News & What's New - June 2012
The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3
28 Jun 2012
The contents of The Worlds of Philip José Farmer: Portraits of a Trickster has been announced by Meteor House. You can now preorder your copy of the anthology for US$ 25.00. Have a look at the publisher's website.

The publisher: «As with the first two volumes, there is fiction and nonfiction, new material and old, all by or about Philip José Farmer and including new stories based on his works. There is nonfiction by Frederik Pohl, Michael Bailey, Steven Connelly, Bruce Sterling, Chris Garcia, Tom Wode Bellman, Jonathan Swift Somers III, David M. Harris, Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, and Rick Lai. There is also fiction by Charlotte Corday-Marat, Win Scott Eckert, Heidi Ruby Miller, Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi, and S.M. Stirling. Finally, of course, there are stories, speeches, and letters, most of it never published before, by Philip José Farmer himself!»

Keith Howell
Gods of Opar nearly sold out
27 Jun 2012
Subterranean Press has a news item about the Locus review (see my entry of June 25th) of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa.

The limited edition was already sold out on publication, but the trade edition is also nearly gone by now.
SubPress: «For those of you who keep track of things, the trade edition of Opar is now 95% sold out, scant weeks after publication. You might want to pick up a copy soon if you’re interested.»

Buy your copy as fast as you can, before they are all gone! This omnibus will be a real collector's item. I already saw the limited edition offered for sale for more than five times the original price.
Les portes de la création
26 Jun 2012
Farmer's second novel in the World of Tiers series, The Gates of Creation, was published in France as Les portes de la création.
Publisher Pocket in Paris, published the novel in 1982, 1984, 1989, 1990, and 1998. French books do not give any printing information, other than a new printing date. This date is sometimes printed on one of the last pages in the book, or on the back cover. So, it's not easy to discover if there are more printings of the book. But now and then we do discover such a printing.

This time Fred Fischer (Houston, USA) discovered a till now unknown printing of the novel from Pocket, the one of June 1995. I have added this printing, that looks the same as the 1998 printing, on the book page.
Thanks Fred!

Wojtek Siudmak
Finally, the third Opar / Khokarsa novel
25 Jun 2012
We had to wait for more than thirty-five years before the third and final novel in Phil Farmer's Opar / Khokarsa series, The Song of Kwasin, got published. But it was worth the wait, because Subterranean Press did a great job publishing a really beautiful hardcover omnibus, Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, with all three novels included. The omnibus comes with a stunning wrap around cover painting by Bob Eggleton.
Of course, and not in the last place, we have to thank Christopher Paul Carey for finishing the third novel, with Farmer's blessing. A job well done!

Both editions, the trade and the limited one, are –as we might expect from Subterranean Press– excellent books. The limited edition sold out before publication. I expect that the trade edition will soon be sold out, like the previous books from SubPress have done.

I haven't read the new novel yet. First I want to reread the first two novels, Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar. So, I cannot tell you right now how Carey did with the third novel, but I have high expectations because of his earlier Opar stories.

There already is an online review of the omnibus by Paul Di Filippo, who writes this about The Song of Kwasin: "Not knowing how much of this tale is Farmer’s work and how much is Carey’s, it’s still possible to say that the novel possesses an organic, unified feel, and a high level of storytelling craft. The legacy of the Khokarsa cycle is continued in honorable and entertaining fashion."
Read the full review at Locus Online.

Bob Eggleton
A Wold Newton Prehistory Novel
24 Jun 2012
Philip José Farmer's time travel novel Time's Last Gift was first published in 1972 by Ballantine Books. Five years later the novel was revised, partly rewritten and expanded with an Epilogue, and published again.
Strangely enough the revised text never came in a UK publication, till this new 2012 edition from Titan Books.

Paul Spiteri once called Times Last Gift "...the best, most exciting, time travel story ever written...". Spiteri loves time travel stories but is usually disappointed. Not with this novel however.

The reissue of Time's Last Gift from Titan Books comes with unique bonus material. An afterword, "Gribardsun and the Prehistoric Wold Newton Family", by Christopher Paul Carey, plus an afterword, "Gribardsun through the Ages: A Chronology of Major Events Pertinent to Time’s Last Gift", by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power.
Both afterwords are great additions in the book!

The timing of this novel's publication is perfect. Time's Last Gift is called a prequel in the Opar / Khokarsa series. It came nearly at the same time as the new omnibus Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, from Subterranean Press.

The Strange Birth of My Sister's Brother
14 Jun 2012
Phil Farmer sold a story to editor Leo Margulies in 1959. It would have been published in the June 1959 issue of the magazine Satellite as "The Strange Birth", but alas, the magazine folded before any issues were printed.

The story was sold again to Robert P. Mills for publication in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, where it appeared in the May 1960 issue as "Open to Me, My Sister". The story was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1961.
In the past 50 years it saw 59 known publications around the world, check the new story page for this. Most of the publications appeared with yet another title, "My Sister's Brother", under which title the story is probably best known.

"Open to Me, My Sister" was one of Farmer's favorite stories. Phil: «This story is a hardcore science fiction tale, but it is also about an Earthman's hangups, extraterrestrial ecosystems, sexobiological structures, and religion.»

I read the story again, and it impressed me now even more than it did the first time, many years ago.

Mel Hunter
Italian publications traced
4 Jun 2012
Two items in the Italian Farmer bibliography, published in the fanzine La Spada Spezzata No. 9 (Winter 1983-1984) have been traced. See the previous entry.

One is an article, "Philip José Farmer: Gli amanti proibiti", about Phil by Gianni Montanari.
The second is a translation of Farmer's "Religion and Myths".
Both were published in the series Grande Enciclopedia della Fantascienza by publisher Del Drago. At first the series appeared in very large magazines, for a total 64 issues. The series also appeared in hardcover format. Each book contained eight issues of the 'magazines'.

Newly found items
3 Jun 2012
Regular contributor Fred Fischer (US) donated two items to the bibliography, the Italian fanzine La Spada Spezzata No. 9 (Winter 1983-1984) and the US media magazine The Week, Issue 403 (March 13, 2009).

The latter one contains an Obituary of Philip José Farmer, written by an uncredited editor.
La Spada Spezzata contains a 'Biobibliografie' of Phil, with every Italian publication till 1982 compiled by Silvio Sosio. Fred alerted me on four items in his bibliography that aren't in my International Bibliography. One of these items, a translation of the story "Father's in the Basement" –as "Il libro"– in another Italian fanzine, SF...ere, has now been added.

I'm still looking for more information on three Italian articles about Farmer and his work, before I can include these items in my bibliography.
Thank you very much Fred for the new items!

Alessandro Bani

Added Books
Ten new additions on the book pages this month.

Flight to Opar
Included in the omnibus Gods of Opar by Subterranean Press, 2012

The Gates of Creation
The French reissue (Les portes de la création) of this novel in 1995 by Pocket.

Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa
Omnibus with the three Opar/Khokarsa novels, from Subterranean Press (2012). A trade and a limited edition.

Hadon of Ancient Opar
Included in the omnibus Gods of Opar, Subterranean Press (2012).

The Song of Kwasin
The third and completely new novel in the Opar/Khokarsa series. Included in the omnibus Gods of Opar.

Time's Last Gift
The reissue by Titan Books (UK), 2012.
These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1762 publications
1152 different covers

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