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Alternative title: Commander Grimes
Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Коммандер Граймс
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Коммандер Граймс, translated into English as Commander Grimes, contains:

  • 'The Road to the Rim' (1967), translated by A. Olefir.
  • 'The Hard Way Up' (1972 collection), translated by A. Olefir.
  • 'Spartan Planet' (1968), translated by O. Chumichevoy.
  • 'The Inheritors' (1972), translated by A. Grabuzdova.
  • 'The Gateway to Never' (1972), translated by E. Vygotskoy.
  • 'The Dark Dimensions' (1971), translated by A. Olefir.
  • 'The Universe of John Grimes' (essay by T.Serebryanay).


* Contents derived from the Moscow,
Former Soviet Union,
Eastern Europe, Europe,
ACT , 2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Планета спартанцев Spartan Planet, A. Bertram Chandler , A. Olefir (translator) 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.

(p. 231-352)
The Gateway to Never, A. Bertram Chandler , Unknown (translator) single work novel

'John Grimes is stranded on a Hell Planet! Another adventure with the pipe-smoking, action-loving spaceship commander Lieutenant John Grimes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Orion ed.)

(p. 465-586)
The Road to the Rim, A. Bertram Chandler , A. Olefir (translator) single work novella
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.'

Наследники переводчик The Inheritors, A. Bertram Chandler , S. Grabuzdov (translator) single work novel
'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..'

Темные измерения The Dark Dimensions, A. Bertram Chandler , A. Olefir (translator) single work novella science fiction
In a John Grimes Rim adventure, strange things happen out where the stellar medium grows thin, out where it is difficult to say if you remain within the galaxy or you're falling through the intergalactic void. Add to that strangeness an Outsider ship filled with technology so far in advance of the human as to appear magical, and the catalytic presence of Commodore John Grimes, and anything can happen... anything at all.


The Hard Way Up, A. Bertram Chandler , selected work short story science fiction

A short story collection comprising: 'With Good Intentions,' 'The Subtracter' (aka 'The Minus Effect'), 'The Tin Messiah' (aka 'The Soul Machine'), 'The Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Wandering Buoy,' 'The Mountain Movers' and 'What You Know.' The collection was first published in 1972 as one half of an Ace Doubles edition (with Robert Lory's The Veiled World).

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