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1 Chandler, A. BertramMatilda's Step-Children. 00860
Robert Hale: London. 1979.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel. Very uncommon UK hardcover (Robert Hale published primarily for the UK library market).

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 30.00 GBP
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2 Chandler, A. BertramThe Rim of Space. 03677
Allison & Busby: London. 1981.
First edition thus.
Hardcover.
Volume 1 in the Rim World Series: originally published by Avalon Books in 1961. Avalon were notorious for cutting the text of their books to fit the uniform number of pages per volume - and this new edition (stating ''this edition copyright @ A. Bertram Chandler 1981'' on the copyright page), restores the text.

''thereafter he concentrated on full-length, albeit short, books, most of which have dealt, directly or indirectly, with his central venue, the various Rim Worlds set like isolated islands along the edge of the Galaxy during a period of human expansion. Not all these novels are serially connected, though all have a common background (which includes terminology and a set of frequently mentioned planets, like Thule and Faraway); John Grimes, the protagonist of the central sequence, appears also in some non-series novels. Through these books Grimes's somewhat melancholy temperament and con-sistent ingenuity often remind one of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower, an influence Chandler acknowledged (though Grimes's sexual forthrightness strikes a new note); but it is of course more than Hornblower's character that is drawn from the earlier genre. The Grimes/Rim World sequence is very clearly a transposition -- much more directly than is usually the case -- of ships into spaceships, seas into the blackness between the stars, and ports into home-planets. Much of the warmth and detail of the work derives from this direct translation of venues, and Grimes himself establishes a loyalty in his readers rather similar to that felt by readers of Hornblower. Indeed, Chandler's Space Operas are among the most likeable and well constructed in the genre, and his vision of the Rim Worlds -- cold, poor, at the antipodean edge of intergalactic darkness, but full of all the pioneer virtues -- are the genre's homiest characterization of that corner of space opera's galactic arena'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).


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Price: 10.00 GBP
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