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John F. Carr's H. Beam Piper Collections

"Now, Piper's Terro-human Future History stories have been published in Federation and Empire, while the Paratime Police yarns can be found in ParatimeThe 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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John F. Carr, right, shortly before he began editing Ace's Piper collections.


From 1981 to 1983 all of H. Beam Piper's previously published science fiction stories were reissued by Ace Books in four collections edited by John F. Carr.  These collections supplemented Ace's reissue of several of Piper's science fiction novels.  In 1984, Piper works originally published before 1964 passed into the public domain and most of the stories collected by Carr are now also available online at Project Gutenberg and from print-on-demand publishers such as Wildside Press and Ægypan Press.

Recently, Carr has begun to release new anthologies of Piper's work, including Piper-related work by other authors.  The first anthology, The Rise of the Terran Federation was released by Pequod Press in 2017.


Federation

Image - Federation by H. Beam Piper

Federation, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

Federation, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan, collects five stories from the Federation-era of Piper's Terro-human Future History, and includes:

Ace issued Federation in both trade and mass market paperback editions, with multiple printings issued through 1986:


Empire

Image - Empire by H. Beam Piper

Empire, cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

Empire, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan, collects four stories from Piper's Terro-human Future History, plus the stand-alone story "The Return," co-written with Piper's occasional collaborator John J. McGuire, which Carr included to "give us a good look at what life might have been like on Terra after the [Atomic] Wars," and includes:

Empire was a mass market paperback, with multiple printings issued through 1986:


Paratime

Image - Paratime by H. Beam Piper

Paratime, cover illustration (from "Police Operation") by Michael Whelan.

Paratime, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan (illustrating a scene from "Police Operation"), collects five of Piper's Paratime stories, all featuring the parallel-world-policing Paratime Police (except "He Walked Around the Horses"), and includes:

Paratime was a mass market paperback, with multiple printings issued through 1986:


The Worlds of H. Beam Piper

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The Worlds of H. Beam Piper, uncredited cover illustration.

The Worlds of H. Beam Piper, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace, 1983, with uncredited cover illustration (based upon a still photograph from the 1968 film The Green Slime), collects ten stories, including the shared-universe "Hartley yarns" and two other stories which are likely part of the Paratime series (though the Paratime Police do not appear in either story), and includes:

The Worlds of H. Beam Piper was a mass market paperback, with a reprinting in 1986:



The Complete Paratime

Image - The Complete Paratime by David Dorman

The Complete Paratime, cover illustration by Dave Dorman (image served by Steven Silver).


More than a decade after reissuing most of his work, Ace issued an omnibus edition of Piper's Paratime yarns, adding the novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen to Carr's original Paratime collection.

The Complete Paratime, H. Beam Piper (John F. Carr, ed., uncredited), New York: Ace, 2001, with cover (and dust jacket) illustration by Dave Dorman, was originally issued both in trade paperback and Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) hard cover editions:





Michael Sauers' guide "Editions and Printings, How to Tell the Difference" has been very helpful in compiling information on reprints of Ace's H. Beam Piper collections edited by John F. Carr.



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