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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!


Cameson


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 and included in the Bibliography.
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
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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