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Another Moebius Trip (# 14)
16 Jul 2014
 
I found also a copy of the fanzine Moebius Trip Issue # 14, of July 1972.
This issue has a reprint of an article by Leslie A. Fiedler, Thanks for the Feast: Notes on Philip José Farmer. Moebius Trip brings the original, uncut version, because with the first publication in the book review section of the Los Angeles Times, on April 23, 1972, Fiedler's article was somewhat emasculated, and the title was also changed.
The uncut version was reprinted in The Book of Philip Jose Farmer.

Also in this issue of Moebius Trip is a letter
by Philip José Farmer, in which Phil writes some comments on the essay by Fiedler, and gives some additional information.


William Rotsler
Moebius Trip # 8
14 Jul 2014
 
Recently received a copy of the fanzine Moebius Trip Issue # 8, of March/April 1971. I had been searching for this for years, like I did and still do with many of the other items with material about Farmer.

The fanzine has an article, Philip José Farmer: Out of Confusion, Surprise, by Ed Conner, but his article is mainly a reprint of a newspaper article that Jerry Klein wrote for the Peoria Journal Star.
Fortuitously Terry Bibo mentions this and other newspaper articles by Jerry Klein in her essay in the  anthology The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4): Voyages to Strange Days.

In the same issue of Moebius Trip is a report of Pecon 2, where Farmer was a guest of honor. His "Guest of Honor Speech" at that convention is also in the above mentioned anthology. Coincidences?


David Lewton
Very interesting anthology
11 Jul 2014
 
I have read and indexed most of the entries in the new anthology The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4): Voyages to Strange Days. It is again a very interesting collection of essays and stories, with lots of information on PJF's work.

The essays in the section "Peoria-Colored Worlds" all show how little Farmer was known in the US and especially in his hometown Peoria (IL).
When we, my wife and I, visited Peoria in 2002, we took a taxi from the airport to our hotel. The taxi driver asked where we came from, because he heard from our accents that we were foreigners. When he heard we came from the Netherlands he asked what we did in Peoria, of all places. "Going to visit one of your most famous townspeople", we said. But he didn't know who Philip José Farmer was ("Never heard of") and he didn't understand why we traveled that far to visit the man, who wasn't even a member of our family. Nearly the same response was given at the hotel.
I get these responses in my hometown whenever I mention Phil's name, but hadn't expected it in Peoria! Of all places!

Christopher Paul Carey gives a chronology in which to read the Father John Carmody and the related Detective Raspold stories,, "Strange Compulsion" and "Some Fabulous Yonder". His chronology includes the stories "The Goddess Equation" by Carey himself, and "Ite, Misse Est" by Paul Spiteri. Both these stories are included in the anthology.

There is a long overdue reprint of Farmer's "Moth and Rust", the original novella that was rewritten and expanded into the novel A Woman a Day. Art Sippo wrote a very interesting essay about the changes Phil made with the rewrite, not all for the better.


Laura Givens
Voyages to Strange Days received
29 Jun 2014
 
The anthology The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4): Voyages to Strange Days has been received by me this week.
It is the fourth volume in the series of anthologies with essays by and about Phil Farmer, and with stories by him and by others as a kind of sequels to Phil's stories (Expanded Worlds). It looks again a great volume! Haven't had the time to read it all yet, but that certainly will be done the coming days.



I haven't yet indexed all the entries, but will do this the coming days after I read the pieces.

To order the book, go to the publisher's website. There are only five hundred numbered copies!
Voyages to Strange Days shipped
23 Jun 2014
 
A few days ago Meteor House had a message on Facebook to let us know that the anthology The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days has shipped to all those who preordered the book.



Volume 4 focuses on Philip José Farmer the classic science fiction writer! Farmer grew up on the pulps; from the 1920s through the Golden Age, Farmer was an avid reader of many of the science fiction magazines. Although many were ground-breaking, his earliest stories used familiar tropes such as interstellar travel, alien races, parallel worlds, computers, war, scientists, etc.

If you haven't ordered the book yet, you should do it now! Go to the publisher's website.
Unpolished Pearls
23 Jun 2014
 
Now I know why I didn't completely index the last few issues of Farmerphile at the time of publication: it takes a lot of time and work. Time that I didn't have at that moment.
Also, the fanzine started with "Unpolished Pearls from the Magic Filing Cabinet". Where to put the items that were published under this feature? Are they fiction or non-fiction? I had to read everything again to come to some conclusion.

I'm now finished indexing issue No. 12, of April 2008. One of the items under 'Pearls' is indexed as a story. This one, "Down to Earth's Centre", is an extract of an unpublished Doc Caliban novel. Much like "The Monster on Hold", but they are not the same.


Keith Howell
Another Fischer discovery
5 Jun 2014
 
Two months ago I received an email from Fred Fischer (USA) with information about a till then unknown German translation of one of Farmer's stories.
It took me these two months to get my copy of the ordered anthology from Germany. It seems that the first sent copy was lost in the mail, but I finally received the book.

It is the anthology Nebel aus dem Jenseits (1995), edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Robert Weinberg. This is a partial translation of The Mists From Beyond (1993). The third of the original editors, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, is not mentioned in the German book.


Cover by Bert Hülpüsch

The anthology contains Farmer's story "Die Offenbarung des Johannes. Der Verfilmung erster Teil", a translation of "The Making of Revelation, Part I".

Many thanks Fred!


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Mysterious Farmerphile authors
1 Jun 2014
 
The last four published issues, 12-13-14-15, of the fanzine Farmerphile were not fully indexed by me in the bibliography at the time of publication, in 2008-2009. I didn't have (or make...) the time to do the job, and later forgot about it somewhat.

Till I started redoing the story page for the serial "Up from the Bottomless Pit", ten parts that were all published in the fanzine Farmerphile. This page is not yet ready, but I first started with completing the index of the above mentioned issues of Farmerphile.
For that I read again several pieces of the contents, and came across two articles written under pseudonym.

The first of these is "To Be, or Not to Be" by Tom Wode Bellman, in issue No. 13. The other is "A Whale of a Time" by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, in issue No. 14.
It is very unlikely that Philip José Farmer himself wrote these essays, for several reasons. He had stopped writing and his physical condition was far from ideal to write anything. So who wrote these pieces?

Tom Wode Bellman was first introduced, as a real person, with a foreword in the collection Venus on the Half-Shell and Others, in 2008.
I soon discovered Tome Wode Bellman to be another pseudonym, the name of a fictional author, see this page with many entries about the discovery and the investigation done by Ralph von Wau Wau.
I then still assumed that maybe Phil had written the introduction, using the byline of Bellman. But after reading both the essay "To Be, or Not to Be" and the introduction again, I came to no other conclusion than that Christopher Paul Carey had written both. I wrote Christopher about this, but his answer is: "I deny everything!"

Expecting the same answer from the author hiding behind the pseudonym Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, I did not write to him. But I'm pretty much convinced that Win Scott Eckert wrote the essay "A Whale of a Time".

I have no actual proof or confirmation that Win and Christopher used these pseudonyms. So, for that reason I put the essays as written by Farmer in the bibliography, with a footnote about my doubts of the real author.

I'm not yet ready indexing Farmerphile, but will finish it a.s.a.p.


Vladimir Verano
The Oz universe
12 May 2014
 
From his early years on Philip José Farmer was a ferocious reader. Many books he read made a great impact on him, like the Tarzan stories, Doc Savage series, and the Oz books. Of all three of these series he eventually wrote his own novel contributions, with The Dark Heart of Time (1999), Escape from Loki (1991), and A Barnstormer in Oz (1982).

But he not only wrote these novels about his favorite characters. He wrote more about Tarzan and Doc Savage.
About the Oz books Farmer wrote an essay in 1954, "The Tin Woodman Slams the Door".

Twenty years later, in 1973, Farmer wrote the short story "The Unnaturals", that only got published after its rediscovery in 2005. It was published in the fanzine Farmerphile Issue No. 2.
Christopher Paul Carey in his introduction writes that the story: «...provides the reader with an allegory which resonates as well today as it would have had "The Unnaturals" been published in 1973.»


Karl Kauffman
Stations of the Nighmare series
10 May 2014
 
Roger Elwood edited in the early 1970s a large number of anthologies. In 1974-1975 he edited the anthology series Continuum of four books with a new concept. Each book had eight continuing stories, which made it a unique anthology series.

Philip José Farmer wrote the Stations of the Nightmare series for these anthologies.
The first story in the series, "The Two-Edged Gift", introduces the reader to Paul Eyre, who shot a flying saucer. That impulsive shot had great consequences. Paul Eyre only acted strange at first, but he finally changed to somewhat else entirely it seemed.


Vincent Di Fate
Doc Savage Special
4 May 2014
 
When I, and several other Farmerphiles, were invited at Phil and Bette Farmer's house I saw many original cover paintings and loads of books. Several of these books were his own work of course. The visit happened in 2008, after we had attended Farmercon 90.

One of the titles that took my eye were copies of Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Farmer had four copies of this book on his shelves.



But the spine of one of the dustjackets showed a different, much larger, lettering than the others. It became not clear if this was done on purpose or a misprinting with the publisher. Other than the spine the book was exactly the same as with the other copies, all first printings.

At the time I made a photo of the books, which I had forgotten till now. It shows the special dustjacket of which there exists at least one, and maybe only one, copy.


Walter Baumhofer
News from Meteor House
1 May 2014
 
The small publisher Meteor House keeps coming with interesting news updates. Only a few days ago we announced the publication of Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, written by Josh Reynolds.

Two earlier novellas from Meteor House, Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey and The Scarlet Jaguar by Win Scott Eckert, are now available as ebooks.
Carey's Exiles of Kho is part of the Opar/Khokarsa series. Eckert's The Scarlet Jaguar is a sequel to The Evil in Pemberley House – cowritten by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert – is Pat Wildman’s second adventure.
It seems there are plans that Eckert will write more Pat Wildman adventures. Great news indeed!

The latest announcement from Meteor House is that they will publish The Evil in Pemberley House (2009) in a trade paperback for $20. It will be published in August and available at Farmercon IX.



Preorder your copy on time to get it signed by Win Scott Eckert! See the ordering page.


Mike Hoffman
The Book of Revelations
28 Apr 2014
 
Quite a few stories by Philip José Farmer are inspired by religious themes. As Phil himself stated: «I've been a reader of the Bible most of my life». The very well written story "Towards the Beloved City" is based upon the Book of Revelations.
It was written for the original anthology Signs and Wonders (1972), with, as the subtitle says, 'Science Fiction Stories for the Christian Reader'.

Roger Elwood in his foreword in an anthology of religious science fiction stories, writes: «Farmer's story is probably the most Biblically oriented of all, and perhaps the most theologically complex. Farmer deals with the tribulation in an exciting, accurate, incisive manner.»


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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Earlier news

New Publications
In 2014
 
June



The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4): Voyages to Strange Days
 
In 2013
 
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
 
 
July



The Scarlet Jaguar,
by Win Scott Eckert
 
 
July



Doc Savage: His Apocalytic Life
(limited hardcover)
 
 
July



Sherlock Holmes und die Legende von Greystoke
(
The Peerless Peer)
 
 
June



The Mad Goblin
 
 
May



Lord Tyger
 
 
March



The Wind Whales of
Ishmael

 
 
January



Hadon of Ancient Opar
 

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

Forthcoming Books

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

A trade paperback edition of The Evil in Pemberley House, from Meteor House. Publication in August 2014.



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