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The Impotency of Bad Karma
Genre Science Fiction
Type Short story
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Written as by Cordwainer Bird (psudonym / fictional author).
Rewritten as "The Last Rise of Nick Adams".
In the first publication, in "The Impotency of Bad Karma", Farmer parodies for instance Barry Malzberg, who didn't approve of it. For that reason he rewrote the story somewhat and retitled the story as "The Last Rise of Nick Adams". But with the rewrite Farmer missed a piece of the original text, see the info.
An earlier version of this story, found in Phil's archives, was published as "Up, Out and Over, Roger" in 2012. The name of the protagonist, and some of the text differ slightly from the other two versions, but it parodies the same authors as in the first published version. So Barry Malzberg (as Hopsmount) and also Cordwainer Bird (as himself) are included, next to Asimov, Heinlein and Van Vogt.
DESCRIPTION:
Nick Adams, science-fiction author, and his wife Ashlar in a sort of parody of the science fiction world and of some of its well known people.
From Farmer's introduction: "...The genesis of the original idea for the story, the basic concept, came one day while I was considering the inflating or deflating effects of good or bad reviews of my work, of good or bad royalty reports, and so on. This story exaggerates the effects, though not very much..."
 
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12 Publications
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
in Popular Culture
Brad Lang
Lansing, MI: Popular Culture Publishers
First Preview Edition
magazine (27,5×21cm)
June 1977
44
$ 1.50
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Written as by Cordwainer Bird. With an illustration by Marty Seigrist. Popular Culture had an extremely limited circulation, and it lasted for only one issue.


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"The Last Rise of Nick Adams"
in Chrysalis - Volume 2
Roy Torgeson
New York, NY: Zebra Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-89083-381-8
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
08/1978
284
$ 1.95
not credited [= Colin Hay]
Second, rewritten version. With an introduction by Theodore Sturgeon.

Colin Hay
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"The Last Rise of Nick Adams"
in The Book of Philip José Farmer
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-05298-2
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
02/1982 (1st)
04/1982 (2nd)
248
$ 2.50
James Warhola
Second, rewritten version. With an introduction by Farmer.

James Warhola
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"The Last Rise of Nick Adams"
in Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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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
Second, rewritten version. With an introduction by the editor.

Bob Eggleton
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"The Last Rise of Nick Adams"
in Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-142-2
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
10/2008 [Lettered, signed, traycased edition.]
340
$ 300.00
Bob Eggleton
Second, rewritten version. With an introduction by the editor.

Bob Eggleton
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"The Impotency of Bad Karma"
in Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-142-2
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
10/2008 [Lettered, signed, traycased edition.]
340
$ 300.00
Bob Eggleton
The very rare original, first published (and complete!) version of the story. In the lettered edition only. With an introduction by the editor.

Bob Eggleton
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"Up, Out and Over, Roger"
in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (3): Portraits of
a Trickster

Michael Croteau
(Lilburn, GA): Meteor House
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ISBN 978-0-983-74611-9
trade paperback (23×15,5cm)
08/2012
282
$ 25.00
Keith Howell
With an introduction about the three versions of the story. This one is an early, previously unpublished, version of it.

Keith Howell
UK
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"The Last Rise of Nick Adams"
in The Book of Philip José Farmer
London: Granada Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-586-05656-4
paperback (18×11cm)
07/1983
318
£ 1.95
Richard Clifton-Dey
Rewritten version. With an introduction by Farmer.

Richard Clifton-Dey
GERMANY
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German: "Nick Adams' letzter Aufstieg"
in Nick Adams letzter Aufstieg
Roy Torgeson
München: Moewig
Playboy Science Fiction, Band 6718
ISBN 3-8118-6718-0
paperback (18×12,5cm)
-/1981
303
DM 7,80
Leni Sobez
Norma
Rewritten version.

Norma
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Russian: "Последний экстаз Ника Адамса"
in Миры Филипа Фармера - T. 15
Riga & Moscow: Polaris
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ISBN 5-88132-275-4
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20,5×13,5cm)
03/1997
400
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O. Vasant
V. Kovalev
Rewritten version.

V. Kovalev
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