News & What's New - May 2011
On the trail of Tarzan
31 May 2011
The writer Simon Sanahujas and the photograper Gwenn Dubourthoumieu, two friends living in France, made in 2009 a trip to Africa: "...we went to Gabon with this crazy idea to investigate the legend of Tarzan."

Their adventures during this trip, and some of the photos that were made, were published on their blog Sur la piste de Tarzan. The blog is in French of course, but here is the link to the by Google in English translated blog.

After a year of work they had put the complete story and the photos down in an interesting book, also with the title Sur la piste de Tarzan (translated: On the Trail of Tarzan).
If the French language is no problem for you and if you are interested in the book, it can be ordered via Amazon.fr for only € 19,00 (ISBN 978-2915793994).

Simon and Gwenn

Merci Christian Gitton (Paris) for this information!

Mad scientist
30 May 2011
In the early days of science fiction many a story was about a scientist, usually a mad scientist, doing some eerie experiments. In many cases he was using a woman for his tests. Many of the old science fiction magazines showed a picture depicting such a scene, with a scientist and a lady in distress.

With "How Deep the Grooves" Farmer has written his own mad scientist story. Here the scientist, Doctor James Carroad, is using his wife and their unborn baby for a 'harmless' experiment. The results of this experiment are quite different than expected.

The story has been reprinted recently in Up the Bright River. Another story page has been redone.

Illustration by Dan Adkins in Amazing.

Vernon Kramer 
A Hole in Hell
25 May 2011
What happens if old accursed enemies on Earth meet one another again in the afterlife on the banks of the Riverworld? All is forgiven and forgotten? Or are they still enemies?

Dante Alighieri and Pope Boniface VIII are still enemies, and the pope takes revenge on Dante by keeping him captive in a more than three-and-a-half meters deep pit. A dirty pit, a very dirty pit even. How to escape?

You can read the story "A Hole in Hell" to have the answers. Look at the restyled story page to know where you can find the story in.

Don Ivan Punchatz
Contents of The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2
22 May 2011
The publisher of The Worlds of Philip José Farme (2): Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, as well as the Official PJF Home Page, have announced the proposed contents of the new anthology on their websites.

The stories and articles look very promising, several of them never published before. One of the stories, "Kwasin and the Bear God", is by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey.
On his blog Chris writes about this: "...the story is based on an alternate outline fragment by Philip José Farmer to his third, as-yet-unpublished Khokarsa novel, The Song of Kwasin. I'll be posting more behind-the-scenes details on that outline and how the story came to be in the coming weeks. But for now, know that a new 20,000-word Farmer novella featuring Hadon's ax-swinging, trickster cousin will be heading your way soon..."

See also Forthcoming Books.

Laura Givens
Hilarious Henry
20 May 2011
Philip José Farmer started his writing career in 1946 with a mainstream story, "O'Brien and Obrenov". Although he tried many times, Farmer was not very successful in selling further mainstream stories in that period, and so started writing science fiction. The first of these, the story "The Lovers" (1952) was very well received. It even brought him his first Hugo Award.
Farmer kept writing sience fiction from then on, but now and then tried to sell a story outside the genre.

One of the non-sf stories is "The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol", published in December 1977 in the American Playboy. It's a very hilarious story about an old fighter pilot in his last days in a nursery home, where he is spooking around at dawn with the ladies.
The story won him again an Award, the Annual Playboy Editorial Award (1978).

Illustration in Playboy by Warren Linn.

The story page has now been restyled.

Arny Freytag
Another Freshman
15 May 2011
I restyled the story page of "The Freshman" about a month ago. It seems that I still had missed a publication, because I just discovered a Greek translation of this story, published in 1997.
It had been published in the anthology Ιστορίες της Μυθολογίας Κθούλου /2 (Stories of the Chtulhu Mythology, volume 2) by publisher Orora.
This publication has been added to the story page.


Achilles' heel
8 May 2011
Editors H.L. Gold and Frederik Pohl published in May 1960, exactly fifty-one years ago, the short science fiction story "Heel" by Philip José Farmer in their magazine If.
The story is about making a movie of the ancient Greek battles, with the ancient godlike creatures, like Apollo, Thetis, and Achilles.

""Heel" didn't make much of an impression on publication and got only reprinted in the fanzine Farmerage No. 2 (1978) and in the collection Pearls from Peoria (2006).
It also saw a French (1969) and a German (1966) translation and publication.
See the restyled story page.

The original publication in If had a nice two-page illustration by Virgil Finlay, see below. This illustration has also been reprinted in Farmerage No. 2, and in the French magazine Galaxie.

Virgil Finlay 
Author's Note
6 May 2011
Philip José Farmer wrote an "Author's Note" at the end of the story "Crossing the Dark River", in which note he writes that the story will be continued and explains why he uses some of his ancestors as characters for this Riverworld story.

This note had been overlooked by me and so hadn't been included in the bibliography. This has now been corrected.
My friend Willem Hettinga discovered the note in the new collection Up the Bright River. Thanks Willem!

Don Ivan Punchatz
Who Killed Science Fiction?
1 May 2011
Back in 1960 Earl Kemp had five questions he liked to have answered for his project "Who Killed Science Fiction?". These question were sent to more than one hundred well known science fiction people. Kemp received seventy-three responses, which he printed in the fanzine SaFari Annual #1. This publication won him a Hugo Award for best fanzine in 1961.

One of the responders was Philip José Farmer, with a short anonymous piece and a very longer answer to the questions.

A second edition of "Who Killed Science Fiction?" was planned for 1980, with lots of new material. The publication fell through however, because of lack of money.
Earl Kemp published the 1980 edition online in 2006 in his fanzine e*I*29`.
And now, with a new 2011 introduction, there is a printed version of the second editon. Published in a nice trade paperback by The Merry Blacksmith Press, for a price of US$ 13.95.


Added Books
No publications were added on the book pages in May.
These are the numbers for the book pages in May.

1724 publications
1134 different covers

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