Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Commodore Grimes and the Dirty Pair?

Who'd have thought? It turns out there's a link between the famous sf character John Grimes and the Lovely Angels.


"The instigation of "the DP Concept" was a visit to Japan by the British Australian SF author A. Bertram Chandler, probably in 1978. On his itinerary was a stop at the young Studio Nue, which Takachiho co-founded. As something to entertain their guest, two of the staffers there, Yuri Tanaka and Keiko Otoguro, hit upon the idea with Takachiho of taking Chandler to a tournament of the All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling organization, which was a member of the World Women's Wrestling Association (WWWA). The card included the highly-popular wrestling (and singing) team, the Beauty Pair. Something that passed among the foursome during that match led Chandler to remark to Takachiho something to the effect that "the two women in the ring may be the Beauty Pair, but those two with you ought to be called 'the Dirty Pair'."

This became the germ of an idea for a novella Takachiho decided to write, transplanting the rough-housing of pro-wrestling to the realm of space-opera mystery stories, with which he already had experience in his already successful Crusher Joe series. The team code-name "Lovely Angels" is also play on the names of certain women's teams of the time, such as the Queen Angels."


Can you image what a Rim Worlds and Dirty Pair crossover would be like? The story ""The Dark Dimensions" is all about characters from parallel universes wandering into Grimes' back yard, so it's not hard to picture Kei and Yuri showing up and causing mayhem. Grimes isn't an uptight cat, but even he might reach his limit if he had to deal with those two.

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