Cover by John Berkey. Source: www.davycrockettsalmanack.blogspot.com
Source: Fictionwise (www.fictionwise.com)
Source: Baen Books
y Spartan Planet single work   novel   science fiction  
Alternative title: False Fatherland
Is part of The Rim Worlds A. Bertram Chandler 1950 series - author short story novel novella
Issue Details: First known date: 1968 1968
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Lt Commander Grimes arrives on the forgotten planet Sparta where humans had long ago settled and have since modelled their society on the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta. Indeed, Sparta, originally an early Federation colony, has been out of touch for so long the people have forgotten they’re a colony. Over time a civilisation based on war and violence and crude pleasures has developed. It is also a planet where human beings (all men) are produced by birth machines and women are unknown.

The story is told from the perspective of Brasidus, one of the small planet's policemen. Never having laid eyes on a woman, or imagined that such strange beings exist, he and most other residents of the planet Sparta think that the female crew of Grime's ship, including Margaret Lazenby (Grime's sometimes sex partner) are deformed men, and they can’t fathom what the peculiar bumps on their chests are.

Although Grimes and his crew have the best intentions during their stay on the planet they eventually manage to turn the whole society on its head. Horrific events unfurl and truths become known, setting in motion changes that have a profound effect on the Spartan society.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Fantastic vol. 17 no. 4 March 1968 Z1840733 1968 periodical issue science fiction fantasy 1968 pg. 5-39
    Note: Part 1 (as Spartan Planet)
  • Appears in:
    y Fantastic vol. 17 no. 5 May 1968 Z1840736 1968 periodical issue science fiction fantasy 1968 pg. 80-123
    Note: Part 2 (as Spartan Planet)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Horwitz , 1968 .
      Alternative title: False Fatherland
      Extent: 161p.
      Note/s:
      • PB374
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Dell , 1969 .
      Cover by John Berkey. Source: www.davycrockettsalmanack.blogspot.com
      Extent: 156p.
  • Appears in:
    y The Commodore at Sea / Spartan Planet A. Bertram Chandler , New York (City) : Ace Books , 1979 Z1838693 1979 selected work novella science fiction Contains the four-story collection The Commodore at Sea (aka Alternate Orbits), comprising 'Hall of Fame' (aka 'The Kinsolving's Planet Irregulars'), 'The Sister Ships,' 'The Man Who Sailed the Sky' and 'The Rub,' along with the novella Spartan Planet (aka False Fatherland). New York (City) : Ace Books , 1979 pg. 193-374
  • Appears in:
    y John Grimes : Lieutenant of the Survey Service A. Bertram Chandler , New York (City) : Science Fiction Book Club [USA] , 2000 Z1837592 2000 selected work short story novella A collection of five early John Grimes adventures with the Federation Navy Academy. New York (City) : Science Fiction Book Club [USA] , 2000 pg. 357-484
  • Appears in:
    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,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Baen EBooks , 2007 .
      Source: Baen Books
      Note/s:
      • ebook
      • SKU: 0441115551
  • 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. 1-148
Alternative title: O Planeta Esparta
Language: Portuguese
    • Rio de Janeiro,
      c
      Brazil,
      c
      South America, Americas,
      :
      Nosso Tempo , ca. 1970-1979 .
      Source: skoob.com.br
      Extent: 197p.

Works about this Work

Grimes-San and the Naked Lady A. Bertram Chandler , 1978 single work essay
— Appears in: The Mentor , March no. 24 A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

Chandler writes about his experiences with Tokyo publisher Hayakawa, including some of his responses to the covers the company produced for its Japanese readers.

Grimes-San and the Naked Lady A. Bertram Chandler , 1978 single work essay
— Appears in: The Mentor , March no. 24 A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

Chandler writes about his experiences with Tokyo publisher Hayakawa, including some of his responses to the covers the company produced for its Japanese readers.

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