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— H. Beam Piper, Space Viking

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The H. Beam Piper Memorial Site, founded by Dennis Frank and John F. Carr, intends "to encourage new works in the tradition of H. Beam Piper and to reissue most of his work in quality hardcover editions for future generations to enjoy."

John F. Carr's Hostigos.com is the home of the Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen sequels from our favorite Piper editor and biographer.  St. Bonaventure University hosted the John F. Carr Collection (via the Internet Archive) of material donated by Mr. Carr and includes edited drafts of his works, correspondence, unpublished short stories and novellas, promotional material for published works, and published books and magazines.

Dennis Frank's Lord Kalvan site (via the Internet Archive) is dedicated to the Paratime novel and includes extensive notes, a map of the region where the novel is set, and photos from various locations depicted in the novel.
     This is also the place where you can view photos of the first ever Muster of Piper Irregulars, a 2004 gathering of Piper fans in central Pennsylvania to celebrate the centennial of Beam's birth and the sixtieth anniversary of Calvin Morrison's paratemporal transposition to Hostigos.  The 2008 Muster (see Irregulars Tom, Dennis, Bill (foreground), John, David, Mike, and Fred at the Waffle Shop in State College) came two decades after the now defunct Penn State Science Fiction Society sponsored an H. Beam Piper convention in State College attended by Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr.  The following year, Piper fan David Hines reported on the 2009 Muster.

Project Gutenberg's collection of H. Beam Piper works now in the public domain (including some audio editions).  Greg Weeks, who deserves the gratitude of Piper fans for the key role he played in making these Piper works available at Project Gutenberg, provides the original Piper works which are now in the public domain.

The Atlanta Radio Theater Company has produced several productions of adapted Piper works.  Daniel Taylor's adaptation of "Omnilingual" was performed at LibertyCon 22 on July 11, 2009, and at DragonCon on September 6, 2009.  Ron N. Butler's adaptation of "Time and Time Again" was performed at LibertyCon 23 on July 10, 2010, and at DragonCon on Septebmer 5, 2010.  Ron N. Butler's adaptation of "He Walked Around the Horses" was performed at LibertyCon 24 on July 16, 2011.  Ron N. Butler's adaptation of Lone Star Planet was performed at LibertyCon 26 on June 29, 2013.

F.A.N.A.C. shares this Lord Kalvan cosplayer who won an honorable mention for "Most Authentic" costume at the 1969 WorldCon in St. Louis.  The Boston Globe reports on the Arisia Masquerade at the 2015 Arisa convention where child cosplayers dressed as a Fuzzy and a Landprawn (image served by the Wayback Machine).

Goodreads' H. Beam Piper page.

SFFaudio's collection of Librivox's and other audiobook versions of Piper's works now in the public domain.


Other H. Beam Piper links:

• Reviews of Piper works at Amazon.com by David Johnson

• G.E. Nordell's H. Beam Piper page at the Spirit of America bookstore website includes an extensive bibliography with links to buy on line.

• Jimmy Simpson's H. Beam Piper site (archived by the Wayback Machine) included a three-dimensional map of Piper's Terro-human Future History Federation space and a scan of Piper's historical article "Rebel Raider."  (Nils Jeppe has also tried to map Federation space.  He also suggests a better location for Niflheim.)

• Mark Hughes' Unofficial H.Beam Piper Home Page (archived by the Wayback Machine) gave a good bibliography, with recommendations.

• Ryanburg's H. Beam Piper Guide (archived by ReoCities), one of the earliest Piper pages, had several (now sometimes stale) links to Piper sites, an author photo, and a reproduction of Carr's TFH Chronology from Federation.

• Nils Jeppe's comparative analysis of the sizes of starships in Beam's Terro-human Future History.

• David C. Mueller has designed several spherical starships which are inspired by Piper's hypership descriptions (archived by the Wayback Machine).

Uchronia: Paratime: This Uchronia Alternate History bibliography lists several foreign language translations of Piper's Paratime works.

• Role-playing game 15 mm miniature figures of Fuzzies.  Jonathan Sheen's instructions for constructing a Fuzzy action figure.

Jürgen Kerckhoff's gallery of cover illustrations of German editions of Piper's work (in German, of course; scroll down to Piper's entry).

• TV Tropes' analysis of fictional devices and conventions in Piper's work.

• Peter Anderson's recounting of a 2012 table-top wargaming re-enactment of the Battle of Ardros Field (from John F. Carr's Lord Kalvan novel Siege of Tarr-Hostigos).

Please let us know if you create (or find) another Piper Page that should be listed here.



Other Zarthani.net sites:

The Cleaved Helm, an historical Sword Worlds campaign for the classic science-fiction role-playing game Traveller®

Melbourne Times, dedicated to the Earth Colonies, a non-canon campaign for Traveller®

Catawrayannis Base, a celebration of Poul Anderson's science-fiction Future Histories

Zaporogian Siech, a celebration of Harold Lamb's adventure fiction




Other speculative fiction links (in no particular order, and not necessarily Piper-related):

Written fiction

John G. Hemry, whose story "Swords and Saddles," published in Analog (April 2010), "echoes the Lord Kalvan stories with an alternate history set in North America."

Michael McCollum, whose novella "Duty, Honor, Planet" published in Analog (April 1979), presaged "Star Wars" ballistic missile defense, has also written the Paratime-like novel A Greater Infinity.


Artwork

Michael Smith's Ace Cover Image Library:
    • F-series singles (includes Piper's Space Viking, The Cosmic Computer, and Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen)
    • D-series doubles (includes Piper's and McGuire's Crisis in 2140 and A Planet for Texans)

Terry Gibbons' VISCO: The Visual Index of Science Fiction Cover Art (archived by Galactic Central) includes cover art for the original publication of Piper's "Last Enemy," "Temple Trouble," "Day of the Moron," Null-ABC, "Time Crime," "Omnilingual," Space Viking, "Gunpowder God," and "Down Styphon!"


Film and Television

Emily's Cowboy Bebop page.

A review of Gene Roddenberry's post-apocalyptic "Pax" films: Genesis II, Planet Earth and Strange New World.  And Roddenberry's original proposal for Star Trek (originally provided by Bernd Schneider and now archived by the Wayback Machine).

Richard Hallock's former The Word (archived by the Internet Archive), dedicated to the 1973 science-fiction series The Starlost.  Rob Appleford reviews the series in his essay "Canada's Tomorrow That Never Was."  John Kenneth Muir's Cult-TV Blogging: The Starlost (1973) includes reviews of each episode of the series.

Daniel Carlson's Sci-Fi Starship Size Comparison Chart.


Gaming

• The Gamma World Web Ring, dedicated to the classic post-apocalyptic science-fiction role-playing game.  Colin Stobbe has made a remarkable version of the original Gamma World map of North America.

• Jon Crocker's Canada 2300AD (archived by the Wayback Machine), dedicated to a "non-canon, 'parallel 2300 universe' created to correct some things in the canon that are, in my opinion, just plain wrong in the basic game with respect to Canada."



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