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Dreaming Again

Grimes and the Gaijin Daimyo the first A Bertram Chandler story to be published in 24 year is now available in the Anthology Dreaming Again edited by Jack Dann.

A Bertram ChandlerA (Arthur) Bertram Chandler was born in Aldershot, England in 1912, Chandler sailed the world in every-thing from tramp steamers to troop transports before emigrating to Australia in 1956. Here he commanded merchant vessels under the Australian and New Zealand Flags up to his retirement in 1974.

Up until his death in 1984 he published over 40 science fiction novels and over 200 works of short fiction writing as A Bertram Chandler, George Whitley or Andrew Dunstan. Many of the novels had a nautical theme, with the plot moved from the seas of earth to the ships of space in the future. Many of the stories revolved around the character of John Grimes some times referred to as “Hornblower of Space”. While most stories are set in the future, they also have a distinctly “Australian” theme with places and stories relating back to Australia today.

Chandler was the last master of the aircraft carrier Melbourne. Law required it to have a master aboard for the months while it was laid up and waiting to be towed off to Asia to be broken up for scrap, so in a sense he really was briefly the master of the Australian navy's former flagship. Apparently he had his typewriter aboard, and worked on his novels!

Chandler received four Australian SF "Ditmar" Achievement Awards for his novels. Nearly all of his novels were published in the USA. Two of his short stories 'The Cage' and 'Giant Killer’ are regarded as some of the best SF stories written in the 1950's. He was also very popular in Japan winning the prestigious SEIUN SHO, the premier Science Fiction award. The Japanese editions have some of the best covers of any of the published editions.

Baen Books

Baen Books have released four John Grimes anthologies To the Galactic Rim: The John Grimes Saga, First Command: The John Grimes Saga II, Galactic Courier: The John Grimes Saga III and Ride the Star Winds: The John Grimes Saga IV. These are available as both eBooks and Trade Paperbacks

Prologue Books

Prologue Books have reprinted 8 Novels as eBooks, including the hard to find Glory Planet, now available for the second time since the initial Hard Cover publication. The published novels include Frontier of The Dark, Kelly Country, The Bitter Pill, The Sea Beasts, The Alternate Martians, Glory Planet, The Coils of Time and The Hamelin Plague

Audio Books

There are now 31 Novels available as audio books, including all the John Grimes Novels.  These are all available from audible.com.

Tales From Super-Science Fiction

The short story I'll take over (originally published as by George Whitely) has been published in the anthology Tales from Super-Science Fiction edited by Robert Silverberg.


Famous Fantastic Mysteries This letter was published in Famous Fantastic Mysteries (February 1949).

"George Whitley" Replies

Unfortunately I did not receive the February copy of Famous Fantastic Mysteries until a short while ago. It is therefore somewhat late in the day for me to rush to my own defence. I am referring as you may have guessed, to the letter headed "Australia Protests" from Mr Stirling Macoboy of Sydney, criticising the dialect used by the supposed narrator in my story, "Boomerang".

Doubtless many of your readers, like myself, peruse an occasional sea story when there is nothing better to hand. Doubtless they are familiar with the excellent stories from the pen of Mr. Guy Gilpatrick. But, unlike myself, they will not be pained by the mutilation of the King’s English by Captain Ball, Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Levy. Were I either a Scot or a marine engineer - or both - I should be even more pained by Mr. Glencannon’s conversation and conduct.

At one time I used to be frightfully miffed by the Glencannon stories and used to regard them as libel on the British Merchant Navy. Then common sense asserted itself. Much as I hate to have to admit it - some officers do talk like that. Not in the big ships, not in the employ of the companies that try, at times to be more naval than the Royal Navy, but in the humble but essential tramp steamers. Lest I be accused of libelling the tramp fraternity as well as Antipodeans I will assure you that your chances of boarding such vessels and finding them manned, or officered by Gilpatrick characters, would be very slim. But the possibility is there.

Well - as Mr. Macoboy admits - a few Australians do talk like the narrator of "Boomerang." And in the event of a book-burning, which would almost certainly a certain slaughter of the educated as well, it is reasonable to suppose that anything smacking of culture would become - unfashionable. The standard of language would deteriorate - and fast.

I admit that I may have caricatured, to a slight extent, the kind of language that one hears spoken on the Sydney waterfront. And is not the kind of language I should expect to hear in Mr. Macaboy’s drawing room - any more than he would expect to hear Cockney - and I live in Greater London - spoken in mine. But I shouldn’t mind betting that if he cares to drop in for a friendly cup of tea twenty years or so after the rockets have come he will find the survivors - if any - won’t be using the kind of English made standard by the announcers of the various Broadcasting Companies and Corporations. Even now, in spite of universal education and the influence of the radio and the better films, the English spoken in all English speaking countries is deplorable. What will it be like once the schools, the broadcasting stations and the cinemas have been destroyed?

A. Bertram Chandler,
(George Whitley),
Troop 2nd Officer.