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Temple Trouble

H. Beam Piper

Book Overview: 

Did you know that our little earth is not limited to the single time line on which we happen to live? There are actually thousands, no millions of parallel times, each existing alongside all the rest. Some extremely primitive, some very advanced, bot all unaware of the others. Of course this does not affect us at all, unless ... unless one of these time lines discovers the existence of the others and then a way to move easily back and forth from one to the other. Then a few problems might happen. Well, it has happened and the ParaPolice are kept busy sorting out things like what happened here ...

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .If I—" He stopped short, catching sight of the shoulder holster under Stranor Sleth's left arm. "Were you wearing that needler up in the temple?" he demanded.

"You're blasted right I was!" Stranor Sleth retorted. "And any time I can't arm myself for my own protection on this time-line, you can have my resignation. I'm not getting into the same jam as those people at Zurb."

"Well, never mind about that," Verkan Vall intervened. "Of course Stranor Sleth has a right to arm himself; I wouldn't think of being caught without a weapon on this time-line, myself. Now, Stranor, suppose you tell me what's been happening, here, from the beginning of this trouble."

"It started, really, about five years ago, when Kurchuk, the King of Zurb, married this Chuldun princess, Darith, from the country over beyond the Black Sea, and made her his queen, over the heads of about a dozen daughters of the local nobility, whom he'd married previously. Then he broug. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a little gem of a story set in Piper's Paratime Universe of almost infinite possibilities, here looking at the old religious pantheon. Great.

This is one of Piper's better Paratime stories. I guess Piper came up with the "Missionaria Protectiva" before Dune did! The First Level people are manipulating the religion of a primitive timeline where the Aryan Invasions targeted Egypt and Mesopotamia instead of India, and therefore slowed down p

This was good, if confusing at the start. I've just started reading this author's short stories, and I'm randomly jumping around. This tale is part of his larger "paratime" stories about a civilization that can jump across the multiverse, so maybe it's better to read them in some specific order, but

I'm not sure how I feel yet about the writing style, as it is not so easy to make up your mind by just one short story. I do really like the concept of the story and it has made me want to read the series he's written based on the same general idea.

More short story than novel. Classic Science Fiction from the 50's. An easy fun read. This is really one of those guilty pleasure kind of books.

It's amazingly easy to imagine the world being infiltrated by more advanced civilisations and I think Piper definitely uses those fears, although this isn't a scary book, rather one that is thought provoking.