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David Johnson
16:57 UT
Jackson Russell wrote:

> To what is this upsurge
> credited? In the 80s almost everything Piper wrote was
> rereleased, some under different titles. Also, Tuning and
> Mayhar put out some new sequels to the Fuzzy books, easily
> Piper's most popular works.

This is clearly the cause of the peak in 1980.

> More recently, Project Gutenberg
> has made the majority of Piper's work available for free for
> some time now.

I think this is the source of the bulk of the rise after 2005. I don't think Google is using Gutenberg versions (thanks again, Greg Weeks!) in its analysis but beginning with the Wildside and Aegypan reprints in 2006 there have been several print-on-demand reprintings of Beam's work using the public domain source material at Gutenberg. Resellers at places like eBay and ABEbooks.com are overwhelmed with these editions.
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David Johnson
16:49 UT
Jonathan Crocker wrote:

> Is the graph a count of books published?

If I understand correctly, it's not specifically books published by Piper but rather books in which "H. Beam Piper" (the search term I used) is mentioned. Presumably, that includes books in which Piper's name is listed as the author. . . .
Dennis' refinement to just books published in American English is a great improvement over my first effort.
Thanks, Dennis!

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Dennis Frank
05:45 UT
Look at American English and you'll see that "Piper's Peak" hasn't been reached yet!

http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?conte...r&year_start=1940&y ear_end=2008&corpus=17&smoothing=3&share=


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Jackson Russell
05:09 UT
I think another question might be: To what is this upsurge credited? In the 80s almost everything Piper wrote was rereleased, some under different titles. Also, Tuning and Mayhar put out some new sequels to the Fuzzy books, easily Piper's most popular works. More recently, Project Gutenberg has made the majority of Piper's work available for free for some time now. It has also been findable in used book stores. In the late '90's compilations of the Fuzzy trilogy and Paratime were issued by Ace, which is where the Graph shows a new climb in popularity. More recently, we have had John F. Carr cranking out Lord Kalvan sequels, plus additions to Space Viking with Mike Robertson and more Fuzzy books by Wolfgang Diehr (would a third Fuzzy book by Diehr be too much?) I think Time Crime is in there, too, as an expanded story with some added original material. Finally, we have John Scalzi's dreadful (in my opinion) reinterpretation of Little Fuzzy. All of this should bring Piper back into the public consciousness. Too bad the graph doesn't give a clear accounting after 2000.

Jonathan Crocker
04:46 UT
That's interesting. Is the graph a count of books published? It can't be internet searches if it starts in the 1940s.

And it's trending upwards again. But does it count ebook usage now too?
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
22:07 UT
Piper's Peak in 1980?

This Google Ngram is pretty cool:


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Jonathan Crocker
00:18 UT
Thanks for the reminder - I was waiting to see which way that Mayan thing broke first...
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23:56 UT
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David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
23:26 UT
Junkyard of Empire

I've recently completed another "reboot," this time of Piper's "Graveyard of Dreams" (which became the first three chapters of ~The Cosmic Computer~). It's posted at Zarthani.net:


I've tried to do a bit of the sort of thing John Cowan has done with "Omnilingual" and that John Scalzi did less well (imho) with ~Little Fuzzy~. I'm eager to hear what others think.


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