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H. Beam Piper

American science fiction writer

1904   -   1964

genre: speculative fiction
country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: American English
occupation: writer, novelist, science fiction writer
award received: Prometheus Award - Hall of Fame

Henry Beam Piper (March 23, 1904 – c.  November 6, 1964) was an American science fiction writer. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales. He wrote under the name H. Beam Piper. Another source gives his name as "Horace Beam Piper" and a different date of death. His gravestone says "Henry Beam Piper". Piper himself may have been the source of part of the confusion; he told people the H stood for Horace, encouraging the assumption that he used the initial because he disliked his name. On a copy of Little Fuzzy given to Charles O. Piper, Beam's cousin and executor, he wrote "To Charles from Henry."
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