Kinsolving's Planet on the rim of space where the fabric of time and is stretched almost to bursting. Should John Grimes be surprised to meet...Sherlock Holmes? Lady Chatterly? Tarzan and Jane? A. Bertram Chandler??
Originally published as 'Kinsolving's Planet Irregulars' in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1969, the story was later included in the Alternate Orbits collection under the title 'Hall of Fame.' For the1990 From Sea to Shining Star collection it was again published on its own as 'Kinsolving's Planet Irregulars.'
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yAlternate OrbitsThe Commodore at SeaA. Bertram Chandler,
Wake Forest:Baen EBooks,2007Z8109761971selected work short story Alternate Orbits, also published as Commodore of the Sea, is a four-story collection from the John Grimes/Rim Worlds series, comprising 'Hall of Fame' (1969, aka 'The Kinsolving's Planet Irregulars'), 'The Sister Ships' (1971), 'The Man Who Sailed the Sky' (1971), and 'The Rub' (1970).WeltraumspukMunich:Moewig,1972
This collection of thirty Chandler stories spans his entire career. Many of the stories, which were only available in hard-to-find magazines, are accompanied by illustrations.
In a review of the collection published in Eidolon 4 (March 1991), Leigh Edmonds writes, 'The stories fall into two sections, as the title suggests. The first third or so of the collection, "From Sea . . .", contains stories set mainly on this planet, while the second two thirds. . . To Shining Star", are space-faring stories. A great many of the stories are really, however, seafaring ones with all the lore of the sea and Chandler's experience in the merchant marine finding expression. Some stories deal directly with the experience of travelling at sea or in space, others tell stories about the people who travel, either on their journeys or once they arrive'.