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The first three stories in this tetralogy (The Road to the Rim, The Inheritors and The Rim Gods) follow the early career of Captain John Grimes, beginning with his first embarkation on an interstellar ship with the Federation Survey Service. The final story (Rendezvous on a Lost World) moves into more remote regions: - the outer edge of the spiral, where the dark, is interrupted only occasionally by some lone star and spaceships travel at times for months without seeing a single planet.
Title translation: The Way of the Frontier : The Galatic Cycle of A. Bertram Chandler (aka The Road to the Rim : The Galatic Cycle of A. Bertram Chandler). Some bibliographies also translate the title as The Streets of the Frontier or The Streets of the Border.
The Italian titles (and English translations) for the stories comprising this collection are: Le vie della Frontiera (The Road to the Rim), I Colono di Morrow (The Inheritors),
Nuove vie della Frontiera (The Rim Gods)
and Appuntamento su un Mondo Perduto (Rendezvous on a Lost World.
The Rim Gods includes all four stories originally serialised in If magazine during 1968, and which together comprise the novel version. These are: 'The Rim Gods,' 'The Bird-Brained Navigator,' 'The Tin Fishes' and 'The Last Dreamer.'
The A. Bertram Chandler website (www.bertramchandler.com) incorrecrtly records Le Vie Della Frontiera's publication number as Urania 805. That issue (released on 14 October 1979) published Irving A. Greenfield's Le Acque della Morte (aka The Waters of Death).
[Source: www.uraniamania.com; and www.sfquadrant.com]
* Contents derived from the 1979 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Ensign John Grimes of the Federation Survey Service is fresh out of the Academy and as green as they come. After boarding the Interstellar Transport Commission's merchant spaceship Delta Orionis as a passenger bound for deep space, Grimes finds himself involved, reluctantly, in salvaging another ship which has been attacked by space pirates. It doesn't help that his decision-making process has been influenced by the more than attractive Jane Pentecost (and Grimes is as green with women as his he is as a spaceman), or as a consequence of having been put under guard as a mutineer. As much as the odds will be stacked against him, Grimes soon begins to earn his infamous reputation as a 'lucky bastard.'
'Drongo Kane never broke the law.... He was a cunning, ruthless opportunist who paid when he had to and stole when he could -- but never when there was the slightest chance of getting caught. That's what had John Grimes worried: here was Kane directly under the watchful eyes -- and guns -- of a Federation Survey vessel, openly engaging in kidnapping and trafficking in human flesh!
Despite the fact that the beautiful inhabitants of this Lost Colony faced a fate worse than death, a more cautious -- or less gallant -- officer would do nothing -- secure in the knowledge that regardless of appearances there would be some loophole that placed the Law squarely on Kane's side.
But Grimes, being Grimes, would have to act -- knowing full well that to "interfere with a merchantman on her lawful occasions" meant a blasted career... and knowing too that Drongo Kane never broke the law..'
'His was a dream few spaceman ever saw come true. In a second-hand, obsolete space ship, Kemp and his three comrades took off determined to set up a shuttle service between the planets at the rim of the galaxy.
But trouble - in the form of two lost colonies, one inhabited by giant mechanical insects and the other by the descendants of a murderous pirate - threatened. Kemps crew began to wonder: just how much will one man sacrifice to realize a dream.'
Series:yBiblioteca di UraniaLibrary of UraniaArnoldo Mondadori
Milan:Arnoldo Mondadori,1978-1983Z18065511978series - publisher novel short story science fiction The Library of Urania is a series of 12 books of fiction published between March 1978 and June 1983 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Each of the volumes comprises either a novel or a selection of short-stories by the same author. One is also a collection of similarly-themed stories by several authors selected by Isaac Asimov.
Each of the volumes was published as a supplement to issues of Urania magazine or Urania Classics.Number in series:4