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Venus on the Half-Shell
Genre Science Fiction
Type Novel
Series
Wold Newton Universe
Written as by Kilgore Trout (pseudonym / fictional author).
Slightly expanded from the magazine version "Venus on the Half-Shell".
Farmer introduces another fictional author, Jonathan Swift Somers III, and his works about Ralph von Wau Wau.
DEDICATION: "Dedicated to the beasts and the stars. They don't worry about free will and immortality."
COVER TEXT:
WARNING: At the end of this book you will find the Definitive Answer to the Ultimate Question.
Simon Wagstaff is the Space Wanderer, a seeker of truth and electric banjo player who narrowly escapes the Deluge that destroys Earth when he happens upon an abandoned Chinese spaceship, the Hwang Ho. A man without a planet, he gains immortality from an elixer drunk during a sexual interlude with a cat-like alien queen in heat. Now, with his pet owl, his dog Anubis and a sexy robot companion, Simon charts a 3,000-year course to the most distant corners of a multiverse full of surprises to seek out the answers to the questions no one can seem to answer.
(Bantam Spectra)
 
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39 Publications
 
US

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FIRST PUBLICATION
New York, NY: Dell
# 6149
SBN 440-06149-095
paperback (18×11cm)
02/1975 (1st)
02/1975 (1st) [Canadian printing]
03/1975 (2nd)
04/1975 (3rd)
11/1975 (4th)
01/1976 (5th)
204
$ 0.95
Gadino
The Canadian printing is excatly the same as the first US printing, it only states 'Printed in Canada' on the copyright page.


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New York, NY: Dell
# 6149
SBN 440-06149-125
paperback (18×11cm)
04/1976 (6th)
11/1976 (7th)
204
$ 1.25
Gadino
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Gadino
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New York, NY: Dell
# 16149
ISBN 0-440-16149-5
paperback (18×11cm)
04/1977 (8th)
01/1978 (9th)
204
$ 1.25
Gadino
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Gadino
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New York, NY: Dell
SF, # 16149
ISBN 0-440-16149-5
paperback (18×11cm)
11/1978 (10th)
204
$ 1.75
Gadino
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Gadino
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New York, NY: Dell / Laurel
SF, # 36149
ISBN 0-440-36149-4
paperback (18×11cm)
01/1980 (1st)
204
$ 1.75
Gadino
According to the book this is the first Laurel printing. Actually it is the eleventh Dell printing.

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New York, NY: Dell / Laurel
SF, # 36149
ISBN 0-440-36149-4
paperback (17,5×11cm)
05/1981 (2nd)
204
$ 1.95
Gadino
According to the book this is the second Laurel printing. Actually this is the twelfth Dell printing.

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New York, NY: Dell
SF, # 16149
ISBN 0-440-16149-5
paperback (17×11cm)
12/1983 (3rd)
05/1984 (4th)
204
$ 2.95
Gadino
According to the books these are the third and fourth printings. Actually these are the thirteenth and fourteenth Dell printings.

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New York, NY: Dell
SF, # 16149
ISBN 0-440-16149-5
paperback (17×11cm)
not dated [= -/1987] (5th)
204
$ 3.50
Gadino
According to the book –in a row of numbers– this is the fifth printing. Actually this is the fifteenth Dell printing.

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New York, NY: Bantam Spectra
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-553-27531-3
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
09/1988
178
$ 3.95
Enric
Published under Farmer's own name. With a special  introduction, "Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout", by Farmer.

Enric
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Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books
-
ISBN 0-89968-306-1
hardcover [no dustjacket] (22,5×14,5cm)
not dated [= -/1996]
204
$ 27.95
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First hardcover. Grey cloth, with red gilt lettering and picture on the cover and silver lettering on the spine. Intended for libraries.

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In Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
-
ISBN 978-1-59606-142-2
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
01/2008 [Trade edition]
03/2008 [Numbered, signed, slipcased edition]
325
$ 38.00 | $ 125.00
Bob Eggleton
With a special  introduction, "Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout", by Farmer. And with an introduction to the novel by Christopher Paul Carey.

Bob Eggleton
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In Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
-
ISBN 978-1-59606-142-2
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
10/2008 [Lettered, signed, traycased edition]
340
$ 300.00
Bob Eggleton
With a special  introduction, "Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout", by Farmer. And with an introduction to the novel by Christopher Paul Carey.

Bob Eggleton
UK
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London: W.H. Allen / Star Books
-
ISBN 0-352-39846-9
paperback (18×11cm)
05/1976
207
£ 0.50
Gadino
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London: Granada / Panther Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-586-05454-5
paperback (18×11cm)
10/1982
207
£ 1.50
Gareth Williams
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Gareth Williams
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London: Titan Books
A Grand Master Novel
ISBN 978-1-78116-306-1
trade paperback (20,5×13cm)
12/2013
314
£ 7.99 ($ 12.95)
not credited
Published under Farmer's own name. With:
- Foreword "Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout" by Philip José Farmer
- Preface "The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout" by Philip José Farmer
- Afterword "Jonathan Swift Somers III: Cosmic Traveller in a Wheelchair" by Philip José Farmer
- Afterword "Trout Masque Rectifier (Now It Can Be Told Differently—The Truth About Trout)"  by Jonathan Swift Somers III (= Michael Croteau & Rhys Hughes)
- Afterword "More Than Real Life Itself: Philip José Farmer's Fictional Author Period" by Christopher Paul Carey

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FRANCE
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French: Le privé du cosmos
Paris: J.-C. Lattès
(Science-Fiction 13)
no ISBN
trade paperback (21,5×13,5cm)
01/1977
251
-
Iawa Tate
Lionel Charpy
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Lionel Charpy
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French: Le privé du cosmos
Paris: J.-C.Lattès
Titres SF 10
no ISBN
paperback (18×11cm)
06/1979
249
-
Iawa Tate
Jean-Michel Nicollet
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Jean-Michel Nicollet
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French: Le privé du cosmos
Paris: Presses Pocket
Science-Fiction No. 5291
ISBN 2-266-02193-1
paperback (18×11cm)
06/1988
249
-
Iawa Tate
Wojtek Siudmak
Published under Farmer's own name. With an introduction by Farmer.

Wojtek Siudmak
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French: Le privé du cosmos
Paris: Presses Pocket
Science-Fiction No. 5291
ISBN 2-266-04186-X
paperback (18×11cm)
03/1992
249
-
Iawa Tate
Wojtek Siudmak
Published under Farmer's own name. With an introduction by Farmer.
GERMANY
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German: Geburt der Venus
München: Knaur
Science Fiction, Band 5784
ISBN 3-426-05784-0
paperback (18×11,5cm)
10/1984
206
DM 6,80
Joachim Körber
Wojtek Siudmak
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Wojtek Siudmak
ITALY
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Italian: Venere sulla conchiglia
Milan: Mondadori
Urania 693
no ISBN
paperback (19×13cm)
03/1976
152
L 600
Angela Campana
Karel Thole
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Karel Thole
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Omnibus
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Italian: Lo spaziale errante
in 10 Chiavi per lo spazio
Milan: Mondadori
-
no ISBN
hardcover [no dustjacket] (22×14,5cm)
04/1979
518
L 7.500
Angela Campana
Karel Thole
Omnibus, with stories or novels by Jerome Bixby, Murray Leinster, Edmond Hamilton, Joanna Russ and several others.

Karel Thole
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Italian: Venere sulla conchiglia
Milan: Mondadori
Classici Urania 87
no ISBN
paperback (18,5×11cm)
06/1984
188
L 3.000
Angela Campana
Karel Thole
Published under Farmer's own name.

Karel Thole
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Italian: Venere sulla conchiglia
Milan: Mondadori
Urania Collezione 015
no ISBN
paperback (18×13cm)
04/2004
258
€ 4,90
Angela Campana
Franco Brambilla
Published under Farmer's own name. With an introduction by Valerio Evangelisti, an introduction by Farmer, and an article about Farmer by Riccardo Valla.

Franco Brambilla
JAPAN
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Japanese: 貝殻の上のヴィーナス
(Kaigara no Ue no Venus)
Tokyo: Hayakawa
SF 385
ISBN 4-15-010385-2
paperback (16×11cm)
04/1980
289
¥ 340
Hitoshi Yasuda
Gadino
Published as by Kilgore Trout.

Gadino
ROMANIA
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Romanian: Venus ieşind din valuri
Bucharest: Nemira
Nautilus #107
ISBN 973-9301-13-4
trade paperback (20×12,5cm)
09/1997
222
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Niculita Damaschin
Dragos Gheorghiu
Published under Farmer's own name. With an introduction by Farmer.

Dragos Gheorghiu
SPAIN
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Spanish: Venus en la concha
Madrid: Francisco Arellano
Colección Delirio
ISBN 84-85145-02-X
trade paperback (19×13,5cm)
-/1977
191
-
Jesús Gómez García
Francisco Arellano
Published as by Kilgore Trout / Philip José Farmer.

Francisco Arellano
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Spanish: Venus en la concha
in Ciencia ficción selección 31
Barcelona: Bruguera
Libro Amigo 523
ISBN 84-02-05218-5
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
07/1977
191
Ps 100
José Manuel Pomares & Homero Alsina
Jorge Sánchez
Including the story "Skinburn" and the poem "The Pterodactyl". With a foreword by Carlo Frabetti.

Jorge Sánchez
SWEDEN
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Swedish: Stjärnsnäckan
Stockholm: Delta
Science fiction (#33)
ISBN 91-7228-080-8
trade paperback (20×13,5cm)
-/1975
250
-
Gunnar Gällmo
Gadino
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Gadino
TURKEY
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Turkish: İstiridye Kabuğundaki Venüs
Istanbul: Ithaki Yayinlari
Bilimkurgu - 45
ISBN 975-8725-27-0
paperback (18×11cm)
-/2003
285
-
Sönmez Güven
not credited [= Hajime Sorayama]
Published under Farmer's own name. With an introduction by Dr. Sönmez Güven.

Hajime Sorayama
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