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Three Opar novels in a French omnibus
19 Nov 2016
 
French publisher Mnémos released this week an omnibus, with the three translated Opar/Khokarsa novels, Hadon, fils de l'antique Opar (Hadon of Ancient Opar), Fuite à Opar (Flight to Opar), and La geste de Kwasin (The Song of Kwasin).
These three were first published in an omnibus in the USA, as Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, from Subterranean Press (2012).

The French omnibus, Opar (Intégrale), only includes the three novels. No maps or extras. Only exception is the "Chronologie de Khokarsa".
Christopher Paul Carey is excited and proud with this publication.

cover: Grant Regan

The omnibus, Opar (Intégrale), was released on 17 November 2016 by publisher Mnémos. The price for the 635 pages thick book is €35,00. See also Amazon.fr if you want to order it.
Received: Fantastic Universe Super Pack 3
2 Nov 2016
 
Positronic Publishing is releasing a whole series of 'Super Pack' books. This book, Fantastic Universe Super Pack #3, shows a list of nearly thirty 'Super Pack' titles.
All of them reprint stories from way back, which seem to be free of copyright. Everyone of the 'Super Pack' anthologies is available in print or for a few dollar as an ebook.

This publication comes with thirty reprinted stories, from Robert E. Howard, Mack Reynolds, Fredric Brown, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and many more.
Also included is  Philip José Farmer's novella "Rastignac the Devil", originally published in May 1954.

The novella also saw nine solo publications in chapbooks, the first of them in Italy (1973). See the book page.
More books from Russia
17 Oct 2016
 
Last week I received the fourth package with books from Russia, published in different –former Soviet Union– countries, but all in Russian. These books are novels, omnibuses, and anthologies.
Everyone of them already is included in the Bibliography, but now I can check the data, with the books at hand, more thoroughly.

After I have checked the books from this shipment I will order more Russian books. Hope to get them all sometime. That will take several shipments to go.
French omnibus: Opar, Intégrale
13 Oct 2016
 
Subterranean Press published in June 2012 an omnibus, Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, with the three novels in the Opar / Khokarsa series. The first two were written by Philip José Farmer and originally released in the 1970s. The third however, The Song of Kwasin, was started by Farmer, finished by Christopher Paul Carey, and for the first time published in the omnibus.

Now, four years later, there will be a French edition of the omnibus. Christopher Paul Carey announced it proudly on his Facebook page.

Chris: «Okay, about two years ago I mentioned signing a contract for the foreign rights to THE SONG OF KWASIN. Well, at long last, I can reveal that I was referring to a French-language omnibus of the first three Ancient Opar/Khokarsa novels, to be published by Mnémos in November 2016. I love seeing the new cover art (I don't yet know the name of the artist). Interesting how they titled the third novel...LA GESTE DE KWASIN (THE GESTURE OF KWASIN?). Check it out at the link!»

The omnibus, Opar, Intégrale, will be released on 4 November 2016 by publisher Mnémos. The price is €35,00. See also Amazon.fr.
Received: Fantastic Universe Super Pack
11 Oct 2016
 
A few days ago I wrote about two new anthologies, that were published in August.
Today I received my copy of the first of these anthologies, Fantastic Universe Super Pack.
This book contains Philip José Farmer's story "They Twinkled Like Jewels".

It comes in a large trade paperback, 25×17,5 cm or 10×7 inches, with 30 stories, for a price of $14.99. Not all the stories are good, and not every included author is very well known, like Frederic Max, John Foster West, and George Edrich. But there are also several big names in the book, like Philip K. Dick, Poul Anderson, Harry Harrison, C. L. Moore, H. Beam Piper, and more.
All the stories were published in the 1950s in the magazine Fantastic Universe.

The anthology is available as ebook (Amazon, B&N) for only $1.99.
This publication doesn't twinkle
9 Oct 2016
 
It looks like another rip-off. To produce and sell a story, the novelette They Twinkled Like Jewels —that is free of rights— in a softcover chapbook of 28 pages, and ask for it a price of a mere $18.95.
It is the highest price of any of the chapbooks with this story.

Why are they, HardPress Publishing, doing this? Who are they doing a favor, but themselves?
Will anyone buy this chapbook? I'm not!

If you really want this story printed on paper you could better buy the trade paperback Fantastic Universe Super Pack, see below, for only $14.99. For that price you get many, many more stories!
Strangers No More
9 Oct 2016
 
Dover Publications will publish in February or March 2017 the anthology Strangers No More ('Tales of Alien Life by Science Fiction Masters'). The 'masters' are Isaac Asimov, Philip José Farmer, Clifford D. Simak, Marion Zimmer Bradley and more.

Amazon: «These spellbinding sci-fi tales of Martians and other extraterrestrials first appeared in the leading pulp magazines of the 1950s: Galaxy, Amazing Science Fiction, and Fantastic Universe. Nine groundbreaking selections include "Youth" by Isaac Asimov, "Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer, and "Year of the Big Thaw" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Includes atmospheric original illustrations.»
 

Strangers No More will be published in paperback, price $9.95, 192 pages, ISBN 978-0486795072.
Fantastic Universe Super Pack
8 Oct 2016
 
Last month I got the information from Fred Fischer (USA) that a new anthology was published in August. I immediately ordered a copy of the anthology, Fantastic Universe Super Pack, but till now did not receive my book. It contains the story "They Twinkled Like Jewels".

Also published in August is Fantastic Universe Super Pack #3, with Farmer's story "Rastignac the Devil". I ordered this one just now. I had not seen it before.


Both books are published by Positronic Publishing, in their series 'Fantastic Stories Presents', as trade paperbacks for $14.99 each.

Just received a few minutes ago a note from Amazon that my copy of Fantastic Universe Super Pack is on its way to me.
The same Russian books, but different
27 Sep 2016
 
Russian books can be confusing. The title printed on the cover is not always the same as the one on the title page. I found two new books, omnibuses, with the same problem.
On the title page it says Многоярусный мир. Том 1 (World of Tiers, Volume 1), on the cover is printed Создатель вселенных (Maker of Universes). To make it even more confusing the title of the first novel is in the book written as Создатель Вселенной.

The same goes for Многоярусный мир. Том 2 (World of Tiers, Volume 2), with this on the title page and Личный космос (A Private Cosmos) on the cover.
See the first two books below.
They were published in 1992 by Васильевский остров (Vasilievsky ostrov) in Saint Petersburg.


This same publisher, Васильевский остров, published exactly the same books with a different dustjacket. On the dustjackets appeared the title Клуб любителей фантастики (Fantasy Literature Club), with the numbers 4 and 5 in the series.

The books have exactly the same data. The only difference is the dustjacket and that the last two have the name of the series, Клуб любителей фантастики, blind stamped on the front board.
My guess is that the first two were sold in the bookshops, while the other two were for members of the book club.
Russian books
25 Sep 2016
 
It looks like nothing happened this month on the site. That is far from the truth. But nothing 'big' happened, to bring it with a news item. I'm still working hard on the Bibliography to get it more correct, checking out items and their data. I'm only human, and I do make mistakes too...

One of the things I am checking again are Russian books. I found a source to order them directly from Russia, to get my collection of Farmer books even more complete. In a couple of weeks I got three shipments with books in Russian, published in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and in Russia of course.



Here you see the ten books from the third shipment. I'm still checking the details of these publications, which isn't going as fast as I would like.
Most of the books were already known in the Bibliography, but there are also two new ones. I'll be back on the two.

As soon as I have finished the details of the books, I will do another order in Russia. There are many more to go.
FarmerCon XI Program booklet
28 Aug 2016
 
FarmerCon XI was held on July 21-24, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with PulpFest.

Four new items were released at the convention. See the previous entries. As he did with the earlier editions of the convention, Michael Croteau (publisher of Meteor House) also published a Program booklet.

In the Program an interview with Danny Adams, coauthor of Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday. The interview had been published before on the Official Philip José Farmer Web Page. This website was just updated with information about con reports and recordings.

Also a reprint of the short story "Getting Ready to Write: A Polytropical Paramyth" by Philip José Farmer & Paul Spiteri, which was published for the first time in 2008.
Phileas Fogg, World Traveler
27 Aug 2016
 
Win Scott Eckert wrote a novelette with a title nearly as long as the number of pages of the publication, a chapbook. The title, Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, The Masked Man Meets an English Gentleman, counts 23 words. The chapbook 28 pages.
It is probably a story with one of the longest titles.

Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days (Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours, 1872). But he didn't tell the whole story it seems.
A hundred years later Philip José Farmer wrote The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973), to tell the true story about Phileas Fogg.
Another twenty-three years later Win Scott Eckert discovers that Jules Verne left more out of his original story.

The publisher: «Win Scott Eckert pulls back the veil on the previously untold tale of Mr. Phileas Fogg’s fateful encounter with the legendary masked rider of the plains and his faithful companion—an episode suppressed (with good reason!) by M. Verne himself from the final publication of his classic Around the World in Eighty Days.»
The limited and signed chapbook can be ordered from the publisher Meteor House.
Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra
27 Aug 2016
 
Josh Reynolds had his first sequel to Philip José Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, the novella Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, published in 2014.
Now, two years later, we see the publication of another sequel, the novella Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra.
The novella, in limited hardcover and trade paperback, can be ordered from the publisher Meteor House.

From the publisher: «1889. The war of shadows is over, but a new and more deadly conflict has begun in the Central European country of Ruritania. A conflict which threatens to consume the few remaining survivors of the millennia-old struggle between Eridaneans and Capelleans, including Phileas Fogg. Drawn to the city of Streslau by a mysterious letter, Fogg finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit and caught between old allies and new enemies in a struggle for survival. On the run and aided only by the unpredictable Count of Hentzau, Fogg must exert every iota of his famed intellect in order to unravel the mystery of the Heart of Osra – or face the utter annihilation of Eridaneans and Capelleans alike!»
Blood of Ancient Opar
18 Aug 2016
 
The fifth volume in the Opar / Khokarsa series, Blood of Ancient Opar, is written by Christopher Paul Carey. His previous novella in the series, Hadon, King of Opar, is the fourth volume.
The first two Opar / Khokarsa novels were written by Farmer in the 1970s, the third novel, The Song of Kwasin, was started by Farmer at that time, but only many years later finished by Christopher Paul Carey.
I very much enjoyed the newer additions to the series. Christopher Paul Carey did a great job with these stories. I'm sure that Farmer would have been thrilled, could he have seen the new novellas.
Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday
15 Aug 2016
 
First book added in the Bibliography of the ones I received recently is Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday, by Philip José Farmer and Danny Adams. It is a full length novel (361 pages), and is written as a prequel to Farmer's Dayworld series, Dayworld (1985), Dayworld Rebel (1987), and Dayworld Breakup (1990).



The novel is based on Farmer's original unfinished manuscript. See the great and interesting interview we had with Danny Adams about the book two months ago.
Meteor House published the book in a special hardcover edition of 200 copies signed by the author, and also in a trade paperback edition. Michael A. Burstein wrote an Introduction and Paul Spiteri a Foreword.
Great books, just received
14 Aug 2016
 
At FarmerCon XI (July 21-24, 2016) were these books released, and signed by the authors at Meteor House publisher's table. Josh Reynolds already had signed his books in England, where he lives.
I just received a parcel with copies of the limited hardcovers and trade paperbacks of:
  • Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday, by PJF and Danny Adams
  • Blood of Ancient Opar, by Christopher Paul Carey
  • Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra, by Josh Reynolds



In the box also a copy of Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, The Masked Man Meets an English Gentleman, a story by Win Scott Eckert. This one is labeled 'Meteor House Chapbook No.1'.

And finally a copy of the FarmerCon XI program booklet.
I'll start adding these items in the Bibliography. After that I want to read the stories, hardly can wait.
New books signed at FarmerCon
27 Jul 2016
 
PulpFest 2016, together with Farmercon XI, was held in the weekend of July 21-24. The newly announced books from Meteor House were released at FarmerCon, and the preordered copies were signed by the authors.


Christopher Paul Carey with Blood of Ancient Opar


Danny Adams with Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday






Win Scott Eckert with the chapbook Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, The Masked Man Meets an English Gentleman.


















The items will be shipped to the people who preordered the books. That is also the case with Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra by Josh Reynolds, who signed the books in the UK before they were shipped to the US.

Go to the site of Meteor House if you want one or more of these books. They are gone before you know!
 
HBO with Riverworld?
7 Jul 2016
 
For many years fans are writing about their wishes for a decent Riverworld TV-series. Especially after the less successful movie Riverworld (2003) and the mini series Riverworld (2010). Both were for Sci-Fi Channel, later called Syfy.
Discussions went on by fans in forums and blogs. Some wanted a new series to be done by HBO, like their very good and successful series Game of Thrones.



I for one would very much like a Riverworld series done by HBO. The series they make are of much higher quality than we ever saw on Syfy. Alas, nothing specific has been published online, that I know of, about HBO's plans for a Riverworld series.

But recently I found a review at 'Goodreads' of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, in which the reviewer Brad mentions that HBO and Showtime both optioned the novel for an ongoing series.
I'm a bit cautious, because the date of the review is April 1, 2016.
If it's true, it sounds very promising!
More from Gateway ebooks
5 Jul 2016
 
Gateway changed more 'covers' of their ebooks. The novels, The Lovers, The Maker of Universes, and The Unreasoning Mask show new covers in the Gateway Essentials series of ebooks.


In these cases only the price of The Maker of Universes more than doubled since the new cover. The price of the other two stayed nearly the same.

I expect more new covers from Gateway Essentials, at least of the other books in the World of Tiers series.
Many books from other authors also have new covers.
I added the new information on the page Audio Books & eBooks.
New 'covers' for Gateway ebooks
4 Jul 2016
 
British publisher Gateway changed some of their ebooks with new 'covers'. All five of the Riverworld books have new pictures, but also new prices. The ebooks are now called 'Gateway Essentials'.


I don't know about you, but I like these pictures a lot more than the standard yellow cover with red and black lettering.
But with the change of cover, the price (nearly) doubled in all cases.
- To Your Scattered Bodies Go - £5.52 (was £2.39)
- The Fabulous Riverboat - £5.10 (was £2.48)
- The Dark Design - £5.52 (was £2.48)
- The Magic Labyrinth - £5.56 (was £3.99)
- Gods of Riverworld - £5.56 (was £3.99).
Interview with Danny Adams: Dayworld
14 Jun 2016
 
The Dayworld novel A Hole in Wednesday was announced earlier. Publisher Meteor House will present this at FarmerCon XI at the end of July!

Philip José Farmer started this novel, and his grand-nephew Danny Adams completed the novel.
The novel is a prequel to the Dayworld series. What is it about?

In the interview we ask Danny Adams this and several other questions.
Cover of "Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra"
22 May 2016
 
Meteor House revealed this week the cover of the novella Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra, written by Josh Reynolds. It wasn't yet ready with the announcement of the novella last month.
The beautiful cover illustration is done by Amar Djouad.


See the previous entry for more information about the book.
I enjoyed the first Phileas Fogg novella by Josh Reynolds, Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, very much! I immediately ordered copies of the hardcover, as well of the paperback, after the announcement of this second one.
It will be a hot summer this year with the three new books from Meteor House.

Do not wait too long to preorder the 'Limited, signed hardcover edition' for $27, or the 'Limited, signed trade paperback edition' for $16.
No information yet when the novella will be released, but my guess is that it will be released at FarmerCon in July.
Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra
20 Apr 2016
 
Meteor House announced a new novella by Josh Reynolds, Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra. This is the second novella of the sequels to The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.

Meteor House: «Now the adventures of Phileas Fogg continue in Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra, a brand-new sequel novella to Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows, chronicling the further exploits of Jules Verne’s most iconic hero.

1889. The war of shadows is over, but a new and more deadly conflict has begun in the Central European country of Ruritania. A conflict which threatens to consume the few remaining survivors of the millennia-old struggle between Eridaneans and Capelleans, including Phileas Fogg. Drawn to the city of Streslau by a mysterious letter, Fogg finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit and caught between old allies and new enemies in a struggle for survival. On the run and aided only by the unpredictable Count of Hentzau, Fogg must exert every iota of his famed intellect in order to unravel the mystery of the Heart of Osra – or face the utter annihilation of Eridaneans and Capelleans alike!»

Available in both a Signed Limited Edition Hardcover and a Signed Limited Edition Trade Paperback edition. As always, the print run with our Limited Editions is determined by the number of preorders.

See the website of Meteor House for odering details.
A Hole in Wednesday, covers revealed
12 Apr 2016
 
The covers for the new Dayworld novel, A Hole in Wednesday, are revealed by the publisher Meteor House. This novel was announced earlier, on March 18, on this site.

Hardcover art by Keith Howell Paperback art by Keith Howell

You can preorder the 'Limited, signed hardcover edition' for $35, and the 'Trade paperback edition' for $25. Do not wait too long with your preorders!
The books will be released at FarmerCon XI, July 21-24 2016.
A new Opar/Khokarsa novella!
10 Apr 2016
 
A new announvement from Meteor House, the publication of the novella Blood of Ancient Opar, written by Christopher Paul Carey. The novella is part of the Opar/Khokarsa series.
The books will have a great cover by Bob Eggleton.

Meteor House: «Now the epic saga of Khokarsa continues in Blood of Ancient Opar, a brand-new sequel novella to Hadon, King of Opar by Christopher Paul Carey, chronicling Hadon’s further adventures in the fallen empire’s last remaining queendom. Using Farmer’s own notes, Carey at last fills in the missing history of a civilization lost to the mists of time…»

You can preorder the 'Limited, signed hardcover edition' for $27, and 'Limited, signed trade paperback edition' for $16.
The books will be released at FarmerCon XI, July 21-24 2016.
Earlier news

New Publications
In 2016
 
November



Opar
 
 
July



Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, The Masked Man Meets an English Gentleman
by Win Scott Eckert
(chapbook)
 
 
July



Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra
by Josh Reynolds
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
July



Blood of Ancient Opar
by Christopher Paul Carey
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
July



Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
June

They Twinkled Like Jewels
 
 
March



Le Monde du fleuve
 
 
January



The Green Odyssey
 
In 2015
 
December



The Song of Kwasin
(hardcover & trade paperback)
 
 
December



The Scarlet Jaguar
by Win Scott Eckert
 
 
August



Exiles of Kho
by Christopher Paul Carey
 
 
August



Hadon, King of Opar
by Christopher Paul Carey
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
August



Flight to Opar
(hardcover & trade paperback)
 

March



Rastignac the Devi
 
 
March



Le Cœur Noir du Temps
(The Dark Heart of Time)
 
In 2014

December



Le bateau fabuleux
(The Fabulous Riverboat)
 

All New Publications in:
2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005

Forthcoming Books

Meteor House will publish The Monster on Hold, written by Farmer & Eckert, in 2017.
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The Worlds of Philip José Farmer, Volume 5 will be published in 2017.
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Christopher Paul Carey will write a trilogy about Kôr, son of Hadon of Opar. To be published in 2017-2018 by Meteor House.

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