The third book in A. Bertram Chandler’s John Grimes series, “The Hard Way Up” follows Grimes’ first foray into commanding a vessel of his own. Across seven short stories, we’re treated to Grimes and his crew facing off against various Science Fictional dilemmas and foes.
It’s classic Golden Age Science Fiction stuff. Rocket ships, bug-eyed aliens, space dames, and Australians. Interesting worlds and trouble with authority. It’s solid entertainment. This isn’t high art. This isn’t going to change hearts and minds. This is fun, adventurous fiction. A great read. It was written in the 60s and early 70s, so there is some of the typical sexism and I think a bit of racism; but not worse than usual from that time. Otherwise, a great read.
-Matthew J. Constantine