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The Ace Books H. Beam Piper Reprints

"Now, Piper's Terro-human Future History stories have been published in Federation and Empire, while the Paratime Police yarns can be found in Paratime!  The Worlds of H. Beam Piper includes all the remaining stories that did not fit into either series or somehow slipped between the cracks."

John F. Carr, Introduction to The Worlds of H. Beam Piper

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Beginning in 1976 with Little Fuzzy, Ace Books (now an imprint of the Penguin Group) reprinted most of H. Beam Piper's novels and short fiction as well as three authorized sequels to Piper's work by other authors. This included all of Piper's Paratime yarns and all the novels and stories of his Terro-human Future History. For many Piper fans these Ace reprints—and their iconic cover illustrations by Michael Whelan—represented their first exposure to the wide range of Piper's work and they remain the most comprehensive published set of his novels and short fiction.

Two of Piper's novels, Null-ABC, co-authored with John J. McGuire and originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. L, No. 6, February 1953, and Vol. LI, No. 1, March 1953 (and reprinted by Ace in 1957 as Crisis in 2140), and Murder in the Gunroom, originally published by Knopf (1953), were not reprinted by Ace in this era.

Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1976, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

  • First printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, January 1976 (presumed, based upon this February 1976 review), ISBN 0-441-48490-5, $1.25 (Zarthani.net hoard)
  • Second printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, uncredited date, ISBN 0-441-48491-3, $1.75 (Zarthani.net hoard)
  • Third printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, uncredited date, ISBN 0-441-48492-1, $1.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
    • This edition was one of four books in an Ace Books boxed set (with Fuzzy Sapiens, Space Viking, and Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen), unknown date, ISBN 0-441-96456-7, unknown price (box in Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fourth printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price; no printer's key number line), paperback, unknown date, ISBN 0-441-48493-X, $2.25 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fifth printing (presumed), paperback, unknown date, unknown ISBN (0-441-48495-6?), unknown price.
  • Sixth printing (presumed), paperback, unknown date, unknown ISBN (0-441-48495-6?), unknown price.
  • Seventh printing, stated (printer's key number line?), paperback, June 1983, ISBN 0-441-48494-8, $2.50 (image courtesy Michael Smith's Ace Image Library).
  • Eighth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, September 1983, ISBN 0-441-48496-4, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Ninth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1984, ISBN 0-441-48497-2, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Tenth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, September 1984, ISBN 0-441-48497-2 (same as ninth printing), $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Eleventh printing, stated (printer's key number line?), paperback, April 1985, ISBN 0-441-48497-2 (same as ninth and tenth printings), $2.75.
  • Twelfth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, December 1986, ISBN 0-441-48498-0, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)

A Terro-human Future History novel. Originally published by Avon in 1962.


Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1976

Little Fuzzy, Ace 1976, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


Fuzzy Sapiens, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1976, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

  • First printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, June 1976, ISBN 0-441-26190-6, $1.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Second printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1976, ISBN 0-441-26191-4, $1.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price), paperback, May 1978, ISBN 0-441-26192-2, $1.95.
  • Fourth printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, January 1980, ISBN 0-441-26192-X (check digit indicates invalid ISBN, see third printing, above), $1.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
    • This edition was one of four books in an Ace Books boxed set (with Little Fuzzy, Space Viking, and Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen), unknown date, ISBN 0-441-96456-7, unknown price (box in Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fifth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, June 1983, ISBN 0-441-26188-4, $2.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Sixth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, September 1983, ISBN 0-441-26187-6, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Seventh printing (presumed, based upon previous and following printings), paperback, unknown date, 0-441-26189-2, $2.25.
  • Eighth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1984, ISBN 0-441-26195-7, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Ninth printing, stated (printer's key number line?), paperback, September 1984, 0-441-26195-7 (same as eighth printing), $2.75.
  • Tenth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1985, ISBN 0-441-26196-5, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).

A Terro-human Future History novel. Sequel to Little Fuzzy. Originally published by Avon in 1964 as The Other Human Race.


Fuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1976

Fuzzy Sapiens, Ace 1976, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1977, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.  (Note: presume following editions begin with "second printing" given 1963 Ace F-225 reprint.)

  • Second printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line; see fourth printing below), paperback, January 1977, ISBN 0-441-77780-5, $1.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line; see fourth printing below), paperback, unknown month 1977, ISBN 0-441-77781-3, $1.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
    • This edition was one of four books in an Ace Books boxed set (with Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens, and Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen), unknown date, boxed set ISBN 0-441-96456-7, unknown price (box in Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fourth printing (according to printer's key number line), paperback, December 1980, ISBN 0-441-77779-1, $2.25 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fifth printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, September 1983, ISBN 0-441-77784-8, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).

A Terro-human Future History novel. Originally serialized in Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 3, November 1962, Vol. LXX, No. 4, December 1962, Vol. LXX, No. 5, January 1963, and Vol. LXX, No. 6, February 1963.


Space Viking by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1977

Space Viking, Ace 1977, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1977, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.  (Note: presume following editions begin with "second printing" given 1965 Ace F-342 reprint.)

  • Second printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, May 1977, ISBN 0-441-49051-4, $1.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price), paperback, uncredited date, ISBN 0-441-49052-2, $1.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
    • This edition was one of four books in an Ace Books boxed set (with Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens, and Space Viking), unknown date, ISBN 0-441-96456-7, unknown price (box in Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fourth printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, June 1981, ISBN 0-441-49053-0, $2.25 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Fifth printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price), paperback, July 1982, ISBN 0-441-49054-9, $2.50.
  • Sixth printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, January 1984, ISBN 0-441-49055-7, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).

A Paratime novel. Original paperback edition published by Ace in 1965. Combined and expanded version of the novellas "Gunpowder God," originally published in Analog Science Fiction — Science Fact, Vol. LXXIV, No. 3, November 1964, and "Down Styphon!," originally published in Analog Science Fiction — Science Fact, Vol. LXXVI, No. 3, November 1965.


Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1977

Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, Ace 1977, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


The Cosmic Computer, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1978, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.  (Note: presume following editions begin with "first printing" despite 1964 Ace F-274 reprint.)

  • First printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, uncredited, presumed 1978, ISBN 0-441-11756-2, $1.50 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Second printing (uncredited, presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, no printer's key number line), paperback, uncredited date, ISBN 0-441-11757-6 (check digit indicates invalid ISBN, should be 0-441-11757-0), $1.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, November 1983, ISBN 0-441-11759-7, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).

A Terro-human Future History novel. Originally published as Junkyard Planet by Putnam in 1963. Original paperback edition reissued by Ace in 1964 (different paperback edition). Expanded version of the novelette "Graveyard of Dreams" originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, Vol. 15, No. 4, February 1958.


The Cosmic Computer by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1978

The Cosmic Computer, Ace 1978, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


Four-Day Planet, H. Beam Piper, and Lone Star Planet, H. Beam Piper (and John J. McGuire, uncredited), New York: Ace, 1979, with cover illustration (from Four-Day Planet) by Michael Whelan.

  • First printing, stated, paperback, April 1979, ISBN 0-441-24890-X, $2.25 (Zarthani.net hoard)
  • Second printing (according to printer's key number line, first stated), paperback, unknown date, ISBN 0-441-24891-8, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard)
  • Third printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price, second stated, no printer's key number line), paperback, September 1984, ISBN 0-441-24892-6, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)

Omnibus edition of the Terro-human Future History novel Four-Day Planet, originally published by Putnam in 1961, and the stand-alone novella Lone Star Planet, co-authored with John J. McGuire, originally published in Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 7, No. 3, March 1957, and reissued by Ace in 1958 as A Planet for Texans.


Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper and Lone Star Planet by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1979

Four-Day Planet and Lone Star Planet, Ace 1979, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


The Fuzzy Papers, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1980, with cover illustration (detail) by Michael Whelan and interior illustrations by Victoria Poyser Lisi.

  • First printing, stated (and according to printer's key number line), paperback, September 1980, ISBN 0-441-26193-0, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Second printing (presumed, based upon ISBN and cover price; no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1982, ISBN 0-441-26194-9, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).

Omnibus edition of the Terro-human Future History novels Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens.  Previously issued in hardcover Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) edition: The Fuzzy Papers (with second novel listed by the original Avon publication title: The Other Human Race), Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (SFBC #1188), 1977 (gutter code "H03"—January 1977—on page 308), with dust jacket illustration by Michael Whelan.  (A second printing—gutter code "P09" on page 308—was run in February 1985.)


Fuzzy Papers by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1980

Fuzzy Papers, Ace 1980, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


Uller Uprising, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1983, with cover illustration by Gino D'Achille, and including introductory essays by John D. Clark (from 1952 Twayne edition of The Petrified Planet).

  • Second printing (stated, and acknowledging original Twayne publication in The Petrified Planet; "First Paperback Publication" printed on cover), paperback, June 1983, ISBN 0-441-84292-5, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard)
  • Third printing (stated, though "First Paperback Publication" remians printed on cover), paperback, February 1984, ISBN 0-441-84292-5 (same as second printing), $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard)

A Terro-human Future History novel. Originally anthologized in The Petrified Planet, New York: Twayne, 1952.


Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper, with cover illustration by Gino D'Achille, 1983

Uller Uprising, Ace 1983, cover illustration by Gino D'Achille.


Fuzzies and Other People, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1984, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

  • First printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, August 1984, ISBN 0-441-26176-0, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard).
  • Third printing, stated (apparently acknowledging November 1984 Book Club Edition; printer's key number line?), paperback, June 1985, ISBN 0-441-26176-0 (same as first printing), $2.95.
  • Fourth printing, stated (printer's key number line?), paperback, November 1986, ISBN 0-441-26177-9, $2.95.

Posthumously-published sequel to Fuzzy Sapiens.  Reissued in November 1984 as Book Club Edition.


Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1984

Fuzzies and Other People, Ace 1984, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


The Complete Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1998, with cover illustration (detail) by Michael Whelan.

  • First printing, stated (and according to printer's key number line), trade paperback, December 1998, ISBN 0-441-00581-0, $15.00 (Zarthani.net hoard).

An omnibus of Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens, and Fuzzies and Other People.


The Complete Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1998

The Complete Fuzzy, Ace 1998, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.


The Complete Paratime, H. Beam Piper (John F. Carr, ed., uncredited), New York: Ace, 2001, with cover illustration by Dave Dorman.

  • First printing, stated (and according to printer's key number line), trade paperback, March 2001, ISBN 0-441-00801-1, $15.00 (Zarthani.net hoard).

An omnibus of the Piper stories collected in Paratime! and the novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.  Reissued in June 2001 as Book Club Edition.


The Complete Paratime by H. Beam Piper cover illustration by David Dornan, 2001

The Complete Paratime, Ace 2001, cover illustration by Dave Dorman.




Michael Sauers' guide "Editions and Printings, How to Tell the Difference" has been very helpful in compiling this information on the Ace Books reprints.



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