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Jon CrockerPerson was signed in when posted
05:26 UT
I meant to post a reply to message #1954 earlier - "Ministry of Disturbance" was always a favourite of mine. I agree it shows interesting looks at the past of the timeline, but it didn't get self-referential, if that's a word.
Jon CrockerPerson was signed in when posted
01:11 UT
Best of luck getting that resolved, John!
jimmyjoejanglesPerson was signed in when posted
03:25 UT
I think you should try to get them on the phone. I had issues with Audible and the email system they had in place but was able to get them on the phone and easily resolved the issue. Audible is owned by Amazon. Are there any plans for an audio version?
Lord KalvanPerson was signed in when posted
20:44 UT

A case of bureaucratic idiocy: I’ve had a run in with the powers that be at Amazon over my latest book, The Paratime Police Chronicles, Volume I. You wanna talk about a Kafkaesque nightmare…

Because there’s a PDF book listed on Amazon with the title The Paratime Police, the Amazon digital police are convinced that I’m ripping it off, even though my book contains 4 brand new stories that have never appeared anywhere. The problem is when I tried to explain all this, all I got was a computer generated reply. I don’t believe a real persona every gets involved with Amazon; in fact, I read an article in "Fortune" magazine about a vendor who was attacked by a competitor. What the attack amounted to, was this other seller (who sells the same product) bought a bunch of phony reviews from the Five Dollar Funnel Review, which set-off one of Amazon’s alarms and they shut the poor bastard down, almost putting him out of business!

The problem he ran into the same problem that I did; he was unable to get a hold of a real person to resolve his problem. He did some research and found a woman who knows some “real” Amazon management people and paid her a few hundred dollars to put him in touch with one so he could explain his problem and get it resolved. So after about 6 iterations of dealing with the automated system—-as I tried to explain that my work was not the same as the Paratime Police title-—I was told if I didn’t take down the offending (still unpublished) Kindle book my account would be frozen.

Since Amazon Kindle provides a big part of my book income, I took it right down. I don’t have time to find the negotiator he used or the extra bucks to pay what amounts to extortion! I had my graphics person retitle it and do the same with the interior PDF file. The new title is Paratime Parasites, which is the title of one of my original stories and has more zing as well. Sigh. Not to bore all of you with my problems, but this is the kind of idiocy independent authors have to go through these days….

I just finished re-submitting the book to my publisher under the title, "Paratime Parasites," and after it shows up on Amazon in a week or so. Then, I'll try to put up the e-book -- if they'll let me? Copies under the original title are still available at Hostigos.com in hardcover and in both e-book formats.

David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
18:56 UT
The Paratime Police Chronicles, Volume II

Finished John's new anthology and have posted a review here:


Get your copy now!

"In my 'teens, which would have been the early '20's, I decided that what I really wanted to do was write; I wasn't quite sure what, but I was going to write something. About the same time, I became aware of science fiction, such as it was then, mostly H.G. Wells, and fantasy, Bram Stoker, H. Rider Haggard, and then I began reading newer science (more or less) fiction--Burroughs, Merritt, Ralph Milne Farley, Ray Cummings, _et_al_. This was the Neolithic, or Hugo Gernsback Period of science fiction, and by this time I was a real 200-proof fan." - H. Beam Piper, "Double: Bill Symposium" interview
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
03:48 UT
"But we Sword-Worlders got around the galaxy, for a while. In fact, I seem to remember reading that some of our brethren from Morglay or Flamberge even occupied Aditya for a couple of centuries. Not that you'd guess it to look at Aditya now."

That's Lord Marshall Koreff, the power behind the Durendal throne, speaking to Paul XXII in "Ministry of Disturbance." He's taking a not-so-veiled shot at the Adityan representatives competing with him and his puppet-King for the Emperor's attention.

Koreff might not know, but we recognize this is an ironic statement, for though it's true that Aditya was "occupied" by Space Vikings at an earlier period in its history, in between that point and Koreff's attempted barb the Adityans managed to overthrow their Viking overlords, who had become decadent and weak, as recounted in Beam's "A Slave is a Slave." Sword-Worlders may have conquered Aditya but _these_ Adityans are the descendants of those who massacred the descendants of the Space Vikings and supplanted their rule.

This is Beam at his best, showing us with his own future history that yesterday's victors are tomorrow's vanquished, and that this cycle will repeat itself again and again (to the point where both Koreff and the Adityan rulers both find themselves to be subjects of the Galactic Empire).

"Save Your Majesty!"

"Good things in the long run are often tough while they're happening." - Otto Harkaman (H. Beam Piper), ~Space Viking~
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