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"While it is our loss that we will never know Beam Piper as a man, or read what he might have written had his life not come to such an abrupt end, it is our consolation that we can come to know and treasure him through his novels and stories."
John. F. Carr, Introduction to Federation

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Terro-human Future History

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Cover illustration by Kelly Freas.

H. Beam Piper's "History of the Future" is a series of linked science-fiction novels and stories published between 1952 and 1964 which chart an imagined future of human civilization from the first days of space exploration, through the expansion of humans from Terra (Earth) into interstellar space, to an era when Terra is a glaciated backwater of interstellar empire.  The Terro-human Future History includes eight short stories (first collected in Federation and Empire) as well as Piper's novels Four-Day Planet, Uller Uprising, Little Fuzzy and its sequels Fuzzy Sapiens (originally published as The Other Human Race) and Fuzzies and Other People, Junkyard Planet (reissued as The Cosmic Computer), and Space Viking.  The Terro-human Future History section includes a bibliography of works, a gallery of associated illustrations, a chronology of the Future History, a concordance of details from the Future History setting, and authorized and informal posthumous development of Piper's Terro-human Future History.


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Cover illustration by John Schoenherr.

Piper's science-fiction yarns of alternate, parallel universes patrolled by the cross-time-traveling Paratime Police were published between 1948 and 1965.  Piper wrote seven Paratime stories; the last two to be published — "Gunpowder God" and "Down Styphon!" — were combined and expanded into the novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, published shortly after Piper's death (the other yarns were subsequently collected in Paratime).  The Paratime section includes a bibliography of works, a gallery of associated illustrations, a concordance of details from the Paratime setting, a "chronography" of Paratime, and authorized and informal posthumous development of Piper's Paratime setting.

Piper's Other Work

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Cover illustration by Virgil Finlay.

In addition to his Future History and Paratime yarns, Piper published other speculative fiction, historical fiction, mystery fiction, and non-fiction.  Beginning with his first non-fiction publication in 1927, these other works include eleven speculative fiction yarns (subsequently collected in The Worlds of H. Beam Piper), Piper's mystery novel Murder in the Gunroom, and two speculative fiction novels — Null-ABC (reissued as Crisis in 2140) and Lone Star Planet (reissued as A Planet for Texans) — co-authored with Piper's friend and occasional collaborator John. J. McGuire.  This section includes a bibliography of works, a gallery of associated illustrations, and posthumous development of these other settings.

H. Beam Piper

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This section includes biographical information for Piper, a complete bibliography of his original publications, his collaborations with other authors (including posthumous contributions and fan contributions inspired by Piper's work), a catalogue of Piper items in the collection and reviews of (and other commentary about) Piper's works.

"Their ancestors had been living on the Atlantic coast for over five hundred years; they all spoke the same language, and were of the same stock: Zarthani.  They hadn't come from across the Atlantic, but from the west, across the continent."
  — H. Beam Piper, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen

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