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The City Beyond Play
Genre Science Fiction
Type Novella
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Written in collaboration with Danny Adams.
Philip José Farmer started this in 1970, but never finished it. With Farmer's permission his grand-nephew Danny Adams finished the original manuscript.
An excerpt has been published in Farmerphile No.7, January 2007.
Also published as an eBook (2012).
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COVER TEXT:
Philip José Farmer is one of the greatest writers of adventure fiction ever; and in The City Beyond Play, he has produced a tale of wryly humorous derring-do reminiscent of his famous masterpieces, the Riverworld saga and the World of Tiers sequence. Completed by Danny Adams, City is rather like an updated version of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court—with the Middle Ages moved to the future, and the interloper upon the medieval scene a brilliant roboticist on the run for murder.
When Wilson Gore arrives in the Barony of Scadia, all he really knows is that the place is an enclave devoted to the recreation of the Middle Ages as they should have been—a refuge for hardcore individualists and historical costume enthusiasts, whom the crowded utopia of the twenty-second century is glad to see the back of.
Soon dubbed "Will Son of Gore", Gore finds himself at odds with arrogant knights, a Wicked Duke, mad forest outlaws, pernickety Byzantine bureaucrats, a witch, cybernetic dragons, enigmatic women of the court and the wilds, and a social system in which anyone can rise to the top—or, just as likely, leave his bones mouldering by the roadside. All is not well in the land of Scadia, as Gore discovers after fixing his lustful gaze on the beautiful Lady Melisounde—competing for her hand, he ends up fighting the best and most treacherous warriors in the land, one of whom, the Knight of the Red Gauntlet, is far more, and far less, than he seems...
SF with a delightful anachronistic twist, The City Beyond Play is superb rollicking entertainment, echoing simultaneously The Tempest and The Compleat Enchanter. If you've ever wondered what you'd do if dropped alone into the High Middle Ages, City is the perfect survival manual.
(Limited editions)
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
Hornsea: PS Publishing
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ISBN 978-1-905834-24-2
hardcover [no dustjacket] (22×15,5cm)
10/2007
viii + 112
£ 10.00
Dominic Harman
Trade edition of five hundred copies. Pictorial boards. 'First Edition' stated on the copyright page. With an introduction by Chris Roberson and an afterword by Tracy Knight.


Dominic Harman

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FIRST PUBLICATION
Hornsea: PS Publishing
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ISBN 978-1-905834-25-9
hardcover (22×15,5cm)
10/2007
viii + 112
£ 40.00
Dominic Harman
Limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, signed by Philip José Farmer and Danny Adams. Yellow paper boards, with red lettering on the spine, and a marker ribbon. 'First Edition' stated on the copyright page. With an introduction by Chris Roberson and an afterword by Tracy Knight.


Dominic Harman

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FIRST PUBLICATION
Hornsea: PS Publishing
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ISBN 978-1-905834-90-7
hardcover (22×15,5cm)
10/2007
viii + 112
£ 175.00
Dominic Harman
Limited edition of twenty-six lettered and slipcased copies. Signed by Philip José Farmer, Danny Adams, Chris Roberson, Tracy Knight and Dominic Harman. Yellow paper boards, with red lettering on the spine, and a marker ribbon. 'First Edition' stated on the copyright page. The slipcase is also covered with yellow paper, and has red lettering on the spine. With an introduction by Chris Roberson and an afterword by Tracy Knight.


Dominic Harman


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