The Complete Paratime

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From H. Beam Piper, the creator of the Terrohuman Future History and the bestselling Fuzzy novels, come the parallel worlds of Paratime—collected for the first time in one volume.

Infinite worlds allowed for infinite evil—unless the doorway to those worlds was most carefully guarded. The Paratime Police are an elite force of men and women charged with defending a million unsuspecting Earths from their more developed—and more ruthless—neighbors in parallel continua. From the ...

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Overview

From H. Beam Piper, the creator of the Terrohuman Future History and the bestselling Fuzzy novels, come the parallel worlds of Paratime—collected for the first time in one volume.

Infinite worlds allowed for infinite evil—unless the doorway to those worlds was most carefully guarded. The Paratime Police are an elite force of men and women charged with defending a million unsuspecting Earths from their more developed—and more ruthless—neighbors in parallel continua. From the original Paratime, which introduced the unceasing struggles of the time-traveling heroes, to Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, the last Paratime story of a state trooper’s conquest of an alternate Earth...The Complete Paratime is a grand science fiction experience.

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“Piper at his top form.” –Lester Del Rey

“He was a story teller; a man who could keep you up all night with his books and tales....He was a cavalier.” –Jerry Pournelle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441008018
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 998,345
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    Cross-time Travelers Police Parallel Worlds

    H. Beam Piper's Paratime stories, first published between 1948 and 1965 and culminating in his novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, chronicle the efforts of a human civilization from a parallel world which has discovered the secret of cross-time travel to protect the 'Paratime Secret,' the very existence of the multitude of parallel worlds. As the Paratime Police protect the Secret they also make it possible for this 'First Level' civilization to exploit the parallel worlds, something they have been doing for the past 10,000 years! Naturally, much of the adventure takes place on Fourth Level, Europo-American Sector, Hispano-Columbian Subsector--our own place in the multiverse. Piper's novel traces the exploits of Calvin Morrison, a Pennsylvania state trooper who is mistakenly transported to a parallel world of musket and pike warfare and a theocracy based upon the secret of gunpowder. Morrison becomes 'Lord Kalvan' as he helps a local prince--and his lovely daughter--to combat the gunpowder god's minions. While billed as 'complete' this compilation, which consists of the Kalvan novel and Piper's stories previously collected in the 1981 anthology Paratime edited by John F. Carr omits two other possible Paratime stories, 'Genesis' and 'Crossroads of Destiny' which appeared in the 1983 anthology The Worlds of H. Beam Piper also edited by Carr. Two authorized sequels to Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, 1985's Great Kings' War by Roland Green and John F. Carr, and Kalvan Kingmaker by Carr just published in 2001, are also not included.

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