Home » Fiction & Literature » Daniel Eness » Only the Arquebus, by H. Beam Piper

June 25 , 2009

Only the Arquebus, by H. Beam Piper


"Just after Halloween 1964, H. Beam Piper, the now-famed science fiction author and the writer of a "locked room" mystery titled Murder in the Gunroom was discovered dead in his own well-stocked gunroom, an apparent suicide. The manuscript to his as-yet unpublished manuscript, Only the Arquebus, disappeared. Piper had told an editor that the story was a historical piece: an account of the zero-sum game played between Ferdinand of Spain and Louis XII of France for the control of Naples.

Download xml

Read also

Love Never Really Perishes

No one would have believed that after the wretched treatment meted out on Cynthia by the only man she had really loved, to the extent of being dumped,she could even tolerate the sound of his name, especially as the wife, now of an adoring husband who helps her to forget her unpleasant past. However, the mysterious power of love becomes evident…

That was a lie.

Only the Arquebus did involve a zero-sum game. It was historically accurate. The 16th century setting, however, was a ruse - a private joke from Piper to himself. Piper fancied himself a renaissance man from a bygone era. He also fancied himself a hero.

He wasn't wrong.

What follows is the unedited manuscript that appeared anonymously at our offices, wrapped in plain brown paper and smelling distinctly of Serene pipe tobacco smoke."

Famed science fiction and mystery writer H. Beam Piper apparently died in 1964 under mysterious circumstances. One of his manuscripts, Only the Arquebus, vanished in the aftermath.

In this weird short story of the future past, or, more accurately, the alternate near-future, the secret behind Only the Arquebus is finally revealed.

Show more...

How to download book

Buy this book

You can buy this book now only for $1.49. This is the lowest price for this book.

Buy book

Download book free

If you want to download this book for free, please register, approve your account and get one book for free.


After that you may download book «Only the Arquebus, by H. Beam Piper»:

Download ePub:


Download Adobe DRM:


Download Torrent: