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y The Commodore at Sea / Spartan Planet selected work   novella   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1979 1979
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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).

Contents

* Contents derived from the New York (City), New York (State),
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Ace Books , 1979 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Spartan Planet, A. Bertram Chandler , 1968 single work novel science fiction

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.

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Alternate Orbits, A. Bertram Chandler , 1971 selected 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).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Ace Books , 1979 .
      Source: www.arthursbookshelf.com
      Extent: 374p.
      Note/s:
      • Series No: 11566-X
      ISBN: 0441115551, 9780441115556
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Ace Books , 1981 .
      Extent: 374p.
      ISBN: 9780441115563, 044111556X
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