Paratime

Paratime

by H. Beam Piper
     
 

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H. Beam Piper's first stories set in the parallel worlds of Paratime, including the stories that introduce the Paratime Police and Verkan Vall. This collection includes:

GENESIS: The fascinating origins of the advanced technology that allows future Earth inhabitants to journey between parallel universes. This story from H. Beam Piper's popular Paratime… See more details below

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H. Beam Piper's first stories set in the parallel worlds of Paratime, including the stories that introduce the Paratime Police and Verkan Vall. This collection includes:

GENESIS: The fascinating origins of the advanced technology that allows future Earth inhabitants to journey between parallel universes. This story from H. Beam Piper's popular Paratime series tells of the Martian colonists who settled on Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago. Originally appeared in Future Science Fiction, September 1951.

HE WALKED AROUND THE HORSES: Set in 1809, based on the actual disappearance of English diplomat Benjamin Bathurst in Perleburg, Prussia, during the era of the Napoleonic Wars; he walked around some horses in the courtyard of an inn and was never seen again. Piper describes the event through letters and official documents, and unlike most such tales, he breathes such life into the documents to make it all feel contemporary, clear, and vivid. "He Walked Around the Horses" does not mention Paratime, but the Fortean concept clearly was percolating in Piper's mind. The paratemporal process behind the Bathurst disappearance is discussed in other stories, one of which alludes to Bathurst's own situation. This is a little classic. Originallly appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1948.

POLICE OPERATION: This novelette introduces Verkan Vall of the Paratime Police. The story is set in a world-line that may well be ours. A team of a State Policeman and a game-warden are tracking a very dangerous beast that got away from a paratimer, a Venusian nighthound. Edd Cartier's illustration of the fearsome nighthound from Astounding make a great addition to "Police Operation". In this adventure we're given the basic explanation of Paratime and how it works. Originallly appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, July 1948.

LAST ENEMY: This novella is a fast-paced science-fiction adventure that combines the reality of reincarnation in an advanced civilization; a professional society of assassins; rival political parties based on different theories of reincarnation; an impressive gun-battle inside a country mansion; and the very competent Verkan Vall of the Paratime Police and his sometime wife, the smart, lovely and rather explosive Hadron Dalla. Originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, August 1950.

TIME CRIME: Again, this novella is a police procedural, but this one has much rich detail about the Paratime-travelling "First Level" civilization and its Paratime Police, and why they're necessary. A very solid story about slavery and different levels of civilization, and anti-slavery. Piper develops some of the scarier ramifications of his concept. In "Time Crime" we see more of the ethical side of Piper's hero Verkan Vall, of his lady Hadron Dalla, and the Paratime Police. Originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, February 1955.

TEMPLE TROUBLE: Crooked Paratimers masquerade as religious leaders in a vulnerable timeline. Piper's dislike of superstition and false idols comes across strongly. Originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1951.

This edition includes a linked "Table of Contents" and the original illustrations from the stories' magazine publications.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441651702
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/15/1983
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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