Works about Philip José Farmer (4): C
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.

Caimmi, Giuseppe & Nicolazzini, Piergiorgio - "Ritratto d'autore: Philip J. Farmer"
Nearly eight pages wit a portrait of the author's life and work, the themes he used in his writings, plus an overview of nearly all of Farmer's published books at that time. Completed with a "Bibliografia Essenziale" with the Italian translations till 1978.
In this issue is also Farmer's story "Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind" ("Tra le rovine delle mia mente").
  • (Italian)
    Robot, Volume III, March 1978
    [Italian magazine, edited by Milena Capraro & Giuseppe Lippi.]

Giuseppe Festino

Carbis, Loki - "Travels in Time"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Carey, Christopher Paul - "The Archaeology of Khokarsa"
In this article Carey gives a detailed look at the many sources Farmer used when he created the ancient Opar novels.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 9, July 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Bibliophile: A discussion on Hadon of Ancient Opar"
  • Farmerphile Issue No.3, January 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Carey, Christopher Paul - "A Carmody-Raspold Chronology"
Essay, in which Carey shows that the Father John Carmody stories, and the Detective Raspold stories, "Strange Compulsion" and "Some Fabulous Yonder", are somehow related and occur in the same continuity.

Laura Givens

Carey, Christopher - "Farmer's Escape from Loki"
Article, a critical review at Escape from Loki: "...Farmer's story of Doc Savage's first adventure is in itself an example of taking an old form and transforming it successfully into a new world. It is the perfect balance between mythos and action, and either way you read it (or both ways) Loki is a supersaga not to be missed....".
  • The Bronze Gazette Vol. 6, Issue #17, February 1996
  • Online: read it here


Carey, Christopher Paul - "Foreword"
In this foreword to Venus on the Half-Shell and Others, written under the pseudonym Tom Wode Bellman, the story is told how and when Bellman had met the Farmers for the first time, and how he, much later, was contacted by Phil, who told him the secret that Phil himself was Kilgore Trout. Not only that but Phil also asked Tom to write a fictional author story for inclusion in a special anthology...

I'm convinced that PJF himself didn't write this piece. It seems to have been written by Christopher Paul Carey, who is also the editor of this collection.

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher - "The Green Eyes Have It - Or Are They Blue?"
Article, in which Carey tries to decode the hidden messages in Farmer's novels: "This article is just a beginning, and, of course, only a few of the pieces of the Farmerian puzzle are contained herein."
  • The Bronze Gazette Vol. 11, Issue #33, November 2001
  • Online: read it here
  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
    [Revised and expanded version. Merged with Carey's article "Loki in the Sunlight", see under.]


Carey, Christopher Paul - "Gribardsun and the Prehistoric Wold Newton Family"
Afterword, in which Carey explains why and how the novel Time's Last Gift belongs in the Wold Newton Universe series. He also answers the self-asked question: "Who exactly is the hero of this novel, John Gribardsun?"
  • Time's Last Gift
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-0-85768-965-8, trade paperback, 06/2012


Carey, Christopher Paul - "A Guide to Khokarsa"
Afterword, with the Cast of Charaters, Peoples and Tribes, Religion and Geography of Khokarsa.
  • Hadon of Ancient Opar
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-1-78116-295-8, trade paperback, 01/2013
  • Flight to Opar
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9905673-1-8, hardcover, 08/2015
    [A somewhat expanded version.]
  • The Song of Kwasin
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9905673-8-7, hardcover, 12/2015
    [An again somewhat expanded version.]


Carey, Christopher Paul - "How Much Free Will Does a Pumpkin Have?"
Subtitled: "Philip José Farmer and Sufism".
Carey is searching for the answer to the to himself asked question: «...at least seven characters in Farmer's fiction are Sufis, with several other characters, including one based on himself, either serving as disciples to Sufi masters or flirting with the idea of becoming disciples. Clearly something in Sufi doctrine appealed to Farmer, but what?»
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 12, April 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Carey, Christopher Paul - "In the Alien Corn: Philip José Farmer and The Other"
Introduction about the three novels in this omnibus and the theme that these three share, that of The Other. In trying to understand The Other.
  • The Other in the Mirror, edited by Paul Spiteri
    Subterranean Press, ISBN 978-1-59606-231-3, hardcover, 06/2009
    [Three versions: trade, numbered, lettered.]

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher Paul - "The Innocent Dilemma"

Reflections on Farmer's story "The Unnaturals" in this same issue, for which Carey also wrote the introduction (see under).
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 2, October 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Karl Kauffman

Carey, Christopher - "Introduction"

Some background information about the Greek, or rather Homerian references in the story "The Face that Launched a Thousand Eggs", "...a story which makes use of all the wit, derring-do, and reference to mythology that readers have come to expect from the Wizard of Peoria...".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 1, July 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • Up From the Bottomless Pit
    Subterranean Press, ISBN 978-1-59606-128-6, hardcover, 07/2007

Keith Howell

Carey, Christopher - "Introduction"

A successful retranslation of myth calls Carey Farmer's story "The Unnaturals": «Myth is not a static thing - it must live and breathe if it is to survive - and this is something that Phil knows and addresses throughout all of his work with an intuitiveness that is, frankly, stunning.»
Carey also wrote an essay about the story, see above.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 2, October 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • Up From the Bottomless Pit
    Subterranean Press, ISBN 978-1-59606-128-6, hardcover, 07/2007

Karl Kauffman

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Introduction (The Song of Kwasin Outline)"

Carey: «While the outline gives a detailed overview of the novel up through its climax, it end abruptly just before the conclusion and closes with two alternate courses of action for Kwasin which Phil no longer wished to pursue ... About what he ultimately had in mind for the novel's new ending, Phil was quite specific.»

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher Paul - "The Literary Archaeology of Khokarsa"
Introduction. Carey explains the reason why this novel is related to the Wold Newton Universe.He also speculates how Farmer learned of the heroes of Khokarsa. And mentions other authors who knew about the lost civilization, like Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, and Ambroce Bierce.


Carey, Christopher - "Loki in the Sunlight"
Essay, with another look at a character, John Sunlight, in Farmer's Escape from Loki. Later merged with Carey's article "The Green Eyes Have It - Or Are They Blue?", see above.
  • The Bronze Gazette Vol. 8, Issue #24, June 1998
  • Online: read it here


Carey, Christopher Paul - "The Magic Filing Cabinet and The Missing Page"
Chris informs us about the two (or three) mysteries he discovered while editing the collection Venus on the Half-Shell and Others. First, the discovered plans Farmer had editing a collection of fictional author stories written by other authors (see also next entry), was it true or not? Second, a missing page from the original publication of "The Impotency of Bad Karma" in Popular Culture, June 1977. And the third mystery, how Tom Wode Bellman came to write the foreword to the new collection... The mysteries are all solved now!
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 11, January 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Joey Van Massenhoven

Carey, Christopher Paul - "More Real Than Life Itself: Philip José Farmer's Fictional-Author Period"
In this interesting essay we not only get the story of why Farmer wrote the fictional-author stories, but also that he had planned with several other writers —like Philip K. Dick, Ron Goulart and Gene Wolfe for instance— to publish a lot more of these stories under very different bylines. At least enough to finally fill an entire anthology with fictional-author stories, but the publication never happened.
Every story in the collection Venus on the Half-Shell and Others is individually introduced with interesting background information about the story and the used pseudonym of a fictional author.

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Philip José Farmer and ERB: A Shared Mythography"
A biography of Phil Farmer and the role that Edgar Rice Burroughs and his creation Tarzan have played over the years in Farmer's life and writing career.
  • Burroughs Bulletin New Series #81, Winter 2010
    [A Philip José Farmer tribute issue. The printed number 80 on the cover is a mistake.]

Jean/Paul Goude

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Philip José Farmer: On the Road to the Emerald City"
Introduction to the collection Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories, telling us about Farmer's writing style and his early writing career: "Reading through the early stories included here, a veil is lifted that reveals with stark clarity what puts the Farmer in Farmerian. It is not enough to say that Phil has a boundless imagination and that he is adept at world building."
Carey also wrote all the story introductions, except for one, in this book.

Howell & Berlin

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Preface to the Meteor House Edition"
Explanation of how this third Opar/Khokarsa novel came to be, more than thirty years after its first announcement.

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Preface to the Restored Edition"
In his foreword Carey mentions the passages that were cut from the original manuscript and explains why they have been restored in this 'Restored Edition' of Flight to Opar.
  • Flight to Opar
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9905673-1-8, hardcover, 08/2015

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher Paul - "The Story So Far"
A summary of the events that took place in the first volume of the Opar / Khokarsa series, Hadon of Ancient Opar.
  • Flight to Opar
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9905673-1-8, hardcover, 08/2015
  • The Song of Kwasin
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9905673-8-7, hardcover, 12/2015
    [Extended version, with a summary of the first and also the second volume, Flight to Opar.]

Bob Eggleton

Carey, Christopher Paul - "Through the Seventh Gate: Pursuing Farmer's Sources in Savageology"
Article in which Carey asks himself the question if Farmer ever did meet Doc Savage, "...the Bronze Hero of Technopolis and Exotica...", like he did meet Tarzan in person. Carey looked at several sources to try to proof the fact that Farmer indeed did meet Doc.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 6, October 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • FarmerCon VIII, edited by Michael Croteau
    Michael Croteau, pamphlet, 07/2013
    [Program booklet.]

Charles Berlin

Carey, Christopher Paul - "To Be, or not to Be"
Written under the pseudonym Tom Wode Bellman.
An essay discussing the existence or non-existence of the writer of this piece, Tom Wode Bellman.
It is very unlikely that PJF himself wrote this piece. It seems to have been written by one of the Farmerphiles, Christopher Paul Carey.

Vladimir Verano

Carey, Laura Wilkes - "It Could Make a Great Fantasy"
Subtitled: "Exploring an Unwritten Philip José Farmer Novel".
Farmer once wrote a novel proposal query to editor Lester Del Rey, about a 'Mormon Fantasy'. It seems the query was never actually sent to Del Rey and the novel never written. This information and more had been found in Farmer's archives, and Carey speculates what 'Mormon Fantasy' could have been written by Farmer.

Keith Howell

Carroll, Michael - "The Lure of the Emergency Shelf"
The author Carroll writes a tribute to one of his favorite authors, Philip José Farmer. He had read many novels by him before a friend made him aware of the first of the Riverworld series, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, that «...completely blew me away...».
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 12, April 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Carroll, Michael - "Say, What's the Big Idea?"
Farmer has had some big ideas, with his Riverworld series, and also with his "...modern masterpieces...", the Dayworld series. In this essay Carroll analyzes what a writer should do with a big idea. How to go along before you write it down. Carroll is sure how Farmer handled his big ideas.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 14, October 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Chalton, Nicola - "Farmer, Philip Jose"

PJF is one of the about thirty science fiction authors among the more than a thousand biographical entries in this book: "...Farmer is famous for his humorous, unconventional and sometimes shocking science fiction stories...". The entry gives an introduction to PJF's earliest, "The Lovers" and also to his best known works, the Riverworld series.
  • Who Wrote What When?, edited by Nicola Chalton
    Simon & Schuster [UK], ISBN 0-684-85822-3, trade paperback, -/1999


Chamberlain, David Lars - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on The Unreasoning Mask"
Chamberlain read The Unreasoning Mask (1981) only in 2008. After he had visited Farmercon 90, where he heard about this novel. He read the book twice, the first time finished it in one sitting: «...the story is so gripping, the worlds are so believable, and the people are so fascinating, that it is hard to put the book down...».
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 15, January 2009
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Chambon, Jacques - "Préface"
A foreword - fifty pages long - about the complete oeuvre of Farmer, and also introductions to each story. With his article Chambon wants to to get readers interested in the stories by Farmer: "Celui que vous tenez entre les mains n'a d'autre ambition que de vous en donner envie".

Marcel Laverdet

Chambon, Jacques - "Présentation"
An introduction to the story "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World" ("Chassé-croisé dans le Monde du Mardi"), mainly about Farmer's life and other writings. His work is not always of the best quality, according to Chambon: «...Farmer est capable du meilleur et du pire...». The best and the worst are explained by him.
  • Après nous le délire, edited by Jacques Chambon
    Casterman, ISBN 2-203-22621-8, hardcover, 01/1977

J. Palmans

Chambon, Jacques - "Le Super-Styx de Philip José Farmer"
An interesting article about Phil Farmer's Riverworld series, on the occassion of the publication of the fourth in French translated Riverworld novel, Le labyrinthe magique.
  • (French)
    Orbites No.3, September 1982
    [Illustrated with a photo of PJF.]

Luc Cornillon

Chapman, E.L. - "From Rebellious Rationalist to Mythmaker and Mystic: The Religious Quest of Philip José Farmer"
  • The Transcendent Adventure (Studies of Religion in Science Fiction/Fantasy), edited by Robert Reilly
    Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-23062-5, hardcover [no dustjacket], -/1984
  • The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (2): Of Dust and Soul, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-983-74610-2, trade paperback, 09/2011
    [An partly rewritten and expanded version of the first one.]


Chapman, Edgar L. - "Remembering Philip José Farmer"
A remembrance about Phil's life and work and his relation with the Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Chapman concludes the article with: "Phil might prefer to be remembered as an author who created resolute characters in fiction, characters whose courage could inspire and sustain his readers in difficult days."


Chapman, E.L. - "The Riverworld Series"

Critical essay.
  • Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature, Vol. 3, edited by Frank N. Magill
    Salem Press, ISBN 0-89356-450-8, hardcover [no dustjacket], 04/1984


Chapman, E.L. - "The World of Tiers"

Critical essay.
  • Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature, Vol. 5, edited by Frank N. Magill
    Salem Press, ISBN 0-89356-450-8, hardcover [no dustjacket], 04/1984


Chesneaux, Jean - "Un auteur americain: P.J. Farmer fascine par la regression"

Essay [No further information]
  • (French)
    La Quinzaine Litteraire #225, January 16, 1976


Chesneaux, Jean - "Une lecture extra-terrestre du 'Tour du Monde': 'The Other Log of Phileas Fogg' de P.J. Farmer"

[No further information]
  • (French)
    Revue des Lettres Modernes, Nr.456-461, 1976


Clute, John - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry in the chapter 'Major Authors', a biography and bibliography.
  • Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, edited by John Clute
    Dorling Kindersley [UK], ISBN 0-7513-0202-3, hardcover, 10/1995
    Dorling Kindersley [US], ISBN 0-7894-0185-1, hardcover, 10/1995
    SFBC, no ISBN, hardcover, 11/1995


Clute, John - "Philip José Farmer"

Entry: "...known primarily for his sf, but whose outright fantasy novels are of strong interest...". Mentioned are The Green Odyssey, the World of Tiers series, and even the Riverworld series.
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and John Grant
    Orbit [UK], ISBN 1-85723-368-9, hardcover, 04/1997
    St.Martin's, ISBN 0-312-15897-1, hardcover, 05/1997
    St.Martin's Griffin, ISBN 0-312-19896-8, trade paperback, 03/1999 [With an addenda and Corrigenda.]
    Little. Brown/Orbit, ISBN 1-85723-893-1, trade paperback, 04/1999 [With an Addenda and Corrigenda.]
    SFBC #15376, no ISBN, hardcover, 06/1999 [With an Addenda and Corrigenda.]

Peter Goodfellow

Connelly, Steven - "Down in Phil Farmer's Basement"
Essay. Connelly: «In 1975 I began work on a Philip José Farmer study for a publisher who unfortunately went bankrupt while the book was in progress. This slightly revised version of the first draft of Chapter One recounts my first visit with PJF, in December of 1975.»

Charlee Berlin

Connelly, Steven E. - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry, one of the more than 1600 entries in this 1010 pages thick book that defines popular culture in the USA.
  • The Guide to United States Popular Culture, edited by Ray B. Browne and Pat Browne
    Bowling Green University Popular Press, ISBN 0-879728-21-3, hardcover, 06/2001


Connor, Ed - "Philip José Farmer: Out of Confusion, Surprise"
Article, about Farmer who returned some months earlier back to Peoria. After a short introduction Connor reprints a newspaper article from Jerry Klein, "Writing Peorian Comes Home". He also reprints a review from Locus of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, and adds a few 'afterwords' himself.
  • Moebius Trip Issue # 8, March/April 1971
    [Fanzine, edited by Edward C. Connor.]

David Lewton

Coogan, Dr. Peter M. - "Wold-Newtonry: Theory and Methodology"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here (PDF)

John Picacio

Cook, Monte - "Who Inhabits Riverworld?"
In this essay Cook philosophizes if the people on Riverworld are the same as they were on Earth or if their bodies are only duplicates of the original bodies. And whether original or merely duplicates, what makes the person the same as they were on Earth. The only transportation between Earth and Riverworld is of the wathan or the soul. Can that make a person the same as on Earth, or do you also need the brain or its memories. Cook concludes that the wathan can't do the job.
  • Philosophers Look at Science Fiction, edited by Nicholas D. Smith
    Nelson-Hall, ISBN 0-88229-740-6, hardcover, -/1982
    Nelson-Hall, ISBN 0-88229-807-0, trade paperback, -/1982


Covert, Henry - "Ackerman and Farmer: A Strangeness of Mind"
An article about the meetings between Forrest J Ackerman and Philip José Farmer, in the flesh and in the writing, and their very long friendship. Farmer discovered Forry (or 4E) in the letter columns of the early science fiction magazines (1929). They first met one another in 1953 at the World Science Fiction Convention, where Phil won a Hugo Award.
Phil wrote a tribute about Forry, and made him a character in his novels The Imgae of the Beast (a parody as Woolston Heepish) and Blown (as himself).
  • Dark Discoveries Issue 13, Spring 2009

Jason V Brock

Covert, Henry - "How the Farmer Grew a Universe"
In the second part -see also next entry- of the introduction to the Wold Newton Universe (WNU) the writer discusses the members of the WNU and the stories in which they appear.
  • Astonishing Adventures Magazine, Issue Five
    (December 2008)

Joanne Renaud

Covert, Henry - "The Many Worlds of Wold Newton"
Who is Philip José Farmer? And what is Wold Newton anyway? Two self asked questions that the writer of this article answers, the result of which gives an introduction to Farmer's Wold Newton Family and the extended Wold Newton Universe.
Part two of the article has been published in the next issue, see the entry above.
  • Astonishing Adventures Magazine, Issue Four
    (August 2008)

John Donald Carlucci

Crombie, Roger - "Desires Denied"
Essay, written as by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor (pseudonym).
What happened to the manuscript of Farmer's novel As You Desire? It was written under the pseudonym William Norfolk, Ph. D., M.D. and would have been published by Rubicon in 1965. But the book hasn't been published with Rubicon, nor anywhere else. Crombie explains what Farmer did with the manuscript and how it finally got published and under what title.

Keith Howell

Crombie, Roger - "A Feast Unexpected"

An article about how science fiction turns mainstream. It's also a tribute to Philip José Farmer and his works, an explanation why Crombie lurks in bookstores searching for new items for his PJF collection, and finally a sort of a report of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of "The Lovers" in Peoria, August 2002. 
  • RG Magazine Vol.10 No. 6, Oct./Nov. 2002
    [Magazine, supplement of Bermuda's daily newspaper The Royal Gazette. Included also is a short story by PJF, "The Good of the Land".]


Crombie, Roger - "Notes from the Shipwrecked"

Introduction, which Crombie calls "Some personal thoughts on the reprinting of The Green Odyssey" and where he gives some historical perspective of the novel and its publication, especially the first, rare hardcover edition. Crombie is attracted to Farmer, because "...He expresses his wild concepts with his omnipresent puckish sense of humour...".

Gavin L. O'Keefe

Crombie, Roger - "Trout Fishing in Bermuda: Why and How"
The 'adventures' of Crombie while he searched for the origins of Kilgore Trout on Bermuda. He did meet a Simon Wagstaff, but "...Trout had cleverly covered his tracks...".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 5, July 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Crombie, Roger - "A Whale of a Time"
Essay, written as by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor (pseudonym).
A kind of a con report of Farmercon 90, but also a discussion of several colleaborations Farmer did with other authors — especially The Caterpillar's Question — or the ones that were announced at this Farmercon in 2008 (see here).
I'm convinced that Farmer himself didn't write this essay. He was to sick to attend this convention. It has been written by one of the Farmerphiles, most probably by Roger Crombie (because of a hint in the magazine).
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 14, October 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Croteau, Michael - "Afterword"
Mike is pondering on the question if this collection is "The Best" of PJF, looking at several of the included stories, and he concludes "...I believe that this volume, like all the stories in it, will stand up well over time and will be considered an important book in the Farmer canon...".

Michael Komark

Croteau, Mike - "Bibliophile - a discussion on Greatheart Silver"
Originally Farmer wrote the humorous three stories of Greatheart Silver for the Weird Heroes ("A New American Pulp!") series, edited and developed by Byron Preiss. Croteau discusses the complete story and some of its background.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 8, April 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Croteau, Mike - "A Biographical Note about Philip José Farmer"
A short biography how PJF came to the Wold Newton theory: "In hindsight it is possible to look at Philip José Farmer's life and say that it was almost inevitable that he would create the Wold Newton Universe."
  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005

John Picacio

Croteau, Michael - "Editor's Preface"
A piece about Farmer, the start of the official PJF website, the discovery of the 'Magic Filing Cabinet' —Farmer's archive with unpublished manuscripts, some of them unfinished— that led to the start of the fanzine Farmerphile, and finally led to the book at hand.

Keith Howell

Croteau, Michael - "Editor's Preface"
Mike explains the reason for the subtitle, "Of Dust and Soul", based on Farmer's interests in writing, and gives a general introduction to the entries in the four sections of the anthology. Mike: "It is my hope that [this book] will give the reader a glimpse into the heart and mind of a man who may best be described as a seeker".

Laura Givens

Croteau, Michael - "Editor's Preface"
As the subtitle already says, this is a volume about the trickster in Farmer's work, and about the tricks Farmer himself played. About the contents of the anthology Croteau writes: «All of these taken together paint a portrait of a jester, a player of practical jokes, and a twister of reality.»

Keith Howell

Croteau, Michael - "Editor's Preface"
The theme of this anthology is Farmer's "classic science fiction". Croteau: «In this volume, we will get a glimpse into the life of a science fiction writer and sample some of this "classic" science fiction.»

Laura Givens

Croteau, Michael - "Foreword"
Essay about what reading the books of Farmer did to Michael: collecting his writings, organizing gatherings, publishing a fanzine, editing anthologies, all in honor of Farmer. But also reading other author's writings: "...reading Farmer opened up to many other types of literature..."


Currey, Lloyd W. - "Philip José Farmer"
A checklist of the first printings, as well as of subsequent printings and editions which are "...of interest to researchers and collectors" (mainly special editions and first hardcovers).
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction), edited by Lloyd W. Currey
    G.K. Hall & Co., ISBN 0-8161-8242-6, hardcover [no dustjacket], -/1979
    RB Publishing, ISBN 0-9719995-0-3, CD-Rom, -/2002
    [Revised edition, else the same as the 1979 printed edition, not updated also. In PDF-format.]


Czech, Winfried - "Farmers Welten"
Because of the publication of the German translations of The Dungeon series (1990-1991), the books are analyzed and compared to other novels and series by Farmer. This to decide whether or not Farmer had anything to do with the world building in The Dungeon series.
Czech's conclusion in his in-depth essay is that The Dungeon series are not Farmer's Worlds. Nor are the protagonists Farmer's characters.
  • (German)
    ZauberZeit Nr. 30, August 1991
    [In the same issue also the essay "Philip José Farmer" by Heiko Langhans.]

Richard Hescox

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