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Last Enemy (Paratime Police)

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The last enemy was the toughest of all -- and conquering him was in itself almost as dangerous as not conquering. For a strange pattern of beliefs can make assassination an honorable profession
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Aegypan (first published 1950)
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Perry Whitford
A golden aged sci-fi short story from a noted practitioner of the time, 'The Last Enemy' is an inter-dimensional tale of political intrigue, reincarnation and institutionalized assassination. When a time traveling scientist from a technologically advanced time-line decides to aid an inferior culture prove the existence of reincarnation, her success opens up a veritable Pandora's Box of social and political ramifications, leading to her disappearance and a civil war.
A policeman (and ex-lover) fr
Sean Brennan
Don't get we wrong I love Piper's stories, and this is no exception concened here with two ideologies in conflict over the nature of reincarnation, what I do have a problem was with his dubious(to say the least)political views.

the arrogant, cocksure, ambitious, LEFTIST politician, who knows what is best for everybody better than anybody else does yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion you might add.

Towards the end of the book Piper's answer to over population,

A series of all out Atomic
Jesse Whitehead
This is one the books in H. Beam Piper’s Paratime Police universe. As usual Piper is brilliant. Surprisingly, for a book written in the fifties, this book features a female scientist who, though she does need to be rescued, actually has a personality and does a good deal of the rescuing herself. There are also black people who are not predominantly bad-guys, also surprising for a book from the fifties.

One of the themes of this book is reincarnation. The Paratime Police, apparently, have proven s
Herman Gigglethorpe
This Paratime story is about a universe where reincarnation is a proven fact, humanity has interstellar travel, everyone is brown-skinned, and a war is about to start between Statisticalists (Communists) and Volitionists (Capitalists). A Paratime scientist and natives from that timeline discover how to record memories of past lives, and discover evidence that dead people have some choice as to what form they will take. Death is an inconvenience at worst, and people kill themselves at "suicide pa ...more
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How do you kill your enemies, when they keep reincarnating? How would the knowledge of optional, and purposeful, reincarnation change the socio-political landscape of a world? If you forcibly disincarnate someone (the word for to kill, or murder in this short story), what are the ramifications. All these are questions that are addressed in this short story, and we see the return of some of our favorite paratime police. ...more
Part of the long running Paratime Police series, enjoying this short story centres around accepting the premise that reincarnation is scientifically provable.

Get over that hurdle, and the rest is fun with (almost) two party politics, an armed and dueling populace and some YA-ish gunplay.

Personally I hate the bit with the table close to the end, but other than that it's a fun read.
I just never really got into this one. It was a kind of confusing storyline and I didn't really connect with the characters.
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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.
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