About the Author
A. Bertram Chandler was born in England in 1912 and grew up to sail the world in everthing from tramp steamers to troop transports. He was a frequent contributor to the legendary magazine Astounding Science Fiction" (later retitled Analog") during it s Golden Age, and contributed the classic novella Giant Killer to the magazine during the 1940s. He emigrated to Australia in 1956, and commanded vessels under the Australian and New Zealand Flags. In the 1950s through the 1980s he contributed stories to the leading science fiction magazines, and published a steady stream of novels, most, but not all of them, chronicling the exploits of his popular hero, John Grimes, who has often been called the Horatio Hornblower of science fiction. He wrote more than 40 novels and 200 shorter works and was the Guest of Honor at the 1982 World Science Fiction Convention. He died in 1984.