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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 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, Worlds of H. Beam Piper

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From 1981 to 1983 all of H. Beam Piper's previously published short fiction was republished 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.


Image - Federation by Michael Whelan

Federation, Ace 1981, cover illustration by Michael Whelan


Federation

Federation, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace Books, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

Federation collects five stories from the Federation-era of Piper's Terro-human Future History, including "Graveyard of Dreams" which was later expanded into the novel Junkyard Planet and the previously unpublished "When in the Course—" which introduces story elements which were later incorporated into the Paratime novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.

  • First printing (trade edition), stated (and based upon printer's key number line), trade paperback, February 1981, ISBN 0-441-23188-8, $5.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • First printing (mass market edition), stated (and based upon printer's key number line and cover "badge"), paperback, February 1982, ISBN 0-441-23189-6, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Second printing (mass market edition), stated (no printer's key number line or cover "badge"), paperback, January 1983, ISBN 0-441-23189-6 (same as first mass market edition), $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Third printing (mass market edition), stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, December 1983, ISBN 0-441-23190-X, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Fourth printing (mass market edition), stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, May 1986, ISBN 0-441-23191-8, $3.50 (Zarthani.net hoard)


Image - Empire by Michael Whelan

Empire, Ace 1981, cover illustration by Michael Whelan


Empire

Empire, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace Books, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

Empire collects four stories from Piper's Terro-human Future History, plus the unrelated post-apocalyptic story "The Return," co-written with John J. McGuire, which Carr included to "give us a good look at what life might have been like on Terra after the Interstellar Wars."  The collection also includes Carr's original chronology of Piper's Terro-human Future History.

  • First printing, stated (and based upon printer's key number line), paperback, May 1981, ISBN 0-441-20557-7, $2.50 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Second printing, presumed (based upon previous and subsequent editions), paperback, unknown date, ISBN 0-441-20557-7 (same as first printing), $2.50

  • Third printing, based upon printer's key number line, paperback, unknown date, ISBN 0-441-20557-7 (same as first and second printings), $2.50 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Fourth printing, presumed (based upon previous and subsequent editions), paperback, unknown date, ISBN unknown, unknown price

  • Fifth printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, July 1986, ISBN 0-441-20558-5, $2.95 (Zarthani.net hoard)


Image - Paratime by Michael Whelan

Paratime, Ace 1981, cover illustration from "Police Operation" by Michael Whelan


Paratime

Paratime, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace Books, 1981, with cover illustration by Michael Whelan.

Paratime collects five of Piper's Paratime stories.  All feature the parallel-world-policing Paratime Police except "He Walked Around the Horses" which was inspired by the actual disappearance of a British diplomat traveling in Prussia in 1809.  Nevertheless, the events of "He Walked Around the Horses" are briefly mentioned in the Paratime yarn "Police Operation."

  • First printing, stated (and based upon printer's key number line), paperback, August 1981, ISBN 0-441-65169-0, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Second printing, presumed (based upon previous and subsequent editions), paperback, unknown date, ISBN unknown, unknown price

  • Third printing, stated, paperback, December 1982, ISBN 0-441-65170-4, $2.95

  • Fourth printing, stated, paperback, May 1983, ISBN 0-441-65170-4 (same as third printing), $2.95

  • Fifth printing, stated, paperback, September 1986, ISBN 0-441-65171-2, $2.95


Image - Worlds of H. Beam Piper

The Worlds of H. Beam Piper, Ace 1983, uncredited cover illustration


The Worlds of H. Beam Piper

The Worlds of H. Beam Piper, John F. Carr, ed. (uncredited), New York, Ace Books, 1983, with uncredited cover illustration.

Worlds collects ten stories including the shared-universe "Hartley" stories "Time and Time Again" (Piper's first published story), "The Mercenaries," and "Day of the Moron."  Two other stories, "Genesis" and "Crossroads of Destiny," are likely part of the Paratime series, though the Paratime Police do not appear in either story.

  • First printing, stated (no printer's key number line), paperback, February 1983, ISBN 0-441-91052-1, $2.75 (Zarthani.net hoard)

  • Second printing, stated, paperback, December 1986, ISBN 0-441-91053-X, $2.75




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



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