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H. Beam Piper

A Biography

Häftad,  Engelska, 2014-02-28
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H. Beam Piper is one of science fiction's most enigmatic writers. In 1946 Piper appeared seemingly from out of nowhere, already at the top of his form. He published a number of memorable short stories in the premier science fiction magazine of the time, Astounding Science Fiction, under legendary editor John W. Campbell. Piper quickly became friends with many of the top writers of the day, including Lester Del Rey, Fletcher Pratt, Robert Heinlein and L. Sprague de Camp. Piper also successfully made the turn from promising short story writer to major novelist, authoring Four-Day Planet, Cosmic Computer, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and Little Fuzzy, which was nominated for a Hugo award. Even those who counted Piper among their friends knew very little about the man or his life as a railroad yard bull in Altoona, Pennsylvania. This biography illuminates H. Beam Piper, both the writer and the man, and answers lingering questions about his death. Appendices include a number of Piper's personal papers, a complete bibliography of Piper's works, and an essay on Piper's Terro-Human Future History series.
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John F. Carr has edited numerous anthologies of science fiction, and is also the author of three science fiction novels. He lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.


Table of Contents Acknowledgments vii Preface 1 Part I: The Early Years 1. A Prince Is Born 7 2. Soul Mates of the Quill 15 3. The Would-Be Writer 19 4. Prohibition - Phooey! 27 5. The Deer Stalkers 33 6. The Unholy Duo 39 7. The Old Brick House Beside the River 45 8. Never a Debtor Be 50 9. Threes Company 54 10. Moment of Greatness 58 11. Changing Fortunes 64 Part II: The Writer 12. Success at Last! 71 13. A Late Bloomer 76 14. The Campbell Years 79 15. The Collaborators 85 16. Beams Kids 90 17. Betty 96 18. The Case of the Missing Pistol 103 19. Weekend Marriage 109 20. Pipers History of the Future 115 21. French Vacation 121 22. The Big Breakup 126 23. Sputnik 134 Part III: Off To Billtown 24. Leaving Altoona 141 25. Back to Work 145 26. Fuzzy Problems 152 27. When in the Course... 157 28. Unexpected Help 161 29. Little Fuzzy Finds a Home 167 30. Space Viking 173 31. Sequelitis 178 32. Pigeon Pie 183 33. Running Out of Steam 189 34. Let the Guns Bury Him 195 35. The Funeral 198 36. The Last Good-Bye 200 Afterword 205 Appendix A: Piper Story Log 207 Appendix B: The Future History 212 Appendix C: The Terro-Human Future History 215 Appendix D: Piper Weapons Inventory 220 Appendix E: Piper Bibliography 224 Notes 233 Bibliography 243 Index 245