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These ghost or phantom editions have been announced or mentioned somewhere in the past, but their actual publication is not certain as far as I know, or even non existent. If you have any information about the existence of these books please let me know by sending an e-mail with the detailed information, if possible with a cover scan. Of course I'm also interested in the books themselves, that is... if they really exist. Image of the Beast | Blown

As You Desire
  • Rubicon Press, 1965 or 1971, paperback
This edition definitely does not exist. See the information on the page Announced Books.
 
 

Behind the Walls of Terra (see bookpage)
  • Buccaneer Books, ISBN 0-89968-400-9, hardcover, 1993, $18.95 (or)
  • Lightyear Press, ISBN 0-89968-400-9, hardcover, 5/1997, $18.95
Barnes&Noble (US) 'sold' online the Buccaneer edition. Amazon.com the identical, same ISBN, edition from Lightyear Press. See also the other books from the World of Tiers series below.
There is found no proof of the existence of the Buccaneer/Lightyear editions, except for one Buccaneer edition: Venus on the Half-Shell (1996). Others might exist, but they have never been seen.
Phil Stephenson-Payne: "The Buccaneer/Lightyear edition of Behind the Walls of Terra (etc.) "might" exist. I've never really been able to track down firm details about this lot who seemed to put library bindings on softcover editions of various books. For a while I thought they were completely phantom but I've met some collectors who have copies of other books they did so who knows?"
 
 

Beyond the Walls of Terra (see bookpage)
  • Ace, paperback, 1970's
This title appeared several times as a change of title for Behind the Walls of Terra. Even Farmer himself claimed at one time to have seen a book with this changed title - see the Author's Foreword in the Phantasia Press edition of The Gates of Creation - and for that reason knew that Ace had reprinted the book.
Also mentioned, but in this case as the original title, in
"Speculative Fiction, Bibliographies, & Philip José Farmer" by Thomas L. Wymer.
However, I have found no proof of an existing book with this title.
 
 

Blown (see bookpage)
  • Fokker D-LXIX Press, 1975
PJF in Riverside Quarterly, August 1975: "Vernell Coriell is going to reprint A Feast Unknown, probably sometime this year. Later, The Image of the Beast and Blown. These will be illustrated by Richard Corben and will be issued by the Fokker D-LXIX Press, a subsidiary of the Acme Zeppelin Company."
Only A Feast Unknown (1975) got published by this publisher, who did not pay Farmer any money for this and so got no permission to print the other two.
 
 

The Book of Philip José Farmer (see bookpage)
  • SFBC [UK], no ISBN, hardcover, 1979, 239pp, £2.75
Announced for publication in Science Fiction Books Published in Britain, Vol.2 No.2, May 1979. Also mentioned in the bibliography Philip José Farmer: Good-Natured Ground Breaker as a published book.
Phil Stephenson-Payne: "This edition does exist, kind of. As well as publishing their own books they periodically distributed other publishers' books to their members and this was distributed in July 1979 at £2.75 and was given book number 6348 (according to their newsletters of the period). The SFBC list this as being published by Severn House but I believe what happened was that Severn House took over the assets of The Elmfield Press and sold off some of the spare stock to the SFBC. Having said all that, I haven't seen a copy of the book so I could be wrong."
 
 

Dark Heart of Time (see bookpage)
  • Econo-Clad Books, ISBN 0-613214-06-4, hardcover, 6/1999, $15.00
  • BT Bound, ISBN 0-613214-06-4, hardcover, 5/2000, $15.00
  • Sagebrush Education Resources, ISBN 0-613214-06-4, hardcover, 6/1999, $?
The editions seem to be the same, same ISBN, but different names for publisher and different publication dates. The first two were 'for sale' at Amazon.com, I tried to buy it but I could never get a copy. The third was 'for sale' with Barnes & Noble. It seems these are hardcover or trade paperback editions intended for (school) libraries. I doubt it very much if these books really exist.
 
 

Dayworld Breakup (see bookpage)
  • Grafton, ISBN 0-246-13740-1, paperback, 1999, £7.99
BOL in the UK 'sold' it online, I tried to buy it several times, but never got a copy. Looking at the ISBN and the price it might be that this is the information of the (planned?) trade paperback in 1992.
Phil Stepehnson-Payne: "As you surmise, the "Grafton" paperback with ISBN starting 0-246 is the cancelled trade paperback from 1992. At the time HarperCollins typically issued simultaneous hardback and trade paperbacks with the mass-market paperback following months later. At the last minute they changed the plans with DB, issuing only a small run of the hardback aimed at libraries only (which is why it is so uncommon) and a simultaneous mass-market paperback. If nothing else, there has never been a "Grafton" edition of any book with an ISBN 0-246."
 
 

A Feast Unknown (see bookpage)
  • Ramble House, paperback, 2005
The publisher had plans to publish this novel, after the publication of The Green Odyssey and Love Song. A cover illustration was drawn by Gavin L. O'Keefe, but the book was never published. Why the plans fell through with this title, I have no idea.
The cover is shown on the website of Ramble House (see here).
 

Flesh (see bookpage)
  • Signet (D3378), ISBN ?, paperback, 1973, 191pp, 95¢
Mentioned in the Galactic Central bibliography Philip José Farmer: Good-Natured Ground Breaker, 1990. The Signet books with book numbers starting with the letter D are all published in the early 1960s, and the book number itself, 3378, does not fit between a previous edition with number Q5097 and a later edition with number Y6767. The conclusion is that this edition does not exist.
Maybe there has been a mix-up, because there is a Berkley edition of The Fabulous Riverboat with booknumber 03378 (1977). In some cases this book has been mentioned with booknumber D3378 instead of 03378.
Phil Stepehnson-Payne: "The information on this edition came from my later partner, Gordon Benson, and I don't know where he got it from."
 
 

The Gates of Creation (see bookpage)
  • Buccaneer Books, ISBN 0-89968-398-3, hardcover, 1993, $18.95 (or)
  • Lightyear Press, ISBN 0-89968-398-3, hardcover, 5/1997, $18.95
Barnes&Noble (US) and BOL (UK) 'sold' the Buccanneer edition. Amazon.com the identical, same ISBN, edition from Lightyear Press. See also the comment above with Behind the Walls of Terra.
 
 

The Green Odyssey (see bookpage)
  • Lightyear Press, ISBN 0-89968-338-X, hardcover, 1995, 152pp, $18.95
Hardcover intended for libraries only it seems.
I do not know if these two are related of if there is a mix-up, but many times this edition is mentioned together with the 1990 Book-of-the-Month Club edition. That edition does exist.
See also the comment above with Behind the Walls of Terra.
 
 

The Green Odyssey
(see bookpage)
  • Random House Value Publishing, ISBN 0-517-09873-3, hardcover, 03/1993, $3.99
Amazon.com 'sells' this edition, but a copy cannot be delivered...
There are other places online with information on this book, most with a link to Amazon. I do not believe this edition exists.
 
 

The Image of the Beast (see bookpage)
  • Fokker D-LXIX Press, 1975
PJF in Riverside Quarterly, August 1975: "Vernell Coriell is going to reprint A Feast Unknown, probably sometime this year. Later, The Image of the Beast and Blown. These will be illustrated by Richard Corben and will be issued by the Fokker D-LXIX Press, a subsidiary of the Acme Zeppelin Company."
Only A Feast Unknown (1975) got published by this publisher, who did not pay Farmer any money for this and so got no permission to print the other two.
 
 

Image of the Beast | Blown (see bookpage)
  • Creation Books, trade paperback, 2001
This edition does exist, but not with the shown cover.
Amazon.com announced the book before it got published with this cover, it actually got published with a different cover illustration by John Coulthart as shown on the bookpage.
 

The Lavalite World (see bookpage)
  • Lightyear Press, ISBN 0-89968-401-7, hardcover, 1993, 282pp, $17.95
Intended for libraries. 'For sale' at Amazon.com. See also the comment above with Behind the Walls of Terra.
 
 

The Lovers (see bookpage)
  • Shasta, hardcover, 1953
This edition does not exist. Announced for publication, for instance with the article "Lovers and Otherwise" (1953). Also on the back of another Shasta book, This Island Earth (1952) by Raymond F. Jones, where the combined publication of "The Lovers" and "Moth and Rust" was announced.
 
 

The Maker of Universes (see bookpage)
  • Buccaneer Books, ISBN 0-89968-397-5, hardcover, 1993, $18.95 (or)
  • Lightyear Press, ISBN 0-89968-397-5, hardcover, 5/1997, $18.95
Barnes&Noble (US) and BOL (UK) 'sold' the Buccanneer edition. Amazon.com the identical, same ISBN, edition from Lightyear Press. See also the comment above with Behind the Walls of Terra.
 
 

The Maker of Universes
(see bookpage)
  • Ace, ISBN 0-441-51623-.., paperback, 19.., $1.95
Mentioned in the Galactic Central bibliography Philip José Farmer: Good-Natured Ground Breaker, 1990. According to the bibliography this is supposed to be the fourth US edition or printing. Ace usually changed the booknumber to one number higher with a new printing. After 51621 and 51622 you could expect 51623. There is a number 51624 - even two of them - but no 51625 and no 51626, but again there is a 51627. Ace Books was not much reliable with their numbering or printing information in the books.
I have found no proof of an existing printing with number 51623.
 
 

More Than Fire (see bookpage)
  • Pan, #34313, paperback, 1995, £3.99 
Announced for publication in Locus. This edition has never been published, so it does not exist.
 
 

Night of Light (see bookpage)
  • Penguin, ISBN 0-14-003392-0, paperback, 10/1973, 176pp  2nd
Mentioned in the Galactic Central bibliography Philip José Farmer: Good-Natured Ground Breaker, 1990. According to the bibliography this is supposed to be the second printing. Penguin published in 1982 a second edition, with no information in that book of an earlier second printing. I found no proof of the 1973 Penguin edition, so I believe it does not exist.
Phil Stepehnson-Payne: "I also don't have a copy of the 1973 Penguin printing which may also be phantom. The biblio just cites the date with no other information which indicates that this is a second printing and not a new edition. As such, it is quite likely that Penguin would not mention it in the second edition in 1982 (they have never been very reliable on listing prior printings). I'm not saying it does exist."
 
 

Opar, la città immortale
(see bookpage)
  • Mondadori [Italy], Urania Fantasy, magazine, 02/1976
Of this publication only exists a cover picture. It was found on the internet, on only one page, with no additional information about the publication. The webpage is on Photobucket.com.
This magazine was never published. Mondadori started the Urania Fantasy magazine series in 1988, and none of the Fantasypublications looks like this one. Someone from Italy designed the cover just for the fun of it. Not only that, that someone made more than 10,000 covers like this one. Of Farmer's work only are 120 covers found, all on Photobucket. None were ever published on actual magazines.
 
 

Pearls from Peoria
(see bookpage)
  • The Rose Press [UK], hardcover, 2004-2005
This book has been announced for publication at the end of 2004. Due to several problems the publication got delayed again and again. And finally when more problems occurred the publisher, Phillip Rose, and the editor, Paul Spiteri, had to cancel the whole project in 2005, alas. It promised to be a large and very beautiful book in a limited edition.
US publisher Subterranean Press took over this project.
 
 

Riders of the Purple Wage
(see story page)
  • (Spanish: "Jinetes del salario púrpura")
    in Jinetes del salario púrpura - La balada de Beta-2
    Alcalá de Henares, ISBN 84-95741-48-2, paperback, 12/2003
Two novellas, the second one is by Samuel R. Delany. This book was announced for publication, but never actually published it seems.
 
 

They Twinkled Like Jewels
(see bookpage)
  • Ace, 1965
All three editions of The Cache mention this book where the two Bonus Stories first had been printed in. This booktitle or edition does not exist. Both stories were published before (not first!) in The Celestial Blueprint, Ace 1962.
 
 

To Your Scattered Bodies Go (see bookpage)
  • Gollancz (Yellow Jacket), trade paperback, 12/2000, £9.99
This Yellow Jacket or Yellowback edition has been announced for publication and 'for sale' with Andromeda books online, but I got informed that Gollancz canceled the publication.
 
 

The Unreasoning Mask
(see bookpage)
  • Overlook Press, trade paperback, 2005-2006
This edition does exist, but not with the shown cover. It was first announced for publication in October 2005. The publication date shifted several times in 2006, then to January 2007 and finally to February 2007, where the actual published book has a different cover than announced with at first.
  
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