A. Bertram Chandler

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(March 28, 1912 – June 6, 1984)

Arthur Bertram Chandler was a British-born Australian writer and fan active from the 1920s. He began publishing SF with "This Means War" in Astounding (May, 1944) although a letter from 'A. B. Chandler' of Beccles in England was published in Amazing Stories in July 1927, claiming 'to have read all the leading English writers of [science fiction], but your magazine has introduced me to their American rivals'.

Chandler was GoH at Chicon IV, the 1982 Worldcon. In 1996, he was nominated for the 1946 Best Novella Retro Hugo for "Giant Killer".

A merchant marine officer, he drew upon his experiences at sea to write a series of space operas set in the Rim Worlds at the edge of interstellar civilization during a period of human expansion, beginning with "To Run the Rim" in Amazing (January, 1959). He used the pseudonyms of George Whitley, John Grimes, and Andrew Dunstan. Whitley appears as a character in Arthur C. Clarke's Tales from the White Hart, a collection of stories loosely inspired by the London Circle meetings at The White Horse Tavern.

His many novels included The Rim of Space (1961), Beyond the Galactic Rim (1963), The Road to the Rim (1967), The Rim Gods (1969), The Way Back (1976), and Star Courier (1977).

The A. Bertram Chandler Award for "outstanding achievement in Australian science fiction" was named in his honor.

Arthur Bertram Chandler, Master Navigator of Space: A Working Bibliography was published in 1989 by Gordon Benson, Jr.

Liberty Hall[edit]

Chandler’s best-known works centered on the character John Grimes, and include the greeting, “Come in. This is Liberty Hall. You can spit on the mat and call the cat a bastard!” first used in The Road to the Rim, where it appears four times. (“Liberty Hall” appears to have originated in Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 play, “She Stoops to Conquer”: “This is Liberty-hall, gentlemen. You may do just as you please here.” Later writers who employed variants include Robert A. Heinlein and Terry Pratchett.)

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