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Sci-Fi Chronicles
17 Oct 2014
 
Guy Haley edited the recently published reference work Sci-Fi Chronicles (subtitled: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction).
According to the cover text of the UK edition: «From Frankenstein to Avatar, this comprehensive guide to science fiction combines expert commentary, stunning archive imagery, and colour-coded infographic timelines to explore the complex real-world (and in-world) development of over two hundred essential sci-fi characters, creators, series and mythologies.»


The UK hardcover

The book promises a lot, and to be honest it shows a lot in the 576 pages. But while the era 1950-1970 mentions the authors Philip K. Dick, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Jack Arnold, Brian Aldiss, Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, and several others, not a word about Philip José Farmer.

But wait, there is a page with a very incomplete timeline about the Riverworld series. Accompanied with some words about Farmer and his first sf story, about Riverworld, and about the World of Tiers series. To call this "expert commentary" is too much credit for the Riverworld entry, written by Damien G. Walter.
None of the so called side-stream Riverworld stories by Farmer, other than "Riverworld", or written by other authors are mentioned.

Farmer's novel The Other Log of Phileas Fogg is included in the timeline of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
But Farmer's Tarzan additions are not mentioned in the Tarzan chronicle. Nor is any of Farmer's Wold Newton Family stories included anywhere.

It is a nice book with many (small) pictures, but it cannot be complete. Which is confirmed by the editor in his introduction to the book: «We cannot possibly cover it all. ... Any omissions are necessarily somewhat subjective, but sadly unavoidable.»
Phil is in the book, barely...

Thanks Fred Fischer (USA) for bringing this publication to my attention!


The US paperback
An Unknown Feast
13 Oct 2014
 
Ten years ago the small publisher Ramble House had two books by Philip José Farmer. New editions of The Green Odyssey and of Love Song, both in 2004.
It looks like that you still can order copies of these editions from Ramble House, see here and here.

It seems that Ramble House also had plans to publish an edition of A Feast Unknown. The cover was made, but the book was never published.



The cover illustration –a bit too amateurish for my taste– was drawn by Gavin L. O'Keefe and it is shown on the website.

People can think that this book was actually published. Because it's not, I have information about it included on the page 'Ghost Editions'.
I was aware of this cover for years, but it took an email from Dan Getz (USA) to remind me of it.
Thanks Dan!


Gavin L. O'Keefe
The King and the Riders
7 Oct 2014
 
This time Farmer collector Lee Barrie (USA) checked some of his books with the information in the bibliography and discovered a few omissions.

The story "The King of the Beasts" was published in the anthology Science Fact/Fiction in 1974. The book had a second printing in 1976. Of both printings also exist a slightly different version. The books were printed in the USA with a USA copyright. But the other versions have beside the USA copyright also a Philippines copyright. I have no idea why this was done.

Lee Barrie found three more printings of the anthology
The Hugo Winners, Volume One and Two. This anthology was published as a Book Club Edition by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. and contains Farmer's story "Riders of the Purple Wage".
Lee added the books with date codes N40, P16 and Q22.

He also checked his copies of the Book Club Edition of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, and found one with no date code, and book number 02676.
Many thanks Lee for the additions!


Jack Youngerman
Scattered Bodies
29 Sep 2014
 
I still don't have a copy of the first Israeli edition, published in 1981, of To Your Scattered Bodies Go. The Israeli websites with their Hebrew characters are very frustrating for me to understand, to try to order one or more books. Even if I use the translation of the webpage in the browser.

But Fred Fischer (Houston, USA) was able to buy a copy on Ebay. He sent me the scan of the cover, that was still missing in the bibliography. He needs some time to decipher the publication dates of the book.

Fred also added information on the 1986 Book Club Edition of this title, which does have a date code: Q05. And I discovered another printing of the same Book Club Edition, the one published in January 1981, with date code L03.

And finally, Fred has sent me a link to the website Conceptual Fiction, which has an essay by Ted Gioia about To Your Scattered Bodies Go. Interesting reading!


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Baycon, the 26th World SF Convention
29 Sep 2014
 
Philip José Farmer was the Guest of Honor at Baycon, the 26th World Science Fiction Convention, in August 1968.
Because of this a short anonymous biography about Phil appeared in Baycon Progress Report #2. Last year a copy of this progress report was bought by Mich West (Australia), who sent me scans of the cover and the biography. I had forgotten to include this information in the Bibliography, till now.

In the Baycon Program Book are two articles about Phil, a profile by Theodore Sturgeon and a profile by Poul Anderson. I found these profiles very moving, especially the one by Sturgeon.
The Baycon Program Book was found and then donated to me by Fred Fischer (Houston, USA). I received the chapbook last week.

Being the Guest of Honor, Farmer made a speech at the Baycon banquet, called "Reap". The speech was also published, but not by Baycon.

Many thanks to Mich West for the scans and to Fred Fischer for the program book!


Colin Cameron


Jack Gaughan
More Canadians
18 Sep 2014
 
I am a lucky man to have some other people looking and searching for items, that are missing from my Farmer collection. Several times I do not even know these items exist.

Like the book that William Taylor (Canada) found this time. A Canadian edition of Dark is the Sun. The first paperback edition by Ballantine Books/Del Rey was at the same time published in Canada. Both editions have the same data, but for the price and the printing statement.
Taylor: "I never thought to check for a CDN before. Of course, that was because the grand Vizier of Farmerdom hadn't listed one!!!!"

Guilty as charged! But I have corrected this...
Double thanks Bill!


Darrell K. Sweet
Nobody's Perfect (not even me)
11 Sep 2014
 
Some time ago Fred Fischer (Houston, USA) found two different states of the Science Fiction Book Club edition of The Ultimate Dracula than the one I have and had mentioned in the bibliography.
This collection contains Farmer's gothic horror story "Nobody's Perfect".

The difference between the three different states of the hardcover consists of the statement in two of them to be 'A Dell Trade Paperback' — like the original Dell publication — and two give an ISBN, the same as the one of the original Dell publication.
Fred must be a geek as I am about details of different printings. How else could he have found these books?
But then again, nobody's perfect... :-)

Both editions have been added on the story page.
Great find Fred, thanks!


Bruce Jensen
The Evil in Pemberley House
31 Aug 2014
 
This month the new edition of the novel The Evil in Pemberley House was published by Meteor House and presented at FarmerCon IX.


Cover: Glen Orbik

This novel, written by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert, was first published in hardcover in 2009 by Subterranean Press. That edition was soon sold out.

Now we have a beautiful new edition in a trade paperback, with (nearly) all the extra material that came in a separate chapbook with the original limited signed hardcover edition.
Win Scott Eckert wrote a new foreword for this edition, in which he tells how he first met Lady Patricia Clarke Lupin Wildman and her worries at first about the completion of the novel by another writer than Phil Farmer.
More Strange Relations
18 Aug 2014
 
Orbis, a Spanish publisher, brought in the 1980s the series "Biblioteca de Ciencia Ficciön (Serie azul)" of exactly one hundred titles.
Many (or most?) of this series of books were also published in Argentina by Hyspamérica. The Orbis and Hyspamérica books were in fact the same, but what changed only were the name of the publisher, sometimes the publication date, and the ISBN.

Fred Fischer (Houston, USA) found, while on vacation in Colombia, a second printing from 1986 of the Spanish publication by Orbis, of the collection Relaciones Extrañas (Strange Relations).
While searching the web I found proof of the Argentinian publication by Hyspamérica (1986), of the same book.
Both editions have been added on the book page.

Thanks again Fred!


Tomás C.Gilsanz
SF Gateway Omnibus with three novels
17 Aug 2014
 
British publisher Gollancz launched in 2011, after their huge success with the SF Masterworks series in print, the SF Gateway.
Gollancz: «The SF Gateway was designed to be the new home of classic science fiction and fantasy — the most comprehensive electronic library of classic SFF titles ever assembled. The programme has been extremely well received and we've been very happy with the results. So happy, in fact, that we've decided to complete the circle and return a selection of our titles to print, in these omnibus editions.»

The SF Gateway omnibus (see the bookpage) with novels by Philip José Farmer was published this month, and brings us the titles: 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. Gollancz doesn't have the rights to publish Dayworld, whether electronic or in print.


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The Foundation of Kor trilogy
15 Aug 2014
 
At FarmerCon IX were plans to announce the publication of The Monster on Hold, written by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert, and of The Foundation of Kor trilogy, written by Christopher Paul Carey.

But The Foundation of Kor trilogy has been put on hold. Christopher Paul Carey got unexpectedly the green light to write two more books in the Opar / Khokarsa series, Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar.
See also the previous entries.

I asked Chris Carey if The Foundation of Kor trilogy will be written at a later time.
Carey: "Yes, that's the plan if the permissions are all still in place when I'm able to write it."

So we can look forward to some very interesting stories!


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More exciting news: Ancient Opar returns
15 Aug 2014
 
This was brought as breaking news at FarmerCon IX (combined with PulpFest 2014).

Meteor House is pleased to announce Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar, new authorized novellas in Philip José Farmer's epic saga of Khokarsa, a civilization lost to the mists of time. Christopher Paul Carey, coauthor of The Song of Kwasin, will be writing the two novellas based on Farmer's notes.



Twelve thousand years ago, the vast empire of Khokarsa ringed the shores of ancient Africa's inland seas. In the novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin, the hero Hadon and his giant cousin Kwasin led the battle against the priests of the sun god Resu, who sought to usurp the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho. Twenty years have passed since the heroes' victory, and mighty Khokarsa lies in ruin, victim to a continent-wide earthquake. Of all the cities of the empire, only shining Opar, the city of gold and jewels, remains standing. Now, Hadon must lead his people against a brutal enemy that seeks to pillage Opar's most precious treasures and slaughter its king.

Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar will be published in limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions (both signed by Christopher Paul Carey), with the first volume to be released Summer 2015.
Follow along at meteorhousepress.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/MeteorHouse) and Twitter (@MeteorHouse) for all the latest developments.

Carey: "I just want to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the parties involved for giving their blessing to allow these projects to go forward."

This is super fantastic news!


Roy Krenkel
Great news: The Monster on Hold
14 Aug 2014
 
This news was announced at FarmerCon IX, this past weekend, August 7-10.



Meteor House and Win Scott Eckert are thrilled to announce they have entered into an agreement with the Estate of Philip José Farmer for Eckert to complete the Doc Caliban novel The Monster on Hold!

The Monster on Hold. The Unspeakable Threshold. Down to Earth's Centre.
The very titles evoke the sense of mystery and horror that the bronze-hued superman, Doc Caliban, feels when faced with another descent deep into a subterranean complex to confront an unfathomable evil--an evil that is described, but never explained, in the final Doc Savage novel published during the original pulp run, Up from Earth's Center, written by Lester Dent.
Philip José Farmer utilized all three titles, at various times, while working on his fourth Nine book. However, The Monster on Hold was the latest title, and the one under which he announced the book at the 1983 World Fantasy Convention. Thus, it's only fitting that this Doc Caliban adventure will finally appear under the title best known to Farmer's legions of fans.

Eckert, under Farmer's direction, previously completed another unfinished Farmer manuscript, The Evil in Pemberley House. He also served as series editor for the recent Titan Books editions of the Nine novels (rebranded for the reissues as the Secrets of the Nine series), and will faithfully utilize all known prose by Farmer, as well as all existing notes, in completing the fourth novel--including little-seen text found in a folder in Farmer's "Magic Filing Cabinet," which was very suitably labeled "Cthulhu Story."
The Monster on Hold will be published in limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions (both signed by coauthor Win Scott Eckert), with a tentative release date of summer 2016 and a painted cover by Douglas Klauba. Follow along at meteorhousepress.com, on Facebook (facebook. com/MeteorHouse) and Twitter (@MeteorHouse) for all the latest developments.

Eckert adds:  "I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity. I've been waiting a long time for this. Lots of research and outlining ahead of me; I'm going to really enjoy writing this one!"

Eckert is not the only one who is excited. I cannot wait to see the book published. Great news indeed!


Rowena Morrill
Received: Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows
13 Aug 2014
 
Josh Reynolds wrote a sort of sequel to Farmer's novel The Other Log of Phileas Fogg. Reynolds' novella, Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, was published this month by Meteor House.
It was published in two limited editions. A special hardcover edition of 125 copies, and a special trade paperback edition of 125 copies. The two editions are both signed by the author. I received a copy of each of these two editions.
See the webpage of the publisher Meteor House for more and ordering information.



Christopher Paul Carey writes this praise for the novella: "With all the verve, sense of adventure, and sly reference to classic literature that I've come to love and expect in his work, Josh Reynolds carries forward the secret history of Phileas Fogg in a manner both highly entertaining and true to the spirit of Philip José Farmer."


I did not have the time yet to read and comment on the book, but I do want to read it very soon.
Trip to France
13 Aug 2014
 
We just came back from a vacation of several weeks in the south of France. Very nice weather, good wine and beer, delicious food, fantastic friends that came along this vacation, time to read (a lot) of course, a swimming pool that came with our vacation home, what else do you need?



Naturally did I browse the bookshops I saw in the several places we visited, for French Farmer editions still missing from my PJF collection. I found only one, alas. That book was already known to me and so included in the Bibliography.
Earlier news

New Publications
In 2014
 
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



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

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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