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Limited deluxe hardcover edition
10 Oct 2018
 
The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection in the limited deluxe, lettered and signed edition, was received today. There are only 52 lettered copies of this collection, lettered A-Z and AA-ZZ. All of the five contributors, of which I'm one, have signed the books.


It is a very beautiful edition. Both end papers have a two page color illustration, the front end pages with the cover of the trade paperback and the back end pages with the cover of the trade hardcover.
I have entered it on the book page and the contents on their own pages.

One of the stories in the book is "The Last Rise of Nick Adams".
I had to check it if the previous missing piece is inserted in the text. It is this time!

There now are four different versions of the story:
- "The Impotency of Bad Karma", the original publication;
- "The Last Rise of Nick Adams", a somewhat rewritten version that misses a piece of the original text;
- "Up, Out and Over, Roger", an early, previously unpublished, version;
- "The Last Rise of Nick Adams", the somewhat rewritten version that includes the previous missing piece.
See the story page and this entry in 2011 for more information.
Letters by Kilgore Trout and by Farmer
8 Oct 2018
 
It was puzzling for a while. I searched for issue #41 of the SFWA Forum, but found conflicting information. As it turned out, there are two issues that come with number 41. One of July 1975 and one of October 1975.

There would be a letter by Phil Farmer in issue #41, but in which one? Earlier I found the issue of October, but that one only had an open letter by Philip K. Dick addressed at Philip José Farmer.
See also the entry of August 12th this year.

Finally I found the correct issue #41 for sale, the one of July 1975. Much to my surprise it contains not only one letter by Farmer, but two. And also two letters by Farmer as Kilgore Trout.

The first letter by Trout is addressed at the editor of F&SF, Edward L. Ferman: «I wish to protest the publication of a badly mutilated version of my novel, Venus on the Half-Shell, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.» Trout goes on ranting, nearly two pages, about this and other mutilations of his work.
Farmer's first letter is to withdraw his earlier done nomination of Trout's Venus for the Nebula Award, because of Trout's wishes.

Then again an angry letter by Kilgore Trout, where he himself withdraws —for several reasons— his novel Venus on the Half-Shell from the Nebula Awards.
Trout: «I just read in the new Forum where that dunderhead, Farmer, recommended my Venus on the Half-Shell for the Nebula Award. Everybody knows he ain't got no taste, and his recommendation is no recommendation as far as I'm concerned.»
Both letters by Trout are very funny.

Lastly the second letter by Farmer, that starts with: «Who in hell invited Lem to be an honorary member of SFWA? This man has consistently expressed nothing but intense scorn, disgust, and contempt for almost all American s-f writers.»
Again, see also the entry of August 12th this year, about the dispute between Farmer and Lem.
Le Noir Dessein: the eight printing in France
22 Sep 2018
 
In France publisher Le Livre de Poche keeps reprinting Philip José Farmer's Riverworld books.

In July this year the eight printing of Le Noir Dessein (The Dark Design) was released.
The period between this and its previous printing is not as short as it used to be between printing, two or three years. This time it took eight years after the seventh printing.
But the publisher keeps them coming it seems.

The Riverworld books haven't been published in French as ebooks.
FarmerFan #1
16 Sep 2018
 
The debut issue of the fanzine FarmerFan was presented at FarmerCon 100/ PulpFest 2018. A fanzine in letter format (28×21,5cm).

It contains three essays, and a very short bibliography of the pulp publications.
But no introduction, and/or no editorial, explaining the why and how of this fanzine. Only a piece about the writers. What is its goal? How often will it be published?

The three essays are Farmer related, not really about or by Farmer. Two Wold Newton Universe (WNU) articles, and the third about the title numatenu in the Opar/Khokarsa series. Great researches, if you like these detailed explanations.


What did not impress me much about the fanzine are the unnumbered pages (80 of them), and a Table of Contents with only the titles, not the page numbers. The lay-out is not really attractive, it looks a bit like an old school paper. The text typed with 1.5 rule over the full width of the page. One of the essays, the one by Emmons, takes more than half of the fanzine this way, with 43 pages. Why is the text not in two columns and typed in 1 rule? Maybe in a bit smaller font?
Under each title are two book covers shown, but no further illustrations in the fanzine. Except for some ads.
No information in Number 1 if and when the next issue will appear. I sure hope that the lay-out of Number 2 will be more inviting.

This issue refers to the website farmerfan.com, but the site is not updated. One of the pages you can «Purchase or download issues of FarmerFan». You cannot.
FarmerCon 100 programs
11 Sep 2018
 
For FarmerCon 100, celebrating Farmer's 100th birthday, there were three programs made of 10 pages each. The covers of the three programs have a continuous cover illustration done by Keith Howell. Click on the picture to see it larger. I recognize most of the characters and items in the picture, except for three: the man and woman behind Farmer's left arm, and the woman in the second zero. Also the two black ravens or crows.



The three programs contain a few new pieces, essays by Darrell Schweitzer and Frank Schildiner, some reprinted material and a few excerpts. It also brings "A Brief History of FarmerCon", written by Leo Queequeg Tincrowder, a pseudonym Farmer had used. Why it was used now and by whom (Michael Croteau?) is unknown to me. I do not see the point why this pseudonym was used. The name of Tincrowder is spelled wrong, it is Tincrowdor.

Carrots or carats?
There were also small misspellings in The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection.
On page 232 is mentioned the story "Don't Wash the Carrots". You do have to wash the carrots before you can eat them, but in this case it should be the story "Don't Wash the Carats".
On page 471 we see 'Jonathan Somers Swift, III', as well as the name 'Jonathan Swift Somers III'. The second version is correct.
Wow, finally finished adding!
3 Sep 2018
 
It took me a long time to add all the 41 stories and 18 essays into the Bibliography. I had to make three new story pages for the three novel excerpts in The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection.

It was a lot of work these past weeks. But what a massive collection this is! Huge, beautiful, interesting and greatly done. With a very nice wraparound cover illustration—for both the hardcover dustjacket as the trade paperback cover—by Mark Wheatly. The paperback has a much younger Farmer face. The cover shows several scenes from Farmer's work: Riverworld, Venus on the Half-Shell, Opar/Khokarsa, Tarzan, King Kong, The Lovers (I think) and the Wold Newton meteorite. See here the full cover.
A worthy tribute to Philip José Farmer's career. I love it! Super!



The book is divided in seven sections, one for each decade, starting with the 1940s, till the 2000s. The editor, Michael Croteau, gives for each decade a very interesting synopsis of Farmer’s life and career.
I started reading the very humorous excerpt "Casting Turtles", which led to reading the complete novel again!

You can order this book at Meteor House! The hardcover cost $50, and the trade paperback $35. Plus shipping. Or you can order one of the 52 limited deluxe, lettered and signed hardcover editions.
Received: Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time
17 Aug 2018
 
Philip José Farmer would have been very happy with this publication, it looks much more like a 'real' Tarzan book than the original one.

Robert R. Barrett in his Foreword: «Ballantine originally planned to issue Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time in a trade paperback, which very much pleased Phil. Ballantine also hoped to release the novel at the same time as the movie Tarzan and the Lost City in 1998. But many things conspired to interfere with this plan. ... Finally, Ballantine made the decision to put out the novel as a mass market paperback and wait another year, releasing it to coincide with Disney's animated Tarzan film.»
It was then published under the title The Dark Heart of Time.



The undervalued Ballantine publication, has been corrected more than a little with the fantastic beautiful hardcover and trade paperback editions of Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time.
The name of Tarzan is clearly in the title of the novel this time, not in a subtitle as with the Ballantine book. And the books got a very nice cover illustration by Mark Wheatly!
Meteor House did a great job with these editions!

You can order this book now at Meteor House! The hardcover cost $35, and the trade paperback $20. I saw the hardcover also for sale at Amazon.
New from Meteor House, and more
16 Aug 2018
 
Meteor House has sent me the following items:
- The Philip Jose Farmer Centennial Collection (hardcover),
- The Philip Jose Farmer Centennial Collection (paperback),
- Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time (hardcover),
- Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time (trade paperback),
- FarmerCon 100 programs (3 booklets),
- The first issue of the new fanzine FarmerFan,
- and also some magnets and pins with FarmerCon 100 pictures.



I hope to receive the limited deluxe hardcover of The Philip Jose Farmer Centennial Collection in the near future. There is a lot of work to do to add these items, and their contents (936 pages with the collection!), in the Bibliography. That will be done in the coming days.
Philip wrote Philip an open letter
12 Aug 2018
 
Early 1970s there was a dispute, that became something like a feud in the following years, between Philip José Farmer and Stanislaw Lem.
As far as I can tell this might have started with an essay by Lem in the Australian fanzine SF Commentary #22, July 1971: "Sex in Science Fiction".
In SF Commentary #25, December 1971, Farmer wrote an essay, "A Letter to Lem".
In SF Commentary #29, August 1972, followed by "A Letter to Mr. Farmer" by Lem.

Stanislaw Lem had a very low opinion of the American science fiction in general. As Phil Farmer wrote: «...his arrogant sneering putdown of all American s-f writers except for a few whom he damned with faint praise.»
Lem's opinion was even much lower of the use of sex in this genre, and mentioned Farmer's work several times in this regard.

The dispute reached a high point when in 1973 the board of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) elected Stanislaw Lem an honorary member.
This was for Farmer the reason to protest firmly in an angry letter, published in SFWA Forum #41 of July 1975, and finally to resign his membership of the SFWA. Farmer's protest was supported by several other authors, like Sam J. Lundwall and Philip K. Dick.

In SFWA Forum #41, October 1975 [note: a second issue #41], Philip K. Dick wrote an "Open Letter to Philip José Farmer", in which he mostly vented his own frustration with Stanislaw Lem, and the fact that he was "ripped off" by Polish publishers. While he was invited to these publishers thanks to Lem.
In this same issue of SFWA Forum is a reprinted essay by Stanislaw Lem: "Looking Down on Science Fiction (A novelist's choice for the world worst writing)".

There was a whole controversy concerning Stanislaw Lem in the 1970s, not only with Farmer and Dick, but many other authors as well. Next to the above mentioned publications there are many other pieces written about this in several magazines and fanzines. See for instance Science Fiction Studies #12 (July 1977), #13 (November 1977) and #14 (March 1978).
FarmerFan fanzine
3 Aug 2018
 
Jason Aiken, Will Emmons, and Sean Lee Levin released a fanzine, FarmerFan, at PulpFest/FarmerCon 100.
On the photo you see its first issue with a photo on the cover of Phil made by me in 2002, my first visit to the US and meeting with my hero. A photo that is used widely on the internet, with Wikipedia and ISFDB for instance.

I have no idea what the contents of this issue is, other than what it says on the cover. A copy of the first issue is on its way to me. I will keep you informed. Also will let you know then how to get one. It had a print run of only 40 copies.



There is no price on the cover. Maybe one can get a subscription on the fanzine. Issue 2 should be out in December to coincide with Wold Newton Day.
Earlier news

New Publications
In 2018
 
September



The Philip José Farmer
Centennial Collection

(deluxe hardcover)
 
 
July



The Philip José Farmer
Centennial Collection

(hardcover)
 
 
July



The Philip José Farmer
Centennial Collection

(trade paperback)
 

July



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

July



Le Noir Dessein
 
 
February



Thoan, la saga des Hommes-Dieux
 
In 2017
 
July



The Best of Farmerphile
edited by Michael Croteau
(hardcover)
 
 
July



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



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



Древняя Африка
(Russian omnibus)
 
 
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



Mundo infierno
 
 
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)
 

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

Forthcoming Books

Not yet confirmed, but these titles are mentioned in the past one or two years. All from Meteor House:

The Monster on Hold, written by Farmer & Win Scott Eckert, in the summer of 2019 (?).
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Christopher Paul Carey will write a trilogy about Kôr, son of Hadon of Opar. Might be published in 2019-2020 (?).
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Up From the Bottomless Pit 
No further info yet.
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