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y The Big Black Mark single work   novella  
Is part of The Rim Worlds A. Bertram Chandler 1950 series - author short story novel novella
Issue Details: First known date: 1975 1975
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'Commander John Grimes, Federation Survey Service, should have been happy but he was not.' Although recently promoted, much to his surprise, Grimes finds himself consigned once again to being captain of a non-war ship. It doesn't help that his new vessel, Discovery (another Census ship) is a badly neglected rust-bucket. Worse still is the crew - a bunch of malcontents comprising the worse the Survey Service has to offer.

Before long a mutinous atmosphere begins to pervade the ship, with the situation spiraling downhill after Grimes is forced to cite the leader of the ship's marines, Major 'Mad' Swinton with the court-martial offence of murdering citizens from another planet. Grime's own misgivings about the voyage also manifest themselves through snatches of memory relating to the 'Wild Colonial Boy' and the ill-fated Bounty.

When the Commander and a few of his faithful crew are eventually dispatched into space aboard a tiny escape craft, he begins to understand how Captain William Bligh must have felt. Not only about the big black mark against his service record, but also about surviving against impossible odds.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      DAW Books , 1975 .
      Cover by Kelly Freas. Source: www.arthursbookshelf.com
      Extent: 224p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      DAW Books , 1978 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0879973552
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      DAW Books , 1982 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0-87997-726-4
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    y John Grimes : Survey Captain A. Bertram Chandler , New York (City) : Science Fiction Book Club [USA] , 2002 Z1840240 2002 selected work short story science fiction 'In his long and checkered career, John Grimes experienced many strange things as he rose through the ranks of the Federation Survey Service. In these books, he has more far-flung adventures, including the pivotal event that drove him to join the Rim Runners, the merchant fleet serving the edge of the galaxy.'

    [Source: www.bertramchandler.com]
    New York (City) : Science Fiction Book Club [USA] , 2002
    pg. 115-318
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    y John Grimes - Federation Survey Service A. Bertram Chandler , Wake Forest : Baen EBooks , 2007 Z1837652 2007 selected work novella Wake Forest : Baen EBooks , 2007
    • Wake Forest, North Carolina,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Baen EBooks , 2007 .
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      • ebook
      • SKU: 0879977264
      ISBN: 0879977264, 9780879977269
  • Appears in:
    y First Command : The John Grimes Saga II A. Bertram Chandler , New York (City) : Baen Books , 2011 Z1840483 2011 selected work novella science fiction After moving on from the Terran Navy, John Grimes tries his hand at leading a private life, and finds he likes being his own man. The only problem is, his ship The Far Traveller has a (very stubborn and very feminine) mind of its own, and a penchant for getting Grimes into the worse sort of interplanetary trouble!

    The second in a four-volume collection of the legendary John Grimes books published by Baen Books, this collection comprises the entire Far Traveller Courier saga.

    [Source: Baen Books website]
    New York (City) : Baen Books , 2011
    pg. 287-526
Alternative title: Kitsuita eikō
Alternative title: 傷ついた栄光
Language: Japanese

Works about this Work

Running off the Rim A. Bertram Chandler , 1974 single work essay
— Appears in: Philosophical Gas , March no. 27 1974; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

Having finished The Way Back, his follow-up to The Dark Dimensions, Chandler considers his next project. Topics include an earlier Rim Worlds novel, The Big Black Mark, and the lack of authenticity in many stories and films either set at sea or which use sea settings within the plot. In offering his opinion on the significant differences between the Poseidon Adventure novel and its film adaptation, along with Lawrence of Arabia (film), Chandler suggests that only authors of the calibre of Conrad and C. S. Forester were capable of writing truly authentic seafaring stories.

Running off the Rim A. Bertram Chandler , 1974 single work essay
— Appears in: Philosophical Gas , March no. 27 1974; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

Having finished The Way Back, his follow-up to The Dark Dimensions, Chandler considers his next project. Topics include an earlier Rim Worlds novel, The Big Black Mark, and the lack of authenticity in many stories and films either set at sea or which use sea settings within the plot. In offering his opinion on the significant differences between the Poseidon Adventure novel and its film adaptation, along with Lawrence of Arabia (film), Chandler suggests that only authors of the calibre of Conrad and C. S. Forester were capable of writing truly authentic seafaring stories.

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