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Bibliography of H. Beam Piper First Publications

"I was going to write like James Branch Cabell, which would have taken a lot of doing.  Before that, I was going to write like Rafael Sabatini, and like Talbot Munday, and like Rider Haggard, and even, God help us, like Edgar Rice Burroughs. . . .  Eventually I decided to write like H. Beam Piper, only a little better.  I am still trying."

— H. Beam Piper, The double:bill Symposium interview

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Original Piper works (novels, short fiction, and non-fiction) by year of first publication, with link to original text at Project Gutenberg when available. A graphical presentation of this information is also available.

1927

Image - Restlless Oaks catalogue, 1927

"Restless Oaks" Catalogue, uncredited cover illustration


A Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and other Firearms and Edged Weapons at "Restless Oaks," McElhattan, Pa., Henry W. Shoemaker and H. Beam Piper, Altoona, PA: Times Tribune Co., 1927, 50 pages, paperback, with uncredited cover illustration (non-fiction).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1947

Image - Astounding Science Fiction, April 1947

Unrelated cover illustration by William Timmins


"Time and Time Again," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XXXIX, No. 2, April 1947, (sold 09/25/46; submitted 06/22/46*), pp. 27-43, short story (~7000 words) with interior illustrations (pp. 27, 34 & 39) by Vincent Napoli (a Hartley yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1948

Image - Astounding Science Fiction, April 1948

Unrelated cover illustration by Chesley Bonestell


"He Walked Around the Horses," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLI, No. 2, April 1948, (sold 07/11/47; submitted 06/05/47*), pp. 53-70, novelet (~8000 words) with interior illustrations (pp. 53, 60 & 67) by Edd Cartier (a Paratime yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.  View entire Astounding issue, including novelet, at the Internet Archive.


Image - Astounding Science Fiction, July 1948

Unrelated cover illustration by Chesley Bonestell


"Police Operation," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLI, No. 5, July 1948 (sold 01/16/48; submitted 01/08/48*), pp. 8-35, novelet (~12K words) with interior illustrations (pp. 8, 15, 22 & 31) by Edd Cartier (a Paratime yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.  View entire Astounding issue, including novelet, at the Internet Archive.


Precognition and a Theory of Time by H. Beam Piper

"Precognition and a Theory of Time" (part 1), H. Beam Piper, in Amateur Spectator Vol. 1, No. 4 (Mailing Number 4), September 1948 ("pro-zine" published by The Spectator Club), pp. 15-25.


Precognition and a Theory of Timen by H. Beam Piper

"Precognition and a Theory of Time" (part 2), H. Beam Piper, in Amateur Spectator Vol. 1, No. 5 (Mailing Number 5), November 1948 ("pro-zine" published by The Spectator Club), pp. 27-36.


1950

Image - Astounding Science Fiction, March 1950

Unrelated cover illustration by Hubert Rogers


"The Mercenaries," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLV, No. 1, March 1950 (sold 04/08/49; submitted 01/10/49*), pp. 57-77, novelet (~8500 words) with interior illustrations (pp. 59, 66 & 73) by "Brush" (a Hartley yarn).  Download novelet from Project Gutenberg.  View entire Astounding issue, including novelet, at the Internet Archive.


Image - Last Enemy by H. Beam Piper

"Last Enemy" cover illustration by Walt Miller


"Last Enemy," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLV, No. 6, August 1950 (sold 01/27/50; submitted 01/27/50*), pp. 5-60, novella (~24K words) with cover and interior illustrations (pp. 5, 13, 22, 34, 35, 45 & 54) by Walt Miller (a Paratime yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Image - Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, September/October 1950

Unrelated cover illustration by Leo Morey


"Flight from Tomorrow," H. Beam Piper, Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, Vol. 1, No. 3, September/October 1950 (sold 08/02/50*), pp. 36-49, novelet (~8100 words) with interior illustrations (pp. 36 & 37) by Lawrence Sterne Stevens.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Image - True - the Man's Magazine, December 1950

Unrelated cover illustration by Phil Ronfor


"Rebel Raider," H. Beam Piper, True: The Men's Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 163, December 1950 (sold 03/23/50*), pp. 128-140, fictionalized historical account with interior illustration by Mario Cooper.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1951

Image - Amazing Stories, January 1951

Unrelated cover illustration by Robert Jones


"Operation R.S.V.P.," H. Beam Piper, Amazing Stories, Vol. 25, No. 1, January 1951 (sold 05/16/50*), pp. 52-58, short story (~2900 words) with interior illustration (pp. 52 & 53) by Robert Gibson Jones.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Image - Weird Tales, March 1951

Unrelated cover illustration by Bill Wayne


"Dearest," H. Beam Piper, Weird Tales, Vol. 43, No. 3, March 1951 (sold 05/16/50*), pp. 68-78, short story (~6400 words) with interior illustration (p. 68) by Vincent Napoli.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Temple Trouble by H. Beam Piper, original Astounding Science Fiction edition cover illustration by Hubert Rogers (1951)

"Temple Trouble" cover illustration by Hubert Rogers

"Temple Trouble," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLVII, No. 2, April 1951 (sold 10/19/50*), pp. 6-34, novelet (~12K words) with cover and interior illustrations by Hubert Rogers (a Paratime yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Day of the Moron by H. Beam Piper, original Astounding Science Fiction edition cover illustration by Hubert Rogers, 1951

"Day of the Moron" cover illustration by Hubert Rogers


"Day of the Moron," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLVIII, No. 1, September 1951 (sold 04/14/51*), pp. 7-34, novelet (~11K words) with cover and interior illustration by Hubert Rogers (a Hartley yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Genesis by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Future edition cover illustration, 1951

"Genesis," H. Beam Piper, Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 1951 (sold 10/11/51*), pp. 8-21, 37, novelet (~8400 words) with interior illustration by Virgil Finlay.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1952

Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper, original cover illustration by Herbstman, Twayne 1952)

Uller Uprising, H. Beam Piper, The Petrified Planet, Fletcher Pratt, ed. (uncredited), New York: Twayne, 1952, pp. 74-196, novel (~50K words) with dust jacket illustration by Herbstman (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1953

Null-ABC by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire,  unrelated original Astounding Science Fiction edition cover illustration, 1953

"Null-ABC," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. L, No. 6, February 1953 (sold 10/17/52*), pp. 12-54, serialized (part 1 of two parts) novella (~35K words) with interior illustration by H. R. Van Dongen (a McGuire collaboration).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Null-ABC by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire,  unrelated original Astounding Science Fiction edition cover illustration, 1953

"Null-ABC," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LI, No. 1, March 1953, pp. 112-153, serialized (part 2 of two parts) novella (~35K words) with interior illustration by Gordon Pawelka (a McGuire collaboration).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Murder in the Gunroom by H. Beam Piper,  Knoph edition jacket illustration by Georgianna Schiffmacher

Murder in the Gunroom jacket illustration by Georgianna Schiffmacher


Murder in the Gunroom, H. Beam Piper, New York: Knopf, 1953 (sold 08/12/52*), novel (~67K words) with dust jacket illustration by Georgianna Schiffmacher.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1954

The Return by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, unrelated original Astounding Science Fiction edition cover illustration, 1954

"The Return," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LII, No. 5, January 1954, pp. 70-95, novelet (11K words) with interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a McGuire collaboration).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1955

Time Crime by H. Beam Piper, original Astounding edition cover illustration by Kelly Freas (1955)

"Time Crime" cover illustration by Kelly Freas


"Time Crime," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LIV, No. 6, February 1955 (sold 08/13/54*), pp. 8-49, serialized (part 1 of two parts) novella (37K words) with interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a Paratime yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Time Crime by H. Beam Piper, original Astounding edition cover illustration by Kelly Freas (1955)

"Time Crime," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LV, No. 1, March 1955, pp. 85-131, serialized (part 2 of two parts) novella (37K words) with interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a Paratime yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1957

Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper, original Astounding edition cover illustration by Kelly Freas (1957)

"Omnilingual" cover illustration by Kelly Freas

"Omnilingual," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LVIII, No. 6, February 1957 (sold 10/15/56*), pp. 8-46, novelet (16K words) with cover and interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a Future History yarn).  Download novelet from Project Gutenberg.  View entire Astounding issue, including novelet, at the Internet Archive.


Lone Star Planet by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, original Fantastic Universe edition cover illustration by Virgil Finlay, 1957

"Lone Star Planet" cover illustration by Virgil Finlay


"Lone Star Planet," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 7, No. 3, March 1957 (sold 12/20/56*), pp. 4-66, novella (30K words) with cover illustration by Virgil Finlay (a McGuire collaboration).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Edge of the Knife by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Amazing Stories edition cover illustration, 1957

"The Edge of the Knife," H. Beam Piper, Amazing Stories, Vol. 31, No. 5, May 1957 (sold 12/28/56*), pp. 6-50, novelet (16K words) with uncredited interior illustration (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


The Keeper by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Venture edition cover illustration, 1957

"The Keeper," H. Beam Piper, Venture Science Fiction, Vol. 1, No. 4, July 1957 (sold 03/23/57*), pp. 80-100, novelet (9500 words) with interior illustration by Cindy Smith (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1958

Graveyard of Dreams by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Galaxy edition cover illustration, 1958

"Graveyard of Dreams," H. Beam Piper, Galaxy Science Fiction, Vol. 15, No. 4, February 1958 (sold 09/02/57*), pp. 122-144, novelet (7900 words) with interior illustration by Leo and Diane Dillon, (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.  View entire Galaxy issue, including novelet, at the Internet Archive.


Ministry of Disturbance by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Astounding edition cover illustration, 1958

"Ministry of Disturbance," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LXII, No. 4, December 1958 (sold 07/08/58*), pp. 8-46, novelet (16K words) with interior illustration by H.R. van Dongen (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1959

Hunter Patrol by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, unrelated original Amazing edition cover illustration, 1959

"Hunter Patrol," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Amazing Science Fiction Stories, Vol. 33, No. 5, May 1959, pp. 20-45, novelet (11K words). (A McGuire collaboration.) Download from Project Gutenberg.


Crossroads of Destiny by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Fantastic Universe edition cover illustration, 1959

"Crossroads of Destiny," H. Beam Piper, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 11, No. 4, July 1959 (sold 04/23/59*), pp. 4-13, short story (4400 words) without illustration.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


The Answer by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Fantastic Universe edition cover illustration, 1959

"The Answer," H. Beam Piper, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 12, No. 2, December 1959 (sold 12/17/59*), pp. 4-12, short story (4400 words) with uncredited interior illustration.  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1960

Science-Fictional Sherlock Holmes by Tom Walker

Unrelated cover illustration by Tom Walker


"The Return," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, The Science-Fictional Sherlock Holmes, Robert C. Peterson, ed., Denver: The Council of Four, 1960, with unrelated cover illustration by Tom Walker, pp. 105-137, novelet (12K words), expanded version of 1954 Astounding Science Fiction edition (a McGuire collaboration).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Oomphel in the Sky by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Analog edition cover illustration, 1960

"Oomphel in the Sky," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXVI, No. 3, November 1960 (sold 09/10/59*), pp. 120-158, novella (17,500 words) with interior illustration by (Art?) Bernklau (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1961

Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper, original Putnam edition dust jacket illustrationby Charles Geer, 1961

Four-Day Planet jacket illustration by Charles Geer


Four-Day Planet, H. Beam Piper, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1961 (sold 08/25/60*), 221 pages, novel (57K words) with dust jacket illustration by Charles Geer (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1962

Naudsonce by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Analog edition cover illustration, 1962

"Naudsonce," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXVIII, No. 5, January 1962 (sold 05/23/61*), pp. 6-44, novelet (17K words) with interior illustration by Leo Morey (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


A Slave is a Slave by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Analog edition cover illustration, 1962

"A Slave is a Slave," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXLX (sic), No. 2, April 1962 (sold 12/22/61*), pp. 62-82, 113-142, novella (21K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, original Avon edition cover illustrationby Victor Kalins, 1962

Little Fuzzy cover illustration by Victor Kalins


Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper, New York: Avon (F-118), 1962 (sold 10/11/61*), 160 pages, novel (59K words) with cover illustration by Victor Kalins (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Space Viking by H. Beam Piper, original Analog edition cover illustration by John Schoenherr, 1962

Space Viking cover illustration by John Schoenherr

Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 3, November 1962 (sold 05/25/62*), pp. 6-52, serialized (part 1 of four parts) novel (69K words) with cover and interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Space Viking by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Analog edition cover illustration, 1962

Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 4, December 1962, pp. 104-146, serialized (part 2 of four parts) novel (69K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1963

Space Viking by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Analog edition cover illustration, 1963

Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 5, January 1963, pp. 111-55, serialized (part 3 of four parts) novel (69K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Space Viking by H. Beam Piper, unrelated original Analog edition cover illustration, 1962

Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 6, February 1963, pp. 120-162, serialized (part 4 of four parts) novel (69K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


Junkyard Planet by H. Beam Piper, original Putnam edition dust jacket illustration by Herb Mott, 1963

Junkyard Planet jacket illustration by Herb Mott

Junkyard Planet, H. Beam Piper, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1963 (sold 12/31/60*), 224 pages, novel (64K words) with dust jacket illustration by Herb Mott, expanded version of 1958 novelet "Graveyard of Dreams" (a Future History yarn).  Download from Project Gutenberg.


1964

The Other Human Race by H. Beam Piper, uncredited original Avon edition cover illustration, 1964

The Other Human Race cover illustration (uncredited)


The Other Human Race, H. Beam Piper, New York: Avon (G1220), 1964 (sold 10/01/62*), 190 pages, novel (61K words) with uncredited cover illustration, sequel to 1962 novel Little Fuzzy (a Future History yarn).


Image - The Future History by H. Beam Piper, uncredited original Zenith edition cover illustration, 1964

Zenith No. 4, cover illustration (uncredited), 1964


"The Future History" (essay), H. Beam Piper, Zenith, No. 4, May 1964, Peter Weston, ed. (fanzine), pp. 11-14, courtesy of Peter Weston.


Gunpowder God by H. Beam Piper, original Analog edition cover illustration by John Schoenherr, 1964

"Gunpowder God" cover illustration by John Schoenherr


"Gunpowder God," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fiction — Science Fact, Vol. LXXIV, No. 3, November 1964 (sold 05/19/64*), pp. 17-36, novella (25K words) with cover and interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Paratime yarn).


1965

Down Styphon! by H. Beam Piper, original Analog edition cover illustration by Kelly Freas, 1965

"Down Styphon!" cover illustration by Kelly Freas

"Down Styphon!," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fiction — Science Fact, Vol. LXXVI, No. 3, November 1965 (sold 08/04/64*), pp. 10-46, novella (18K words) with cover and interior illustration by Kelly Freas, sequel to 1964 novella "Gunpowder God" (a Paratime yarn).


Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper, original Ace edition cover illustration by Jack Gaughan, 1965

Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen cover illustration by Jack Gaughan


Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1965 (F-342), 192 pages, with cover and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan (according to Michael S. Smith's ACE Image Library), novel (65K words), combined and expanded version of 1964 novella "Gunpowder God" and 1965 novella "Down Styphon!" (a Paratime yarn).


1981

Federation by H. Beam Piper, original Ace edition cover illustration by Michael Whelan, 1981

"When in the Course—," H. Beam Piper, Federation, John F. Carr, ed., New York: Ace, 1981, pp. 201-284, previously unpublished novella (25K words), variant version of 1964 novella "Gunpowder God" (a Future History yarn).


1982

First Cycle by H. Beam Piper with Michael Kurland, original uncredited Ace edition cover illustration, 1982

First Cycle uncredited cover illustration


First Cycle, H. Beam Piper with Michael Kurland, New York: Ace, 1982, 201 pages, novel (46K words), with uncredited cover illustration (both Lovisi and Love say Wayne Barlowe).


1984

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

Fuzzies and Other People cover illustration by Michael Whelan


Fuzzies and Other People, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1984, 216 pages, novel (64K words) with cover illustration by Michael Whelan, sequel to 1964 novel The Other Human Race (a Future History yarn).



This bibliography has been compiled from actual editions of the listed works contained in the Zarthani.net Piper hoard, from L. Fred Ramsey's Piper bibliography in the Old Earth Books reprint of Murder in the Gunroom (used with Mr. Ramsey's permission), and from information provided by Piper fan Tom Rogers.  These contributions are much appreciated; any errors in compilation here are nevertheless solely the responsibility of Zarthani.net.

* Purchase dates (and submission dates, when available) are from Piper's notebook sales log, reproduced in "H. Beam Piper in Paperback (1957-1965)," Elwanda Holland, Books are Everything, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Whole No. 8), March 1989 (fanzine).


Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Nebula Awards criteria are used to define the length of a short story (less than 7,500 words), novelet (at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words), novella (at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words), or novel (40,000 words or more).




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