ride the Star Winds (#4)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • The John Grimes Saga
    Upon a Sea of Stars (#5)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • The John Grimes Saga
    Gateway to Never (#6)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Empress Irene Series
    Empress of Outer Space (#1)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Empress Irene Series
    Space Mercenaries (#2)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Empress Irene Series
    Nebula Alert (#3)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Rim Worlds Series
    The Rim of Space (#1)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Rim Worlds Series
    When the Dream Dies (#2)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Rim Worlds Series
    Bring Back Yesterday (#3)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Rim Worlds Series
    Beyond the Galactic Rim (#4)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Rim Worlds Series
    The Ship From Outside (#5)
    A. Bertram Chandler
  • Rim Worlds Series
    Catch the Star Winds (#6)
    A. Bertram Chandler
     

Reviews

Standalone

The Bitter Pill
“It’s surprising to see Chandler at this stage of his career suddenly switch from space opera to ‘serious’ novels, but with THE BITTER PILL as his maiden work in the new mode, he’s off to an excellent start and I will look forward to future works.”

ALGOL

Collections

The John Grimes Saga

To the Galactic Rim (#1)
“The planets are exotic and full of wonders, the problems are extremely unusual; and Grimes’ solutions are brilliantly outrageous. The Grimes books are filled with humor and some fine detail about the experience of space exploration […] In either print or e-book, this volume is a bargain not to be missed.”

Analog

Ride the Star Winds (#4)
“For those who like accessible space operas filled with great characters, alien cultures, high adventure and a fun, witty hero, RIDE THE STAR WINDS will definitely satisfy!”

SFRevu

“There’s plenty of humor and loads of fun – and if some of the concepts seem a bit dated, that’s part of the charm […] If you haven’t had the chance to make the acquaintance of Commodore John Grimes, you owe it to yourself to do so.”

Analog

Upon a Sea of Stars (#5)
“Mr. Chandler never ceases to amaze me […] The stories in this book are no exception. Despite how you might feel about these “dated” science fiction classics, one cannot argue with the entertainment factor.”

SFRevu

Gateway to Never (#6)
“Immediately we imbibe the pleasures of Chandler’s mythos and admire his deft strategies […] We get vivid characters—Grimes is a salty, irascible softie, old-fashioned but empathetic, with a code of honor, but not inflexible—a solid plot and a negligible but not nonexistent quota of speculative bits.”

Locus

“This book, like the previous volumes, is a must for anyone who likes space opera [...] as well as anyone who’s a fan of the old Ace and DAW SF paperbacks.”

Analog

Empress Irene Series

Rim Worlds Series

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

The Bitter Pill
Australia

Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award: “Best Australian Science Fiction”

Collections

The John Grimes Saga

Empress Irene Series

Rim Worlds Series