The Keeper

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Author: H. Beam Piper
Published: 1957
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,617 / 36 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,822
Added to site: 2006.09.21 14674
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Evil men had stolen his treasure, and Raud set out with his deer rifle and his great dog Brave to catch the thieves before they could reach the Starfolk. That the men had negatron pistols meant little--Raud was the Keeper....

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Raud's son, who was the son of Yorn, the son of Raud, the son of Runch." He went back six more generations, then faltered and stopped. "Beyond that, the names have been lost. But I do know that for a long time the Crown was in a city to the north of here, and before that it was brought across the sea from another country, and the name of that country was Brinn."

Dranigo frowned, as though he had never heard the name before. "Brinn." Salvadro's eyes widened. "Brinn, Dranigo! Do you think that might be Britain?"

Dranigo straightened, staring, "It might be! Britain was a great nation, once; the last nation to join the Terran Federation, in the Third Century Pre-Interstellar. And they had a king, and a crown with a great diamond...."

"The story of where it was made," Rand offered, "or who made it, has been lost. I suppose the first people brought it to this world when they came in starships."

"It's more wonderful than that, Keeper," Salvadro said. "It was made on this world, before th


Average Rating of 5 from 3 reviews: *****
JoJo Biggins

Excellent short story. Not a lot of sci-fi, but the story is engaging, well-written, and the ending was handled well. Not many authors can pull this off.

Sardo Weems

Absorbing story of the time of the next ice age, thousands of years after men have left Earth and colonized the stars. The Crown is stolen, and the Keeper starts across the ice with his dog to get it back and kill the thieves--if he can. Great descriptions, great plotting (no easy solutions,) great main character. A convincing story.


Excellent story, similar to "Dune" in its ecological/environmental setting as fundamental influences on the storyline. Like the "Dune" writings you know a science fiction story is well written when you forget it is science fiction when you read it.

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