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

H. Beam Piper
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Book Description

NOTE: This edition has a linked "Table of Contents" and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, Amazon Desktop Reader, and your ipod e-book reader.

These are the classic H. Beam Piper stories of the Paratime Police, a law enforcement organization which has learned how to move between parallel universes with alternate histories. They must also protect the secret of paratime travel.

In the Paratime universe, there are an infinite number of timelines, but in each timeline, events occurred differently. They are grouped into five Levels, based on the probabilities of success of an attempt by Martians to colonize Earth 75,000 to 100,000 years ago. They use this time-traveling ability to trade for goods and services which their own, exhausted Earth cannot provide.

In this volume:

Book One: Genesis

Book Two: Police Operation

Book Three: Last Enemy

Book Four: Temple Trouble

Book Five: Time Crime

A must-read for classic sci-fi and pulp-fiction fans!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: ignacio hills press (TM); 1st edition (September 22, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GS6ZJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories, not novels 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
4.0 out of 5 stars These may not be the editions you're looking for. March 11, 2009
There's a bewildering mix of H. Beam Piper works for the Kindle. I found this one from a mention on'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 (

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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent formating of 5 classic SF stories 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing One Paratime Story 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
5.0 out of 5 stars H. Beam Piper Lives!! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Early H Beam Piper 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned Science Fiction 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pulp Sci-Fi 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Piper's work at setting up the alternate time line genre ...
Piper's work at setting up the alternate time line genre.
Published 5 months ago by Lawrence O. Buer
1.0 out of 5 stars No one would write like this today, and I'm glad for that.
An unpleasant, poorly plotted story in which the odds are slanted in favor of the hero. It's from a vanished mode of sexist, racist writing and definitely not Piper's best. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David M. Penzel
1.0 out of 5 stars All 5 of these short stories can be gotten separately for FREE. Why...
All 5 of these short stories are in the public domain + can be gotten separately for FREE on Amazon or They have quite possibly been stolen from Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wordwizard
4.0 out of 5 stars Written in 50 s and it shows.
In these stories everybody smokes. The courtesy of offering a pack of cigarettes is common. The characters are classic 50s people, as are the social proprieties. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hugh Haynsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read to entertain
This book is an easy read for those times when you are just sitting around and need to fill time besides playing on the iPhone. I beleive that I paid $.99 so it was a great deal. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard W
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Crimes
Continuity of characters from story to story gives the series a familiarity where we know what to expect from the people, while the plots shift scenarios to keep the thrills... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Haroldlgreene
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a fun read.
First, this collection was salvaged by Piper's clear, clean, and easy writing style. A definite creation of the pulps. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic fantasy/science fiction
excellent read, I just could not put it down. Adventure, mystery, romance, all rolled into one. Not only 5 novels but with the former, also! What more could you ask for?
Published 22 months ago by Carol Major
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really captivating
Uneven writing; somewhat juvenile; little suspense. Did not hold my attention. Several of the novelettes would have been worth expanding.
Published 23 months ago by Jonathan Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Paratime
This a wonderful treatise on the theory of parallel universes and interactions between them. There are unscrupulous people seeking to exploit others and their resources and the... Read more
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