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David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
02:53 UT
What if it wasn't suicide?

Over at the Castalia House blog, writer Daniel Eness has written an interesting piece which imagines a rather different series of events in Beam's Altoona apartment those many years ago:


If only.

"It is not . . . the business of an author of fiction to improve or inspire or educate his reader, or to save the world from fascism, communism, racism, capitalism, socialism, or anything else. [The author's] main objective is to purvey entertainment of the sort his reader wants. If he has done this, by writing interestingly about interesting people, human or otherwise, doing interesting things, he has discharged his duty and earned his check." - H. Beam Piper, "Double: Bill Symposium" interview
John Carr
04:56 UT

I've finally finished my new Federation anthology, "The Rise of the Terran Federation." It will contain several of H. Beam Piper's stories and some new ones. It will be published in the fall of 2016. Alan Gutierrez will be painting the cover.

Now that "Down Styphon!" is finished, I've decided it is time to get back to work on the Paratime Police anthology I've been putting together for a few years. I plan to publish it in 2017 along with a new Paratime novel, "Paratime Trouble," staring our favorite couple, Verkan Vall and Dalla.

If any of the List members have a good story idea they'd like to write up, go for it. The only caveat, is that Verkan and Dalla cannot be the main characters. However, your characters can report in to them and/or get orders from them. You can use any of the other Piper/Carr characters, or create new ones for your story.

I'm looking for interesting time-lines and new sectors that haven't already been used. There are millions of possibilities....

John F. Carr
David Johnson
17:44 UT
Thanks everyone for your contributions and best wishes for another great year!
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