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The Big Black Mark

(John Grimes: Survey Service #7)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The fabulous career of John Grimes from ensign in the Galactic Federation to admiral of the Rim Worlds has been chronicled over the years in dozens of gripping novels and short stories. But the pivotal account of Grimes' career - the big black mark on his service record that forced him to change his loyalties had never been recorded. DAW Books is proud to welcome A. Bertra ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 17th 1978 by DAW (first published February 18th 1975)
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Karl
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daw_own
DAW Collectors #139

Cover Artist: Kelly Freas

Name: Chandler, Arthur Bertram, Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK, (28 March 1912 -
06 June 1984)

A story from the log of John Grimes, the Captain Birdseye of science fiction, as penned by Aussie Bertram Chandler, himself a ship's captain and boulevardier of the spaceways. In this one John Grimes, the Captain Hornblower of Outer Space, screws up in a big way, leading to the solitary (but BIG) black mark on his distinguished service record. F
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Kenneth
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced sf novel of Commander John Grimes traveling in space throughout the Rim Worlds. Read long enough ago that I don't remember the plot but only that I remember really liking it. ...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 18, 2016


"DEDICATION: To William Bligh" (p 4). This is the 2nd bk by Chandler that's dedicated to Bligh, the 1st was The Anarch Lords in my review of wch ( “Taking the “Lords”.. ..out of Anarchy”: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/... ) I wrote:

"The "DEDICATION":

""For Vice-Admiral William Bligh R.N., one-time commanding officer of the H.M.S. Bounty, one-time Governor of New South Wales, with belated apol
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Christopher Sutch
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
While not perfect, this is the first book of this series that I can recommend. Chandler continues his tradition of unnecessary humor, but it's balanced by the seriousness of the subject matter. This novel marks the break of Grimes from the Survey Service. The most effective part of the work is the description of the interaction of Grimes's crew with a previously unknown sapient species and the disaster that followed. It's among the most genuinely moving moments in this series up to this point.

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Karen-Leigh
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Grimes' luck seems to have run out. He lands on lost colony Botany Bay and everyone wants to stay, he lifts off and sends a message to the Captain who gave him the clue about Botany. Crew is not happy but they had all smuggled aboard some wacky baccy mutated tobacco and were smoking it..he searched the ship to confiscate it all. The crew of Discovery mutinies and kills the psionic officer's dog amplifier. They plan to space him but Vinegar Nell changes their minds and they drop him off in a boat ...more
Rogerfrankselby selby
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
The usual ABC magic! I rate it 4 rather than 5 because I don't find the writing style that neat or transparent - I'm aware of it at all times, although it IS a page turner. What I love about ABC is the depth and breadth of the fictional universe he has created - as seen from the 1970s. Like me he was a professional captain who wrote sex and science fiction, in his case a sea captain who used his experience to write sea strories thinly disguised as space stories - his own admission! This is the 2 ...more
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Grade B. Book Ger.
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Arthur Bertram Chandler (28 March 1912–6 June 1984) was an Australian science fiction author. He also wrote under the pseudonyms George Whitley, George Whitely, Andrew Dunstan, and S.H.M.

He was born in Aldershot, England. He was a merchant marine officer, sailing the world in everything from tramp steamers to troopships. He emigrated to Australia in 1956 and became an Australian citizen. He comman
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