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Uller Uprising

H. Beam Piper

Book Overview: 

Uller Uprising is the story of a confrontation between a human overlord and alien servants, with an ironic twist at the end. Like most of Piper’s best work, Uller Uprising is modeled after an actual event in human history; in this case the Sepoy Mutiny (a Bengal uprising in British-held India brought about when rumors were spread to native soldiers that cartridges being issued by the British were coated with animal fat. The rebellion quickly spread throughout India and led to the massacre of the British Colony at Cawnpore.). Piper’s novel is not a mere retelling of the Indian Mutiny, but rather an analysis of an historical event applied to a similar situation in the far future.

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Book Excerpt: 
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The aircar swung out over Konkrook Channel and headed toward the blue-gray Company buildings on Gongonk Island, and the Company airport, swarming with lorries and airboats, where the ten thousand-ton Oom Paul Kruger had just come in from Keegark, and the Company's one real warship, the cruiser Procyon, was lifting out for Grank, in the North. Down at the southern tip of the island, the three-thousand-foot globe of the spaceship City of Pretoria, from Niflheim, was loading with cargo for Terra.

"Just what happened, while you and Mr. Ferriera were in Keeluk's house. Miss Quinton?" Hideyoshi O'Leary asked, trying not to sound official. "Was Keeluk with you all the time? Or did he go out for a while, say fifteen or twenty minutes before you left?"

"Why, yes, he did." Paula Quinton looked surprised. "How did you guess it? You see, a dog started barking, behind the house, and he excused himself and...."

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Community Reviews

Uller Uprising is one of Piper's early books. It involves the occurrences on a planet with a native species which is silicon based, and far different culturally then humans.

Strife between the humans and the Ullerans has existed since the Chartered Uller Company was licensed to exploit...more

H. Beam Piper was one of the true unsung heroes of SF. who committed suicide in 1962 due to a lack of literary success.

This like most of his work deals more with philosophical issues and the fact that History endlessly repeating itself, the events in Uller Uprising following a similar...more

Well thought out species and planet creation, some annoying tropes of 40's-50's sci-fi (smoking and cocktails, main male character seldom flustered or shocked, female characters referred to as girls, never women nor by name - except the lead characters), and quite an ingenious retelling of the hi...more

Piper clearly has a thing about how native peoples are treated, which I was familiar with from Oomphel. This story was originally part of a set of novellas that were based on a seed idea written by Dr. Clark. He gave the writers two worlds to work with and they ran with it. Piper threw in the "B...more

Uller Uprising is a story about the military forces of a mining company on an extra-terrestrial planet using atomic bombs to put down a native rebellion. The story references are quite dated, perhaps understandably so since the novel was written not long after World War II. One of the main charac...more

I'm kind of on the fence about this book. As a piece of military SF adventure from the Golden Age, it's pretty excellent and not nearly as clunky as many of Piper's contemporaries. Something about the whole story is a little off, though, and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I'm not surprised to discov...more

Classic Midcentury SF

For those easily offended by a retrograde political subtext, this is not the book for you. Indeed, if you take this sort of thing seriously, you might even be triggered. But it is a classic. Interesting world building, crisp writing, and a quick pace. And it is not a doorsto...more

Some books hold up better than others in later years. I first read "Uller Uprising" in 1983. I was fifteen and viewed the world through the eyes of a fifteen year old. Then "Uller Uprising" was a terrific blood and thunder adventure novel. A little bit old fashioned, but that was okay. I loved th...more

At times I enjoy going into by stack of books and picking one of the “oldies” out and re-reading them. Recently I was in the mood for a good space opera and while browsing thru I bumped into the Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper; score!!!

Uller Uprising is Mr. Piper’s futuristic retellin...more

I can't say that I really like this story. It is not written badly, but the perspective is Machiavellian and pro-Imperialism, which is not something I can agree with. That does not make it a bad book, but it does mean I don't care for it. The plot takes place on the Planet Uller, where the Terro-...more

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