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First in China: The Freshman
19 Mar 2015
 
A while ago I read something about a Chinese translation that might exist of Phil Farmer's story "Riders of the Purple Wage".
I searched for this one but haven't found any further information yet. But while searching for it I did find information about a Chinese translation of a completely other story, "The Freshman" ("新生").
This is the first Chinese translation in the Bibliography!
Farmer's name in Chinese is
菲利普·何塞·法默, which you can see on the band to the book (in the first red line).



The story was published in the anthology 克苏鲁神话 (Cthulhu Mythos) in 2012. And again printed in the second half of this anthology, 克苏鲁神话2 (Cthulhu Mythos 2) in 2014.
See the story page for more details of these publications.
The Lovers in Japan again
17 Mar 2015
 
About a month ago I received my first few Japanese books, with work by Philip José Farmer. One of the books I received was the 1991 printing of The Lovers (恋 人たち). I also saw for sale the earlier printing (1980) of the same novel, and ordered it from Japan. But I received instead another until now unknown printing.



This one seems to be undated, at least I cannot find a publication date in the book, but is exactly the same as the 1991 printing, but for some details and the cover price.

Le bateau fabuleux
15 Mar 2015
 
A new French printing of the second Riverworld novel, Le bateau fabuleux (The Fabulous Riverboat), was just found.

Le Livre du Poche (Paris) published this one last year. It is the 10th printing already from this publisher. Only the lettering on the cover and the price are different from the previous printing.
 
Purple Wage
15 Mar 2015
 
More 'news' from Poland. Farmer's story "The Riders of the Purple Wage" also saw two publications, as "Jeźdźcy purpurowej doli", in that country.

Both in the by Harlan Ellison edited anthology Niebezpieczne wizje (Dangerous Visions). In a trade paperback in 2002, and in a hardcover edition in 2010, both from publisher Solaris.
 
Polish Gods of Riverworld
9 Mar 2015
 
Publisher MAG in Warsaw (Poland) finally published the fifth novel in the Riverworld series. This novel, Bogowie Świata Rzeki (Gods of Riverworld), was published in December 2013, but discovered only recently.

The first three novels in the series were published by MAG in 2008, the fourth in 2012.


Story Publications in Japan 3
5 Mar 2015
 
Thirteen Japanese story publications are now newly added on these pages. Most of them were published in S-Fマガジン (S-F Magazine), like with the stories mentioned in the previous entry.
 
The stories are:
- "ザ・メイキング・オブ・『黙示録I』" ("The Making of Revelation, Part I");
- "グレイストーク卿、真実を語る" ("Tarzan Lives");
- "百獣の王" ("The King of the Beasts");
- "切り離された火曜日だけの世界" ("The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-
    Tuesday World");
- "切り裂きジャックはわたしの父" ("My Father the Ripper");
- "スカーレティンの研究" ("A Scarletin Study");
- "痛がる(ソア)橋の問題 -その他いろいろ" ("The Problem of the Sore
    Bridge—Among Others");
- "だれに樹が作れよう?" ("Only Who Can Make a Tree?");
- "ダイヤモンドは洗うべからず" ("Don't Wash the Carats") - twice;
- "シュメールの誓い" ("The Sumerian Oath");
- "わが虫垂の内なる声" ("The Voice of the Sonar in My Vermiform
    Appendix");
- "真鍮と黄金" ("Brass and Gold").

Some covers of the publications:

Story Publications in Japan 2
24 Feb 2015
 
Another seven story translations from Japan are added now.
First we have "路地裏の男" ("The Alley Man"), published in the S-F Magazine in 1984.
Followed by "キャプテンの娘" ("The Captain's Daughter") in the same magazine in 1968.
Then "進めや、進め!" ("Sail On! Sail On!") with two publications, one in the S-F Magazine in 1964 and one in an anthology in 1980.

Next "宇宙の影" ("The Shadow of Space") in an anthology, of which the title translates in English as Starship, from 1985.
The anthology with the story "わ が内なる廃虚の断章" ("Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind") was received by me today from Japan. Its title translates in English as Time Traveler (see the picture under).


cover: Ron Walotsky

And finally the story "トーテムとタ ブウ" ("Totem and Taboo"), also published in the above mentioned S-F Magazine, in 1961.
Story Publications in Japan
22 Feb 2015
Corrected: 24 Feb 2015
 
This time there are seven translated stories and one novel, that were published earlier in Japan, newly added to the story pages.
They are:
- "恋人たち" , two translations of "The
Lovers"
. One of the story and one of the novel.
- "母" , two translations of "Mother";
- "紫年金の遊蕩者たち" , a translation of
"Riders of the Purple Wage";
- "キング・コング墜ちてのち" , three different translations, with three different titles, of "After King Kong Fell".

Also a translation of the novella The Adventure of the Peerless Peer (as シャー ロック・ホームズ、アフリカの大冒険) in a magazine in 1977.
Monolit 1 the Third
18 Feb 2015
 
We already had two different publications of the Yugoslavian anthology Monolit 1. It contains Phil Farmer's story "Skice među ruševinama mog uma" ("Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind").
Further search brought a third publication of this anthology
.

Monolit 2 also had three publications or printings, so I expected the same for the first book in the series. It took a while to find the proof for that. The third publication was added on the story page.
Ralf's list part 5: Bulgaria & Yugoslavia
16 Feb 2015
 

The final part of Ralf's list give three Bulgarian story translations. And also four story publications in Yugoslavia.

With this Bulgaria is a 'new' country in the short fiction index, with the following translations:
- "Не отмивайте каратите", 2001 ("Dont Wash the Carats");
- "Чужда принуда", 1994 ("Strange Compulsion");
- "Шумерската клетва", 2004 ("The Sumerian Oath").
The stories were published in these publications:
See the story pages for more publication details.

From Yugoslavia come the translations:
- "Senka svemira", 1984 ("The Shadow of Space");
- "Kralj životinja", 1973 + 1985 + 1992 ("The King of the Beasts").
Three publications are of the ultra short story "The King of the Beasts". I saw in a Yugoslavian list three other publications of this same story, but I could not find online any conclusive proof or more details of these story publications. So I left them out.

Many thanks again to Ralf, and I start working on his next list...
Ralf's list part 4: To Your Scattered Bodies Go
12 Feb 2015
 
My German friend Ralf Lux keeps me working, by sending again new and additional information. But first I want to finish the first, big list of him.
From that list comes the four parts publication of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, with the translated title Idite svojim rasutim telima, in the Yugoslavian science fiction magazine Alef.

It was published in the issues #5 (December 1987), #6 (January 1988), #7 (February 1988) and issue #8 (March 1988).
Normally I put a serial publication on the short fiction pages, at least if the original story was published in a series. In this case I added the Yugoslavian publication on the book page, like I did with the Polish serial publication of the same novel.

I'm not yet ready with Ralf's list, next come some stories published in Bulgaria and more from Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia again
11 Feb 2015
 
Ralf Lux (Germany) came with more proof about the second cover of the Yugoslavian anthology Monolit 1. The cover pictures show the same scene, of a woman between snakes. But that alone was not enough.

It seems that the sites that show this cover for Monolit 3 are wrong. We saw other covers for it.
At least three reliable sources tell this cover to be the one off the second edition of Monolit 1. Reason why I now include the cover with the story.
Happy Ralf? Und vielen Dank auch!
Ralf's list part 3: Yugoslavia
9 Feb 2015
 
In the 1980s editor and publisher Boban Knežević self-published the anthology series Monolit in former Yugoslavia. He started the series before Yugoslavia fell apart in seven different countries. Knežević published ten of these anthologies. In the first two numbers of the Monolit series he published two stories by Filip Hozé Farmer.

In Monolit 1 is the novelette "Skice među ruševinama mog uma", a translation of "Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind".
The information on the internet about this book is a bit confusing. It seems that the book was published with two different covers, but the information is not conclusive. The second cover below could be the second cover of Monolit 1, in 1984 or in 1987. But is also used as the cover of Monolit 3 in 1987. Because of the inconsistencies I left this cover out in the bibliography. (corrected, see next entry)

Monolit 1

Monolit #1, 1984

Monolit #1, 1987
or
Monolit #3, 1987
 

Monolit 2

Monolit #2, 1984

Monolit #2, 1984

Monolit #2, 1986

In Monolit 2 is another story of Filip Hozé Farmer, the novella "Jahači rumene nadnice", a translation of "Riders of the Purple Wage".
The anthology comes with two different covers in 1984, and has been reprinted in 1986 with another cover illustration.
Five Japanese books
5 Feb 2015
 
This week five odd little books arrived at my home. The first five Japanese books in my Phil Farmer collection. Odd, because the books are all very small paperbacks (15×10,5cm) with a dustjacket. And I cannot make a thing from the to me very strange Japanese characters. Fortunately there is also a copyright page with a bit of information in English.
Farmer's name in Japanese is フィ リップ・ホセ・ファーマー


Dare

The Lovers

To Your Scattered
Bodies Go

The Ultimate Werewolf

The Dungeon 1

The old cover pictures were replaced with these new scans. I'm trying to get more Japanese editions and just ordered an anthology.
I saw that I still have to restyle the book page with The Dungeon titles. Soon I hope.
Ralf's list part 2
1 Feb 2015
 
There are too many items in the email from Ralf Lux (Germany), see previous entry, to check and add all these items in one turn. I have to do it in parts. For now the following stories have been added.

Two publications of a Lithuanian translation, "Antradiento Pasaulis" (1991 and 1998), of "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World". The same story had also a Yugoslavian translation, "Svijet samo utorkom" in the magazine Sirius #5 (1976).

Next we added a Yugoslavian publication of "Sjenka svemira", a translation of the story "The Shadow of Space", published in Sirius #56 (1981).
Plus another Yugoslavian translation of the novella "Riverworld" with the title "Rečni svet". This one was published in the magazine Alef #23 in 1991.

As the last one this time the Swedish translation of "The Alley Man", with the title "Gubben Paley" in the anthology Det hände i morgon 3 (1974).
More and better covers
28 Jan 2015
 
Ralf Lux (Germany), webmaster of the Clifford D. Simak International Bibliography, probably thought that I had nothing to do after finishing the story pages. He sent me an email, four printed pages long, with links about new information for me and this website.
So, back to work...! Many thanks, oder vielen Dank, Ralf!

What follows are the first few items of Ralf's list.
I added a cover of Οι Εραστες (1989), the first Greek edition of The Lovers from publisher Ars Longa.
Also one of 恋 人たち (1966), the first Japanese edition of the same novel from publsher Hayakawa. I'm still looking for the cover of the second Japanese edition, or the book itself of course.

The Israeli edition of Dayworld, עולמיום, from
publisher Am Oved (1988) is completed with a picture of the cover.
The Romanian edition of Dayworld Rebel, Rebelul din Dayworld (2001), has a better cover, and now a larger one too.

The Russian Riverworld omnibus Мир реки (Russkaya Troika, 1991) was published with two different dustjackets. Till now only the first cover was shown, but I have added the second cover too.

Finally I found proof of another printing, January 1995, of Plus fort que le feu. the French translation of More Than Fire.

Philip José Farmer Day
26 Jan 2015
 


January 26, 1918
(February 25, 2009)
Japanese Werewolf
21 Jan 2015
 
Recently I updated the story page of "Wolf, Iron and Moth". Fred Fischer (USA) send me a puzzle if there might be a what he thought Chinese translation of the anthology The Ultimate Werewolf, because of a cover picture he found.
A Chinese translation is unknown to me, but I already knew there to be a Japanese translation. Fred's cover proofed this.

I did some research and found the data for the Japanese translation of the story, "狼の血脈". I even found a way to order the book for my collection. As soon as I receive it, the cover scan will be replaced with a better one (Done!).
Thirty-one eBooks from Gateway
19 Jan 2015
 
British publisher Gollancz started in 2011 the SF Gateway imprint for their line of eBooks. Gollancz is very successful with these eBooks. Many authors see their –sometimes long lost– books again 'in print', and available for the reader.

Gateway (website) published till now 31 books by Philip José Farmer. Eighteen of them in 2012, twelve in 2013, and only one in 2014. See the chronological list below. It includes the complete Riverworld series, the complete World of Tiers series, and the three Exorcism (or Herald Childe) novels. Finally, also both the fictional biographies about Tarzan and Doc Savage, and the very rare Love Song are available.


03/2012

03/2012

03/2012

03/2012

03/2012

05/2012

06/2012

06/2012

06/2012

07/2012

07/2012

07/2012

07/2012

08/2012

08/2012

08/2012

09/2012

11/2012

01/2013

01/2013

03/2013

05/2013

06/2013

06/2013

07/2013

07/2013

07/2013

07/2013

07/2013

10/2013

12/2014
 

Most of Farmer's books are now in electronic format available. See the page 'Audio Books & eBooks' for more information about these publications, or follow the link on that page to the book page of a title.
These Gateway eBooks can be bought at Amazon, B&N, or Kobo for instance, for prices between £2.50 and £5.00, or $4.00 and $8.00 in the US.
The final restyled story page!
12 Jan 2015
 
It took about a period of four years to redesign all the more than one hundred book pages. After I had finished these in the summer of 2010 I started the job of redoing the 138 story pages. Now, four and a half years later, I finished the last one.
Pfff...I'm happy to finish this task!

It was a tremendous amount of work to check every publication again. Checking the publications in my own huge collection, or trying to order the few missing publications from around the globe. Or else checking some reliable sources on the internet if I couldn't get the publication myself (yet).
It is still possible that I missed some story publications, during the last few years several unexpected ones were found in sometimes obscure books or magazines, but I dare to say that this is the most complete and detailed bibliography of all of Farmer's writing.

The final story page is that of "The Wounded" (1954). I could not remember what this story was about, so I read it again. It is only marginally science fiction, if at all. It is about love and the role Cupid plays in it.
In his early career Farmer wrote some astounding stories, like "The Lovers" (1952), "Sail On! Sail On!" (1952), and "Mother" (1953). But "The Wounded" is not one of his best stories, it is a minor story. It was never commercially reprinted, but for Pearls from Peoria.
If you haven't read it, don't worry, you won't miss it.
A Werewolf Story
12 Jan 2015
 
For Byron Preiss' anthology The Ultimate Werewolf (1991) Phil Farmer wrote an original werewolf story, "Wolf, Iron and Moth".

The story was first time reprinted in the collection Pearls from Peoria (2006).
In his short introduction to the story the editor, Paul Spiteri, wrote: «In this story Phil brings some common sense to the mythology of the werewolf. What kind of people would they be? How would they function in the modern world? Would they exhibit the very basic need to be with (or at least have knowledge of) their own kind?»

Nearly finished, only one story page left for restyling!
Some publication statistics
9 Jan 2015
 
Last year, 2014, were the lowest amount of PJF books of the last ten years published. Only six books and one PJF related, with the novella from Josh Reynolds.
And in 2014 none of Farmer's stories were reprinted as far as I know, also the lowest amount of the last ten years.

year books story publications countries
books/stories
2014 6 (+1)* 0 3 / 0
2013 13 (+1)* 1 4 / 1
2012 16 (+1)* 2 5 / 2
2011 12 21 2 / 1
2010 11 3 2 / 1
2009 10 3 4 / 3
2008 19 14 7 / 2
2007 17 23 8 / 2
2006 18 71 5 / 2
2005 7 8 4 / 4
*) PJF related, but written by others.

There is not much hope that the year 2015 will do any better. Only two novellas are planned for publication, both PJF related and written by Christopher Paul Carey.
I'm still so sorry that Titan Books stopped with reissues of Phil's work. They should have published at least the second and third Opar / Khokarsa novels, after the first one. Meteor House might be able to publish these two, we have to wait and see.
The Volcano in a Cornfield
7 Jan 2015
 
Six stories, seven if you include the serial "Venus on the Half-Shell", were written by Philip José Farmer for 'the department of fictional authors' in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. These stories were published in this magazine during the years 1975-1977. Farmer wrote them under pseudonym, using the name of a fictional author.

One of these stories is "The Volcano" published in February 1976. It was published using the pseudonym of Paul Chapin., who is a fictional author from the Nero Wolfe novel The League of Frightened Men (1935) by Rex Stout.

"The Volcano" is a mix of a science fiction, fantasy and a detective story. Pick your choice. Where did the volcano in the cornfield of a farm in a little town come from? It could not be there, because the place is far from volcanic origin. And then there is the strange disappearance of a man. What happened to him?
The Marx Brothers in Science Fiction
6 Jan 2015
 
Phil Farmer wrote a couple of odd and hilarious short stories. He called them Polytropical Paramyths. These "...short stories are closer to the films of the Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges than anything else I can think of...", according to Farmer in his foreword to the story "The Voice of the Sonar in My Vermiform Appendix".

Like the Marx Brothers movies, which I saw several times many years ago and liked a lot, you should not take the stories very serious. Better to laugh or smile the whole time while reading this story about the sounds coming from an appendix.

The story was first time published in Quark / 2 in 1971, and most recently reprinted in the collection Up the Bright River (2011).

The Devil himself
3 Jan 2015
 
In August 3014 Positronic Publishing brought another Super Pack anthology, a month after the Science Fiction Super Pack #1 (with the story "They Twinkled Like Jewels").

I discovered only now the other big anthology, the Fantasy Super Pack #1, with 34 stories in it on 566 pages. It contains Farmer's story "Rastignac the Devil".



None of the 34 stories are protected by copyright anymore, according to the copyright pages. This very big anthology is a Print-on-Demand publication, and costs $19.99 for the printed version, or $1.96 voor the Kindle eBook.
Farmer broke important ground
2 Jan 2015
 
M. Keith Booker writes in his recently published book, Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature, an interesting entry about Philip José Farmer.
Booker starts this entry with: «The American writer Philip José Farmer broke important ground in both science fiction and fantasy, and in a number of different ways.»



Booker illustrates his statement with several examples of Farmer's writing. With stories about sexuality like "The Lovers", about religion like "The God Business", and about alien biology like in "Open to Me, My Sister".
About the evolution in planetary romances, with Farmer's The Green Odyssey and The Wind Whales of Ishmael for instance.
Many of Farmer's novels and themes in his work are mentioned in this entry: The Worlds of Tiers series, the Riverworld series, the Wold Newton Family, the Dayworld series, and Kilgore Trout's Venus on the Half-Shell.
 
This Dictionary, called in a review "a wonderful reference book", is published in hardcover by Rowman & Littlefield in October 2014. It costs $95.00 or £59.95.
Earlier news

New Publications
In 2015

none yet
 
In 2014

December



Le bateau fabuleux
(The Fabulous Riverboat)
 
 
August



The Evil in Pemberley House
 
 
August



The Maker of Universes, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Unreasoning Mask
 
 
August



Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows
by Josh Reynolds
 

June



Le Monde du Fleuve
(To Your Scattered Bodies Go)
 
 
June



The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4): Voyages to Strange Days
 
 
May



L'univers à l'envers
(Inside Outside)
 

March



Les Dieux du fleuve
(Gods of Riverworld)
 
In 2013
 
December



Bogowie Świata Rzeki
(Gods of Riverworld)
 
 
December



Venus on the Half-Shell
 
 
October



Tales of the Wold Newton Universe
 
 
September



Strange Compulsion
 
 
September



Doc Savage: His Apocalytic Life
(trade paperback)
 
 
August



Flesh
 

All New Publications in:
2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005

Forthcoming Books

Christopher Paul Carey will write Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar. Both will be published by Meteor House in the Summer of 2015.

Meteor House will publish The Monster on Hold, by Farmer & Eckert, in the Summer of 2016.



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