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Time Crimes: The Paratime Collection (Five Paratime Novels in One Volume) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: ignacio hills press (TM) IgnacioHillsPress.com; 1st edition (September 22, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GS6ZJA
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By S. Baker on September 22, 2010
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This is a collection of five short stories, not novels. As far as I can tell, Piper did actually write a paratime novel called Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen. He also wrote a few collections of paratime stories. The five stories in this collection together translate roughly into a 250 page book, hardly five novels.

Anyway, as for the stories themselves, I enjoyed them. I love pulpy 50s sci-fi, where they will have space ships and flying cars, and ray guns, but people still use magnetic tape dictation machines and are sexist and smoke...a lot.

This collection includes the original illustrations that came with the stories, which are neat. Definitely worth the price. This is what the Kindle was born for. Out of print (out of copyright in this case) stories. Publishers get with the program.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T. Ratcliff on March 11, 2009
There's a bewildering mix of H. Beam Piper works for the Kindle. I found this one from a mention on tor.com's blog. These are the magazine versions of the stories, and I suspect this edition is a compilation of the public domain versions from Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org).

However, for less than a dollar, these are some of the best SF writing of the 50s and 60s.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EasterLemming on July 19, 2011
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The Kindle description is misleading as these are 5 stories, not novels, but otherwise a fine collection at a great price. These are the original editions as published in magazine format with the black and white illustrations that accompanied them. The Complete Paratime published in 2001 by Ace has more stories but lacks the first one, "Genesis" which I have not seen collected elsewhere. This Kindle ebook includes a linked Table of Contents which some low cost Kindle collections lack.

Piper had a belief in both reincarnation and the possibility of parallel worlds which he explored in these short stories. He was an excellent pulp science fiction writer whose works are now mostly in the public domain.

These works, and more of Piper's, can be found on Project Gutenberg and downloaded for free but this edition has gone back to the original paperback magazine stories and includes the illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Rosenberg on April 24, 2012
This version is missing "He Walked Around The Horses" (which is included in "Paratime! Collected Paratime Stories" and as a free download).

The first Paratime Story (Police Operation) refers to the events of that story. Police Operation mentions the Chief having accidentally kidnapped someone in his time machine but before he could rescue that person the person had been killed. "He Walked Around The Horses" is the story of result of the kidnapping told as a series of letters (including a Trivia gag about the writer of the last letter).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Mckinney on December 13, 2010
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Review it?? This is H. Beam Piper - nobody can say anything bad about Piper! It is a real classic from which many a story line has been "liberated" by other authors!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Peterson on June 22, 2012
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Interesting early Piper work. Well worthwhile, especially if you're a fan of his later work. It remains too sad that he died well before his time. I still have my copy of "Lord Kalvin of Otherwhen," bought while avoiding freshman/sophmore study in college during the 1960's. It's interesting to follow how his writing evolved and became much smoother and more sophisticated as each episode appeared. One of these days, someone (not me) should compile a recognition of the immediate post WWII dawn of true technology/future history featuring not only Piper but Heinlein, early Herbert, and the also too early gone P K Dick. I love the amazingly accurate description of a Kindle, circa 1949. Price is right, don't think about it, buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chuck1264 on July 24, 2013
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As with most cross time stories, the included books are more historical sci-fi. They are a little dated, with people living on a tropical Venus and originating on Mars, however, you can suspend your disbelief and enjoy the story.
The one problem I had was with only one time line having paratime technology. Given the premise, there had to be thousands of nearly identical timelines with the technology.
Still, they were a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JZS TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 27, 2013
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I wasn't familiar with Piper until I happened across this 99 cent kindle compilation of five short stories (although I had read the first story "Genesis" at some point in the distant past). These are great examples of true classic sci fi stories, originally published in '50s pulp magazines.

By and large, the stories hold up well but there are a few "future" technology details that seem dated. And like much pulp sci fi from the fifties you can see the unfortunate influence of McCarthyism; but, as with much older fiction if you can get past that and accept it as a reality of the time it was written, the story is very enjoyable.

This inexpensive kindle editon is very well formated. This little book serves as a great introduction to Piper or just as a quick read when you are in the mood for classic pulp stories.
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