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Up to the Sky in Ships

By A. Bertram Chandler

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Up to the Sky in Ships contains seven undeservedly obscure stories by A. Bertram Chandler, including "Chance Encounter", the first story in which John Grimes (Chandler's most famous character) appears and "A New Dimension", set in an alternate world in which Ned Kelley uses unusual tactics to win Australia's war for independence.

Biographical Notes

A. Bertram Chandler (1912-1984)
Arthur Bertram Chandler was a British-Australian science fiction author born in Aldershot, England in 1912. He sailed the world in everything from tramp steamers to troop transports and emigrated to Australia in 1956, where he commanded merchant ships under Australian and New Zealand flags until his retirement in 1975. Chandler's first published work was "This Means War!" for Astounding in May 1944 and he concentrated on short fiction for nearly two decades, often writing under various pseudonyms. He won the Ditmar Award four times and the A Bertram Chandler Award for lifetime achievement in sf in Australia has been presented in his memory since 1992.

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  • ISBN: 9781473215146
  • Publication date: 17 Dec 2015
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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John Grimes, owner of the deep space pinnace Little Sister, could not be too fussy about who he carried. Fenalla Pruin, the muckraking reporter, was always going to be trouble. They need the boomerang throwing abilities of two sexy dancers from New Alice to get them out of trouble.

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The Anarch Lords

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The Far Traveler

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The Last Amazon

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Bring Back Yesterday

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