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Zacharias L.A. Nuninga

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.

Gateway Omnibus
27 Feb 2014
British publisher Gollancz/Gateway is, since 2013, publishing a series of omnibuses with three novels by well know writers. For instance with novels by Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, Joe Haldeman, Bob Shaw, Jack Vance and many others.
See the list at ISFDB.

In July 2014 Gateway will publish an omnibus with three novels by Philip José Farmer: The Maker of Universes, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, and The Unreasoning Mask.
The omnibus was earlier announced with three first novels in a series, with Dayworld as the third novel. That one has been replaced with the stand alone novel The Unreasoning Mask.
List price is £18.99; see

Table of Contents 
23 Feb 2014
Publisher Meteor House announced which stories and essays will be included in their fourth volume of work by and about Farmer.
The Table of Contents for The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days:
  • Foreword by Robert Silverberg
    Peoria-Colored Worlds
  • The Case of the Curious Contradiction by Terry Bibo
  • Eleven Days in Springtime by François Mottier
  • Philip José Farmer Conquiert L’Univers Postface by Philip José Farmer
  • Pekon 2 Guest of Honor Speech by Philip José Farmer
    Expanded Worlds
  • Samdroo and the Grassman by Martin Gately
  • Whiteness of the Whale by Danny Adams
  • Ite, Missa Est by Paul Spiteri
  • Antlers of Flesh by E. C. Lisic
  • The Goddess Equation by Christopher Paul Carey
    Classic Worlds
  • A Carmody-Raspold Chronology by Christopher Paul Carey
  • Letter of Discord by Philip José Farmer
  • For Where Your Treasure Is by Art Sippo
  • Moth and Rust by Philip José Farmer
The book will be published this spring. I already ordered my copy of the book.
Do not wait too long to preorder your copy. Preorders save $5 off the $25 list price!

Laura Givens
Two essays in Science Fiction Times
21 Feb 2014
The German critical magazine Science Fiction Times published in 1990 two essays by Jörg Kastner, both about Philip José Farmer and his work.

The first of these, "Wider die Etikettierer" (Against the Labelers) in the August 1990 issue, is about the self-censorship of the German publishers. Reason why they did not dare to publish translations of The Image of the Beast and Blown. The earlier translation of Flesh, as Der Sonnenheld in 1971, was pretty much censored.
This changed with the publication of the German omnibus Fleisch in 1989, with all three novels. But still some censorship was used with the novels.

In the second essay, "Neues aus Peoria" (News from Peoria) in the September 1990 issue, Kastner reviews the German publications, four books (other than Fleisch) from the past five years. Kastner: "Als Fazit ergibt sich, daß die in lezter Zeit bei uns erchienenen Bücher Philip José Farmers - bis auf den Durchhänger Ironcastle - sehr lesenswert sind."

I had been looking for some years for copies of these two magazines, but didn't find any. Two years ago I received photocopies of the essays from Ronald M. Hahn (still many thanks!). Read them but forgot to include the information in the bibliography. Many magazines, fanzines and books were piled on the two essays. While cleaning out my desk I found them again, and searching the internet also found the two issues for sale. Time to correct my omission.

Gabriele Berndt

They Twinkled Like Jewels
18 Feb 2014
Phil Farmer wrote this story, "They Twinkled Like Jewels", back in 1954. The story was inspired by the way stinger wasps catch and poison their prey, the caterpillars, and attach an egg at the still living worm. It will stay alive until the egg hatches and the young wasp starts eating.
Phil speculates what if we, the humans, had such enemies?

For me its not one of Farmer's best stories. It is is hardly believable as things go with the undetected aliens.
The story was published 11 times worldwide in magazines and collections. Since 2009 it is also published in solo publications in a chapbook, all of them as, often too expensive, Print-on-Demand books. The story is available on the internet for free, in eBook and Audio Book.

Joe Richards
Escape from Loki in Million
12 Feb 2014
I finally found and bought a copy of Million, 'The Magazine About Popular Fiction', issue number 9 (May/June 1992).
Graham Andrews wrote a critical essay and review, "Doc Biggles Drummond Templar—When He Was a Boy", about Farmer's Doc Savage novel, Escape from Loki, published in 1991 by Bantam Falcon, and calls the novel « of the best sequels-by-other-hands yet written...».
Andrews would have liked if Farmer had written more Doc Savage novels, and hoped he had some answers for his questions about Biggles and Simon Templar.

Three essays in Proxima
11 Feb 2014
Ludovic Nowak wrote a three part essay, "Lorsque José ose", about Philip José Farmer and his work for the French quarterly published magazine Proxima. The three parts were published in 1985, in the issues number 5, 6 and 7.

Benoît Bonte Patrick Marcel Séverin

In two of the issues, the essays were accompanied by Farmer's stories. Nº 6 published a translation of "The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol" ("Patrouille de l'aube"), and Nº 7 published "The Leaser of Two Evils" ("Le Moindre des deux maux").
Both stories had first been published in the American Playboy.
Interview in Antares 2
7 Feb 2014
The French fanzine Antares n° 2, (1981) published Farmer's story "Le Vocan" ("The Volcano"). We already had this publication in the bibliography.

What we didn't know till now, just received a copy of this issue, is that there also is an interview with Philip José Famer in the same issue, "Rencontre avec l'auteur: Philip José Farmer", conducted by Martine Blond & Jean-Pierre Moumon.
The interview took place at the 38th World Science Fiction Convention (Noreascon 2) in Boston, September 1980.
Many topics were spoken of, like the great idea of a sequel to The Lovers, Children of the Lovers.

Pierre D. Lacroix
Planète à vendre!
6 Feb 2014
Slide Neurox wrote a long and interesting essay, six pages, for the dossier about Philip José Farmer in the French fanzine Planète à Vendre! n° 9R/033, of February-March 1992.
The essay is about Farmer's ideas and themes in most of his work, of which Neurox gives many examples around these themes. Many novels, series and stories by Farmer are mentioned in this essay.

The scan isn't missing its top right cover, the fanzine was cut this way.

J. Toni
More Green in the UK
6 Feb 2014
William Taylor (Canada) discovered a 1976 reprint of the British edition of The Green Odyssey from Sphere Books. This one isn't mentioned in the 1983 printing of the book from Sphere, so it was assumed that to be the second printing, till now.

I added and corrected the information about the British printings on the book page.
Many thanks Bill.

Angus McKie
3 Feb 2014
Philip José Farmer loved the works by Ernest Hemingway. The story "That Great Spanish Author, Ernesto" is a kind of a hommage to Hemingway's writing. Or "...a pastiche of sorts..." and " of the finest examples illustrating just how artful and diverse Phil's writing can be...", according to the editor Christopher Paul Carey.

Written in the early 1940s but only published in 2006 after its discovery in Farmer's archives.

Charles Berlin
Parody on J.G. Ballard's style
30 Jan 2014
How to describe a story that can hardly be described. Philip José Farmer's "The Terminalization of J.G. Ballard" is a great parody on the writing style of the British author J.G. Ballard.

Farmer had a lot of fun writing it. It was written years before it finally got published in Pearls from Peoria (2006). The short story refers to Ballard's highly controversial novel Crash (1973). 

Keith Howell &
Charles Berlin
Two additions
27 Jan 2014
A reissue in a chapbook of the novella Rastignac the Devil. General Books published this Print-on-Demand chapbook in 2010 and again in 2012, but with a different cover. Buying the 2012 publication entitles you to a free membership of the Rare Books Club, where you can download the text of this and other stories.

The second addition is a find of another printing (January 1986) of the anthology Sanctuary, with Farmer's story "Spiders of the Purple Mage". Thanks Willem for this one.

Mike Keeling
Philip José Farmer Day
26 Jan 2014

January 26, 1918
(February 25, 2009)

Polytropical Paramyths
22 Jan 2014
Farmer must have had a lot of fun writing the somewhat strange, absurd and funny stories called 'Polytropical Paramyths'. PJF: «They're a form of fun-therapy for me and perhaps for the reader. They're symptoms of something in my unconscious that makes me itch and then scratch. A sort of cerebral athlete's foot. Or, to preserve the birth analogy of parere, a monster delivered with much mirth and some puzzlement. Or a square egg laid by a goose who's laughing because it hurts.»
Farmer wrote six of them, and all were published in The Book of Philip José Farmer (DAW, 1973).

In 1972 was the last of these stories, "The Sumerian Oath", published. Harry Harrison, the editor, included it in his anthology of original stories Nova 2.
As might be expected, this is again an absurd story about why there are doctors in the world. They shouldn't be needed or necessary.

Enrico Scull
Riverworld in Germany
14 Jan 2014
Piper Verlag in Germany published in 2008 the five novels of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series. The first three of these novels have already been reissued.
The first, Die Flusswelt der Zeit (To Your Scattered Bodies Go) saw two reprints. The second, Auf dem Zeitstrom (The Fabulous Riverboat), and the third novel, Das dunkle Muster (The Dark Design), both had a second printing.
I added these printings on the book pages.

Christian Hecker
Cover revealed of The Worlds of PJF 4
12 Jan 2014
Mike Croteau, publisher of Meteor House and editor of the book, announces the publication in the Spring of 2014 of the anthology The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days.

Cover art: Laura Givens

You can preorder your copy from Meteor House now. See here for the website.
Canadian Lovers
12 Jan 2014
Farmer's first published science fiction story "The Lovers" (1952) was expanded and published as the novel The Lovers in 1961.
The publisher, Ballantine Books, reissued the novel in hardcover with a revised edition (1979). A year later came the paperback edition.

Recently Bill Taylor (Canada) discovered a Canadian edition of the 1980 mass market paperback. He writes: "I'm pretty sure the two previous Ballantine editions will also have a Canadian printing".
I'm very curious if that's true, I never found one of these for sale.
Thanks Bill for the info and the scan!

Les Katz
The Suicide Express
7 Jan 2014
One of Philip José Farmer's best known novels is To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971), first in the famous Riverworld series.
Originally written in 1953 as I Owe for the Flesh, with which Phil won a literary competition sponsored by the small publisher Shasta, in conjunction with Pocket Books. Farmer didn't receive the prize money of $4,000 from Shasta, and the very long novel was never published. The manuscript was filed in Farmer's archives.

In the 1960s Farmer tried again to sell the novel. He got the suggestion from Frederik Pohl, at that time editor of the science fiction magazines Galaxy and Worlds of Tomorrow, to edit and rework the very long novel in novellas for publication in the magazines.
Something Farmer did. In 1965 appeared "Day of the Great Shout", and a year later "The Suicide Express", both in Worlds of Tomorrow.
The story page of the second one has now been restyled.

Gray Morrow
PJF-IB: 15 Years Online
30 Dec 2013
This website, the Philip José Farmer - International Bibliography, came online at the end of December 1998. I had prepared and worked at it for nearly a year before I published the site.

So, we have here our 15th Anniversary of the PJF-IB. It is maybe hard to understand that I have been working for more than 15 years on the contents of the bibliography. The site started with about 100-150 pages, it has now more than 400 pages. I'm still not finished with all the information, the redesigning of the story pages, and the other ideas I have.

Most of the bibliography is based on my own huge collection of Farmer items: book editions and printings, magazines, fanzines, anthologies, indexes, critical works about, etceteras. New or unknown publications are still found after all these years, so I'm not yet ready.
Maybe the PJF-IB will never really be completely finished. But as long as I can and want I'm going on with it. Hope you stay tuned!

Silverberg rereads "The Lovers"
25 Dec 2013
In the current issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, February 2014, Robert Silverberg writes in his column "Reflections" about "Rereading Philip José Farmer". His whole, lengthy column goes about that first published science fiction story of Phil, "The Lovers".

Silverberg: «When the August 1952 issue of Startling that featured "The Lovers" appeared, I began reading it at once. And read on and on, awed, overwhelmed, even, by the vigor of its prose, the ingenuity and inventiveness of its concepts, the headlong energy of Farmer's storytelling, and—yes—the unabashed frankness of the erotic content.
And now, after sixty years, I've reread Farmer's pathbreaking story—the original magazine novella, not the novel that he made out of it long afterward. I was afraid it wouldn't stand up to my youthful memories of it. But it did. It certainly did.»

See the website of Asimov's Science Fiction for ordering a copy of the issue, or reading Silverberg's essay online.

Jim Burns
The truth about Trout and Somers III
18 Dec 2013 - Corrected: 22 Dec 2013
This week Titan Books published the last of their books by Philip José Farmer. It is the eleventh book in a period of less than two years, books in the Wold Newton and Grand Master series.
The last one is Venus on the Half-Shell, a Grand Master Novel. First time published by Dell in 1975 under the pseudonym of a fictional author, Kilgore Trout.

The new edition from Titan Books has five extra pieces, all previously publihed. Three essays by Philip José Farmer, and a, somewhat updated and expanded, essay by Christopher Paul Carey. Finally a funny afterword, "Trout Masque Rectifier (Now It Can Be Told Differently—The Truth About Trout)", written as by Jonathan Swift Somers III.

As the title says this essay gives 'the truth' about Kilgore Trout, under which byline this novel originally appeared.
But what is the truth about Jonathan Swift Somers III, who has written the essay? Farmer had used this pseudonym in the 1970s. Farmer isn't with us anymore, the piece was published before in 2012 (see here), so PJF could not have written it. Then who did?

With the publication of the collection Venus on the Half-Shell and Others in 2008, was a foreword by Tom Wode Bellman. He was presented as a real-life author and friend of Farmer. It became clear very soon after publication that Tom Wode Bellman was another pseudonym of Farmer. See here for the story of my discovery.

And again this time I discovered who the real author behind 'Jonathan Swift Somers III' is. The essay was co-written by Michael Croteau, webmaster of The Official PJF Web Page, and the British author Rhys Hughes.

Ukrainian omnibus publication 
9 Dec 2013
With the restyling of the story page of "Strange Compulsion", see the previous entry, I discovered a publication of the story in an Ukrainian omnibus.

This omnibus, Там, по ту сторону... ИПФ - 1, contains the translations of a novel, Там, по ту сторону... (Traitor to the Living) and the three stories of the collection The Alley God.
These publications are added on the book pages and the story pages.

I. Shaganova
The Captain's Daughter
9 Dec 2013
Only recently, more than fifty years after it's last publication in the US in the collection The Alley God (1962), was this story reprinted.
It was first published in 1953 in the magazine Science-Fiction Plus with the title "Strange Compulsion", but was later published under the title "The Captain's Daughter". The reprint in September this year from Armchair Fiction in a double novel, see the column at right, came again with the title "Strange Compulsion".

Illustration: Virgil Finlay

This is a story about a spaceship captain's daughter with a strange disease, a disease that threatens the health of the entire galaxy.

Frank R. Paul
Interview with Win Scott Eckert
3 Dec 2013
Anthony R. Cardno has done a great and very interesting interview with Win Scott Eckert. He is the co-author of The Evil in Pemberley House and the sole author of its sequel The Scarlet Jaguar. Win also co-edited the recently published Tales of the Wold Newton Universe.

Especially his plans to write more in the Pat Wildman series: «... Well, I do plan on at least three or four more Pat Wildman novellas. These would bring Pat through the 1970s and into the early 1980s . . . which, not coincidentally, is about when the unfinished Monster on Hold occurs....», and «...I also plan on writing a Sherlock Holmes novella for Meteor House...».

There is more interesting news. Read the interview online here.

Mark Sparacio
Another second German printing
2 Dec 2013
A few days ago Fred Fischer came with the information about the second printing of Lord der Sterne (Knaur, 1980), the German translation of A Private Cosmos.

This find "made me assume that there are second printings of the rest of the series too", according to Fred. He noticed he had a copy of the second printing (February 1980) of Meister der Dimensionen, translation of The Maker of Universes.
I added this one on the bookpage.

At the same time I deleted an other German entry on this same page, and moved it to its own story page. It is an extract, "Meister der Dimensionen", of the novel.

Vincent Di Fate
The Startouched
1 Dec 2013
The novelette "The Startouched" is part 2 of the four part series Stations of the Nightmare, a further adventure of Paul Eyre, who has been contacted by an alien creature in the astonishing form of a beautiful woman with the hind parts of a lion—a sphinx! Paul Eyre is changing after the contact.

Roger Elwood edited in 1974-1975 the four Continuum anthologies, with the four parts of this series. Tor Books published them in 1982 in novel form as Stations of the Nightmare.

Patrick Woodroffe
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.