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FarmerCon XIV / PulpFest 2019
11 Jul 2019
Only a month away and FarmerCon XIV will take place. And as in the previous years again in conjunction with PulpFest. The convention will be held in the weekend of August 15-18, 2019 in Pittsburgh.
I won't be able to attend.

Of the program in this weekend (see here or here) is only one item for the FarmerCon attendees: FarmerCon XIV: Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences (panel, moderated by Paul Spiteri).
See more information about this item on the PulpFest 2019 site.

If you want to join FarmerCon XIV you have to send an email to Mike Croteau, and also register with PulpFest.
Everyone who attends, have a great time!

Cover announcement for Greatheart Silver
12 Jun 2019
Two months ago came the announcement from Meteor House of the new collection Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes. This time they announced the cover.

The nice cover design is done by Keith Howell.

Table of Contents:
- Introduction, by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.
- "Greatheart Silver"
- "The Return of Greatheart Silver"
- "Greatheart Silver in the First Command"
- "The Grant Robeson Papers" (foreword)
- "Savage Shadow"
- "Skinburn"

There are other pulp hero stories, like "Doc Savage and the Cult of the Blue God" and "Extracts from the Memoirs of "Lord Greystoke"", that aren't included in this collection.

Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes will be released in hardcover at FarmerCon XIV, August 15-18, in Pittsburgh. The price is $33, but if you preorder it with Meteor House you will get a $5 discount.

Four more books from France
28 May 2019
Online I discovered the following publications, and ordered them. Three covers for four books? Of the first I found two printings, both from 1975, with the same splashing cover.

1975 2007 2018

La jungle nue (A Feast Unknown)
The first publication of this edition was in April 1974. But, as it turned out after nearly forty-five years, was reprinted twice:
- Champ Libre, January 1975, 2nd printing,
- Champ Libre, October 1975, 3rd printing.

Les amants étrangers (The Lovers)
The first printing of this book was published in January 2007, and it was reprinted with the same cover:
- Gallimard, July 2007, 2nd printing.

Le bateau fabuleux (The Fabulous Riverboat)
The publisher keeps this novel in print:
- Le Livre de Poche, November 2018, 10th printing.

Nice photo of the Farmers
27 May 2019
I was very much surprised some days ago to receive an envelop with a photo of Philip José Farmer and his wife, Bette Farmer. The photo is signed by both on the back. There is no information about the photographer, or the reason why, where, or when this picture was made. It is not dated, but my guess is —based on comparing it with other photos of the two— that it is from about 1993.

The sender of the photo, Fred Fischer (US), neither has any information about the picture. He received it a while back from someone who sold him a Farmer book online.
Many thanks for this nice photo Fred!

Farmer Sales on U.S. EBAY
20 May 2019
From Fred Fischer (US) I received an e-mail with a link to a web page on 'Euro Sports Network', with a blog entry of May 1, 2019 called: "Voices Against Time, Ebay Nationalism Part 3". The blog was written by GithYankee.

Fred writes: «My notion is that the author of the chart is trying to use it as an example of proof that the new movement towards diversity in science fiction authorship is doomed.  I guess this argument is part of the brouhaha that the Hugo Awards or perhaps their nominations and the nomination process were embroiled in a few years ago. Maybe it continues?»

The chart shows the Pringle Science Fiction 100 list of bestselling authors. Given are the names, ethnicity, orientation, gender, top 10 sales, and finally 'Last 90 days units'.
I'm not interested in the diversity issue of this blog. That's why I only took part of the chart with the first 16 names. The 16th is that of Farmer.

Author Top 10 Sales Last 90 days units
Herbert, Frank $11,796.00 981
Orwell, George $7,941.00 1368
Bradbury, Ray $7,410.00 1374
Wolfe, Gene $7,122.00 199
Moorcock, Michael $5,612.00 421
Asimov, Isaac $5,068.00 1304
Dick, Philip K. $4,796.00 980
Heinlein, Robert $4,645.00 681
Vonnegut, Kurt $3,917.00 1039
Clarke, Arthur $3,261.00 545
Burgess, Anthony $3,037.00 203
Burroughs, William S. $2,692.00 288
Le Guin, Ursula $2,389.00 407
Leiber, Fritz $1,994.00 191
Gibson, William $1,931.00 229
Farmer, Philip Jose $1,540.00 183

The only reason to show this chart is to give you an idea how PJF is doing in comparison with the other authors of the Pringle Science Fiction 100 list.
If you are interested in the blog or the complete chart follow this link.

History of the Hugos
30 Apr 2019
Jo Walton's earlier posts for Tor.com about the Hugo finalists have been gathered in the book An Informal History of the Hugos (A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000).

As Farmer had won three Hugo Awards and three Nominations during his career I was curious what Jo Walton, or any of the other contributors, had to say about him. It is less than I expected, and hoped for.

1953 - Winner: Best New Author or Artist
A very short piece, about that Farmer wouldn't have been eligible by today's Campbell rules. He had  been publishing for longer than two years. (That was only one non-sf story in 1946.)

1960 - Nominee: "The Alley Man"
A comment by Rich Horton that this story was quite good.

1961 - Nominee: "Open to Me, My Sister"
Rich Horton: «The Farmer has a good reputation, but I've never read it, and I don't usually like Farmer as much as others do.»

1966 - Nominee: "Day of the Great Shout"
Jo Walton about all the nominees in the 'Best Short Fiction': «Great selection, good choice.»

1968 - Winner: "Riders of the Purple Wage"
Jo Walton: «You couldn't ask for two more different winners, but they are both wonderful in their own ways.»
Gardner Dozois: «...I never liked either the much-overhyped Riders of the Purple Wage or Weyr Search.» (the other winner).
Rich Horton: «I enjoyed the two novella winners in their way, Weyr Search probably more back then, and I don't think they are bad stories, but neither would get my vote.»

1972 - Winner: To Your Scattered Bodies Go
Jo Walton describes in short the story line, and writes: «It's a great book, and if the sequels are less great, it's only because no explanation can possibly live up to that premise. I loved this book with wild enthusiasm when I was a teenager, and it will always have a place in my heart. I think it's a fine Hugo winner.»

With most of the nearly 50 years there is review of the winner's novel, but that is not the case with To Your Scattered Bodies Go. A bit disappointing.
Nevertheless, it's a great reference work if you're curious about the Hugo Awards history, and you might read in it about an interesting work you've not yet read. Publisher is Tor, ISBN 978-0-7653-7908-5 and the price $31.99.

Announcement from Meteor House
5 Apr 2019
The small publisher Meteor House, owned by Michael Croteau, brings since 2010 every year new collections of stories, new books, or new editions of previous published works. Nearly all of these works are by or in relation to Philip José Farmer.
And as always these books are released at the FarmerCon of that year. That will be no different this year, with the new collection Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes.
The cover at left is that of the first Greatheart Silver collection in 1982. The new cover is not yet shown.

From Meteor House:
Philip José Farmer had a life-long love affair with the pulps he read in his youth. They influenced nearly everything he wrote, but in the 1970s he paid special tribute to them with several stories. Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes collects these stories for the first time in hardcover! This collection also features an introduction by college professor and pulp historian, Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D., and artwork by Keith Howell!

Table of Contents:
- Introduction
- Greatheart Silver
- The Return of Greatheart Silver
- Greatheart Silver in the First Command
- The Grant Robeson Papers
- Savage Shadow
- Skinburn

Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes will debut at FarmerCon XIV this coming August. The hardcover price is $33, but if you preorder it now you will get a $5 discount.
Earlier news

New Publications
In 2018

Le bateau fabuleux

Le Monde du Fleuve

The Philip José Farmer
Centennial Collection

(deluxe hardcover)

The Philip José Farmer
Centennial Collection


The Philip José Farmer
Centennial Collection

(trade paperback)


Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time
(hardcover and trade paperback)


Le Noir Dessein

Thoan, la saga des Hommes-Dieux
In 2017

The Best of Farmerphile
edited by Michael Croteau

The Best of Farmerphile
edited by Michael Croteau
(trade paperback)

Man of War
by Heidi Ruby Miller
(hardcover and trade paperback)

Древняя Африка
(Russian omnibus)

The Adventure of the Fallen Stone
by Win Scott Eckert

La Nuit de la lumière

The God Business

All New Publications in:
2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005

Forthcoming Books

Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes, a collection of stories. From Meteor House, in August 2019.

The following are not yet confirmed, but these titles are mentioned in the past years. All from Meteor House:

The Monster on Hold, written by Farmer & Win Scott Eckert, in the summer of 2019 (?).

Christopher Paul Carey will write a trilogy about Kôr, son of Hadon of Opar. Might be published in 2019-2020 (?).

Up From the Bottomless Pit 
No further info yet.