has taken me some days to gather my thoughts, to gather them enough to
write some words about the role Phil has played in my life..To share
some of my memories with the rest of the world. You can read it here.
JOSÉ FARMER, 1918 - 2009
Today, 25 February 2009, Philip
José Farmer died at his home in Peoria, Illinois (USA). He
My thoughts are with his wife Bette, their two children, their
grandchildren and the great-grandchildren. They and all his
friends and fans around the world will miss him dearly.
There are many thoughts in my head, but I can't find the words
them. I'm feeling sad, very sad.
Hope to see you one day on the banks of the Riverworld, Phil.
with the editor of a new Farmer book
Other in the Mirror is the fifth book by Philip
Farmer that will be published by Subterranean Press.
The first four books were collections, but this time it is an
omnibus with, as the publisher calls it, 'three classis novels united
by one of SF's central tropes, that of The Other.'
Who is this other and why the three classic novels? To get answers on
these and other questions we had an interview with the editor of the
omnibus, Christopher Paul Carey: "Farmer has always had a unique way of
seeing things and of putting them together on the printed page".
Read the full interview here.
The omnibus will be published next month, March 2009. The three
editions, two limited and the trade editions, can be pre-ordered witt
the trade edition only can be pre-ordered also from one of the online
The cover is done by Bob Eggleton, who won an
award for this painting.
issue of Farmerphile,
15 of January 2009, arrived this week. Somewhat later than
normal, because of the printing problems with this issue (see below).
The contents of the magazine is again very interesting. Like
the previous two issues there is an excerpt from a new, yet to be
completed novel, Cougar
by the Tail. Farmer had started this western novel many
years ago and Tracy Knight is busy completing this western.
Read the magazine's full description on the Official Philip
José Farmer Home Page, where you also can order a
I haven't had the time yet to read the magazine, only some snippets
here and there. I will take my time to read it completely, because it
is for real the final issue. No more Farmerphile issues
in the future. It brought me a lot of work to index the contents in
this online Bibliography, for that I'm glad the magazine stopped (...),
but I will surely miss Farmerphile
as a fan!
Thanks to the publisher, Mike Croteau, and the editors, Paul Spiteri,
Christopher Paul Carey and Win Scott Eckert, for these fifteen
fantastic magazines. You all did a great and wonderful job!
Fisher (Houston, USA) emailed to me information about some
missed story publications.
Houghton-Mifflin published a second edition of the college textbook Introductory
Psychology Through Science Fiction with the story "Mother", in 1977.
In the same year Prentice-Hall reprinted the story "Open to Me My Sister"
in The Sociology of the
Possible, also a college textbook in trade paperback.
Both publications have been added to the story pages.
Thanks for the new information and the cover pictures Fred.
Bob attended Boskone 46 in
the weekend of 13-15 February 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. There was
an Art Show at the Boskone convention.
His cover for The Other
in the Mirror as well as Bob himself have won awards
at this convention.
Bob in his email: "The cover itself, won a show award at Boskone, an SF
con in New England this weekend. I also won 'Best Artist' which was
Both awards are fully deserved.
Ed Morrissey in his review: "...a terrific collection of Farmer's
"fictional author" works...", "The entire collection is mostly
entertaining..." and "...it's great to have these witty and imaginative
novels and stories available again...".
If you already have Venus
on the Half-Shell and Others, you know what a great
collection of stories and novels this is, You do not need to read
Otherwise, the trade edition of the collection is still available for
ordering with the publisher, Subterranean
Press, and with Amazon
Mike writes there
were 'major printing problems' with the final issue of Farmerphile,
number 15. Reason why the update of the website was somewhat belated.
the update information on the Official Philip
José Farmer Home Page this month is about the new
issue of Farmerphile,
describing the contents of the magazine. Sixty
pages with interesting items.
I haven't received my copy yet, but hope to get it soon.
Recommended Reading List" has been published in the February
issue of Locus.
When I looked at the list with Collections I missed,
much to my surprise, the really wonderful collection with Farmer's
fictional author stories, Venus on the Half-Shell and
I wrote a review
about this collection in February 2008, and called it
a superb collection. Robert M. Telendis wrote in his review:
"This is one of those delights that is almost impossible to
describe...". The collection got a starred
review from Publishers Weekly (nearly at the bottom of that
So, if you are a Locus
reader and vote for the Locus Awards, then please do not forget Venus on the Half Shell and Others.
I am not telling you to vote for the book (you should!), but all I ask
is that you do not forget about this collection when you're filling in
the Locus Poll. As you will understand it will have one vote at least,
news about a new Riverworld mini-series was seen on Cinemaspy.ca
(posted on February 7, 2009).
The SCI FI Channel mini-series Riverworld, based upon the Hugo
Award-winning books of author Philip José Farmer, will begin
shooting in Vancouver April 2.
Stuart Gillard (Charmed) will direct for veteran producer Robert Halmi.
Located millennia in the future, the 'Riverworld' is an Earth-like
planet whose surface has been terraformed to consist of one long
river-valley, with an average depth of 1.5 miles, shallow near the
shore then plunging to enormous depths towards the channel. The banks
expand into wide plains then climb into jagged hills before a sheerly
impenetrable mountain ridge, taller than the Himalayas. While the
valley averages 9 miles in width, the river is 20 million miles long.
The story begins when the whole of humanity, from the first homo
sapiens to people of the 21st century are simultaneously 'resurrected'
along the banks of the river. Everyone awakens in a body equivalent to
that of their twenty-five year old selves, except in perfect health and
free of any previous genetic or acquired defects.
Robert Halmi, who celebrated his 85th birthday on January 22, is busy
ramping up a slate of miniseries. In addition to Riverworld, he has two
other projects for SCI FI Channel that have been greenlighted for
production: The Phantom, and Alice, a contemporary retelling of "Alice
in Wonderland." Halmi also has a couple of minis in development at ABC,
including Planet Earth Conspiracy, a globe-spanning drama tackling
climate change, and a possible adaptation of "The Grapes of Wrath."
new novel The Evil in
Pemberley House can now be preordered with the publisher Subterranean
This novel, written by Philip José Farmer & Win
Scott Eckert, will be published in September 2009 in two editions. The
trade edition, a fully cloth bound hardcover, will sell for $40. The
limited edition —200 numbered copies, signed by Win Scott
bonus chapbook— is priced at $60. Glen Orbik
will do the cover illustration. If it will be like one of his
'Dangerous Dames & Pulp Noir' series, then it sure promises to
be a very attractive cover!
Publisher's website: "The
Evil in Pemberley House is a darkly erotic novel with
broad appeal to readers of pulp and popular literature, particularly
followers of Doc Savage, Sherlockians, and fans of Farmer's own
celebrated Wold Newton Family."
Do not wait too long if you want to have one of the limited editions.
They might be gone before you know!
See also Win Eckert's website
about the Pemberley House novel.
The correction of Farmer's name on the cover of the omnibus The Other in the Mirror
has been done very fast. We have sent an email to the publisher, Bill
Schafer of Subterranean Press,
only yesterday. Today you can see the corrected cover on the publisher's
The publisher changed the cover, but you can still see the cover
with the misspelled name on at least one other site, see Amazon.com.
shows new cover, but...
new omnibus The Other in
the Mirror, to be published by Subterranean Press,
is now shown on
the website of the publisher with its designed cover. The
painting is done by Bob Eggleton, as we already mentioned a few days ago.
But the cover is not correctly designed. The first name of Farmer is
spelled as PHILLIP, with two L's also. I have emailed this mistake to
the publisher, who on his turn emailed the designer to correct the
mistake. For the time being you will see the cover with a misspelled
issue of Farmerphile published!
15, January 2008, of the quarterly magazine Farmerphile has
just been published. It is the final issue of this wonderful magazine,
solely dedicated to the works by and about Philip José
Farmer. You can buy your copy at the Official PJF Home Page
I have not yet received my copy of number 15. Mike Croteau, the
publisher, gives the table of contents
at his site. This issue has again, like the last two issues did, an
excerpt of a yet unpublished
new novel. The western novel, Cougar by the Tail,
has been finished by Tracy Knight. There is an interview with this
writer as well.
Number 15 also has original material from Phil: "Buddha Contemplates
His Novel", "Riverworld Dawn", and "Myadzian Journal". Further, there
are contributions from Robert Weinberg, Ed Gorman, Allan Steele,
Danny Adams, Win Scott Eckert, Paul Spiteri, Dennis E. Power and David
In February no new book
publications were added on the book pages.
A new magazine has been received and older story publications had been
found, but no new or newly discoverd books this month.
These are the
numbers for the book pages in February 2009: