|Uller Uprising (1952) [Novel]|
by H. Beam Piper
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(From the publisher):
So the Ulleran challenge begins, with the rantings of a prophet and a seemingly incidental street riot. Only when a dose of poison lands in the governor-general's whiskey does it become clear that the "geeks" have had it up to their double-lidded eyeballs with the imperialist Terran Federation's Chartered Uller Company. Then overnight, war is everywhere.
How it will end is in the (merely) two Terran hands of the new governor-general, a man shrewd enough to know that "it is easier to banish a habit of thought than a piece of knowledge." The problem is, the particular piece of knowledge he needs hasn't been used in 450 years...
Original title: Uller Uprising
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Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings
- Submitter comments: This story is set in Piper's Terro-Human Future History universe, which encompasses many of his other works, as well as the Fuzzy Sapiens series. A shorter version of this novel appeared in the February and March 1953 issues of the magazine Space Science Fiction, a year after its initial publication. The 1983 Ace edition contains an introduction by John F. Carr in which he explains: "Uller Uprising was first published in 1952 in a Twayne Science Fiction Triplet-- a hardbound collection of three thematically related novels. (The other two were Judith Merrill's Daughters of Earth and Fletcher Pratt's The Long View.) ... Probably the most surprising and interesting thing about the Twayne edtion is the essay that forms the introduction to that volume.... The essay is by Dr. John D. Clark, an eminent scientist of the fourties and fifties and one of the discoverers of sulfa, the first "miracle drug." It describes in great detail the planetary system of the star Beta Hydri, and gives the names of those planets: Uller and Niflheim. A publisher's note states that Clark's essay was written first, and given to the contibutors as background material for a novel they would then write."