When the whole ornery state of Texas took off for a new planet more to their liking, New Texas was the result: a rough-and-tumble world where everyone packs a gun and it's legal to shoot politicians (if they deserve it)! But now these rugged and independent space pioneers are the targets of an expansive race of aliens. Is the Solar League's new ambassador tough enough to steer them back to Earth's embrace?
It's natural to trust the unproven word of the fellow who's "on my side"--but the emotional moron is on no one's side, not even his own. Once, such an emotional moron could, at worst, hurt a few. But with the mighty, leashed forces Man employs now.... An exciting science fiction story from the author of the classic "Little Fuzzy" series!
Colonel Ashley Hampton didn't want to go to the Asylum, but his nephew and his nephew's wife were determined. After all, the old man claimed to be in contact with a ghost... Originally published in WEIRD TALES magazine in the March 1951 issue, here is one of Piper's rare fantasy stories!
Fenris isn't a hell planet, but it's nobody's bargain. With 2,000-hour days and an 8,000-hour year, it alternates blazing heat with killing cold. A planet like that tends to breed a special kind of person: tough enough to stay alive and smart enough to make the best of it. When that kind of person discovers he's being cheated of wealth he's risked his life for, that kind of planet is ripe for revolution.
In November 1809, an Englishman named Benjamin Bathurst vanished, inexplicably and utterly. He was en route to Hamburg from Vienna, where he had been serving as his government's envoy to the court of what Napoleon had left of the Austrian Empire. At an inn in Perleburg. in Prussia, while examining a change of horses for his coach, he casually stepped out of sight of his secretary and his valet. He was not seen to leave the inn yard. He was not seen again, ever. At least, not in this continuum ..... more info>>
This novel had its genesis in a much shorter story called "Graveyard of Dreams" (Galaxy, 1958) Piper expanded it to book length, and it appeared in 1963 as Junkyard Planet. Ace later renamed the book The Cosmic Computer for its paperback appearance. This edition returns the book to Piper's original title, Junkyard Planet. Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his home world of Poictesme, dubbed "The Junkyard Planet" because of all the military equipment left behind after the last war. Conn claims h... more info>>
H. Beam Piper's classic science ficiton novel of the discovery of another sentient race--the Fuzzies--and the one man who fought to prove them mankind's equal. Highly recommended, Little Fuzzy is considered H. Beam Piper's masterpiece.
There's some reaction these days that holds scientists responsible for war. Take it one step further: What happens if "book-learnin'" is held responsible..." A startling science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper (author of the classic LITTLE FUZZY) and John J. McGuire!
The natives of Kwannon practiced ritual magic under the watchful eyes of their Terran rulers. Hunting, farming, raising children--it all required the special spells only a powerful shoonoo could cast. But when prophesies of the end of the world send the natives of Kwannon swarming, it may also be the end for the Terrans. The natives, it seems, actually want the end of the world--for the promised afterlife will be far, far better. And who can argue with the shoonoon and their prophetic dreams? It... more info>>
When his wife is murdered on his wedding day, Lucas Trask launches himself on a quest for revenge. Using his personal fortune, he buys a spaceship and becomes a Space Viking, raiding worlds while hunting for his wife's killer. But raiding is not his destiny, and he gradually becomes a trader, starting to build a galactic empire. Before he can achieve his new goals, however, he must still deal with his wife's killer. A thrilling intergalactic saga!
From the Golden Age of science fiction, here is H. Beam Piper's classic SF story "The Answer." (Originally appeared in the December, 1959 issue of the pulp magazine, "Fantastic Universe Science Fiction.")
Ed Chalmers, history professor, had a real problem in his classes: he kept blurting out events that hadn't happened yet. Of course that made him the butt of jokes and ridicule, and the Dean wanted him out despite his tenure. But Ed had other ideas ... especially when his predictions started coming true!
The Paratime Police had a real headache this time. Tracing one man in a population of millions is easy--compared to finding one gang hiding out on one of billions of probability time-lines! This classic short novel originally appeared as a two-part serial in "Astounding Science Fiction Magazine" in 1955.
"ZNIDD SUDDABIT!" So the Ulleran challenge begins, with the rantings of a prophet and a seemingly incidental street riot. Only when a dose of poison lands in the governor-general's whiskey does it become clear that the "geeks" have had it up to their double-lidded eyeballs with the imperialist Terran Federation's Chartered Uller Company. Then, overnight, war is everywhere. How it will end is in the (merely) two Terran hands of the new governor-general, a man shrewd enough to know that "it is eas... more info>>