The Road to the Rim (John Grimes Saga 1) by A. Bertram Chandler [Book Review]

Green Lieutenant, Pirates and a Damsel in distress

This is a classic pulp fiction about young spacer John Grimes fresh out of the academy. He is confronted with reality on his first trip. He meets peoples from the Rim Worlds that are feed up with the lack of support and protection from the core worlds against pirates and opportunistic warlords. When they meet up with another trader who just suffered a pirate attack from the Waldegrenese he should follow regulations and wait on military assistance but that is hard to do with a damsel in distress.

The characters are more than a bit two-dimensional and archetypical but it was good fun reading. The ingenuity and pioneer spirit of the Rim world rebels are expected and reminds me of other patriotic stories. Another thing that differs from the norm is damsel in distress love story. I think this story survived the times pretty well.

This is also a good example of a common trope in science fiction – the American revolution. The new world/Rim secedes from the old world. It is about to happen in the near future here and guess on whose side John Grimes is going to be.

I am very happy I bought this omnibus from Baen, two more are scheduled for this year First Command (August) and Galactic Courier (December) I am sure to get.

Book Information

The Road to the Rim (The John Grimes Saga book 1 read as part of To the Galactic Rim Omnibus) by A. Bertram Chandler (Baen 2011, 1st 1967) – Bought from Amazon US | UK

Meet John Grimes at the very beginning of a career that will lead him to fame and glory out at the edge of the galaxy, out where the laws of men are nonexistent, and those of nature itself are sometimes tenuous.

Someday Grimes will be a Commodore in the secessionist Rim Worlds Navy, but for now he is merely a very junior Lieutenant in another space navy entirely, that of the Federation. If he keeps his nose clean, one day he can be an Admiral in that Service, all he has to do is follow regulations regardless of the consequences, and obey orders regardless of whether they are right or wrong—and he is determined to do just that.

But being John Grimes, he will find it a more difficult task than he expects-especially when he must turn a blind eye to the piratical acts of the Waldegrenese Navy, or ignore the plight of a beauteous damsel in distress. That’s why, although he doesn’t know it yet, he is already on