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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.

Federation

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Federation, Ace 1981, cover illustration by Michael Whelan, from Zarthani.net hoard.

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:

• Preface by Jerry Pournelle;

• Introduction by John F. Carr;

• "Omnilingual," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, February 1957;

• "Naudsonce," originally published in Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, January 1962);

• "Oomphel in the Sky," originally published in Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, November 1960);

• "Graveyard of Dreams," originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1958), later expanded into the novel Junkyard Planet; and

• "When in the Course—," previously unpublished, introduces story elements which Piper later incorporated into his Paratime novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.

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

• 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 (same as second mass market edition), $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); and

• 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).


Empire

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Empire, Ace 1981, cover illustration by Michael Whelan, from Zarthani.net hoard.

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:

• Terro-human Future History Chronology by John F. Carr;

• Introduction by John F. Carr;

• "The Edge of the Knife," originally published in Amazing Stories, May 1957;

• "A Slave is a Slave," originally published in Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, April 1962;

• "Ministry of Disturbance," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, December 1958;

• "The Return," with John J. McGuire, originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, January 1954; and

• "The Keeper," originally published in Venture Science Fiction, July 1957.

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

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

Second printing, based upon printer's key number line, paperback, unknown date, ISBN 0-441-20557-7 (same as first and third printings), $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; and

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


Paratime

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Paratime, Ace 1981, cover illustration from "Police Operation" by Michael Whelan, from Zarthani.net hoard.

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:

• Introduction by John F. Carr;

• "He Walked Around the Horses," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1948 (inspired by the Nineteenth Century disappearance of a British diplomat traveling in Prussia—the events of "He Walked Around the Horses" are mentioned tangentially in "Police Operation");

• "Police Operation," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, July 1948;

• "Last Enemy," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, August 1950;

• "Time Crime," originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction, February 1955, and Astounding Science Fiction, March 1955; and

• "Temple Trouble," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1951.

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

• 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 (same as fourth printing), $2.95;

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

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


The Worlds of H. Beam Piper

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The Worlds of H. Beam Piper, Ace 1983, uncredited cover illustration (based upon a still photograph from the 1968 film The Green Slime), from Zarthani.net hoard.

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

• Introduction by John F. Carr;

• "Time and Time Again," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1947 (a "Hartley yarn" and Piper's first published story);

• "The Mercenaries," originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, March 1950 (a "Hartley yarn");

• "Dearest," originally published in Weird Tales, March 1951;

• "Hunter Patrol," with John J. McGuire, originally published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories, May 1959;

• "Flight from Tomorrow," originally published in Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, September / October 1950;

• "Operation R.S.V.P.," originally published in Amazing Stories, January 1951;

• "Genesis," originally published in Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, September 1951 (possibly a Paratime yarn);

• "The Answer," originally published in Fantastic Universe Science Fact & Fiction, December 1959;

• "Crossroads of Destiny," originally published in Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, July 1959 (possibly a Paratime yarn); and

• "Day of the Moron, "originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, September 1951 (a "Hartley yarn").

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

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

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 reprints of Ace's H. Beam Piper collections edited by John F. Carr.



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