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H. Beam Piper: Collaborations

"I have a unique privilege: I have the legal right, acknowledged by the copyright owners, to do stories in H. Beam Piper's worlds.
      "This didn't come lightly.  It was given to me by Beam Piper himself many years ago, long before I had any suspicion that I might write science fiction.  Beam apparently knew my future better than I did."

Jerry Pournelle, Preface to Federation

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Beam's first published work, A Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and other Firearms and Edged Weapons at "Restlless Oaks," McElhattan, Pa., compiled in 1927 when Beam was in his mid-twenties, was a collaborative effort with newspaper publisher Henry W. Shoemaker, the owner of the Restless Oaks collection of weapons.  During his writing career, Beam also published two stories and two novels co-authored with his friend, writer John J. McGuire.
    Science and science-fiction writer Jerry Pournelle was given permission by Beam himself "to do stories in H. Beam Piper's worlds," though to date he has never exercised this privilege publicly.  Since Beam's death, Pournelle's own collaborator, writer John F. Carr, has compiled the original collections of Beam's short fiction and continues to publish sequels to Beam's work with occasional collaborators of his own.  Four other writers, William Tuning, Ardath Mayhar, Michael Kurland and most recently John Scalzi, have published officially-sanctioned novels based on Beam's original material.  Finally, especially as much of Beam's work has passed into the public doman, several creative works have been produced by Beam's fans.

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"Restles Oaks" catalogue, by Henry W. Shoemaker & H. Beam Piper, Times Tribune, 1927


Henry W. Shoemaker

The 1927 Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and other Firearms and Edged Weapons at 'Restlless Oaks,' McElhattan, PA, co-authored with fellow Pennsylvanian Henry W. Shoemaker, was Piper's first publication.  The Catalogue text is available from Project Gutenberg.


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Fantastic Universe, March 1957, with cover illustration for Lone Star Planet by Virgil Finlay


John J. McGuire

Piper co-authored four works, published between 1953 and 1959, with his friend and fellow author John J. McGuire.


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Jerry Pournelle (served by Chaos Manor)


Jerry Pournelle

Author Jerry Pournelle was long rumored to have been writing Return of Space Viking, a sequel to Piper's Space Viking, but according to an August 30, 2005, off-hand comment, Pournelle has apparently abandoned this effort.


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John F. Carr (served by Amazon.com)


John F. Carr

Author John F. Carr edited Ace's collections of Beam's short fiction and has written, with occasional co-authors, several sequels to Beam's Paratime and Terro-human Future History works as well as the definitive biography of Piper.


Fuzzy Bones by Michael Whelan

Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning, Ace 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan


Other collaborators

Since Piper's death several authors have written or co-written officially-sanctioned works based upon his stories and novels, including William Tuning, Ardath Mayhar, Michael Kurland, and John Scalzi.


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H. Beam Piper, dust jacket photo from Four-Day Planet, Putnam, 1961


The PIPER-L Archive

Assorted messages originally posted to the defunct "The Works of H. Beam Piper" (PIPER-L) mailing list now served by the Internet Archive.


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