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Graveyard of Dreams

H. Beam Piper

Book Overview: 

Despite Mr. Shakespeare, wealth and name are both dross compared with the theft of hope-- and Maxwell had to rob a whole planet of it.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .s and arms and equipment, left the face of the planet cluttered with installations.

Then, ten years before anybody had expected it, the rebellious System States Alliance had collapsed and the war had ended. The Federation armies had gone home, taking with them the clothes they stood in, their personal weapons and a few souvenirs. Everything else had been left behind; even the most expensive equipment was worth less than the cost of removal.

Ever since, Poictesme had been living on salvage. The uniform the first officer was wearing was forty years old--and it was barely a month out of the original packing. On Terra, Conn had told his friends that his father was a prospector and let them interpret that as meaning an explorer for, say, uranium deposits. Rodney Maxwell found plenty of uranium, but he got it by taking apart the warheads of missiles.

The old replacement depot or classification center or training area or whatever it had been had vani. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Kind of weak for a short story, but he apparently turned this one into a longer novella (Cosmic Computer) which I'm reading next. Hopefully he fleshes out the ramifications and expands on the planet's move towards independence from the Terran Federation.

2019 grade B

Short story which was used as the basis for the novel Cosmic Computer. Some of the scenes were identical. I had so much Deja-vu that I had to look it up.

3.5

Amazing read. Great length for a short story and was captivated. Well laid out. Nothing felt,rushed and the story flowed very well.

Un relato que apela a las emociones para superar las dificultades. Sencillo, seguramente envejecido. Aún así muy recomendable.

Quick HB Piper strontium

Well written and thought out. Not much of a story though, he wrote a funk novel based on this short story, this will just wet your appetite for more. on sent off a poor world to terra to learn, this story is his arrival home after 5 years studying