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David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
02:08 UT
Tim wrote:

> Who was Benson Parker by the way? Did he have other
> contributions to the Piper-verse or Fuzzy-verse?

ISFDB suggests Adventures was his only speculative fiction work.

Also wrote what some reviewers call an "alt-Western" short story collection:


which seems to have been issued by Amazon's POD unit.


"I saw a man shot once on Mimir, for calling another man a son of a Khooghra. The man who shot him had been on Yggdrasil and knew what he was being called." - Jack Holloway (H. Beam Piper), ~Little Fuzzy~
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
14:31 UT
Tim wrote:

> as well as the re-imagining of Little Fuzzy by Scalzi?

Scalzi had a bit to say about this a while back:



"I don't know what plans you have for a next story project, but the world-picture you've been building up in the Sword Worlds stories, or Space Viking stories, or whatever you designate the series, offers some lovely possibilities." -- John W. Campbell (to H. Beam Piper)
Tim TowPerson was signed in when posted
13:05 UT

There's also the opportunity for a children's line of books. Adventures of Little Fuzzy by Benson Parker was a one-off book in 1983, the same year the Ewoks made their big screen appearance. Who was Benson Parker by the way? Did he have other contributions to the Piper-verse or Fuzzy-verse?
Tim TowPerson was signed in when posted
13:42 UT
Great retrospective here. So have things changed with the rights with the sequels John Carr has published and others, as well as the re-imagining of Little Fuzzy by Scalzi?

I agree that Piper's stories are great YA fare.
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
19:31 UT
From the Archives: "Discovering Piper"

Back in January 2000 there were a series of posts to the old PIPER-L mailing list where Piper fans shared the stories of their first encounters with Piper's work. Here's an entry from a particularly knowledgeable Piper fan.

Subject: Re: Discovering Piper
From: John Carr
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 19:51:37 -0800


I first started reading Piper in the '50s in 'Astounding Science Fiction,'
but didn't really discover him until the late '60s, when a theatre arts
friend of one of my roommates (at the time, I was living with 2 girls, Jerri
and Vicki -- ALA 'Three's Company' -- and he was Jerri's friend) loaned me
his copy of LORD KALVAN OF OTHERWHEN. This guy was a 'real' character; he
would occasionally wear a 7th Cavalry troopers' uniform to school (San Diego
Stage University). He considered LORD KALVAN one of the greatest military
fiction novels of all time; he loaned me his copy, I read it and agreed.
(Interestingly, he was not a science fiction fan.) Since most of Piper's
novels weren't published until the early sixties -- and were out-of-print by
then -- I bought my own copies of LORD KALVAN OF OTHERWHEN, COSMIC COMPUTER
and SPACE VIKING at used book stores. I was amazed by the wealth of detail
and the power of Beam's prose. Piper was a true storyteller; maybe the best
we've had this century. John W. Campbell -- the famed editor of
'Astounding/Analog' -- compared Beam's stories to the classics, such as
TREASURE ISLAND and ROBINSON CRUSOE. My belief is that -- since Piper is
constantly re-discovered -- over time Piper's books will join the list of
young adult (because they're fun and very readable and not 'serious,' AKA
real 'literature') classics in centuries to come, despite Ace's attempt to
keep them well hidden. Actually, the effort new readers undergo to locate
Piper's books may actually help them become classics, since most young
adults don't respond well to books they are spoon-fed! The books that I
believe will attain classic status are LORD KALVAN OF OTHERWHEN and SPACE
VIKING. LITTLE FUZZY and COSMIC COMPUTER are -- and will remain -- lesser
works, but will probably remain in print as Robert Louis Stevenson's minor
works do, such as KIDNAPPED.

>> A couple of questions for the list: Who
>> actually owns the rights to write in
>> Piper's universe?

Ace Books. Jerry Pournelle has Beam's permission to write in Piper's

>> How would one go about getting permission
>> to write a story set in Piper's TFH or
>> Paratime?

You can't. Ace is not even publishing Piper's own books, much less wanting
(or more importantly 'allowing') anyone else to do so. It's a closed/locked
door. If you want to write a novel for practice, or to give to friends --
go ahead. But don't expect to ever publish it as a mainstream SF novel.
Ace doesn't want to see or hear about Piper pastiches. I remember one Ace
editor, I talked to at a convention in the '80s, laughing about a would-be
author who sent them a 'new' Paratime novel each and every year. They
didn't even bother to read them, just tossed them into the circular file.
No other publisher will touch them.

>> In one of the prefaces to one of the Ace
>> paperbacks that Jerry Pournelle was the
>> only writer who had such right.

True. He had Piper's permission, and has Ace's as well.


John Carr

John's original message is available here:



"In my 'teens . . . 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
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