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Return to Book Page. Preview — Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. The Paratime Police patrolled the vast number of alternate time dimensions. Their aim was to keep the existence of the alternative Earths a secret and prevent these Earths from mixing and destroying each other.
But the Time Police made mistakes, and they made a big one when a seemingly ordinary Pennsylvania State Trooper named Calvin Morrison was accidentally switched into The Paratime Police patrolled the vast number of alternate time dimensions.
But the Time Police made mistakes, and they made a big one when a seemingly ordinary Pennsylvania State Trooper named Calvin Morrison was accidentally switched into the Aryan-Transpacific sector, Styphon's House subsector.
In just a few weeks, Morrison was being hailed as Lord Kalvan, and was masterminding a campaign that could blow the whole Paratime secret sky high! Get A Copy.
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Has anyone found an e-book copy of this book? I graduated from high school the year it came out and it has always been one of my favorites. I'm perfectly willing to pay for it. Not looking for a "free" download. Kevin Looks like it is on amazon now. See 1 question about Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 11, Richard Derus rated it it was amazing.
Rating: 4. He had to leave Earth as he knew it in order to feel at home at last. Calvin, you see, ran afoul of a glitch in an alien though still Earthly technology, was swept into a temporal conveyor, and despite being thrust into a unique environment, still managed to defend himself Rating: 4.
Calvin, you see, ran afoul of a glitch in an alien though still Earthly technology, was swept into a temporal conveyor, and despite being thrust into a unique environment, still managed to defend himself against a fellow cop's energy weapon versus Calvin's. But where in the world was he? It looks like the same spot he just left, only He comes to discover that he's traveled laterally in timespace, he's in the same geography as the Pennsylvania he left, but the people in this place aren't like him in culture or language.
They're early-Renaissance level of technology, polytheistic Aryans from Asia. And their kingdom, Hostigos, is about to be swatted like a mosquito by the Big Baddies: the priests of the House of Styphon, the Gunpowder God. Thus does Calvin morph into Kalvan, the war leader, the bringer of miracles, the architect of a complete shift in this world's future history.
Now remember that alien-but-Earthly technology? They developed high technology long before we did, and consequently used up the resources of their own Earth before we have. The Paratime Secret, which is the existence of aliens who can't be told from the natives, is policed by the Paratime Police, now headed by Verkan Vall, whose observation of Kalvan was supposed to be an elimination until some bright academic realized Kalvan was a rare case of a man out of time who was IN his new element, more so than he was in his native time-stream.
And so is born the Kalvan Subsector, a set of adjacent time-streams that define a new direction in history. It's a priceless chance to see how one exceptional individual can change the course of the world. It was a dime, and my mama blew a fuse. She had given me the dime to buy two National Geographic s, and was furious I chose mind-rot over edification.
As a result of this tantrum on her part, I treasured that little book until it finally and definitively disintegrated in I loved the parallel universes in the book. I eagerly looked into strangers' faces, hoping one of them would be a Paracop and whisk me away from the life I didn't much like into a romantic, exciting life hopping the time-streams.
I loved every pulpy, overheated sentence of the book. But hell, who gives the ass of a rat when you're swept away into a world different from and better than your own? I feel the same way today. It's just that, at mumblety-two, I know it's not good writing. But I still don't care, if the story can sweep my considerable intellectual and physical avoirdupois off my aching, elderly feet.
View all 24 comments. A classic of alternate worlds. And then we have the Princess Rylla in the war council where her father and his councillors face a hopeless war. And then we meet Calvin Morrisson, Pennsylvanian cop, going in with three others to take a murderer. Except that he's accidentally swept up by a Paratime traveler, and dumped in another world. Recognizes it as Pennsylvania. But then he meets people and re A classic of alternate worlds.
But then he meets people and realizes they are such as never lived there. And gets caught up in fighting. And gets shot. By, it turns out, Rylla, who is properly ashamed of herself. He learns that they refused to surrender sulphur springs to the priests of Styphon, and will be crushed. The priests have given their enemies fireseed, and refused any to their country.
Fortunately for them, Calvin -- now going by Kalvan -- knows how to make it because it's gunpowder. And fortunately for him, he was a big military history fan. Meanwhile, there's a parallel plot about the Paratime operative dealing with his case. It involves noticing something about mines, how the prince needs a son, usury, the difficulty of keeping secrets, taking an old fortress, improving how cannons are used, considerations of rank, betrothals and more.
Jan 20, D. This was not my first Piper, nor my second. I was well into reading Piper before discovering this, but wow, what an incredible adventure this started for me. Much like Hos-Hostigos. I had long since read L Sprague de Camp, Lest Darkness Falls, the story where a man of our times and Calvin Morrison is a Pennsylvania State Trooper from the 50's or 60's returns to another time where the use of the technology from now can change that past they have entered.
We see it also in Leo Frankowski's Crosstime Engineer series. We see it often. We see it in the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, so we have Twain laying out a format for this years before Piper and those others I have cited. That is the premise. It works for me. There are not that many pages but within them we have the introduction, the ability to change society, the ability to stabilize a country headed to defeat and turn it around.
Our hero emerges as just that, a hero. Our villains are men who want power. All the elements are there and in under pages we have it all. Battles, derring-do, a little romance. A great romp that I return to again and again. View 1 comment.
Lord Kalvan Series
FP now includes eBooks in its collection. Book Details. Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen is a science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper and is part of his Kalvan series of stories, which is part of his larger Paratime series. It recounts the adventures of a Pennsylvania state trooper who is accidentally transported to a more backward parallel universe. It is Piper's last science fiction novel. The book is an expanded version of the novelette Gunpowder God though this book itself has also been published under that name , which had been published in in Analog Magazine.
Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen [Gunpowder God]
Lord Kalvan Series. A series of novels spun off from H. Beam Piper's Paratime Police series of stories. Of the novels, only "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen" was written by Piper himself. Book 1.
Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen
Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen is a science fiction novel by American writer H. Beam Piper ; it is part of his Paratime series of stories, and was expanded by other writers mainly John F. Carr to form the Kalvan series. It recounts the adventures of a Pennsylvania state trooper who is accidentally transported to a more backward parallel universe.