H. Beam Piper





H. Beam Piper

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born
in Altoona, Pennsylvania, The United States
March 03, 1903

died
November 05, 1964

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Henry Beam Piper 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.


Average rating: 3.91 · 15,796 ratings · 1,005 reviews · 173 distinct works · Similar authors
Little Fuzzy (Fuzzy Sapiens...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5,771 ratings — published 1962 — 76 editions
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Fuzzy Sapiens (Fuzzy Sapien...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 992 ratings — published 1964 — 16 editions
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The Fuzzy Papers (Fuzzy Sap...
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 846 ratings — published 1977 — 4 editions
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Space Viking
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 935 ratings — published 1962 — 44 editions
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Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 738 ratings — published 1965 — 10 editions
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Fuzzies and Other People (F...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 605 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions
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The Cosmic Computer
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 608 ratings — published 1963 — 44 editions
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Uller Uprising
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 355 ratings — published 1952 — 32 editions
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The Complete Fuzzy (Fuzzy S...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 1998
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Federation
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 1981 — 4 editions
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“I like it where it gets dark at night, and if you want noise, you have to make it yourself.”
H. Beam Piper, Fuzzies and Other People

“Take a drink because you pity yourself, and then the drink pities you and has a drink, and then two good drinks get together and that calls for drinks all around.”
H. Beam Piper, Little Fuzzy

“English is the product of a Saxon warrior trying to make a date with an Angle bar-maid, and as such is no more legitimate than any of the other products of that conversation.”
H. Beam Piper, Fuzzy Sapiens

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The Restorer (Graveyard Queen, #1) by Amanda Stevens
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

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My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.It started with the discovery of a young woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I've been hired to restore. The clues to the killer--and to his other victims--lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I've vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.
 
  19 votes 26.4%

Witchling (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon #1) by Yasmine Galenorn
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

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We’re the D’Artigo sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we’re savvy—and sexy—operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she’s stressed. Menolly’s a vampire who’s still trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I’m Camille—a wicked-good witch. Except my magic’s as unpredictable as the weather, as my enemies are about to find out the hard way...

At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, a fellow operative, Jocko, has been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, badass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He’s made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: Keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they’re in like Flynn. After all, with only my bumbling sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we’ve got a secret for them: Faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D’Artigo girls...
 
  14 votes 19.4%

City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #3) by Stacia Kane
City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

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THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
 
  13 votes 18.1%

Dead Iron (Age of Steam, #1) by Devon Monk
Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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Welcome to a new America that is built on blood, sweat, and gears...

In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother's death. Then he's offered hope that his brother may yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers-and now in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished to walk this Earth.

In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only things a man can count on are his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he's going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all...
 
  11 votes 15.3%

Containment by Christian Cantrell
Containment by Christian Cantrell

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As the Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity’s first permanent steppingstone into the universe.

Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth. After a puzzling accident, Arik wakes up to find that his wife is almost three months pregnant. Since the colony’s environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child. Arik’s new and frantic research uncovers startling truths about the planet, and about the distorted reality the founders of the colony have constructed for Arik’s entire generation. Everything Arik has ever known is called into question, and he must figure out the right path for himself, his wife, and his unborn daughter.
 
  8 votes 11.1%

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

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From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.

Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has turned his back on his family’s mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be—she’s a retired international secret agent. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie’s old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe’s got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe’s once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father’s old gun . . .
 
  5 votes 6.9%

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper

Synopsis:
The planet Zarathustra is listed as uninhabited -- which means that the entire planet can be owned by a corporation. That owner is the rich and happy Zarathustra Company -- rich and happy, that is, until a prospector named Jack Holloway comes across undocumented species -- a tiny, golden-furred little biped that he dubs "Little Fuzzy." Not only are the Little Fuzzies cute, they're bright too -- in fact, they may be sapient as people are . . . and that means everything the Zarathustra company owns on this world is at stake. . . .
 
  2 votes 2.8%

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