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H. Beam Piper

H. Beam Piper

H. Beam Piper was born March 23, 1904, the only issue of Harriet L. (Mauer) Piper and Herbert Orr Piper. He had no formal education and at age eighteen went to work as a watchman for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Altoona yards.

Piper was very protective over his personal privacy and had a Victorian view of publicity and self-promotion.

He was largely self-educated; he obtained a deep knowledge of science and history "without subjecting myself to the ridiculous misery of four years in the uncomfortable confines of a raccoon coat."

He started writing as a teenager, but didn't sell his first story, Time and Time Again, until he was 32 years old. To others Piper appeared suddenly and from out-of-nowhere in 1947 at the top of his form and went on to write a number of memorable short stories in the premier science fiction magazine of the time, Astounding Science Fiction, under legendary editor John W. Campbell.

His best novels "Little Fuzzy," "Cosmic Computer," "Space Viking" and "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen" are considered SF classics.

A solitary man to the end, Piper did not tell his friends of his financial predicament. Instead, he took a way out that could only be reasonable to a man who abhorred state handouts and was determined not to burden his friends and family.

On November 6th, 1964, H. Beam Piper shut off the utilities in his apartment at 330 East Third Street in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, placed painter's drop cloths over the walls and floor and shot himself with a .38-caliber pistol.

In his suicide note, he gave an explanation that is pure Piper:

"I don't like to leave messes when I go away, but if I could have cleaned up any of this mess, I wouldn't be going away. H. Beam Piper."

John F. Carr

John F. Carr was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but raised in San Diego, California. He now resides with his wife, Victoria, and two cats, Holstein and Little Girl, in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Their two children, Jeremy and Nicole, live in Southern California.

John F. Carr

He is the author of over a dozen novels and some thirty theme anthologies and short story collections. These include the 2001 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Winner, The Survival of Freedom. His other anthologies include, Nebula Award Stories Sixteen, The Science Fiction Yearbook, nine volumes of There Will Be War, four volumes of The Endless Frontier, three volumes of Imperial Stars and seven volumes of the shared-world anthology series, War World. John was also the Editor of The Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Publisher of Sticky Fingers Magazine, the Managing Editor of the Far Frontiers paperback magazine and SF editor of Popular Computing.

War World is a science fiction shared-world series created by Jerry E. Pournelle and John F. Carr, which takes place in Jerry Pournelle's CoDominium and Empire of Man future history. Jerry has given John exclusive permission to continue the War World series, which he did starting with "The Battle for Sauron" by John F. Carr and Don Hawthorne published in 2007 by Pequod Press. Two new War World anthologies have since been published, Discovery and Takeover, and more anthologies and War World novels are in the works.

Carr is the recognized authority on the life and works of H. Beam Piper and his Piper biography, "H. Beam Piper: A Biography" was published by McFarland and Company on March 30, 2008. He also edited and wrote the introductions to all five Ace Books H. Beam Piper short story collections, "Federation", "Empire", "Paratime", "The Worlds of H. Beam Piper" and "The Complete Paratime".

He just completed "Gunpowder God", the latest installment of the Kalvan Saga. He is also working on a new collection of Paratime stories to be called "The Paratime Police Chronicles", which will contain all of Piper's Paratime Police stories, as well as several new Paratime stories he has recently written.

St. Bonaventure University has become the home of the John F. Carr Collection at the Friedsam Memorial Library Archives. This Archive contains published and well as unpublished works and materials relating to his career.

John can be contacted at:

Alan Gutierrez

Alan Gutierrez

Alan Gutierrez, is a well-known cover artist who has done countless book and game covers. He has illustrated books for Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, David Drake, Gordon Dickson, and Greg Bear to name a few.

He has also done toy packaging (for Tonka Toys) and his work has been seen on the covers of many magazines, such as Popular Mechanics, Final Frontier, Analog, and Astronomy. He has also illustrated spacecraft concepts for NASA. Alan is the Pequod Press artist and has done all the covers for John's books as well as those of Piper and other authors.

Art directors and publishers seek out Alan's work for its eye-popping color and drama. You can see more of his work at:

Victoria Alexander

Victoria Alexander

Victoria Alexander is the Editor In Chief of Pequod Press and a former columnist for the Centre Daily Times. She has done copyediting for various authors, including Jerry E. Pournelle, Cindy Keith, John F. Carr and Ken Hull.

She can be contacted at


Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson is a software designer living in the UK and has designed and runs all of John's web sites. Mark is no stranger to designing web sites, in fact during his time at one of the companies he worked for, he spent many years designing a wide variety of business web sites for the company's clients.

Among Mark's many interests is Medieval History, he runs the web site of the Lance and Longbow Society - Britain's premier medieval interests society. He is also researching his family tree and trying to find out the stories behind his own family history.

Contact details, plus links to some of the web sites he has designed, along with information on the services he provides, can be found on his web site at