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by Henry Beam Piper

Contributors: John D. Clark and John F. Carr
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ISBN: 0554062259
ISBN13: 978-0554062259
Category: Literature
Author: Henry Beam Piper
Language: English
Publisher: BiblioBazaar (June 18, 2007)
Pages: 182 pages
ePUB size: 1166 kb
FB2 size: 1662 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Uller Uprising (1952) is the first SF novel in the Terro-Human Future History series. It is set on Nifheim and Uller during the early years of the Terran Federation. Uller is a habitable planet similar to Earth, although the fauna is based on silicone chains and the weather is fierce.. Nifheim is a nearby planet with a flourine biochemistry and loaded with heavy metals.

In this novel, Sidney Harrington is Govenoral-General of the Chartered Uller Company. He is the highest Terran official on the planet.

Carlos von Schlicten is an Argentine citizen of German ancestry. He is a General within the Army of the Chartered Uller Company.

Lourenco Gomes is the head of the mining project on Nifheim.

Juan Murillo is a seismologist on Nifheim. He is a third or fourth generation Martian.

Paula Quinton has a Doctorate in extraterrestrial sociography. She is also a field agent for the Exterrestrial's Rights Association.

Mohammed Ferriera is the local ERA agent in Konkrook.

Gotkrink is a Uller native, the son/daughter of King Orgzild of Keegark.

In this story, Paula is visiting Nifheim before continuing to Uller. The local miners are entertaining her with a front seat at four nuclear explosions. They are blowing out some heavy metals from the mantle.

After returning from emplacing the devices, Dr. Murillo seats himself at the console, but allows Gotkrink to leave the room. Dr.Gomes starts the countdown. The explosions are impressive, but the burning hydrogen is fantastic.

Three months later, Paula is on Uller visiting a native home. A riot starts and endangers both herself and Ferriera. Von Schlicten is returning from a field inspection and has his driver set down his command car on the plaza.

Ferriera has fallen, but Paula is swing a bolo at the natives. She wounds one, but another grabs her with all four hands. She kicks it in the groin. Then Von Schlicten sticks his pistol into its mouth and blows out his brains.

Paula mentions the presence of a dog within the household. The Terrans have been looking for Stalin, the Governor-General's collie, as well as a goat and some rabbits that have mysteriously disappeared. After she heard the dog barking, her host had gone out of the house. Apparently that was when the riot started.

Von Schlicten explains about the lost animals and suggests that the native host had started the riot. The native was a known activist and agitator. Paula and Ferriera were just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Later, the Governor-General is poisoned by a native servant. The Terrans quickly decide that the natives had been using the Terran animals to find the right poison. When the news of the Governor-General's death is broadcast, native troops mutiny throughout the Terran zone.

This tale is based on the Sepoy Mutiny against the East India Company in 1857. Yet the technology is a mix of twentieth century and future devices. Combat cars are armed with fifteen millimeter machine guns, but fly through the air with contragravity

This novelette was published in the Twayne Triplet The Petrified Planet with "Daughter of Earth" and "The Long View". The planets were described in a article provided to each author before beginning the stories, but the tales vary in details about the natives.

The author wrote other stories within this universe. The next installment in this sequence is Four-Day Planet.

Highly recommended for Piper fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of strange planets, armed uprisings, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
H. Beam Piper delivers with this one. Great story, very much based on the Sepoy mutiny in India in 1857. The action is fast-paced, the characters reasonably well drawn for a Space Opera. Much of Piper's disdain for religion and government comes through in this story, he goes to great lengths to describe the varying motivations of the natives, painting most of them as power-hungry despots out to use any artifice against each other, and especially against the Company that controls and governs the planet. As with most Piper works, those that have pity, remorse, or, a soft-hearted approach to dealing with those under their rule are doomed to suffer the consequences. Considering that Piper wrote in the early 1950s, you wonder whether or not he wasn't more of a fascist at heart, for he never missed an opportunity to denigrate democracy, organized religion, or, mass movements of any stripe. Piper seems to consider The Prince, as described by Machiavelli, as the prototype leader he preferred; ruthless, bereft of moral compass, and completely lacking in any moderation or mercy. Willing at any time to crush all opposition with ruthless efficiency.

In many of Piper's stories the failure to unleash overwhelming military force and slaughter the masses at the slightest provocation is usually met with disaster, as other, less morally challenged, individuals ruthlessly use those same masses to further their ends at the expense of those in power foolishly believing in restraint or moderation. It makes for a good read, but, when you actually consider the likely consequences of such a policy, you generally understand that in the history of Earth certainly, such harsh tactics usually only creates a vast sense of martyrdom that often hardens those who are undecided, driving the vast majority of moderates into the camp of the more radical elements. The instances of ruthless, organized, repression creating the very sort of unified opposition that generally precedes the fall of governments has been all too common to really believe it works out well in the end to pursue so radical a course. However, for the sake of the story, it does drive the narrative with a considerable impetus that carries the story well.

For free on Kindle. A really fine read.
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 doorstop.

Kindle formatting is a bit wonky.
I've always liked H. Beam Piper and don't really understand why many sci-fi lovers have no clue who he is. I always thought his books were interesting, and did a good job of paralleling actual events in history. Of course, this book was a metaphor to the imperialist occupation of India, with a lot of creative license (especially at the end).

I thought Junkyard Planet (The Cosmic Computer) was better, but this was still a good sci-fi test.
The book read a bit like a 60's era British army film. A mix of forward thinking, 50's era thoughts on computers, and Zulu. Spoiler: The governor general is adept at just finding himself kissing a woman. Oops!
I read this book as a kid and enjoyed it when re-reading it many years later. Piper has a way of taking events from history and retelling the story in the far flung future. In this case a native uprising during Imperial rule becomes an alien uprising against a future human empire. The story moves along at a fast pace. You'll chuckle when you see how they rediscover the method for making an atomic bomb!
watching to future
Piper used a lot of historical events as inspiration for his settings and plots. This one is based upon the Sepoy Muntiny against the British in 19th Century India. Plenty of action and some fun for science fiction fans with the inside jokes and references.
Book was as advertised and delivery was prompt.