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To Prime the Pump (John Grimes: Survey Service #2)

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El Dorado is a planet with a problem, the men are infertile and the woman are getting out of hand. Its up to John Grimes to save them from deadly peril.
157 pages
Published 1971 by Curtis
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Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A. Bertram Chandler's To Prime the Pump
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 17, 2016

The front cover of this one says: "El Dorado is a planet with a problem: the men are infertile—and the ladies are getting out of hand" so the targeted reader of the time, 1971, probably mostly young heterosexual boys, is immediately led to imagine 'our hero', John Grimes, landing on a planet where he's expected to impregnate a bevy of desperate women. This is sortof what happens but the whole business
Norman Howe
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
For a novel published 46 years ago, the SF holds up rather well. I'm happy to finally read one of the pivotal novels in the Grimes canon. They should film these: they'd play well on HBO.
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
A sci fi series to divert.
Rogue-van (the Bookman)
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rvo-reviewed, sf, military
Grimes' invitation to visit a beautiful, luxurious planet that normally only admits billionaires is hard to understand. With their resources, why do they need military medical assistance? One aloof but extremely attractive woman, Princess Marlene, gets John Grimes attention all right, but . . . what does she really want? Intriguing situation.

In spite of the fact that the "spark" theory in this story is highly questionable, the theory that a spaceman can fall for a princess is very believable, go
Frank Smith
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Normally sci-fi books don't age quite so well as other books, this is NOT the case with the John Grimes series. I had no idea they were over 40 years old and found the language, morals and subjects spoken about are just as relevant as today.
This book definitely makes you 'feel' more for Grimes and I think makes him seem like a more complete and thoughtful character, hard job ESPECIALLY in sci-fi books where many characters can seem a bit two dimensional.
Great story and looking forward to more.
Ralph Carlson
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Back in the 60s and 70s Chandler was one of my favorite SF writers. It was great fun toread him again after all these years. I will be reading more of his books.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-czech
Oproti prvnímu dílu je druhý ještě o něco bizarnější, co se ženských charakterů týče. Jako odpočinková literatura, když se chce člověku spát už v pět odpoledne ideální.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Another good John Grimes. They've dated a bit, but you can see echoes of later books in some of the ideas. I'm planning to work my way back through the whole series.
Vickey Foggin
Oct 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, adventure
The only thing that can save this planet of nudist hedonistic billionaires from infertility is the magical dick of the racist, sexist, pipe-smoking spaceman John Grimes. :|
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I liked it but it was hardly perfect, it stayed true to the character of John Grimes but that is the only reason I finished it.
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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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John Grimes: Survey Service (7 books)
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  • The Hard Way Up (John Grimes, #3)
  • The Broken Cycle (John Grimes, #4)
  • Spartan Planet (John Grimes, #5)
  • The Inheritors (John Grimes, #6)
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