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Roy Krenkel art scans
21 Apr 2014
The web Blog "The Golden Age" published some time ago, in March 2011 and January 2012, scans of the covers and all of the twenty interior black and white illustrations done by Roy Krenkel for Philip José Farmer's two Opar / Khokarsa novels, Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar.

art: Roy Krenkel

I only discovered the blog entries recently, but if you love the art of Roy Krenkel as I do you might want to see the very large scans of the interior art, ten illustrations per book.
See here for the scans of Hadon of Ancient Opar, and see here for the scans of Flight to Opar.
Wonderfully done! Enjoy!

Roy Krenkel
Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows
20 Apr 2014
Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).  In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (roughly £2 million today) set by his friends at the Reform Club.

Philip José Farmer thought that there was more to the story and wrote a 'sequel', with the truth behind Verne's novel about the aliens involved, with the novel The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.

And now Josh Reynolds on his turn wrote a sequel to Farmer's novel, Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, where «Fogg finds himself once more thrown into the white-hot crucible of war.»

Cover art: Amar Djouad

This novella will be published by Meteor House in hardcover ($25) and trade paperback ($15).
See the website of Meteor House for more (ordering) information.

Jack Gaughan
Totem and Taboo
14 Apr 2014
Philip José Farmer wrote six so called Polytropical Paramyths, "Many-turning beyond-myths" as Phil described them. They are all funny and rather bizarre stories.
The first of these was published in 1954, the short story "Totem and Taboo", in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Farmer: «I got the idea for it while reading Freud's work of the same title, but don't ask me what passage triggered it off.»
Sigmund Freud examines in his book Totem and Taboo (1913) the system of Totemism. Farmer explains in his story what the totem can do in the right choice for a relation.

Chesley Bonestell
Two German essays
7 Apr 2014
Recently I added some essays by the German author Jörg Kastner. I found his website online and an email address and wrote him, to let him know about the inclusion of his very interesting essays in the International Bibliography.
Kastner enjoyed receiving my email and told me that PJF is one of his favorite authors for a long time. He wrote the essays to spread the word about Farmer in Germany.

Kastner wrote yet another essay, about the Sherlock Holmes related stories by PJF, in The Soft-Nosed Bullet-In (SNOB) Nr.1, in January 1989. This was a fanzine of the German Sherlock Holmes Club "Von Herder Airguns. Ltd."
After the publication of his essay, "Mowgli, Kapitän Nemo und der bemerkenswerte Wurm", he received a telegram from the US, telling that Farmer didn't even know that there were essays published about him in Germany.
According to Kastner, his own books have been influenced by the works of Farmer, on several levels.

Jörg Kastner sent me scans of his essay, and also scans of an essay by Armin Hofmann in the German Fandom Newsletter # 28, April 1990. This article, "Philip José Farmers fleischliche Genüsse", is about the same omnibus (Fleisch) that Kastner wrote about in one of his essays.
Vielen dank Jörg!


Frans Stummer
The Khokarsa Series
6 Apr 2014
Lee Barrie (USA) informed me about, and sent me the scans of the.two page article "The Khokarsa Series" in The Gridley Wave issue #370 of July 2013.
This is a monthly publication for The Burroughs Bibliophiles, edited by Henry G. Franke III.

The article, written by Franke, gives a great overview and description of the complete Opar / Khokarsa series. Of the novels and stories written by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey, with a recommended reading order.
Many thanks Lee!

The Italian Dark Design
24 Mar 2014
The publication of Philip José Farmer's third novel in the Riverworld series, The Dark Design, was a major event in 1977. People had been waiting a long time for this novel, after the publication of the first two in the Riverworld series in 1971.

It was also a major event in Italy, where the wait after the first two translations was nearly as long as in the USA.
The Italian book, Il grande disegno, included a translated essay by Lester del Rey about the novel. This same essay was published in the information bulletin of the publisher Nord in Italy, Cosmo Informatore No. 1, July 1978. It also included Farmer's foreword to the novel.

Tongues of the Moon
12 Mar 2014
Phil Farmer's novelette "Tongues of the Moon" was published in 1961 in the magazine Amazing. Some years later Phil rewrote it somewhat and expanded the story to the novel Tongues of the Moon (1964).

It is a fast-paced action story where the Russians control a large part of the world, including North America. They want to add the rest of the world to their ideas of communism. The "axis of evil" of that time, the Argentineans together with the South Africans as the South Atlantic Axis, do not agree with the Russian territorial claim and start a war. They want to strike first. This war leads to the total destruction of Earth. The battle then continues on the moon.

Alex Schomburg
Sex & Religion
3 Mar 2014
Last month I added two essays by Jörg Kastner (Germany) to the bibliography. With one of those essays Kastner mentioned an earlier essay by him in the German magazine Phantastische Zeiten, issue 5/88.
I searched for a copy, found and bought one. Again a very thorough and interesting essay by the German author Jörg Kastner, "Zwischen Sex und Religion" (Between Sex and Religion), with the subtitle "Die phantastischen Welten des Philip José Farmer".
The article is about the main themes in Farmer's fiction: sex and religion. Kastner shows this with many descriptions and examples of Phil's work.
But it is also about Farmer's life and career, his literary love for Tarzan and other pulp heroes, and about him writing several sequels to other author's works.

Earlier news

New Publications
In 2013

Venus on the Half-Shell

Tales of the Wold Newton Universe

Strange Compulsion

Doc Savage: His Apocalytic Life
(trade paperback)


The Scarlet Jaguar,
by Win Scott Eckert

Doc Savage: His Apocalytic Life
(limited hardcover)

Sherlock Holmes und die Legende von Greystoke
The Peerless Peer)

The Mad Goblin

Lord Tyger

The Wind Whales of


Hadon of Ancient Opar

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

Forthcoming Books

The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4):The Voyage to Strange Days, will be published by Meteor House in the Spring of 2014.

In July 2014 Gollancz will publish an omnibus with three novels: The Maker of Universes, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Unreasoning Mask.