Works about Philip José Farmer (2): A
The entries are in alphabetical order of the writer's name.
If more than one publication is mentioned, the publication of which a cover scan is included is indicated with a . Click on a cover to see it enlarged.

Adams, Danny - "Afterword"
Essay about the obvious relationship between the Ishmael in Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the Ishmael in Farmer's far in the future set novel The Wind Whales of Ishmael, and why he must have made the extreme jump in time. Adams also explores who Ishmael was, might he be a member of the Wold Newton Family?


Adams, Danny - "Alias Philip José Farmer: The Sore Bridge and a Latter-Day Victorian Chronicler"
An in-depth view on Farmer's story "The Problem of the Sore Bridge - Among Others" - written as if by Harry Manders - one of the fictional author stories. With this story Farmer "...did succeed in creating the only science fiction Raffles story ever written while expertly preserving the Victorian literary elements...".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 5, July 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Adams, Danny - "A Box Within a Box: Philip José Farmer as Maxwell Grant as..."
Article, which explains some of the puzzles in a typical Farmerian "box within a box" story, "The Savage Shadow".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 6, October 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • The Best of Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4, hardcover, 07/2017
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7, trade paperback, 07/2017

Charles Berlin

Adams, Danny - "A Brobdingnagian Education: Or, How Philip Jose Farmer Saved My Life In Four Easy Steps"
Article, about how Uncle Phil influenced the writing ambitions of his nephew, who even got permission to finish an old novella PJF had started in 1970, The City Beyond Play.
  • Some Fantastic Issue 4 Vol. 1 No. 4, Spring Supplemental 2005
    [eMagazine, a PDF document.]
  • Online: read it here (PDF)


Adams, Danny - "Finnegan’s Wage, or, Portrait of the Farmer as a Joycian Fan"
Article, about the influences the writing of James Joyce has had on the work of Phil Farmer, in particular with his story "Riders of the Purple Wage".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 8, April 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Adams, Danny - "Phil Farmer Meets Roger Bacon at the Ends of the Earth"
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 4, April 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Jason Robert Bell

Adams, Danny - "Remembering the Eyre Incident Three Decades Later"
Article, in which Adams looks back at what happened to Paul Eyre, the main character in the four stories of the series Stations of the Nightmare, and what finally became of him.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 10, October 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]
  • The Best of Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4, hardcover, 07/2017
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7, trade paperback, 07/2017

Jason Robert Bell

Adams, Danny - "The Resurrection of Tom Mix"
Essay about Farmer's research in the live and background of Tom Mix, main character in his story "Riverworld". Included are two letters Phil wrote to people – one of them Robert Bloch – for his research.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 15, January 2009
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Adams, Danny - "Star Trek's Loss Is Your Gain—From Screen Treatment to Short Story"
Essay about the three screen treatments for Star Trek that PJF has written, "The Shadow of Space", "Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind", and the in this issue of Farmerage published "The Rebels Unthawed".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 9, July 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • The Best of Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4, hardcover, 07/2017
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7, trade paperback, 07/2017

Charles Berlin

Adams, Danny - "A Study of Ralph von Wau Wau"
Subtitled: The Canine Genius of "A Scarletin Study".
As the title says, a study of the similarities and differences between the stories "A Scarletin Study" by Farmer –with Ralph von Wau Wau as the protagonist– and "A Study in Scarlet" –with Sherlock Holmes as the investigator– by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 12, April 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Allen, Robert J. - "Philip José Farmer"
A bibliography of Farmer's writing. Far from complete and with several mistakes, see the next entry.
  • Popular Music And Science Fiction Journal, No. 1, April 1979


Allen, Robert J. & Anft, M. - "Philip José Farmer"
A bibliography of Farmer's books, with the first and latest US and UK publications. And a list of his short fiction. Updated bibliography from the earlier publication, see the previous entry. There are also some reviews of Farmer's books and a news column about Farmer.
  • Popular Music And Science Fiction Journal, No. 2, June 1979

Jim Cook

Alpers, Hans Joachim - "Farmer, Philip José"
Entry about Farmer's writing career and his work, with a bibliography of the German translations.
  • (German)
    Lexikon der Science Fiction Literatur, edited by Hans Joachim Alpers, Walter A. Fuchs, Ronald M. Hahn and Wolfgang Jeschke
    Heyne, ISBN 3-453-02453-2, paperback, -/1987

Tim White

Alpers, Hans Joachim - "Nachwort"

An afterword, about Farmer's life and career and about the main themes in his work, sex, religion and literary allusions: "...Farmer liebt diese Aufarbeitung von Literatur, die ihn stark beeinflußt hat, ungemein. Er sieht die Literatur und die Reaktion auf sie als Teil seines Lebens...".

Norma / Pujolar

Alpers, Hans Joachim - "Philip José Farmer (26. Januar 1918 - 25. Februar 2009)"
A loving remembrance of Phil Farmer, with an essay about his life and his work. Most of his books and series are described. Farmer will still be read in a hundred years to come, like for instance Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and others. According to Alpers they were maybe not the greatest literary authors, but they brought fantastic stories and myths.
  • (German)
    Das Science Fiction Jahr 2009, edited by Sascha Mamczak & Wolfgang Jeschke
    Heyne, ISBN 978-3-453-52554-2, paperback, 08/2009

Arndt Drechsler

Anderson, Poul - "The Quiet Revolutionary"
A profile of Philip José Farmer, describing the revolution in science fiction that Farmer started with his story "The Lovers". Anderson: «Revolution in science fiction? He's never made any fuss about it, and few people have realized it till lately, but Philip Jose Farmer has been a one-man revolution for half a generation now.»
  • Baycon Program Book, edited by the Baycon Committee
    Baycon Committee, no ISBN, chapbook, 08/1968
    [Published for Baycon, the 26th World Science Fiction Convention, where Farmer was the Guest of Honor. See also the profile by Theodore Sturgeon.]

Jack Gaughan

Andrevon, Jean-Pierre - "Farmer, Philip José"
Entry, a biography of the life and career of Farmer, that started with his story "The Lovers" (1952), and other sexually oriented stories. His work was not always appreciated in France, but "... that doesn't prevent Farmer to be one of all time's greatest SF authors...".
  • (French)
    La science-fiction, edited by Denis Guiot, Jean-Pierre Andrevon & George W. Barlow
    MA Editions (Le monde de... N° 39/L'encyclopédie de poche), ISBN 2-86-676-278-9, paperback, 06/1987


Andrews, Graham - "Doc Biggles Drummond Templar—When He Was a Boy"
Critical essay and review. The Man of Bronze is back, and the first of his new adventures, Escape from Loki, has been written by none other than Philip José Farmer. Andrews: «Escape from Loki is one of the best sequels-by-other-hands yet written, managing to embellish the primary source material rather than just rearrange it. Moreover, I'd say that it's the most disciplined novel that Farmer has written since The Unreasoning Mask, perhaps because his all-over-the-place imagination had to be focused in a linear path.»
Andrews hoped that Farmer would write more follow-ups to Escape from Loki. Because he wondered if Biggles and Simon Templar are related to the Boy of Bronze.
  • Million (The Magazine about Popular Fiction) Number 9, May-June 1992


Andrews, Stephen E. & Rennison, Nick - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry, with a description of the novel The Lovers ("...Yarrow commits himself to a forbidden sexual relationship..."), giving also its place in history ("...one of the first stories to introduce sex into SF..."), and mentioning some other of Farmer's erotic work.
  • 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels
    A & C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-7585-6, paperback, -/2006

Victor Alatorre

Andrews, Stephen E. & Rennison, Nick - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry, with a description and review of A Feast Unknown, Farmer's first novel in the Lord Grandrith/Doc Caliban series: "Farmer's greatest and most extreme novel ... it satirises and reveals the libidinous and violent emotions implicit in the Freudian metaphors employed by many SF and Fantasy writers ... this groundbreaking and shocking book is one of the most unforgettable reads in the Fantasy canon."
  • 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels
    A & C Black, ISBN 978-1-4081-1487-2, paperback, -/2009


(Anonymous)- "Gallery: The Grand Adventure by Philip José Farmer"

A preview and review of The Grand Adventure, a collection of PJF stories, with three of the illustrations from this book by Mike Kaluta. The article goes about the strange things Farmer writes about, but if he wouldn't be able to write that stuff, then "...certainly, science fiction would be a much more boring place on the map...".
  • Heavy Metal, February 1985

Michael Kanarek

(Anonymous)- "The Lovers Celebration: The 50th Anniversary"
An announcement of and invitation for this celebration in the Peoria Public Library, plus an article with an overview of several of PJF's books, the Grand Master Award 2001 and the upcoming TV series 'Riverworld'.
See also the report and photos of this celebration.
  • Passages Vol.11 No.13, July 2002
    [Newsletter of the Peoria Public Library.]


(Anonymous)- "Philip José Farmer"
A short biography of Phil, being the Guest of Honor at Baycon, the 26th World Science Fiction Convention.
Phil made a speech at the banquet, called "Reap". In the Baycon Program Book are profiles of Farmer by Theodore Sturgeon and one by Poul Anderson.
  • Baycon Progress Report #2, 02/1968
    [Published by Bill Donaho.]

Colin Cameron

(Anonymous)- "Philip José Farmer: L'Ange Gabriel de la Littérature"

Introduction about Farmer's main themes in his fiction: sex, religion and immortality. This novel is compared to the novel The Etruscan (Turms Kuolematon, 1955) by the Finnish author Mika Waltari, but also to Harry Potter: "En résumé, Comme un Bête et à Gare à la Bête sont aux adultes ce qui les Harry Potter sont aux enfants, un débordement de personnages fantasmagoriques mais avec une sexualité sans frontières, ce qui est normal puisqu'ils viennent tous de galaxies lointaines."
  • (French)
    Comme une Bête
    Le jardin des Livres, ISBN 2-914569-23-8, trade paperback, 11/2004

Keleck/Patrice Servage

(Anonymous)- "Riverside Views"
The first and 'exclusive' pictures from the adaption of the Riverworld series: "...These pictures are very early indeed and give a fine feel for the show's amazing New Zealand locations. But sweeping vistas are not all we've got to look forward to - Hazeldine promises us that we will not be disappointed by the show's visuals...".
  • SFX #90, April 2002
    [UK SF/movie/TV magazine.]


(Anonymous)- "Riverworld Flowing On"
A kind of interview with the adapter of the Riverworld novels for the TV series, Brit Stuart Hazeldine: "...I thought it was one of the best concepts for a long-running sci-fi TV show that I'd ever heard of - I really believed, and still believe that Riverworld can be a Star Trek-sized TV phenomenon for the 21st Century...".
  • SFX #88, March 2002
    [UK SF/movie/TV magazine.]


(Anonymous)- "The science fiction author who created worlds of wonder"
An obituary of Phil Farmer, that starts with: «Even among science fiction writers, Philip José Farmer's works stood out for their vivid imagination and mind-bending themes.» The remembrance gives a brief overview of Farmer's writing career.
  • The Week, Volume 9, Issue 403, March 13, 2009
    [Note: a piece of the cover had been cut out.]

F. Harper

(Anonymous)- "Workshop"
This is a transcript of a workshop with Philip José Farmer, Brian W. Aldiss and Sam J. Lundwall held at Fabula77, a convention in May 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Farmer and Aldiss were the Guests of Honor at this convention.
  • Unifan #1, June 1978
    [Danish fanzine, in English.]


(Anonymous)- "Writer Phil Farmer is named “most promising find of 1952”"
In 1953 Farmer won the Hugo Award for 'Most promising new author', based on his publications in 1952 of the stories "The Lovers" and "Sail On! Sail On!". Bradley University honored their alumni with an article: "...A Bradley graduate, he has rapidly become recognized as an outstanding author in the scientific writing field..."


(Anonymous)- "Xignals Profile: Philip José Farmer"

An article about PJF's life, study and writing career, starting with "O'Brien and Obrenov" till Dayworld. "...Perhaps the outstanding characteristic of Farmer's work is playfullness...".
  • Xignals Vol.XVI, Feb./March 1986
    [Waldenbooks Club Magazine.]


Ash, Brian - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry, a short biography and summary of PJF's most important novels: "...Generally hailed as the man who brought real sex into science fiction...".
  • Who's Who in Science Fiction
    Elm Tree Books, ISBN 0-241-89383-6, hardcover, 10/1976
    Taplinger, ISBN 0-8008-8274-1, hardcover, 12/1976

    Sphere, ISBN 0-7221-1235-1, paperback, 11/1977
    [Revised edition]
    Taplinger, ISBN 0-8008-8279-2, trade paperback, 10/1978


Asimov, Isaac - "Introduction to "The Alley Man""
A description of the differences between a Neanderthal and a Cro-Magnon man, something like 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. Asimov: "...In any case, in "The Alley Man" you get a detailed and very complex look at a Neanderthal...".
  • The Great SF Stories: #21 (1959), edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
    DAW (#823 / UE2428), ISBN 0-88677-428-4, paperback, 06/1990
    [Also with an introduction by Martin H. Greenberg]
  • (Italian: "Introduzione")
    Le grandi storie della fantascienza 21, edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
    Armenia, ISBN 88-344-0481-5, paperback, 10/1991
    Bompiani, ISBN 88-452-5155-1, trade paperback, 04/2002
    [Also with an introduction by Martin H. Greenberg]

Robin Hidden

Asimov, Isaac - "Introduction to "Riders of the Purple Wage""
Not so much an introduction about the story, which speaks for itself it seems, but more an anecdote from years ago about Asimov and Farmer. Asimov acknowledges a big favor that Philip Farmer unknowingly had done to him those years ago.
  • The Hugo Winners (Vol. 2), edited by Isaac Asimov
    Doubleday, no ISBN, hardcover, 08/1971
  • The Hugo Winners - Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Nelson Doubleday (SFBC #2000), no ISBN, hardcover, 12/1971
  • The Hugo Winners 1968 - 1970, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Sphere (12483), no ISBN, paperback, -/1973
    Sphere, ISBN 0-7221-1250-5, paperback, -/1974
  • More Stories From the Hugo Winners, Vol. II, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Fawcett Crest (P2020), SBN 449-02020-125, paperback, 12/1973
    Fawcett Crest (Q2521), ISBN 0-449-02521-2, paperback, 08/1975
    Fawcett Crest, ISBN 0-449-23883-0, paperback, 08/1980
    Fawcett Crest, ISBN 0-449-21243-2, paperback, 11/1986
    Fawcett Crest, ISBN 0-449-21243-2, paperback, 01/1989
  • (Italian: "Introduzione")
    I Premi Hugo 1955-1975, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Nord (Grandi Opere 4), no ISBN, hardcover, 11/1978
    Euroclub, no ISBN, hardcover, 11/1980
    Nord (Grandi Opere 4), no ISBN, hardcover, 10/1986 (2nd)
  • (Italian: "Introduzione")
    Premi Hugo 1964-1968, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Mondadori (Oscar Fantascienza 116), ISBN 88-04-38222-8, paperback, 04/1994
  • (Italian: "Introduzione")
    I Premi Hugo 1967-1968, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Mondadori (Classici Urania 213), no ISBN, paperback, 12/1994
  • (Czech: "Komentári")
    Hugo story 1968-1969, edited by Isaac Asimov
    Winston Smith, ISBN 80-902108-2-1, hardcover, -/1996

Karel Thole

Asimov, Isaac - "Introduction to "Sail On! Sail On!""
Asimov describes the settings of most science fiction stories and its level of technology, which is not the case with this story, it's about a parallel world in which the level of technology is jumbled. In most stories with this setting the result is almost inevitably humorous to some extent. "...It's much harder to do it seriously, and labor over consistency. Turn to "Sail On! Sail On!" and read on, read on...".
  • The Great SF Stories: #14 (1952), edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
    DAW (#660 / UE2106), ISBN 0-88677-106-4, paperback, 01/1986
    [Also with an introduction by Martin H. Greenberg.]
  • (Italian: no title)
    Le grandi storie della fantascienza 14
    , edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
    SIAD Edizioni, ISBN 88-443-0135-0, hardcover, 10/1986
    Bompiani, ISBN 88-452-2717-0, trade paperback, 01/1996
    [Also with an introduction by Martin H. Greenberg.]

Tony Roberts

Aziza, Claude & Goimard, Jacques - "Farmer (Philip J.)"
Entry about Farmer's work. With a list of the French publications. And analyzes of the stories in the French collection Le livre d'or de la science fiction, of the series World of Tiers and Riverworld, and of the novel The Green Odyssey. Each work is followed by a list with Further Reading.
  • (French)
    Encyclopedie de poche de la science fiction (Guide de lecture), by Claude Aziza & Jacques Goimard
    Presses Pocket, ISBN 2-266-01797-7, paperback, 09/1986

W. Siudmak

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