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Tim T
07:27 UT
Good link. I saw that the writer attributed 1952's Petrified Planet to H. Beam Piper in his discussion of the Dorsai saga, claiming that Piper's story was crucial in the development of military science fiction. Of course Petrified Planet was a three story compendium compiled by fletcher Pratt which included Piper's Uller Rising.

I thought I had missed a Piper book!
Jonathan Crocker
18:03 UT
Thanks for the link, it was an interesting read.

I just skimmed parts, but I did read the reviews of the Piper books of course.

I don't know what the reviewer meant about it being hard to keep track of the supporting characters in Cosmic Computer, though. It's not like it was a cast of thousands!

I still remember the first time I opened the box for MegaTraveller, and I opened up the map, and heeyyyyy, that's the Sword Worlds down there!
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
17:50 UT
Piper's influence on Traveller role-playing

Shannon Appelcline has just released an omnibus review of fiction related to the Traveller science-fiction role-playing game which identifies Piper, and specifically the novels ~The Cosmic Computer~ and ~Space Viking~, as key influences. For a limited time the 158-page eBook is available for FREE at DriveThru RPG:


This is a great resource for Traveller and confirms the central role Piper's work played in the development of the Traveller role-playing game and the official Third Imperium campaign setting (which includes a modified version of the Sword Worlds).


"Do you know which books to study, and which ones not to bother with? Or which ones to read first, so that what you read in the others will be comprehensible to you? That's what they'll give you [at university]. The tools, which you don't have now, for educating yourself." - Bish Ware (H. Beam Piper), ~Four-Day Planet~
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
02:37 UT
2016 Irregulars' Muster


I likely won't make it from the West Coast to this year's Muster but I wholeheartedly recommend it if you've not yet made the trip to Hostigos. Here're a few memories from previous Musters:




As usual, we began in 2008 at the Waffle Shop:



It's always been great company and a great time.

Down Styphon!

"I have heard it argued that fandom tends to make a sort of cult of science fiction, restricted to a narrow circles of the initiated. This I seriously question." - H. Beam Piper, "Double: Bill Symposium" interview
John Carr
19:05 UT
Hi Folks,
This year the Irregular's Muster will be taking place on Saturday, May 21st. We will be meeting at the State College Waffle Shop on North Atherton at 10:00 am for breakfast.
The Muster, for those new to the Piper list, is a gathering of Piper fans and some of the authors who have continued his stories and have helped keep his memory alive. We meet for breakfast at the Waffle Shop (a great local breakfast place); afterwards, we tour the Kalvan transposition turnabout and several of the battlefields mentioned in Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen. The drive gives us a great opportunity to discuss Lord Kalvan, Piper and authorship. We end the day at Beam's memorial tombstone at Fairview Cemetery in Altoona, PA.
If you plan to attend, please e-mail myself, or Dennis Frank (our tour guide at djfrank@penn.com) so we have an idea of how many people to expect -- thanks.
I look forward to seeing our regulars and some new people this year!
John Carr
Tom Rogers
11:20 UT
Carniculture is getting closer to reality:

David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
02:37 UT
Rebel Raider at the Library of Congress

Ever since Greg Weeks and his team put Beam's public domain works up at Project Gutenberg there have been a variety of ebook and print-on-demand editions of these works, many of them with somewhat . . . unconventional choices for cover illustrations. Here's an interesting ebook version of "Rebel Raider," Beam's fictionalized account of the exploits of Confederate raider John S. Mosby:


The artwork here is apparently taken from a Matthew Brady photo of Mosby from the U.S. Library of Congress and available at Wikipedia:



"Why Walt Disney bought the movie rights to ['Rebel Raider'], I've never figured out. Will Colonel Mosby be played by Mickey Mouse, and General Phil Sheridan by Donald Duck? It's baffling. However, I was glad to get the check." H. Beam Piper, The Pennsy interview, 1953
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