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Further development of Piper's Paratime setting

"And you're thinking, suppose some Sino-Hindic mystic, or some Europo-American science-fiction writer, gets picked up and dumped onto, say, Second Level Interworld Empire?"

— Tortha Karf (H. Beam Piper), Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen

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There are a variety of commercial products and informal efforts which are based upon or expand on Piper's Paratime setting.

Image - Down Styphon! cover illustration, FGU 1977

Down Styphon!, Fantasy Games Unlimited, 1977


Down Styphon! A Musket and Pike War Game, Mike Gilbert, Fantasy Games Unlimited, 1977.  A miniatures wargame based upon battles depicted in Piper's Paratime novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.

Image - Great Kings' War by Alan Gutierrez, Ace 1985

Great Kings' War, cover illustration by Alan Gutierrez, Ace 1985


Writer and Piper biographer John F. Carr's sequels to Piper's Paratime yarns.

Image - Thousand Suns cover illustration, Rogue Games 2009

Thousand Suns: Transmissions from Piper, Rogue Games, 2009


Thousand Suns: Transmissions from Piper, John Appel, Vaclav G. Ujcik, and Greg Videll, Rogue Games, 2009.  A science-fiction role-playing game supplement based upon Piper's Paratime yarn "Last Enemy" (plus the Terro-human Future History stories "Naudsonce" and "Ministry of Disturbance").

Head of Susana by Lawrence Feldman

The Head of Susana: Aztec Conquest of Spain (excerpt and table of contents), by Lawrence H. Feldman, November 2002.



Paratime Development Claims

"Second Level that had been civilized almost as long as the First, but there had been dark-age interludes. Except for paratemporal transposition, most of its sectors equaled First Level . . . . The Third Level civilizations were more recent, but still of respectable antiquity and advancement. Fourth Level had started late and progressed slowly; some Fourth Level genius was first domesticating animals long after the steam engine was obsolescent all over the Third. And Fifth Level on a few sectors, subhuman brutes, speechless and fireless, were cracking nuts and each other's heads with stones, and on most of it nothing even vaguely humanoid had appeared."

— Tortha Karf, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen

Modeled after the Traveller Mailing List (TML) Landgrab, Piper Development Claims are personal, non-commercial efforts to develop the timelines of Piper's fictional Paratime "multi-verse."  Each background developer should report on the claimed timeline in great detail.  The exact level of detail and degree of compliance with official canon is open to interpretation.  Each background developer should survey his or her claim (including gathering the relevant canonical information) and submit a Developer's Report to the Piper Mailing List.  The claims made thus far include:

Timeline Claim

Developer

Date of Claim

First Level, Abzar Sector

Allen McDonnell

May 2003

Second Level, Triplanetary Empire Sector

Glenn "Gilmoure" Amspaugh

December 2007

Third Level, Esaron Sector, Slave Trust subsector

Allen McDonnell

May 2003

Fourth Level, Europe-American Sector, Hispano-Columbian Subsector, unnamed timelines

Jim "Rhino" Sparr

September 2009

Fourth Level, Macedonian Empire Sector, Philip subsector

John W. Braue, III

December 2001

If you wish to participate, stake your cliam on the Piper Mailing List.  If none oppose you, or if you prevail in an ensuing discussion, you too may become a background developer.

Background developers may lay their claim and/or provide links to their Developer's Report by posting an announcement to the Piper Mailing List.  Developers may have their Developer's Report hosted at here Zarthani.net by sending a request to the Zarthani.net Development Claims Bureau.



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