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Bibliography of Piper First Publications

"I was going to write like James Branch Cabell, which would have taken a lot of doing.  Before that, I was going to write like Rafael Sabatini, and like Talbot Munday, and like Rider Haggard, and even, God help us, like Edgar Rice Burroughs. . . .  Eventually I decided to write like H. Beam Piper, only a little better.  I am still trying."
— H. Beam Piper, The double:bill Symposium interview


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Original Piper works (novels, short fiction, and non-fiction) by year of first publication, with link to original text at Project Gutenberg when available. A graphical presentation of this information is also available.

1927


Image - cover of Restless Oaks catalogue, Times Tribune, 1927

Uncredited illustration


A Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and other Firearms and Edged Weapons at "Restless Oaks," McElhattan, Pa., Henry W. Shoemaker and H. Beam Piper, Altoona, PA: Times Tribune Co., 1927, with uncredited cover illustration (non-fiction).


1947


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, April 1947

Unrelated cover illustration


"Time and Time Again," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XXXIX, No. 2, April 1947, (sold 09/25/46; submitted 06/22/46*), with interior illustrations by Vincent Napoli (a Hartley yarn).


1948


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, April 1948

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"He Walked Around the Horses," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLI, No. 2, April 1948, (sold 07/11/47; submitted 06/05/47*), with interior illustrations by Edd Cartier (a Paratime yarn).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, July 1948

Unrelated cover illustration


"Police Operation," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLI, No. 5, July 1948 (sold 01/16/48; submitted 01/08/48*), with interior illustrations by Edd Cartier (a Paratime yarn).


cover of Precognition and a Theory of Time

"Precognition and a Theory of Time" (part 1), H. Beam Piper, in Amateur Spectator Vol. 1, No. 4 (Mailing Number 4), September 1948, and (part 2), in Amateur Spectator Vol. 1, No. 5 (Mailing Number 5), November 1948 (non-fiction).


1950


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, March 1950

Unrelated cover illustration


"The Mercenaries," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLV, No. 1, March 1950 (sold 04/08/49; submitted 01/10/49*), with interior illustrations by "Brush" (a Hartley yarn).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, August 1950

Illustration by Walt Miller


"Last Enemy," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLV, No. 6, August 1950 (sold 01/27/50; submitted 01/27/50*), with cover and interior illustrations by Walt Miller (a Paratime yarn).


Image - cover of Future, September/October 1950

Unrelated cover illustration


"Flight from Tomorrow," H. Beam Piper, Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, Vol. 1, No. 3, September/October 1950 (sold 08/02/50*), with interior illustrations by Lawrence Sterne Stevens (other fiction).


Image - cover of True - the Man's Magazine, December 1950

Unrelated cover illustration


"Rebel Raider," H. Beam Piper, True: The Man's Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 163, December 1950 (sold 03/23/50*), with interior illustration by Mario Cooper (historical fiction).


1951


Image - cover of Amazing Stories, January 1951

Unrelated cover illustration


"Operation R.S.V.P.," H. Beam Piper, Amazing Stories, Vol. 25, No. 1, January 1951 (sold 05/16/50*), with interior illustration by Robert Jones (other fiction).


Image - cover of Weird Tales, March 1951

Unrelated cover illustration


"Dearest," H. Beam Piper, Weird Tales, Vol. 43, No. 3, March 1951 (sold 05/16/50*), pp. 68-78, short story (~6400 words) with interior illustration (p. 68) by Vincent Napoli (other fiction).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, April 1951

Illustration by Hubert Rogers


"Temple Trouble," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLVII, No. 2, April 1951 (sold 10/19/50*), with cover and interior illustrations by Hubert Rogers (a Paratime yarn).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, September 1951

Illustration by Hubert Rogers


"Day of the Moron," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. XLVIII, No. 1, September 1951 (sold 04/14/51*), with cover and interior illustration by Hubert Rogers (a Hartley yarn).


Image - cover of Future, September 1951

Unrelated cover illustration


"Genesis," H. Beam Piper, Future combined with Science Fiction Stories, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 1951 (sold 10/11/51*), with interior illustration by Virgil Finlay (other fiction).


1952


Image - cover of The Petrified Planet, Twayne, 1952

Unrelated dust jacket illustration


Uller Uprising, H. Beam Piper, The Petrified Planet, Fletcher Pratt, ed. (uncredited), New York: Twayne, 1952, with unrelated dust jacket illustration (a Future History yarn).


1953


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, February 1953

Illustration by H.R. Van Dongen


Null-ABC, H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. L, No. 6, February 1953 (sold 10/17/52*), serialized (part one of two parts) novella, with cover and interior illustration by H. R. Van Dongen (a McGuire collaboration).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, March 1953

Unrelated over illustration


Null-ABC, H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LI, No. 1, March 1953, serialized (part two of two parts) novella, with interior illustration by Gordon Pawelka (a McGuire collaboration).


Image - cover of Murder in the Gunroom by H. Beam Piper, Knopf 1953

Illustration by Georgianna Schiffmacher


Murder in the Gunroom, H. Beam Piper, New York: Knopf 1953 (sold 08/12/52*), novel (~67K words) with dust jacket illustration by Georgianna Schiffmacher (other fiction).


1954


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, January 1954

Unrelated cover illustration


"The Return," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LII, No. 5, January 1954, pp. 70-95, novelet (11K words) with interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a McGuire collaboration).


1955


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, February 1955

Illustration by Kelly Freas


"Time Crime," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LIV, No. 6, February 1955 (sold 08/13/54*), pp. 8-49, serialized (part 1 of two parts) novella (37K words) with cover and interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a Paratime yarn).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, March 1955

Unrelated cover illustration


"Time Crime," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LV, No. 1, March 1955, pp. 85-131, serialized (part 2 of two parts) novella (37K words) with interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a Paratime yarn).


1957


Image cover of Astounding Science Fiction, February 1957

Illustration by Kelly Freas


"Omnilingual," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LVIII, No. 6, February 1957 (sold 10/15/56*), pp. 8-46, novelet (16K words) with cover and interior illustration by Kelly Freas (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, March 1957

Illustration by Virgil Finlay


"Lone Star Planet," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 7, No. 3, March 1957 (sold 12/20/56*), pp. 4-66, novella (30K words) with cover illustration by Virgil Finlay (a McGuire collaboration).


Image - cover of Amazing Stories, May 1957

Unrelated cover illustration


"The Edge of the Knife," H. Beam Piper, Amazing Stories, Vol. 31, No. 5, May 1957 (sold 12/28/56*), pp. 6-50, novelet (16K words) with uncredited interior illustration (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Venture Science Fiction, July 1957

Unrelated cover illustration


"The Keeper," H. Beam Piper, Venture Science Fiction, Vol. 1, No. 4, July 1957 (sold 03/23/57*), pp. 80-100, novelet (9500 words) with interior illustration by Cindy Smith (a Future History yarn).


1958


Image - cover of Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1958

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"Graveyard of Dreams," H. Beam Piper, Galaxy Science Fiction, Vol. 15, No. 4, February 1958 (sold 09/02/57*), pp. 122-144, novelet (7900 words) with interior illustration by Leo and Diane Dillon, (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Astounding Science Fiction, December 1958

Unrelated cover illustration


"Ministry of Disturbance," H. Beam Piper, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LXII, No. 4, December 1958 (sold 07/08/58*), pp. 8-46, novelet (16K words) with interior illustration by H.R. van Dongen (a Future History yarn).


1959


Image - cover of Amazing Science Fiction Stories, May 1959

Unrelated cover illustration


"Hunter Patrol," H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire, Amazing Science Fiction Stories, Vol. 33, No. 5, May 1959, pp. 20-45, novelet (11K words), without illustration (a McGuire collaboration).


Image - cover of Fantastic Universe, July 1959

Unrelated cover illustration


"Crossroads of Destiny," H. Beam Piper, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 11, No. 4, July 1959 (sold 04/23/59*), pp. 4-13, short story (4400 words) without illustration (other fiction).


Image - cover of Fantastic Universe, December 1959

Unrelated cover illustration


"The Answer," H. Beam Piper, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, Vol. 12, No. 2, December 1959 (sold 12/17/59*), pp. 4-12, short story (4400 words) with uncredited interior illustration (other fiction).


1960


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, November 1960

Unrelated cover illustration


"Oomphel in the Sky," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXVI, No. 3, November 1960 (sold 09/10/59*), pp. 120-158, novella (17,500 words) with interior illustration by Art Bernklau (a Future History yarn).


1961


Image - cover of Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper, Putnam 1961

Illustration by Charles Geer


Four-Day Planet, H. Beam Piper, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1961 (sold 08/25/60*), 221 pages, novel (57K words) with dust jacket illustration by Charles Geer (a Future History yarn).


1962


Image - cover of  Analog Science Fiction, January 1962

Unrelated cover illustration


"Naudsonce," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXVIII, No. 5, January 1962 (sold 05/23/61*), pp. 6-44, novelet (17K words) with interior illustration by Leo Morey (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, April 1962

Unrelated cover illustration


"A Slave is a Slave," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXLX (sic), No. 2, April 1962 (sold 12/22/61*), pp. 62-82, 113-142, novella (21K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, Avon 1962

Illustration by Victor Kalins


Little Fuzzy, H. Beam Piper, New York: Avon (F-118), 1962 (sold 10/11/61*), 160 pages, novel (59K words) with cover illustration by Victor Kalins (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, November 1962

Illustration by John Schoenherr


Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 3, November 1962 (sold 05/25/62*), pp. 6-52, serialized (part 1 of four parts) novel (69K words) with cover and interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, December 1962

Unrelated cover illustration


Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 4, December 1962, pp. 104-146, serialized (part 2 of four parts) novel (69K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).


1963


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, January 1963

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Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 5, January 1963, pp. 111-55, serialized (part 3 of four parts) novel (69K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, February 1962

Unrelated cover illustration


Space Viking, H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fact — Science Fiction, Vol. LXX, No. 6, February 1963, pp. 120-162, serialized (part 4 of four parts) novel (69K words) with interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Future History yarn)..


Image - cover of Junkyard Planet by H. Beam Piper, Putnam 1963

Illustration by Herb Mott


Junkyard Planet, H. Beam Piper, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1963 (sold 12/31/60*), 224 pages, novel (64K words) with dust jacket illustration by Herb Mott, expanded version of "Graveyard of Dreams"; subsequently reissued as The Cosmic Computer (a Future History yarn).


1964


Image - cover of The Other Human Race by H. Beam Piper, Avon 1964

Illustration by uncredited artist


The Other Human Race, H. Beam Piper, New York: Avon (G1220), 1964 (sold 10/01/62*), 190 pages, novel (61K words) with uncredited cover illustration, sequel to Little Fuzzy; subsequently reissued as Fuzzy Sapiens (a Future History yarn).


Image - cover of Double-Bill 8, January 1964

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"The Double-Bill Symposium: Part II — Responses," H. Beam Piper, Double-Bill, No. 8, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 1964, Bill Bowers and Bill Mallardi, eds. (fanzine), pp. 38-75 (reprinted in The double:bill Symposium, Bill Bowers and Bill Mallardi, eds., Akron, Ohio: Double:Bill Press, 1969, pp. 15-109), courtesy of The FANAC Fan History Project (view a transcribed excerpt of Piper's responses).


Image - cover of Zenith, May 1964

Unrelated cover illustration


"The Future History" (essay), H. Beam Piper, Zenith, No. 4, May 1964, Peter Weston, ed. (fanzine), pp. 11-14, courtesy of Peter Weston.


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, November 1964

Illustration by John Schoenherr


"Gunpowder God," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fiction — Science Fact, Vol. LXXIV, No. 3, November 1964 (sold 05/19/64*), pp. 17-36, novella (25K words) with cover and interior illustration by John Schoenherr (a Paratime yarn).


1965


Image - cover of Analog Science Fiction, November 1965

Illustration by Kelly Freas


"Down Styphon!," H. Beam Piper, Analog Science Fiction — Science Fact, Vol. LXXVI, No. 3, November 1965 (sold 08/04/64*), pp. 10-46, novella (18K words) with cover and interior illustration by Kelly Freas, sequel to "Gunpowder God" (a Paratime yarn).


Image - cover of Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper, Ace, 1965

Illustration by Jack Gaughan


Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace, 1965 (F-342), 192 pages, with cover and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan, novel (65K words), combined and expanded version of "Gunpowder God," "Down Styphon!" and "Hos-Hostigos" (a Paratime yarn).


1981


Image - cover of Federation by H. Beam Piper, Ace 1981

Illustration by Michael Whelan


"When in the Course—," H. Beam Piper, Federation, John F. Carr, ed., New York: Ace, 1981, pp. 201-284, previously unpublished novella (25K words), variant of "Gunpowder God" (a Future History yarn).


1982


Image - cover of First Cycle by H. Beam Piper with Michael Kurland, Ace 1982

Illustration by uncredited artist


First Cycle, H. Beam Piper with Michael Kurland, New York: Ace, 1982, 201 pages, novel (46K words), with uncredited cover illustration (an other fiction collaboration).


1984


Image - cover of Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper, Ace 1984

Illustration by Michael Whelan


Fuzzies and Other People, H. Beam Piper, New York: Ace (SFBC), 1984, 216 pages, novel (64K words) with dust jacket illustration by Michael Whelan, sequel to The Other Human Race (a Future History yarn).


2020


Image - cover of The Paratime Police Chronicles, Volume II

Unrelated dust jacket illustration


"Hos-Hostigos," H. Beam Piper, The Paratime Police Chronicles, Volume II, John F. Carr, ed., Boalsburg, PA: Pequod Press, 2020, previously unpublished novella, sequel to "Down Styphon!" (a Paratime yarn).


This bibliography has been compiled from actual editions of the listed works contained in the Zarthani.net Piper hoard, from L. Fred Ramsey's Piper bibliography in the Old Earth Books reprint of Murder in the Gunroom (used with Mr. Ramsey's permission), and from information provided by Piper fan Tom Rogers.  These contributions are much appreciated; any errors in compilation here are nevertheless solely the responsibility of Zarthani.net.

* Purchase dates (and submission dates, when available) are from Piper's notebook sales log, reproduced in "H. Beam Piper in Paperback (1957-1965)," Elwanda Holland, Books are Everything, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Whole No. 8), March 1989 (fanzine).

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Nebula Awards criteria are used to define the length of a short story (less than 7,500 words), novelet (at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words), novella (at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words), or novel (40,000 words or more).



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