Space Viking

Space Viking

by H. Beam Piper

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Vengeance is a strange human motivation— it can drive a man to do things which he neither would nor could achieve without it ... and because of that it lies behind some of the greatest sagas of human literature!

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ISBN-13: 9781531257774
Publisher: Perennial Press
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Sold by: StreetLib SRL
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 85,322
File size: 589 KB

About the Author

Henry Beam Piper, (1904 - 1964) was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales. He wrote under the name H. Beam Piper. (Wikipedia)

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Space Viking 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent story. Well told in 148 pages. Did not quite believe the cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoking would be allowed on a space ship, with recycled air, for weeks at a time. That is the only negative comment about the book.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story of space adventurer who, forced by events, becomes a Space Viking, a raider of worlds, in order to lure his enemy out.Although book is based around this conflict and main characters work on bringing the world of Tanith from the barbarism to civilization it compares many forms of human society - from the very rural cultures of Tanith (medieval level society), 20th century democratic-states-organized world of Amaterasu to more advanced civilization on Beowulf (very similar to Amaterasu, democratic society but with planet level government) and Marduk (planetary level constitutional monarchy)(btw all places in question are planets where action takes place).Very interesting views on what is ideal of society and what really means to be civilized.Good book, slightly archaic language may repel some readers but my advice is to read on - you'll enjoy it.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is in the genre of Space Opera, or even what is now called YA, though when Piper wrote it was most likely called Juvenile Fiction. It stays in print, people buy it, people reread it. I have read it virtually every other year for nearly thirty years. Not that it is great literature, but that it is a fun read. There are bad guys and good guys, quests, and evil deeds.Along the way we are treated to what piper often does in the Terro-Human Federation stories, and that is get a glimpse of great political and economic theories at work. That the story spans many years shows how these forces work within the context so that gives us more than the hero who just swashbuckles through a story of derringdo. Our hero witnesses and influences the end of a the galactic dark ages and a new renaissance.Piper committed suicide and left us without more. This book has always been in search of a sequel for though complete, Piper has left us wanting so much more. Recommending this book, I have read it fifteen to twenty times. I think it is good and always worth returning too.
dragonasbreath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the far future, Man has conquered the stars - and lost them again.The Federation has shattered, leaving the colonies on their own. Some do well, some don't.At Wardshaven of Trask, the Lord is preparing to wed...when the Raiders come and destroy his dreams. Burning for revenge, he forms his own space army and takes to the skies...
bzedan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can we all bask for a moment in the glory of that title?With Space Kings and their Space Feudalism! And Space Amish (sort of)! It's interesting and I think another example of how Piper (like another favourite of mine, David Drake) pulls from historic battles and whatnot. The only problem with Piper is that his books are great, I just don't want to ruin a fun story for someone else. This one has revenge, though¿and a space ship named Nemesis. Oooh. By this point in time, colonising is out, along with the core society that ran it. The Vikings are the new colonisers. Interesting and interestinger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely done amd enjoyable. Does make you think about the future around us.
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firsTraveler More than 1 year ago
Things the author had no clue about: Vikings, history, space & planetary resources, Hitler, human nature, trade, shipping.... So was the space combat at least exciting? No. Is the book worth $2:99 on your Nook? No.