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The Rim of Space

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Language  English
Publisher  Avalon Books, New York
Media type  Print
Originally published  1961
Genre  Science Fiction
Followed by  Bring Back Yesterday
Series  Rim Worlds
Publication date  1961
Pages  220 pp
Author  A. Bertram Chandler
Country  Australia
Similar  A Bertram Chandler books, Science Fiction books

The Rim of Space (1961) is the debut science fiction novel by Australian author A. Bertram Chandler. The novel forms a part of the author's "Rim Worlds" series of stories.


Plot outline

The novel follows the adventures of Derek Calver, one of Chandler's early major characters. The novel sees Calver joining up with the Rim Runners in order to undertake an exploration of desolate planets. He joins the crew of Lorn Lady and accompanies it to various planets on the Galactic Rim.

Critical reception

Mark Yon, on SFFWorld noted the dated sexism of the book but found: "This was a book that rose above its rather low expectations. Expecting fast-paced, low quality pulp fiction, I was surprised how contemplative and well thought out the book was. It’s a great read, which, although typically 1950’s pulp and thus unlikely to blaze a trail through SF fiction, is entertaining enough to hold interest and make me want me to read more. Surprisingly reminiscent of early Poul Anderson for its literacy and often melancholic mood, this is an old gem that’s worth a read."


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