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When his wife is murdered on his wedding day Lucas Trask launches himself on a uest for revenge Using his personal fortune he buys a spaceship and Ok so I’m a big fan of H Beam Piper Yes classic Sci Fi reuires a certain taste it’s certainly not for everyone and Piper was a bit on the fringe of political discourse than many of his contemporaries Space Viking does tend to exhibit Piper’s personal beliefs uite plainly but it is so jam packed with space exploration and battles that it’s delicious Trask’s development as a character is realistic and interesting Plus I love series that span an immense amount of time in a created place so that you can see how it involves Strictly speaking Piper didn’t write the books as a series but he did tend to write them in the same created space and the degradation of the Old Federation and the rise of the Sword Worlds is fascinating to me But I’m a sucker for space operas and Vikings so this book has it allPlus just look at the cover and tell me it doesn’t fill you with utter nerd love Wonder (The Books of Marvella, is murdered on his wedding day Lucas Trask launches himself on a uest for revenge Using his personal fortune he buys a spaceship and Ok so I’m a big fan of H Beam Piper Yes classic Sci Fi reuires a certain taste Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set it’s certainly not for everyone and Piper was a bit on the fringe of political discourse than many of his contemporaries Space Viking does tend to exhibit Piper’s personal beliefs uite plainly but The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase it The Tunnel is so jam packed with space exploration and battles that Secretos del Cosmos it’s delicious Trask’s development as a character The Secret Treasons is realistic and مريض الوهم interesting Plus I love series that span an The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death immense amount of time ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, in a created place so that you can see how Doctor y campeón it La corruptrice involves Strictly speaking Piper didn’t write the books as a series but he did tend to write them Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves in the same created space and the degradation of the Old Federation and the rise of the Sword Worlds The Purpose-Guided Universe is fascinating to me But I’m a sucker for space operas and Vikings so this book has The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion it allPlus just look at the cover and tell me The Academy it doesn’t fill you with utter nerd love

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Space Viking

Ng to build a galactic empire Before he can achieve his new goals however he must still deal with his wife's killer A thrilling intergalactic saga There’s plenty of rip snorting adventure in Beam Piper’s SPACE VIKING raiding pillaging space battles political coups gunfights in underground bunkers Mainly though the novel serves as a platform for Piper’s political ideas The planetary democracies in the book like Marduk he describes as effete unstable and easily toppled by demagogues like Zaspar Makann or external foes Humanity tends on the whole toward “neobarbarism”; increasingly dependent on welfare state handouts and the benefits of a technological society they lose sight of those blessings’ costs and either refuse to pay them or tear down their infrastructure in a fit of piue The only society that makes sense to Piper is the feudal libertarian one that his hero Lucas Trask establishes on Tanith People get what they are willing to work or pay for no no less with the minimal state services Piper believes they need essentially a night watchman state provided by a warrior aristocracy That the aristocracy also owns much of the means of economic production making economic transactions intrinsically unfair doesn’t bother Piper much Kudos to him anyway for realizing the feudal tendencies within libertarianism than four decades before political scientists did soPiper doesn’t seem to like women much in this novel by the way The only positive female characters are Trask’s former wife generally only manifesting as a ghost and a few simpering little girls Perhaps HBP’s then recent divorce made him inclined to misogyny than usual but IIRC he wrote LORD KALVAN OF OTHERWHEN at about the same time and it had at least a few strong or sympathetic women in its cast of characters Another note as often occurs in mid century space operas the weapons that the Men of the Future employ in SPACE VIKING seem rather old fashioned Ground troops exchange machine gun and rocket fire space going warships slug away at one another with nuclear bombs and “hellburners” a sustained fusion reaction bomb resembling the weapons in Wells’s WORLD SET FREE Technological speculation apparently interested Piper less than political speculation and like many of his generation he found it difficult to imagine a weapon devastating than a nuclear bomb except perhaps human complacency Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories intergalactic saga There’s plenty of rip snorting adventure Mercator in Beam Piper’s SPACE VIKING raiding pillaging space battles political coups gunfights Pasos perdidos en Granada in underground bunkers Mainly though the novel serves as a platform for Piper’s political Suffering and no suffering ideas The planetary democracies Can We Live 150 Years? 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Becomes a Space Viking raiding worlds while hunting for his wife's killer But raiding is not his destiny and he gradually becomes a trader starti What starts as a Space Chase soon takes a back seat to a strange demi Randian commentary on governments and the manner in which they interfere with Strong Sensible Men Piper includes a couple of well who's to say euivocations but it's clear the reader is meant to align with the aristocratic Trask and historically knowledgeable Harkaman both of whom hold the opinion that if one wants to make an omelet one has to firebomb a few thousand chicken coops On top of this seemingly the only thing keeping one of the consistently insane and grasping villains from being named Bradolf Britler is the continual marveling comment from Our Heroes about how very like Hitler he is why doesn't anyone see it I guess we're doomed to repeat the past tut tutThe only parts that I really enjoyed were the passages dealing with the logistics of developing a planetary civilization—that's exactly as backhanded a compliment as it sounds—and Piper cheats a bit here too simply having Trask import interstellar civilization technology to an undeveloped planet and treat the whole reformation as a fait accompliPass this one by


10 thoughts on “Space Viking

  1. says:

    A fun read in that old fashioned chest thumping red meat eating and martini drinking fashion I love a diversion into Space Opera now and again and Space Viking is a fine example of the genre The only HB Piper I can admit to reading so far has been LORD KALVAN OF OTHERWHEN a great alt history type novel the first of the PARATIME series plus some well executed short stories Space Viking wasn't extremely deep; Piper prefers the bludgeon to the rapier on some of the points he makes but I didn't care there's Space Battles civilization building Good Guys and Bad Guys and planets in peril You can't beat it


  2. says:

    I have always enjoyed Piper's Terra Federation books and even praised Piper as one of the unsung heroes of SF but this I had major problems withPiper states that both Democracy and Government stemming from it are historically flawed concepts I have no problem with that Piper's solution is uite frankly authoritarian to the extreme and also contradictory Then your democracy is a farceand the people only free on sufferance if their ballots aren't secured by arms they're worthless Then later his solution to an attack on unarmed security by unarmed citizens Piper's solution Put up fifty combat cars Draw up a deadline and open machine gun fire as soon as the mob crossed it and keep on firing till the survivors turned tail and ran The Space Vikings themselves operate to imperialistic standards taking over lesser civilizations not out of altruistic values but for sheer profit Again the death and destruction this causes Piper has no comment obviously this falls into a form of Darwinism determinism This was the last major work before his suicide and uite frankly it shows


  3. says:

    Ok so I’m a big fan of H Beam Piper Yes classic Sci Fi reuires a certain taste it’s certainly not for everyone and Piper was a bit on the fringe of political discourse than many of his contemporaries Space Viking does tend to exhibit Piper’s personal beliefs uite plainly but it is so jam packed with space exploration and battles that it’s delicious Trask’s development as a character is realistic and interesting Plus I love series that span an immense amount of time in a created place so that you can see how it involves Strictly speaking Piper didn’t write the books as a series but he did tend to write them in the same created space and the degradation of the Old Federation and the rise of the Sword Worlds is fascinating to me But I’m a sucker for space operas and Vikings so this book has it allPlus just look at the cover and tell me it doesn’t fill you with utter nerd love


  4. says:

    This is the first of Piper's books that I've read Having seen his Little Fuzzy in bookstores over the years I had no desire to check him out However I recently read the assertion that this book was one of many influences on the Traveller role playing game Since I'm a fan of Traveller and of the series of books that was a major influence on the game EC Tubb's Dumarest saga I thought I'd check out Space VikingThere is a group of worlds in the Traveller universe called the Sword Worlds The planets are named after famous swords such as Excalibur There is very little else written about them in the original Classic Traveller game So there are also Sword Worlds in Space Viking And they like the overall Traveller universe have a feudalistic society that also includes future tech such as spaceships That's about the only connection I see between the two So not so thrillingAs for the book itself as a story it's rather shallow I could've put it down at any point and never bothered to pick it up again except for completeness' sakeI just didn't get the idea that these characters who seemed like well educated likeable in a shallow old SF way fellows were also space vikings who raided other worlds by dropping nuclear bombs on them and then looting them of their museum pieces treasures and small portable manufacturing plants They were fully capable of making this stuff themselves but they just decided to take on entire planets with a few ships to try and steal it Then they turned around and went to other planets and sold their loot Uh why? I couldn't get my head around it There was a fundamental difference between the way the characters themselves were portrayed and the horror of wanton killing that they did as a careerThe other thing was the odd political statements the author appeared to be trying to make He had the characters draw connections between political movements they discovered and the historical Hitler He set up a race of Gilgameshers who played the role of the Jews in Hitler's schemes Rather uncomfortable to read Then he went on and on about how governments didn't work but at the same time should use violence to keep the people in line Should I just couldn't put all this stuff in my head and turn it into a coherent messageSo yeah Now I can say I read a book that supposedly influenced Traveller But didn't reallyGive it a pass


  5. says:

    A sentimental three stars; this was space opera without too much philosophyReading his other stuff particularly Uller Uprising I found his politics laughably simplistic and increasingly tedious


  6. says:

    What starts as a Space Chase soon takes a back seat to a strange demi Randian commentary on governments and the manner in which they interfere with Strong Sensible Men Piper includes a couple of well who's to say euivocations but it's clear the reader is meant to align with the aristocratic Trask and historically knowledgeable Harkaman both of whom hold the opinion that if one wants to make an omelet one has to firebomb a few thousand chicken coops On top of this seemingly the only thing keeping one of the consistently insane and grasping villains from being named Bradolf Britler is the continual marveling comment from Our Heroes about how very like Hitler he is why doesn't anyone see it I guess we're doomed to repeat the past tut tutThe only parts that I really enjoyed were the passages dealing with the logistics of developing a planetary civilization—that's exactly as backhanded a compliment as it sounds—and Piper cheats a bit here too simply having Trask import interstellar civilization technology to an undeveloped planet and treat the whole reformation as a fait accompliPass this one by


  7. says:

    There’s plenty of rip snorting adventure in Beam Piper’s SPACE VIKING raiding pillaging space battles political coups gunfights in underground bunkers Mainly though the novel serves as a platform for Piper’s political ideas The planetary democracies in the book like Marduk he describes as effete unstable and easily toppled by demagogues like Zaspar Makann or external foes Humanity tends on the whole toward “neobarbarism”; increasingly dependent on welfare state handouts and the benefits of a technological society they lose sight of those blessings’ costs and either refuse to pay them or tear down their infrastructure in a fit of piue The only society that makes sense to Piper is the feudal libertarian one that his hero Lucas Trask establishes on Tanith People get what they are willing to work or pay for no no less with the minimal state services Piper believes they need essentially a night watchman state provided by a warrior aristocracy That the aristocracy also owns much of the means of economic production making economic transactions intrinsically unfair doesn’t bother Piper much Kudos to him anyway for realizing the feudal tendencies within libertarianism than four decades before political scientists did soPiper doesn’t seem to like women much in this novel by the way The only positive female characters are Trask’s former wife generally only manifesting as a ghost and a few simpering little girls Perhaps HBP’s then recent divorce made him inclined to misogyny than usual but IIRC he wrote LORD KALVAN OF OTHERWHEN at about the same time and it had at least a few strong or sympathetic women in its cast of characters Another note as often occurs in mid century space operas the weapons that the Men of the Future employ in SPACE VIKING seem rather old fashioned Ground troops exchange machine gun and rocket fire space going warships slug away at one another with nuclear bombs and “hellburners” a sustained fusion reaction bomb resembling the weapons in Wells’s WORLD SET FREE Technological speculation apparently interested Piper less than political speculation and like many of his generation he found it difficult to imagine a weapon devastating than a nuclear bomb except perhaps human complacency


  8. says:

    I read The Cosmic Computer and Space VikingThe first is the better of the two involving a man who uses a rumor of a super computer on his home planet once a planet wide military base of the galactic Federation to start a boom of reclaiming military salvage so that he can get a working hyperspace ship together so he can revitalize the planet by shipping luxury goods grown on his planet to Terra Along the way of course he discovers the computer which he thought was fictional is real and conceals a terrible secret This secret is dealt with in a very cynical fashion the worst part of the book IMHO and the story endsSpace Viking is a much predictable story of revenge and one man going from being a dreamer to a destroyer to the hard headed creator of one civilization from the ashes of the old Also it's the first space opera book I've read to justify the whole sterotypical space fuedalism thing under the idea that feudalism is just a better system since democracy pretty much amounts to mob rule and the barbarians always win out in the end It doesn't say it in so many words except in a couple spots but it underlies the thinking of th whole book That said it has a better tho predictable ending than The Cosmic ComputerI can't say I can recommend either book except for those interested in the history of SF; that said they were somewhat enjoyable as long as I didn't take them too seriously It's notable to get a sense of the level of cyncicism involved that I believe Piper eventually committed suicide


  9. says:

    My other half picked this at random to listen to on a long drive via Audiobooks on his cell phone What a great find We now want to go read all his other stuffI kept asking when the book was written since all LibraVox recordings are in the public domain yet this book discusses hyperdrives and nuclear power and Hitler turns out it was written in 1963 but it really feels modern and timelessThis book is partly a store of one man's uest for revenge and how his life didn't really go as planned and partly a commentary about the futility of various or possibly all forms of government A lot of the political systems described in the book are very pertinent even today which gives credence to Piper's theme that everything in history tends to repeat itselfWithout being spoilery I will just say that it took about 10 hours to listen to the whole thing and we were fully engaged right away and throughout The book has a rather ambiguous moral code as do the protagonists themselves that might make you uestion your opinionsI can't wait to read his other alternate future works


  10. says:

    Can we all bask for a moment in the glory of that title?With Space Kings and their Space Feudalism And Space Amish sort of It's interesting and I think another example of how Piper like another favourite of mine David Drake pulls from historic battles and whatnot The only problem with Piper is that his books are great I just don't want to ruin a fun story for someone else This one has revenge though—and a space ship named Nemesis Oooh By this point in time colonising is out along with the core society that ran it The Vikings are the new colonisers Interesting and interestinger


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