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New Spanish publication
22 May 2017
 
The bookshop Gigamesh in Barcelona, Spain, is also publishing a new series of science fiction books. The shop is huge and very interesting. They have many new as well as a lot of second hand books in the shop. I have been there once a few years back and bought several of Philip José Farmer's Spanish editions for my collection.



In November 2016 Gigamesh published
a translation of Inside Outside, Mundo infierno. I only saw it recently and ordered a copy from Amazon, which I expected last week. Just got a note that it got delayed and will be delivered next week.
Strange thing is that I cannot find this publication on the website of Gigamesh.
I add the new information on the bookpage as soon as I receive the publication.
Sequel to the Peerless Peer
30 Apr 2017
 
I received my ordered copy of The Adventure of the Fallen Stone (Being the First Part of the Account of The Dynamics of a Meteor), by John H. Watson, M.D., edited by Win Scott Eckert.
It was presented on March 25th at a signing session at Fleur Fine Books in Port Neches (TX).



From the back cover: «Join Holmes, Watson, sleuths Harry Dickson and J. Saxon Blake—intriguingly, both master detectives with digs on Baker Street, who greatly resemble Holmes in demeanor, speech, and aspect—and the alluring Isis Vanderhoek as they race across England in pursuit of a master villain and a stolen flower with remarkable medicinal properties.
  • WHAT is the mysterious lotus vitae?
  • HOW is it related to a meteor that fell in Yorkshire in 1795?
  • WILL Holmes and company success in preventing the nefarious Von Bork’s latest scheme?»
You can order Win Scott Eckert's story, a chapbook of 24 pages, from Meteor House for $8, plus shipping. There are only 200 copies, signed by the author.
 
The story is a sequel to Farmer's The Adventure of the Peerless Peer. By chance and nearly together I received a copy of the Canadian edition of the 1976 Dell paperback. That one was already known in the bibliography, but it was difficult to find a copy for my own collection.
Man of War - A Two Hawks Adventure
8 Apr 2017
 
Did you like Philip José Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth (1979)? It was originally published with the title The Gate of Time (1966), but Farmer revised and expanded the original text for the later retitled publication. Farmer never wrote anything more about Roger Two Hawks, but Heidi Ruby Miller did. First she wrote the story "Dakota's Gate", and now we have an announced novella by her.



From the announcement of the publisher, Meteor House:
«In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake—the fate of an entire world is in his hands.

Featuring cover art by Mark Wheatley, an introduction by Christopher Paul Carey, and the short story “Dakota’s Gate” as a prelude, Man of War is a 24,500-word novella full of the action and adventure you’d expect of Philip José Farmer’s Roger Two Hawks.»

It will be published in both limited and signed hardcover and in trade paperback. Order is now from Meteor House. It will be published in the Summer of this year. Probably at FarmerCon.
La Nuit de la lumière
8 Apr 2017
 
French publisher Le Livre de Poche brought in February 2017 a second printing of the collection La Nuit de la lumière. It got a different cover than the first printing (2008).

It is in fact a translation of the collection Father to the Stars, but it also contains both parts of the novel The Night of Light.

From the cover:
«L'étonnant Philip José Farmer, l'auteur du cycle du Fleuve de l'Éternité, transgesse une fois encore les limites de la morale, et peut-être celles de la Foi.
À l'autre bout de l'univers.»
Tales of Alien Life
2 Apr 2017
 
Dover Publications published in March 2017 the new anthology Strangers No More.
Subtitle is 'Tales of Alien Life by Science Fiction Masters'. All authors except one, Al Sevcik, are well known names, and are really masters in this genre.

There are eight stories in this book. Of Philip José Farmer it contains the novella "Rastignac the Devil", originally published in 1954 in the magazine Fantastic Universe.

The cover blurb gives: «Philip José Farmer's "Rastignac the Devil" tells of a fight against despotism 300 years in the future.»
Amazon originally announced it with: «Includes atmospheric original illustrations.» But there are no illustrations in the book.
The God Business received
2 Apr 2017
 
Armchair Fiction keeps publishing their series of 'Double Novels'. More often with novellas than novels by the way.
The books look a lot like the old Ace Doubles did. With two covers, on the front and the back. Only difference is that the stories in the books from Armchair are not back-to-back like the old Ace books.

Farmer's novella "The God Business" (1954) was published last January in the series. The other novella in this publication is "The Naked Goddess" by S.J. Byrne.

The cover art, on the back cover, is by Scott Templar, and is the same as with the first publication in the magazine Beyond in 1954.
 
Die Welt der tausend Ebenen as German eBooks
31 Mar 2017
 
German publisher Heyne, nowadays part of Random House, published in December 2016 six of the seven books of the World of Tiers (Die Welt der tausend Ebenen) series as eBooks.
Oddly enough Heyne did not translate the 'real' sixth novel, More Than Fire, into German. Neither did the original publisher of the series in Germany, Knaur, by the way. Red Orc's Rage (Der Zorn des Roten Lords) is not a real part of, only connected to the series.

The six novels are:
- Meister der Dimensionen (The Maker of Universes);
- Welten wie Sand (The Gates of Creation);
- Lord der Sterne (A Private Cosmos);
- Hinter der irdischen Bühne (Behind the Walls of Terra);
- Planet der schmelzenden Berge (The Lavalite World);
- Der Zorn des Roten Lords (Red Orc's Rage).


The six eBooks are available for the Kindle, for about €4,00 (or $4) per book. 
Novella "The God Business"
30 Mar 2017
 
Farmer's novella "The God Business" (1954) was published last January by publisher Armchair Fiction, in an omnibus.
The other novella in this publication is "The Naked Goddess" by S.J. Byrne.

The cover art, on the back cover, is by Scott Templar, and is the same as with the first publication in the magazine Beyond in 1954.

The book, trade paperback, costs $12.95 and is available through Amazon.
I expect my copy any day now, and will then add it on the story page. 
Many more Italian fake covers
1 Mar 2017
 
In December 2016 we had an entry about an Italian magazine cover of Opar, la città immortale (Hadon of Ancient Opar). Christopher Paul Carey, chronicler of several Opar stories, had found this one on the internet and asked me if I knew anything about the publication.

My research showed it to be a fake cover, of an unpublished magazine. My conclusion was confirmed in January 2017 by Ralf Lux from Germany. Years before he had found many covers like the one found by Chris.

Ralf Lux (Simak website) started his search again for the source of these fake covers. He found more than 10,500 covers. They are all published on Photobucket.com, and are done by 'Hari von Olivaw' or 'Attilios'. The number of fake covers is still growing, because there are also very recent titles from different authors added.

Of Farmer's work there are about 120 fake covers, of his novels and of anthologies with his stories. Like the one showed here of Fuga a Opar (Flight to Opar).

Many thanks Ralf, it's a great find! Unbelievable that someone made that many fake covers.
Another announcement from Meteor House
26 Feb 2017
 
The Adventure of the Fallen Stone (Being the First Part of the Account of The Dynamics of a Meteor), by John H. Watson, M.D., edited by Win Scott Eckert.
From the announcement: «Philip José Farmer’s The Adventure of the Peerless Peer was only the beginning. The Adventure of the Fallen Stone is chronicling Sherlock Holmes’ ongoing efforts to combat the hellish hun, as recounted by the Great Detective’s Boswell, Dr. John H. Watson, and edited for publication by Win Scott Eckert!»

The chapbook, 24 pages, can now be preordered from Meteor House for $8, plus shipping. It will be published in March 2017.
Meteor House announces The Best of Farmerphile
6 Feb 2017
 
The announcement from Meteor House:

Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer was a quarterly fanzine that ran fifteen issues from July 2005 to January 2009. Michael Croteau served as publisher for all fifteen issues; Christopher Paul Carey and Paul Spiteri coedited the first ten issues, while Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert coedited the last five.
Thanks to the generosity of Philip José Farmer and his “Magic Filing Cabinet,” Farmerphile published—for the first time anywhere—short stories (mostly not science fiction), excerpts, articles, speeches, and letters written by Farmer. It even serialized the novel Up from the Bottomless Pit (not included in this collection, but forthcoming from Meteor House).

Hardcover ($40) Trade paperback ($29)

Now the hard part: narrowing down so much content into one “Best of” collection. This was much harder than it sounds, as nearly all the content was worthy of inclusion. So, we focused on broadly covering as much ground as possible, as well as including pieces that touched on Farmer’s personal life. Assembled here is a wealth of information about one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time along, with some of his earliest writing.

The Best of Farmerphile is available in two editions: a Trade Paperback and a Hardcover Limited Edition. The books can be preordered now. They will be published in the Summer, in July 2017.
Cougar by the Tail
1 Feb 2017
 
Last year I asked Tracy Knight if and when he would finish Philip José Farmer's western novel Cougar By the Tail.

Ten years ago, in 2007, Tracy got the permission from Phil and Bette Farmer to complete the novel, which Farmer had started somewhere in the 1970s. The finishing of the novel was announced in July 2008, together with other likewise announcements.
An excerpt of this novel was published in the fanzine Farmerphile, Issue No. 15, January 2009.
In the interview in this issue Tracy said that he had finished the novel between a third and a half.

But unlike the other announced works, "Getting Ready to Write" (with Paul Spiteri), The Evil in Pemberley House (with Win Scott Eckert), and the third Opar novel The Song of Kwasin (with Christopher Paul Carey), nothing was following the original announcement of Cougar By the Tail.
Reason also for my question.

Tracy Knight made it clear to me that he will not finish Phil Farmer's western novel. He had not a good feeling about finishing it. I do not know his exact words, because I cannot find his message anymore, but Tracy cares much about Farmer's writing, and him finishing it would do the novel no good.
It's a pity, but we have to trust Tracy's judgment on this. I would have loved to see the novel.
The 99th Philip José Farmer Day
26 Jan 2017
 


January 26, 1918
(February 25, 2009)
Publication statistics 2016
13 Jan 2017
17 Jan 2017 (Corrected numbers)
 
For the third year in a row there were six of Farmer's books published this year. Two of these, one title, were written by Philip José Farmer & Danny Adams.
Also five Farmer related books, written by Christopher Paul Carey (2), Josh Reynolds (2) and Win Scott Eckert (1). All the related book publications came from Meteor House.

year books story publications countries
books/stories
2016 6 (+ 5*) 3 2 / 1
2015 6 (+ 4*) 2 2 / 1
2014 6 (+ 1*) 4 3 / 2
2013 13 (+ 1*) 8 4 / 2
2012 16 (+ 1*) 7 5 / 3
2011 12 27 2 / 2
2010 11 3 2 / 1
2009 10 4 4 / 4
2008 19 39 7 / 3
2007 17 23 8 / 2
2006 18 71 5 / 2
2005 7 8 4 / 4
*) PJF related, but written by others.

Three of Farmer's stories were reprinted in 2016: "Getting Ready to Write" (with Paul Spiteri), "Rastignac the Devil" and "They Twinkled Like Jewels".
Two new Russian omnibuses in 2017
5 Jan 2017
 
Also from Ralf Lux came the news of two forthcoming Russian hardcover omnibuses, Древняя Африка (Ancient Africa) and Темное сердце (Dark Heart).
Both will be published this year, 2017, by publisher Северо-Запад (Severo-Zapad, translated: Northwest) in St. Petersburg. In the series 'Приключения (синяя серия)', translated: 'Adventure (blue series)'.

Contents:

Хэдон из Древнего Опара
  (Hadon of Ancient Opar)
Бегство в Опар
  (Flight to Opar)
Айронкастл
  (Ironcastle)
Серебряное Сердце (цикл):
  (Greatheart Silver - series)
"Серебряное Сердце"
  ("Greatheart Silver")
"Возвращение Серебряного Сердца"
  ("The Return of Greatheart
  Silver"
)
"Серебряное Сердце в Первой Команде"
  ("Greatheart Silver in the First
  Command")
Contents:

Темное сердце времени
  (The Dark Heart of Time)
Вторая записная книжка Филеаса Фогга
  (The Other Log of Phileas
  Fogg
)
Приключения безземельного пэра
  (The Adventure of the
  Peerless Peer
)
Бегство от Локи
  (Escape from Loki)

None of these works have been translated and published in Russia before. The publisher misses the chance to publish all three Opar books together, the third one The Song of Kwasin written by Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey.

I haven't been able to order the books, because they are not yet published. A firm publication date is not yet set.
Vielen dank Ralf!
Confirmation of the ghost edition
4 Jan 2017
 
From my German friend Ralf Lux, webmaster of Clifford D. Simak - The International Bibliography, I got an e-mail about the Italian ghost edition from the previous entry (13 Dec 2016).
He too had found fake covers of the Italian Urania magazine, a total of twenty covers with the writings of Clifford D. Simak.


Two of these are in the Urania Fantasy series, as you can see above. None of the twenty issues have actually been published.
Ralf found the source several years ago on the internet: «Etwa im Jahre 2012 hat irgendein Italiener massenhaft solche Cover gefertigt.» (In about 2012 an Italian person made many of these covers.)

With a computer and the right software it isn't very difficult to make these fake covers.
My conclusion with the previous entry, that the Farmer cover is of a phantom or ghost edition is confirmed with Ralf's e-mail.
Thank you Ralf!
An Italian ghost edition
13 Dec 2016
 
Christopher Paul Carey found this cover on the internet. It is of the Italian Urania Fantasy magazine, with a translation of Farmer's novel Hadon of Ancient Opar (Opar, la città immortale) There is no additional information about this publication given on the webpage.

On the cover you can see that it was 'published' by Mondadori in February 1976.

There is only one place on the internet where you can see this cover. On one of the pages of the website Photobucket.com.
Chris didn't find this publication in the PJF Bibliography, and asked me if I knew anything about the magazine.

I did not know about this one, and had never seen the picture before.
My research did not give any information about this issue. It looks like that it never was printed or published. Mondadori actually published the novel, but then in a paperback in 1989, in their 'Oscar Fantasy' series. In that book are no references of an earlier publication.

I also searched in the online Italian listings of all of the several Urania series. Mondadori had a Urania Fanasy series, but that one only started in 1988. None of the shown issues look anywhere near the above shown cover.

My conclusion: this is a phantom or ghost edition. I added it on the page 'Ghost Editions'.
Three Opar novels in a French omnibus
19 Nov 2016
 
French publisher Mnémos released this week an omnibus, with the three translated Opar/Khokarsa novels, Hadon, fils de l'antique Opar (Hadon of Ancient Opar), Fuite à Opar (Flight to Opar), and La geste de Kwasin (The Song of Kwasin).
These three were first published in an omnibus in the USA, as Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, from Subterranean Press (2012).

The French omnibus, Opar (Intégrale), only includes the three novels. No maps or extras. Only exception is the "Chronologie de Khokarsa".
Christopher Paul Carey is excited and proud with this publication.

cover: Grant Regan

The omnibus, Opar (Intégrale), was released on 17 November 2016 by publisher Mnémos. The price for the 635 pages thick book is €35,00. See also Amazon.fr if you want to order it.
Received: Fantastic Universe Super Pack 3
2 Nov 2016
 
Positronic Publishing is releasing a whole series of 'Super Pack' books. This book, Fantastic Universe Super Pack #3, shows a list of nearly thirty 'Super Pack' titles.
All of them reprint stories from way back, which seem to be free of copyright. Everyone of the 'Super Pack' anthologies is available in print or for a few dollar as an ebook.

This publication comes with thirty reprinted stories, from Robert E. Howard, Mack Reynolds, Fredric Brown, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and many more.
Also included is  Philip José Farmer's novella "Rastignac the Devil", originally published in May 1954.

The novella also saw nine solo publications in chapbooks, the first of them in Italy (1973). See the book page.
More books from Russia
17 Oct 2016
 
Last week I received the fourth package with books from Russia, published in different –former Soviet Union– countries, but all in Russian. These books are novels, omnibuses, and anthologies.
Everyone of them already is included in the Bibliography, but now I can check the data, with the books at hand, more thoroughly.

After I have checked the books from this shipment I will order more Russian books. Hope to get them all sometime. That will take several shipments to go.
French omnibus: Opar, Intégrale
13 Oct 2016
 
Subterranean Press published in June 2012 an omnibus, Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, with the three novels in the Opar / Khokarsa series. The first two were written by Philip José Farmer and originally released in the 1970s. The third however, The Song of Kwasin, was started by Farmer, finished by Christopher Paul Carey, and for the first time published in the omnibus.

Now, four years later, there will be a French edition of the omnibus. Christopher Paul Carey announced it proudly on his Facebook page.

Chris: «Okay, about two years ago I mentioned signing a contract for the foreign rights to THE SONG OF KWASIN. Well, at long last, I can reveal that I was referring to a French-language omnibus of the first three Ancient Opar/Khokarsa novels, to be published by Mnémos in November 2016. I love seeing the new cover art (I don't yet know the name of the artist). Interesting how they titled the third novel...LA GESTE DE KWASIN (THE GESTURE OF KWASIN?). Check it out at the link!»

The omnibus, Opar, Intégrale, will be released on 4 November 2016 by publisher Mnémos. The price is €35,00. See also Amazon.fr.
Received: Fantastic Universe Super Pack
11 Oct 2016
 
A few days ago I wrote about two new anthologies, that were published in August.
Today I received my copy of the first of these anthologies, Fantastic Universe Super Pack.
This book contains Philip José Farmer's story "They Twinkled Like Jewels".

It comes in a large trade paperback, 25×17,5 cm or 10×7 inches, with 30 stories, for a price of $14.99. Not all the stories are good, and not every included author is very well known, like Frederic Max, John Foster West, and George Edrich. But there are also several big names in the book, like Philip K. Dick, Poul Anderson, Harry Harrison, C. L. Moore, H. Beam Piper, and more.
All the stories were published in the 1950s in the magazine Fantastic Universe.

The anthology is available as ebook (Amazon, B&N) for only $1.99.
This publication doesn't twinkle
9 Oct 2016
 
It looks like another rip-off. To produce and sell a story, the novelette They Twinkled Like Jewels —that is free of rights— in a softcover chapbook of 28 pages, and ask for it a price of a mere $18.95.
It is the highest price of any of the chapbooks with this story.

Why are they, HardPress Publishing, doing this? Who are they doing a favor, but themselves?
Will anyone buy this chapbook? I'm not!

If you really want this story printed on paper you could better buy the trade paperback Fantastic Universe Super Pack, see below, for only $14.99. For that price you get many, many more stories!
Strangers No More
9 Oct 2016
 
Dover Publications will publish in February or March 2017 the anthology Strangers No More ('Tales of Alien Life by Science Fiction Masters'). The 'masters' are Isaac Asimov, Philip José Farmer, Clifford D. Simak, Marion Zimmer Bradley and more.

Amazon: «These spellbinding sci-fi tales of Martians and other extraterrestrials first appeared in the leading pulp magazines of the 1950s: Galaxy, Amazing Science Fiction, and Fantastic Universe. Nine groundbreaking selections include "Youth" by Isaac Asimov, "Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer, and "Year of the Big Thaw" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Includes atmospheric original illustrations.»
 

Strangers No More will be published in paperback, price $9.95, 192 pages, ISBN 978-0486795072.
Fantastic Universe Super Pack
8 Oct 2016
 
Last month I got the information from Fred Fischer (USA) that a new anthology was published in August. I immediately ordered a copy of the anthology, Fantastic Universe Super Pack, but till now did not receive my book. It contains the story "They Twinkled Like Jewels".

Also published in August is Fantastic Universe Super Pack #3, with Farmer's story "Rastignac the Devil". I ordered this one just now. I had not seen it before.


Both books are published by Positronic Publishing, in their series 'Fantastic Stories Presents', as trade paperbacks for $14.99 each.

Just received a few minutes ago a note from Amazon that my copy of Fantastic Universe Super Pack is on its way to me.
Earlier news

New Publications
In 2017
 
March



The Adventure of the Fallen Stone
by Win Scott Eckert
(chapbook)
 
 
February



La Nuit de la lumière
 
 
January



The God Business
 
In 2016
 
November



Opar
 
 
July



Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, The Masked Man Meets an English Gentleman
by Win Scott Eckert
(chapbook)
 
 
July



Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra
by Josh Reynolds
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
July



Blood of Ancient Opar
by Christopher Paul Carey
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
July



Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
June

They Twinkled Like Jewels
 
 
March



Le Monde du fleuve
 
 
January



The Green Odyssey
 
In 2015
 
December



The Song of Kwasin
(hardcover & trade paperback)
 
 
December



The Scarlet Jaguar
by Win Scott Eckert
 
 
August



Exiles of Kho
by Christopher Paul Carey
 
 
August



Hadon, King of Opar
by Christopher Paul Carey
(hardcover and trade paperback)
 
 
August



Flight to Opar
(hardcover & trade paperback)
 

March



Rastignac the Devi
 
 
March



Le Cœur Noir du Temps
(The Dark Heart of Time)
 

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Forthcoming Books

The Best of Farmerphile
Anthology with the best works from the fanzine. Published in the Summer of 2017.
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The Worlds of Philip José Farmer, Volume 5 will be published in 2018 ?.
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Meteor House will publish The Monster on Hold, written by Farmer & Win Scott Eckert, in the summer of 2018.
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Christopher Paul Carey will write a trilogy about Kôr, son of Hadon of Opar. To be published in 2017-2018 by Meteor House.
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Up From the Bottomless Pit from Meteor House.

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