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Zacharias L.A. Nuninga

Riverworld box 1980
31 Jul 2020
It took me many years to get a copy of the box Philip José Farmer's Fabulous Riverworld (09/1980) with the first three novels of the Riverworld series and the collection with one Riverworld story.

When I finally found a copy for sale of the box I also saw a second copy offered to my big surprise. I almost tended to order them both, but I could just hold back.
Publisher Berkley filled the boxes with copies of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, The Fabulous Riverboat, The Dark Design, and Riverworld and Other Stories.
The contents of the boxes are the same, but the printings of the included books may vary.

The box has no ISBN or price printed on it, but I received from someone the ISBN 0-425-04820-9.

The contents of the second Berkley box, The Complete Riverworld Novels (10/1981), may even more vary. It also caused some confusion. because there is no 20th printing of Scattered Bodies and no 19th printing of Fabulous Riverboat to be found. My guess is that an extra print run was made of the 19th of the first and of the 18th of the second title for inclusion in the boxes. The printing number and date was not changed, but these extra print runs were counted with the new printings after that. Of The Dark Design is one of the two 8th printings with different dates included.

Two more older fanzines
25 Jun 2020
As I wrote before several more items were on its way to me. Two of the items are older fanzines, one from 1957 and the other from 1964. They were received this week.

Two also ordered books were sent back. One back to France by me, because I got the wrong printing as was advertised by the book dealer. The other was sent back to Germany by the post office, because my address was not complete on the envelop. That seller will send it to me again, with the full address this time he promised.
I still have to receive more books, but the shipments take longer than usually because of the Covid-19 problems.

Brian McCabe

Richard Bergeron

The fanzine Skyhook #24, Summer 1957, contains a long letter by Philip José Farmer. In it Phil praises the previous issue and its contents, and made a remark on an error made in Farmer's in that issue published poem "Black Squirrel on Cottonwood Limb's Trip".
You can read this letter online at The Official Philip José Farmer Web Page.

In the fanzine Zenith Speculation #7, December 1964, Charles Platt wrote a critical essay, "The Strange Relations of Philip José Farmer", in which he explores the biological ideas Farmer used in some novels and stories. The cover by Brian McCabe illustrates Farmer's novel Flesh.
By the way, the editor of Zenith Speculation, Peter R. Weston, changed the fanzine's title in 1966 to only Speculation.

Newly received books and a fanzine
13 Jun 2020
Some time ago, in February this year, I wrote I could stop collecting as I had received the last missing first printing in my collection, that of The Green Odyssey (1957). Yes, it was the last first printing I was looking for, but not the last item of his work.
The past couple of weeks I received these books and a fanzine, and more are still on its way to me. Most of the newly received ones were already included in the bibliography, but two are 'new' on these pages.

The items are as follows.
A Czech book from Slovakia:
From France:
From Germany:
From Israel:
From Italy:
From Lithuania:
An UK fanzine from the US:

A letter in The Patchin Review
10 Jun 2020
Charles Platt published in the period 1981-1985 seven issues of his fanzine The Patchin Review (The inside guide to science fiction).
«Because I lived in New York City, and knew all the editors, and also knew most of the writers in the United States and Britain, I felt I was in a position to publish a small magazine of commentary that would be frank about the changes that were occurring and could agitate against some of them. That was my intention in The Patchin Review. I also decided to have some fun by publishing a self-satirical gossip column.», writes Charles Platt in his new introduction for The Complete Patchin Review (2019).

«Right from the start, it caused endless trouble for me.» he writes in the same introduction.

In The Patschin Review Issue #7, the Final Issue, of March 1985 Philip José Farmer wrote a letter, about some of his 'guilty pleasures', his favorite writers, and about the outline he wrote for a novel titled Wild and Weird Clime.

In Issue #5 came the announcement «Also coming up, I hope, will be an article by Philip José Farmer in defense of fantasy», but this one wasn't published, alas.

Ansible Editions published in 2019 all seven issues in The Complete Patschin Review as a free ebook.

Thanks Willem Hettinga for sending me this information!

More ebooks in the US and Germany
27 May 2020
Meteor House, a publisher's name which you can see regularly on these pages, recently released the ebook of Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday. This novel is written by Philip José Farmer and co-authored by his grand nephew Danny Adams.
Originally published in a limited hardcover edition, and in a trade paperback, the novel is now available for $ 2.99 via Amazon or BN. If you haven't the printed version yet, then I recommend you to buy the ebook. It is a great novel!

Publisher Heyne in Germany released in December 2016 the ebook of the omnibus Fleisch. The omnibus had seen eight printings from Heyne since its first publication in 1989. It contains three novels: Die Verkörperung des Bösen (The Image of the Beast), Außer Atem (Blown) and Fleisch (Flesh).
The price for the ebook is € 9,99 or $ 11.99 in the US.

Alan Green visits Duchess Zuni in Poland
24 May 2020
Earlier, in October 2019, was the Spanish edition released. This time there will be a Polish edition of Farmer's first book, The Green Odyssey (1957).

Publisher Stalker Books will publish in August 2020 the Polish translation, Odyseja Greena, in their series 'Klasycy amerykańskiej SF' (American SF classics).
The paperback with 240 pages will sell for Zł 33,99 (about € 7,50), and has ISBN 9788366280601.

This novel is in the public domain and it has since seen several publications in the US, at least 13, for prices of 'for free' (download) till $ 25 for a hardcover.
See the book page for this.

A Rough Knight for the Queen
29 Apr 2020
Meteor House announced another book for release this year, A Rough Knight for the Queen, a non-fiction work:

Trade paperback

«Philip José Farmer fans know that he was fascinated with 19th century explorer and author Sir Richard Francis Burton. Farmer made Burton the protagonist of the Hugo winning novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book in the Riverworld series. In Gods of Riverworld, the final book in the series, Peter Jairus Frigate (Farmer’s fictional stand in) said that he had written a biography of Richard Burton...

Now Meteor House brings you Farmer’s 26,000 word biography of Burton in both an affordable trade paperback and in a signed limited hardcover. Both editions feature introductory material by Mick Walton (author of Sir Richard Burton and His Circle), Mark Hodder (author of the Burton and Swinburne novels) and Paul Spiteri (editor of Pearls from Peoria). The hardcover limited edition will be signed by Walton, Hodder, Spiteri, and cover artist Charles Berlin.».

The price of the trade paperback is $15, and of the signed limited edition hardcover $40.

The print run of the hardcover limited edition will be determined by the number of preorders. This means the majority of hardcovers will be sold before the book is even printed, so preorder your copy today!

Signed limited hardcover

The books will be released in August 2020.

The biography "A Rough Knight for the Queen" was only once published before, in the collection Pearls from Peoria (2006).

Erotic Gas of Dream Makers
19 Apr 2020
On at least two occasions in the past Philip José Farmer and Charles Platt met each other. In May 1979, forty-one years ago, Platt interviewed Farmer. This interview, simply titled "Philip José Farmer", and a lot of others Platt had conducted, were published in the US by Berkley Books as Dream Makers (1980). In the same year it was published in the UK by Savoy Books as Who Writes Science Fiction?
The book was translated in German in 1982. It got published in a revised hardcover edition in the UK by Xanadu (1986) and in the US by Unger (1987).

I just discovered that it also was republished in the US by The Stairway Press in April 2014 as trade paperback and ebook.
And in December 2017 as ebook by Gateway in the UK. Originally published in two volumes, the profiles collected in the Gateway ebook have been specially updated with afterwords written in 2017.

But this is not the only publication from Charles Platt, with a contribution by Philip José Farmer, that UK publisher Gateway released as ebook. Platt wrote in 1969 a pornographic novel, The Gas, that was originally intended for publication by Essex House, but they stopped. It was then published in the US by Ophelia Press (1970) and later by Loompanics Unlimited (1995).

Publisher Savoy Books wanted to release it in 1980 in the UK. Farmer wrote a "Foreword" for this edition. Alas most of the print run of this edition was destroyed by the authorities.
in December 2017 the book was released as ebook by Gateway. Including Farmer's foreword. In a complete new "Introduction: Repulsive and Unpublishable" Charles Platt describes all the problems this book has had in the US and the UK before and after it got published.

The Gas was translated into German and published three times. Two of the publications, both with Farmer's foreword, are limited editions only, with a signature by Platt. It is the only translation I know of.

The Captain's Daughter in Japan
15 Apr 2020
From Amazon.jp is an anthology on its way to me, 最初の接触 (First Contact). It was published by Hayakawa in May 2019 and includes seven stories by Murray Leinster, John Wyndham, James Blish, James White, Damon Knight, Poul Anderson, and by Philip José Farmer.
Phil Farmer's story is "キャプテン の娘" ("The Captain's Daughter" a.k.a. "Strange Compulsion"), which was published before in September 1968 in the Japanese S-F Magazine.

While I was sniffing online at Japanese web pages I also found and bought the first four books in The World of Tiers series. Three of them are first editions that were already known in the Bibliography. One of them, 階 層宇宙の創造者 (The Maker of Universes), is an undated later yet unknown printing. Maybe a second printing, with a different price (¥ 320).

And finally I bought the Japanese first printing of The Fabulous Riverboat (わが夢のリバーボート). It was already known on these pages.

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer in Iran
2 Apr 2020
In the Iran year 1397 released publisher Drop a Persian translation of The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, with the title:
شرلوک هولمز و نجیب زاده ی بی همتا.
This title translates like: Sherlock Holmes and the Unmatched Gentleman. The transliteration of the Persian title isn't easy to speak out loud: Shrlwk Hwlmz w njyb zadh y by hmta.

According to our calendar the book was published in December 2018. The price of 140,000 real looks extreme, but it is only about $3.50. The novella was published as written by John H. Watson.
See this Iran bookpage.

With this first Persian translation Farmer's books now have been translated in 32 countries, witch brings the total number of countries that released Farmer's work —including the US, UK, Canada and Australia— to 36.

First Bulgarian editions in my collection
16 Mar 2020
As you might know by now I try to collect all editions worldwide of Philip José Farmer's work. Including all the reprints of his books. The collection now includes about 1350 editions and printings of Farmer's books. I'm still looking for about 200 known editions and reprints.
Next to his books I also collect all anthologies, magazines and fanzines, and his non-fiction work as well as the non-fiction written about him.
The collection grows and grows every year. But till now I hadn't found any of the Bulgarian editions for sale. There were seven books I was looking for, but recently I found four of them online at a Bulgarian book shop. Thanks for the service Zhivka Zhelyazkova!

The four books are:
There are still three more novels, in The World of Tiers series, that I am looking for. See the index of Bulgarian books.
Only the first two books in the Riverworld series were translated.

French ghost editions
14 Mar 2020
For years I had two French books in the International Bibliography of which I wasn't sure they really exist. Both come from the French publisher Pocket (or Presses Pocket). I have searched for them for many years, but never found proof that they really exist. I haven't been able to find or buy them in all these years.

Les murs de la Terre
First is the December 1997 French edition of Behind the Walls of Terra, Les murs de la Terre. I found an online reference to this one years ago, but that was all. I hoped to be able to purchase a copy in due time, but no. The shown cover is of the 1995 reprint.

Le privé du cosmos
The second one is the March 1992 French edition of Venus on the Half-Shell, Le privé du cosmos. There is still an online link to this one in the French bibliography NooSFere. But not any actual proof that it exists, neither anywhere else on the net. The shown cover is of the 1988 first printing.

Because I never in the past 20+ years found copies of these books I entered both on the page 'Ghost editions' (see here and here). I do not believe they really exist. They may have been announced for release, but never published.
On both book pages are the ghost editions still to be seen, with an explanatory note. In due time they will vanish from those pages.

Up from the Bottomless Pit cover revealed
10 Mar 2020
There was an entry here on February 1 this year, about the forthcoming book from Meteor House, Up from the Bottomless Pit. This week the cover was revealed, drawn by Keith Howell.
The novel will have a foreword by Christopher Paul Carey, and an introduction by award winning environmental writer Sharman Apt Russell.

Originally this novel was announced for a publication in 1975 by Ballantine Books with the title The Dragon's Breath. But Ballantine / Del Rey didn't like the novel, and neither the asked for rewrite. Farmer wrote another novel for them instead, Dark is the Sun.

This novel was published before in the fanzine Farmerphile, in ten parts (2005-2007). It was included in the collection Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories, published by Subterranean Press in 2007 in two expensive limited editions.
Meteor House will bring the first trade paperback edition with an affordable price. You can preorder it now, it will be shipped in August 2020.

Cover again by Manchu
23 Feb 2020
French publisher Le Livre de Poche released in 2012 the 8th reprint of Le labyrinthe magique (The Magic Labyrinth). The cover illustration of that one was from National Geographic/ Getty Images, a total different one than the earlier printings. Usually the publisher uses the same cover illustration on all printings.

I just discovered the 9th printing, published in 2015. In this case the original illustration by Manchu has been used again. See left.
It's hard to find online the different printings of a title. Book dealers often only give the publication year of the first printing, even with reprints.
The newly discovered book has been added on the book page.

Finally my own copy
16 Feb 2020
For a very long period of time I still was missing a first hardcover edition of The Green Odyssey. It was published by Ballantine Books in 1957, many years before I started reading science fiction, and even more years before I started collecting all the novels and stories written by Philip José Farmer.
I started collecting the US publications in 1973 with snail mail orders to Richard Witter (F&SF Book Co.) in New York. One of my first orders were copies of the original hardcover editions of To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat (1971).
I received the second one, but Scattered Bodies was just out of print, alas. I bought it several years ago for more than hundred times the original price.

A copy of the original edition of The Green Odyssey was nowhere to be found, at least not for reasonable prices. It wasn't always easy to get the catalogs from second hand book sellers. Mind you, this was the pre-internet time.
Once there was internet one could check the online dealers, and I saw the book at Abebooks for about a thousand times the original price, from 2000 till 2500 dollars and more.
The last time I checked Abebooks the prices ranged from $2.250 till the huge amount of $9.500 for a clean copy. Most of the small print-run of the hardcover went to (military) libraries. Clean copies are very scarce also, and very expensive. This particular book is one of the scarcest titles in the Ballantine hardcover series.

But recently I found online a copy for sale for a very reasonable price. Not a clean copy, but an ex-library one in a reasonable good condition. See the picture above.
Finally my collection of Farmers first editions is complete, I now can stop collecting...

Japanese sience fiction magazines
5 Feb 2020
Last November I ordered and received seven books from a Japanese web shop. That went very smoothly. So I looked again but did not see yet any of the other missing books in my collection.
But I discovered that the web shop also has a huge collection of Japanese magazines for sale. It took me a while to check them all, and I found eleven science fiction magazines that I wanted. Most of them are issues of the S-F Magazine (S-F マガジン).

The issues, and the stories in it are:
I added and corrected some data with these publications.

Up from the Bottomless Pit
1 Feb 2020
A new announcement from Meteor House of a forthcoming book:

«Philip José Farmer’s Up from the Bottomless Pit, originally written in the late 1970s with the working title The Dragon’s Breath, is a near-mainstream novel about the ultimate ecological nightmare. Set in an alternate/near future 1970s, Up from the Bottomless Pit tells of a world so ravenous in its desire for oil that it has thrown caution to the wind. Using an experimental deep-water laser drill off the California coast, humankind burns a hole through the ocean floor only to unleash a deadly torrent that initially threatens the greater Los Angeles area, but quickly escalates to a catastrophe of worldwide proportions with the potential to wipe out all life on the planet.

This is the Farmer novel you’ve heard about but never got to read! Now, available for the first time ever in a trade paperback edition, you can get Up from the Bottomless Pit for only $20 (+shipping).»

This novel was published before in ten issues of the fanzine Farmerphile (2005-2007).  In 2007 it was included in the collection Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories, published in expensive hardcover ($125 or $300) by Subterranean Press.
The above illustration is one of many by Keith Howell, used in these publications.

Go to the website of Meteor House to preorder your copy. Books will be shipped to you in August 2020 right after FarmerCon XV.

La odisea de Green
1 Feb 2020
In October 2019 the Spanish publisher 'La biblioteca del laberinto' released the first Spanish translation —62 years after its original publication— of The Green Odyssey. It is published in their series Delirio Ciencia Ficción, #130, with the title La odisea de Green.

The cover illustration is the same uncredited one as with the first hardcover publication by Ballantine Books in 1957.

The book starts with an essay by David Pringle and John Clute, that was published before in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. It is also publshed with permission of the authors on this website, as "The Most Anarchic SF Writer".
In the Spanish edition the same, translated, title is used: "El excritor más anárquico de la ciencia ficción".
The essay is illustrated with some photos of Phil and also with several book covers.

Philip José Farmer Day
26 Jan 2020

Unknown artist.

January 26. 1918

Latest additions to my PJF collection
24 Jan 2020
In December 2019 and this month, January 2020, I received three foreign publications with stories by Philip José Farmer. They were mentioned earlier on this page, but I did not have the publications myself yet. I try to buy every publication worldwide for my already very huge Farmer collection.
Often I get very nice responses from the sellers when I explain the reason why I want to buy the book or magazine, in a language I do not understand. Always referring to this website. From a Czech book shop I got: «Your website is fine and interesting.»

The new publications are:
  • Japan: Dangerous Visions 1 (危険なヴィジョン 1)
  • Romania: Dangerous Visions (Viziuni periculoase)
  • Czech Republic: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
The first two books, from Japan and Romania, contain "Riders of the Purple Wage". The Czech version of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction contains the novelette "A Scarletin Study", published under the pseudonym Jonathan Swift Somers III.
I had to correct some of the information that already was included.

Tying the world together
31 Dec 2019
«Philip Jose Farmer was tapping into something powerful when he had Doc Savage and Tarzan literally cross cocks that one time, and we're not just talking about the obvious throbbing members.

Farmer's A Feast Unknown brought together the two pulp heroes under legal-friendly aliases and is still a ridiculously entertaining action romp, 45 years after it was published in 1970. It's just a tiny slice in Farmer's massive bibliography, but it's one of the most crucial, and most fun.

The fun is self-evident, with the adventure icons racing through a fevered fight against the usual mysterious and vast global conspiracy, while all their clothes fall off. But the importance is seriously under-stated, because Farmer was playing around with some big, culture-defining ideas decades ago, and the mainstream pop world is only just catching up.»

The above intro is by Bob Temuka in his very interesting blog posted some years ago on the website "The Tearoom of Despair", where you can read the full essay
. Bob also mentions Farmer's other work.

Dangerous Visions in Romania
9 Dec 2019
The 105th publication of Farmer's Hugo Award winning story, "Riders of the Purple Wage", was added on the story page.
This time it is the Romanian translation, "Călăreții salariului de purpură sau Marea îndopare", published in the collection Viziuni periculoase (2013). Which is a translation of the complete volume Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison.

"Riders of the Purple Wage" is with 105 publications the most printed of Farmer's stories.
Followed by the novelette "Mother" with 97 publications, and the short story "Sail On! Sail On!" with 80 publications.

Dangerous Visions in Japan
20 Nov 2019
The Japanese publisher Hayakawa published in December 1983 the first part of the collection Dangerous Visions (1967), edited by Harlan Ellison. The Japanese title is 危険なヴィジョン 1.
Parts 2 and 3 were not published in Japan at that time.
The original book and the Japanese translation in book 1 contain Farmer's story "Riders of the Purple Wage" (" 紫年金の遊蕩者たち").

After nearly 36 years, in June 2019, Hayakawa published the first book again, in a revised version with new translations. This time Hayakawa will also publish books 2 and 3 of Dangerous Visions.

The story is now titled "紫 綬褒金の騎手たち、または大いなる強制飼養".
If you wish you can order the book from Amazon (ISBN 978-4-15-012234-8).

Seven books from Japan
17 Nov 2019
Last week I discovered a Japanese web shop that had several Phil Farmer books for sale. I ordered seven of them and received the books within a week. Till now I had only been able sparsely buying single books from Japan, if at all.

The seven books shown above are:
When I received the paperbacks I discovered that five of them are not first printings, although they look the same. That are the first five of the above list. These are later, undated reprints. The copyright pages are the same as with the first printings, they only mention the publication date of the first printing.
The only difference between the printings is the new price, printed on the spine and the back cover.

The Alley God, cover by Richard Powers
16 Oct 2019
Online I saw this picture on the website '70s Sci-Fi Art'. It is the cover art by Richard Powers for Philip José Farmer's collection The Alley God, a paperback published in 1962 by Ballantine Books.

It is typical cover art for that period of time, and I liked it —and still like it— very much. It is not illustrating any of the three included stories, "The Alley Man" , "The Captain's Daughter" and "The God Business", as far as I remember. But still a dark and strong picture.

The Stone God Awakens in Normal Bean
8 Oct 2019
The first part of Farmer's novel The Stone God Awakens was drawn and published as an underground comic in the 1980s. The artist was Roland Trenary, and he published the serialization in the issues #1 till #5 of his fanzine Normal Bean. In the Preview issue he published a poster, as he did also in the last issue, Number 6, of Normal Bean.
With part five of the story we see at the end "To be continued...in Normal Bean". But further installments were not published. The fanzine was discontinued.
It's a pity Trenary never finished the story.

It took me several years to find and buy the seven published issues of Normal Bean. Finally I could buy them from the publisher, Roland Trenary, himself.
When I received them, many years ago, I didn't have the time to add the information in this PJF Bibliography. The issues were laid aside for later inclusion, but —much to my shame— I did forget to do just that.

It was an email from Dan Getz (US) that reminded me recently of my omission. He asked me if I needed scans of the seven covers. I had to search for the issues where I had stored them in my huge Farmer collection. Of course I found them and added the missing information on the page Miscellany.
Many thanks for the reminder Dan!

If you want to read a recent, September 30, 2019, and interesting review of the novel The Stone God Awakens you can go to MPorcius Fiction Log: «...So, I've got a lot of complaints, but the idea of a guy being turned into a statue and being revered by a long succession of societies is a cool idea, and Farmer does serve up some fun monsters and weirdos, so I'm giving this one a mild recommendation...»

Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe
20 Sep 2019
Farmer's Tarzan novel, Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, entered the 'Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe'.

Meteor House, the publisher, had this news on their website:
«We were so thrilled when Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced at the ERB panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2019 that certain previously published authorized Burroughs novels by other writers —specifically Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time and Fritz Leiber’s Tarzan and the Valley of Gold— are considered official canonical novels in terms of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™ (ERBU), that we immediately asked ERB, Inc. if we could add the ERBU logo to our next printings of Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time.

With an enthusiastic “yes” from ERB, Inc. in response, we quickly ordered a new run of hardcovers. Softcovers won’t have the new logo until we sell through our current stock, and ebooks will be updated with the new logo soon.»
The second state dustjacket has been added on the book page.

The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe will be expanded with a new series of canonical novels in 2020. See the ERB Universe website.
We see new novels by the well known names Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey for instance!

FarmerCon XIV program book
8 Sep 2019
Every year Michael Croteau makes a small program book for the FarmerCons. They are for free for the attendees. And like the previous years Mike sent me a copy too, this time of FarmerCon XIV, held on August 15-18, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. Thanks Mike!

Every year there are some new items and reprints of older and rare material.
New this time are some anecdotes by Garyn G. Roberts, two drawings of R'li by Don Simpson, and an essay about Farmer's heroes by Paul Spiteri.

Reprints are a foreword and an afterword, both by Philip José Farmer. One of them is also included in the collection, mentioned in the previous entry.

The Mad Fokker Struck Again
7 Sep 2019
The above title is the first line in the Greatheart Silver stories. Thus starts a very funny series of stories, full with action and old great pulp heroes.
I loved the stories very much when I read them back in the 1970s, and again when they were published in novel form, as Greatheart Silver, by Tor Books in paperback in 1982.

It was high time to have these stories printed again!
And that is what Meteor House did with the new collection in a very beautiful hardcover, Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes.

Not only the three Greatheart Silver stories were included, but also two other 'pulp' stories, "Savage Shadow" and "Skinburn". Both these stories were intended to be the first in their own series of stories, but, alas, Farmer never came to write more.

Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D. wrote a very interesting introduction for this book, "Fibers of Pulpwood Ran in His Blood" (subtitled: "Philip José Farmer in the 1970s"): «...Farmer consumed pulp fiction from the time of his childhood between the two world wars until his passing in the early twenty-first century. At the end of the pulp era, Philip José Farmer was a bright light in the fading medium...»

Enough said, I think it is time to read and enjoy these stories again!

The Spirit of Science Fiction by Roberto Bolaño
30 Aug 2019
"The most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation" wrote The New York Times on 20 December 2012. Roberto Bolaño was praised for the eleven novels he wrote. He was only 50 years old when he died on July 15, 2003.

The Spirit of Science Fiction (El espíritu de la ciencia-ficción in Spanish) was completed by Bolaño in approximately 1984. It was published posthumously in Spanish in 2016 and in English in 2019. The novel is seen by many as an ur-text to The Savage Detectives, another of his novels, "populated with precursory character sketches and situations" and centering on the activities of young poets and writers living in Mexico City.

In the novel Bolaño published several letters of admiration to American science fiction writers, one of them to Philip José Farmer. He shared the same ideas about the use of sex in science fiction. Bolaño proposes several ideas about this in his letter: «In each story, there should be at least one sexual act.»

Alas Farmer never saw this letter, although he would have liked it very much in my opinion.
But Fred Fischer (US) bought and read the book and did see the letter. It prompted him to write an interesting essay about this, with the complete text of the letter to Farmer for which Fred and I got permission from Penguin Press. You can read the essay here on the site.

(The shown covers are of the first Spanish edition, 2016, and of the English translation, published in the UK by Picador, 2019.)

Campbell Award Renamed
29 Aug 2019
Locus, the Magazine of the Science Fiction Field, had on August 27, 2019 a news item about the renaming of the Campbell Award.
Jeannette Ng, winner of this year's Campbell Award, started a discussion about its name:
«John W. Campbell, for whom this award was named, was a fascist. Through his editorial control of Astounding Science Fiction, he is responsible for setting a tone of science fiction that still haunts the genre to this day. Sterile. Male. White. Exalting in the ambitions of imperialists and colonisers, settlers and industrialists. Yes, I am aware there are exceptions.»
The award's name changed to "The Astounding Award for Best New Writer".

In 1954 Farmer already was very critical about Campbell. He calls to Mr. Campbell to dare to publish more interesting and literary stories as he was publishing at the time in Astounding. And to open up Astounding to new types of ideas and for allowing his writers to use more mainstream techniques.
Farmer wrote this in his essay "Parables are Pablum: A Reply to Mr. Farmer, a Letter to Mr. Campbell" in the fanzine Skyhook #23.

«Farmer is applauding from the grave», writes Fred Fischer (US) in his e-mail to me. I fully agree!

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 2019

La odisea de Green

Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes
In 2018

شرلوک هولمز و نجیب زاده ی بی همتا

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

Up From the Bottomless Pit
Meteor House, August 2020.

A Rough Knight for the Queen, a biography of Richard Burton.
Meteor House, August 2020.

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  2021 -  2022 (?).

Christopher Paul Carey will maybe write a trilogy about Kôr, son of Hadon of Opar. Might be published in 2021 - 2022 (?).