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February 22, 2015

Dear Friends,

I'm back to work on the Kalvan Saga and having a ball. The new book is titled "Down Styphon!" and will wrap up the Styphon's House versus Kalvan story-arc. I'm already a dozen chapters into the book and expect to finish it by summer's end. It will see publication in 2016.

Typewriter Killer

This year's new release will be "Typewriter Killer". The focus of this new volume about science-fiction author H. Beam Piper will be on his writing, the path of his career and the works he created, including his Paratime series and his Terro-Human Future History short stories and novels.

First and foremost, Beam was a storyteller, in the tradition of Robert Lewis Stevenson, Rafael Sabatini, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Heinlein and Mark Twain. Piper told stories of future words and alternate worlds. His best novels, Space Viking, Little Fuzzy, Cosmic Computer and Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen are considered science-fiction classics. His Paratime series was the first sideways in time series and best of its kind-often imitated but never equaled.

Piper had a lifelong fascination with history and was more knowledgeable than most college history professors. He was a historian of the future and his Terro-Human Future History was his crowning creation and set the bar the science-fiction future histories that followed.

The biographical material included in this text is only that which is necessary to explain his writing and to provide proper context for his work.

The hardback edition will be subscription only; that is, available only to those persons who have pre-ordered it, all of whom will be listed in the Acknowledgements. Later, there will be a paperback release, but there will only be one hardcover edition of Typewriter Killer. The book will include a special piece of Piper memorabilia. Please contact me at for more information.

"Typewriter Killer" will be my last book on H. Beam Piper, barring a major discovery of new Piper material which is highly unlikely.

Down Styphon!

John F. Carr