H. Beam Piper's Space Viking

I must have read Space Viking over a hundred times. Since my youth, H. Beam Piper's Terro-Human histories, as well as his Paratime novels, have thrilled me.

Space Viking lays out Piper's Terro-Human universe several generations after the collapse of the Federation, a galaxy spanning human government. Civilization, across space, is slowly reverting to barbarism, except a few worlds that've held on.

The Sword Worlds struggle on but they are unwittingly watching their chances at a civilized future slip away. Pirating former colonized worlds for goods and treasure has left the Sword Worlds uncreative and culturally parasitical. Few realize the doom looming on the horizon but when a madman kills Lucas Trask's fiancé, Trask's quest for vengeance becomes instead a movement for hope.

I love H. Beam Piper and can't recommend Space Viking highly enough.

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  1. I haven't thought of this book in years, I think it may be time to dust it off again.

  2. Love it to bits. I'd hate to think how many times I've reread this.

  3. Thanks for the tip on the free eBook! I haven't thought about H. Beam Piper in such a long time. Little Fuzzy made me a Piper fan. I still have my old, well-read, much-loved and handled "Little Fuzzy" paperback. YEEK! (I am still so sad about Piper's decision to end his life, though.)

  4. i love this book, and everything he wrote. i already have my copy, but it's nice to have the free links to share with people
    i got started on scifi very young, with Piper. my dad gave me the michael whelan illustrated childrens' book of little fuzzy. every time i've spotted one of his books, i've gotten it, although it was the mid 90's when i got the last one, a rerelease of the lost manuscript: Fuzzies and Other People.
    had a VERY interesting conversation once when i ran into a filmmaker who made some movies that included a federation, and an empire, a space cowboy, some short, squeaky, fully furred aboriginal people - i said "have you ever read any H Beam Piper?" and he said "Yes, yes I have"
    he may have been lying to get rid of me, but i like to think he wasn't

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