H. Beam Piper

Five Sci-Fi Short Stories by H. Beam Piper


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Five short stories by classic science fiction writer H. Beam Piper.

Four-Day Planet


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Fenris isn't a hell planet, but it's nobody's bargain. With 2,000-hour days and an 8,000-hour year, it alternates blazing heat with killing …

Space Viking


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A galactic war has left the Terran Federation in ruins. Formerly civilized planets have decivilized into barbarism. Space Vikings roam the w…

The Cosmic Computer


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Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his poverty-stricken home planet of Poictesme, "The Junkyard Planet", with news of the possible…

Murder in the Gunroom


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The Lane Fleming collection of early pistols and revolvers was one of the best in the country. When Fleming was found dead on the floor of…

The Return


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Two-hundred years after a global nuclear war, two explorers from a research outpost, that largely survived the cataclysm, discover a settlem…

Omnilingual


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An expedition to Mars discovers the remains of an advanced civilization, which died out many thousands of years ago. They recovered books an…

A Slave Is a Slave


Read by Phil Chenevert


The Galactic Empire is slowly 'welcoming' into the family of civilized worlds those systems so far off in the backwater of the galaxy that t…

Last Enemy


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An undercover Paratimer has disappeared on assignment while in an alternate time line, and it’s up to Verkan Vall of the Paratime Police to …

Oomphel in the Sky


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Natives of the distant planet of Kwannon believe that their world is about to end, and in preparing for the apocalypse, may be unnecessarily…

Naudsonce


Read by Phil Chenevert


Naudsonce? What does THAT mean? Well, to find out you will need to listen to this story where Piper's unique mind explores what we mean by '…

Little Fuzzy


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Jack Holloway, a prospector on the planet Zarathustra discovers small furry creatures. These creatures are obviously intelligent, but are th…

Lone Star Planet


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New Texas: its citizens figure that name about says it all. The Solar League ambassador to the Lone Star Planet has the unenviable task of…

Hunter Patrol


Read by Phil Chenevert


World War IV has dragged on for 12 years and the whole world is drained and tired of the killing and destruction. One man, a high school che…

Time Crime


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The Paratime Police had a real headache this time! Tracing one man in a population of millions is easy--compared to finding one gang hiding …

Uller Uprising


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Uller Uprising is the story of a confrontation between a human overlord and alien servants, with an ironic twist at the end. Like most of Pi…

Null-ABC


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"There's some reaction these days that holds scientists responsible for war. Take it one step further: What happens if "book-learn…

Temple Trouble


Read by Phil Chenevert


Did you know that our little earth is not limited to the single time line on which we happen to live? There are actually thousands, no mill…

The Edge of the Knife


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The Terro-Human Future History is Piper's detailed account of the next 6000 years of human history. 1942, the year the first fission reactor…

Police Operation


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H. Beam Piper (1904–1964) was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his e…

Time Crime


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From Astounding Tales Published February and March 1955 The Paratime Police had a real headache this time! Tracing one man in a population o…

Omnilingual (version 2)


Read by Phil Chenevert


This short story was first written and published in the year 1957, as part of a collection of short science fiction stories in the collectio…