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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 relesed 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, botrh 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.

Finally finished with all the ebooks
27 Mar 2019
A month ago I mentioned that the ebooks were moving from the special page 'Audio Books & eBooks' (see left) to their respective book and story pages. That was a lot more work to do than I had anticipated. I checked everything again, searched for yet unknown ones, and found new information. Mainly about the stories that are in the public domain these days, as The Green Odyssey, "Rastignac the Devil", and "They Twinkled Like Jewels". Several of the published ebooks with these stories were already 'gone', not available anymore. I could not find enough information to include them in the Bibliography.

In addition I have to say that I do not really like to include them all. Since these stories are in the public domain the printed and ebook publications come and go, and sometimes are sold for ridiculous prices. Who buys them? As they are also available for free.

Some of the new editions I found are: the hardcover of Fantastic Universe Super Pack #3 (2018), with the novella "Rastignac the Devil"; the ebook The Golden Age of Science Fiction Volume 1 (2018), with the story "They Twinkled Like Jewels", and an audio book of The Green Odyssey (2015) from IDB Productions.

The Pulpster #27
8 Mar 2019
Since 2011 is FarmerCon organized together with PulpFest. In that first year there was a supplement in The Pulpster #20 for and about FarmerCon. There was no separate program booklet for FarmerCon VI.

In the following years were the FarmerCons still held in conjunction with PulpFest, but had their own program booklets again. Like FarmerCon did in the years before 2011. See here.

Last year, in July 2018, was the 13th FarmerCon, but called FarmerCon 100. Because of Philip José Farmer's 100th Birthday Anniversary.
There were three different FarmerCon 100 program booklets published.
No reason to think that the yearly especially for PulpFest published magazine The Pulpster had anything about FarmerCon or Farmer.

But I was wrong. The Pulpster #27 has two pieces on Farmer. One, a short biography, by the Grand Master himself, "A Fimbulwinter introduction". Originally published in 1976 as "Philip Jose Farmer Sez..."
The second piece is an essay by Joe R. Lansdale, "The Man with the Electric Brain". This one also was published before, in 2006, as an introduction in The Best of Philip José Farmer.

Working on e-books
27 Feb 2019
The last few weeks I have been working to add the e-books on the book pages. Till now, and some of them are still there, the e-books were on a separate page with Audio Books and E-books.
The audio books will stay on that page, the e-books will be moved to their book pages.

Unlike the information with the printed books, I do not try to be fully complete with the e-books. If I come across e-book publications I will include them, but these digital books have the annoying habit of sometimes disappearing.
Like this one, Dayworld, published by Barnes and Noble in 2001.
Or 'the cover' changes, or the publisher, or the price, or... I do not keep track of all of these changes.

FarmerFan a one-shot?
27 Feb 2019
Last summer, at FarmerCon 100, was the first issue of a new fanzine launched, FarmerFan. I wasn't really enthusiast about this issue, see my entry of September 16, 2018. Not about the contents, and not about the lay-out.
But there is always room for improvement I hoped.

It seems that the debut issue will be a one-shot. A second issue was announced for December 2018, but nothing happened.
The website, farmerfan.com, did not change a bit. No information on how to obtain issue No. 1 and no notice of an upcoming second issue. I'm sorry if no more issues will be published.

Philip José Farmer Day
26 Jan 2019
Today would have been Philip José Farmer's 101th birthday.

photo: Paul Spiteri (2003)

January 26, 1918
We still miss this Grand Master

More Birthday salutes to Farmer
26 Jan 2019
Not only from France but also two birthday celebrations for Philip José Farmer in the US. Fred Fischer (US) made me aware of these.

'Adventures in Fiction: Philip José Farmer'
Jeff Goad gives a view of Farmer's writing career with The World of Tiers and Riverworld, and especially the influences these writings had on games.

Strange at Ecbatan - Ace Double Reviews, 53
Rich Horton writes: «Today would have been Philip José Farmer's 101st birthday, so here's a repost of my review of his only Ace Double appearance.»
It is a great review of Cache from Outer Space / The Celestial Blueprint. Which by the way is not the only Ace Double for Farmer.

A French Birthday present for Farmer
26 Jan 2019
Philip José Farmer is not forgotten in France, not by far. Many of his books are still reprinted and published in new editions these past years.
For his 101th Birthday a French blogger wrote an entry: «This is my birthday present.» The blog has the title '10 INFOS ÉTONNANTES SUR PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER', translated: '10 AMAZING ITEMS ABOUT PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER.'

The blog gives a great and interesting overview of the themes and ideas in Farmer's work. It is written in French of course, but can have it translated via Chrome.
The writer, I cannot find his name, made a nice logo with the use of my photo of Phil.

Galaktika and Galaktika XL received from Hungary
14 Jan 2019
I received eight Galaktika magazines from Hungary, which I ordered last month. They contain stories by Philip José Farmer
Four regular issues, Galaktika #285, #291, #298 and #307; and four XL issues, Galaktika #285XL, #291XL, #298XL and #307XL.

The XL issues of Galaktika have the same contents as the regular issues. They only have about 100 pages extra, with more stories. For instance issue #307XL contains a novel (The Black Sun) by Jack Williamson. The price of the XL issues is higher of course.

The four covers of the regular issues were shown with my post in December last year. The four covers of the XL issues are below. The cover illustrations are the same, the design is different.

Issues No 285/285XL (12/2013) include:
- "A kevésbé rossz megoldás" ("The Leaser of Two Evils").

Issues No. 291/291XL (06/2014) include:
- "Leégés" ("Skinburn")

Issues No. 298/298XL (01/2015) include:
- "Ne vizezzük a gyémántot!" ("Don't Wash the Carats")

Issues No. 307/307XL (10/2015) include:
- "Totem és tabu" ("Totem and Taboo")

I had to correct some of the data already given on the story pages, and add new information, like the cover artists.

Galaktika from Hungary
23 Dec 2018
My worldwide research after missing translations and publications of Philip José Farmer's work is still going on. This time I discovered four items in Hungary, all published in the magazine Galaktika. Information on three of these items could be tracked down, of the fourth I only know that it was published in Issue No. 307.
The other three issues are #285, #291 and #298.

Issue No 285 includes:
- "A kevésbé rossz megoldás" ("The Leaser of Two Evils").

Issue No. 291 includes:
- "Leégés" ("Skinburn")

Issue No. 298 includes:
- "Ne vizezzük a gyémántot!" ("Don't Wash the Carats")

The contents of Galaktika issue No. 307 is yet unknown.
I have ordered all four of these magazines from Hungary. There are also XL issues printed of the magazines, which I ordered too. I hope to receive them early January. More information will follow when I receive the magazines.

Scarletinova studie
25 Nov 2018
There was a Czech version of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, that has the same title.
In 1998 in issue no. 6/1998 publisher Polaris included a translated story by Jonathan Swift Somers III, which is a pseudonym of Philip José Farmer.

The story "A Scarletin Study" was translated in the Czech language as "Scarletinova studie".
It is one of the two stories about the intelligent dog Ralph von Wau Wau, written by Jonathan Swift Somers III.

I hope to be able to buy a copy of the magazine, but received no answer (yet) on my e-mails.

Acheron in the Wild West
15 Nov 2018
Farmer wrote some stories that are not science fiction, as: gothic, horror, mystery, mainstream, and western for instance.
That makes it hard to search for translations of these stories, because they are often not included in the expected and known foreign science fiction magazines, or anthologies.

I found a German translation of the story "Uproar in Acheron" (German: "Aufruhr in Acheron") in the anthology with the English sounding title 18 Western Stories, in 1966 published by Heyne.

As far as I know there is only one other translation, the French one, "Tumulte à Acheron", from 1962.
I haven't found more translations of this story.

A Beast Of The Fields, on A Writer's Desk
11 Nov 2018
From Fred Fischer (USA) I received two items for the Bibliography. One is a copy of the fanzine ERB-dom No. 52 (1971), but this I already had, and so the contents was known.

The second item is a copy of the fanzine Fantasy-Times Volume 8 Number 5 (Whole Number 175), of March 1953. The fanzine calls itself "World's Oldest Science-Fiction Newspaper".
It has some (now old) news about the pulp magazine Startling Stories, that it will go bi-monthly starting with the August 1953 issue.
In the same article is the following announcement: «Farmer's serial, the first in Startling will begin in the October issue. It will be called "A Beast Of The Fields"-and will be in three parts.»

Originally the announcement was true, but due to the fact that Startling Stories had to go bi-monthly was for the editor the reason not to publish serials anymore. It would take too long, six months, to have the story complete. Farmer's story vanished for a very long time after this.
See also the info on the page Announced Books.
Many thanks for both items Fred!

Online I found the information of an article, stated to be written by Philip José Farmer, in the weekly magazine Saturday Review of June 1985, called "A Writer's Desk". My guess is that it is not so much as written by Farmer himself, but he is quoted a lot by the editor in this article. Farmer gives a description of the items on and under his desk, and of all the art, paintings and drawings, on the walls around his desk.

The article is accompanied with a half page photo of Farmer's office: «...the office is "chock full of mementos" that reflect his wide-ranging interests, including WW1 aviation, lighter-than-air craft, genealogy, steamboats, and anthropology, to name a few. These, and artwork from books, enliven a work space that began as a bare, unfinished basement in his home in Peoria, Illinois.»

Discussion about the Riverworld Series
1 Nov 2018
Dan Getz (USA), see the previous post, also sent me a link to a video at YouTube, called 'Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld - Worlds of Speculative Fiction (lecture 13)'.
It is a very interesting video, but it takes 1:33 hour to listen and see the full tape. The lecture by Dr. Gregory B. Sadler is very worthwhile though. Just click on this link to go to YouTube.

Many thanks again Dan!

The Riverworld Series Reconsidered
30 Oct 2018
In 1983 Peter Heck wrote an essay in the Waldenbooks Otherworlds Club magazine, Xignals Vol. II, with the title "The Riverworld Series Reconsidered".

It gives an enthusiastic impression of the Riverworld series, on the occasion of the release of the fifth novel in the series, Gods of Riverworld.

Peter Heck: «Each volume gradually moved closer to the secret plan behind the resurrection, stripping away veils from the mystery. ... Everything was resolved, tied up, and put in order — or so Farmer claimed — by the end of the fourth volume. ... It was so much fun that you can hardly blame him for leaving a loophole open for a return trip. That, of course, is Gods of Riverworld ... a book few readers will want to put down unfinished.».

I received the information of this essay's publication from Dan Getz (USA). Many thanks Dan!

Seven newly discovered publications
24 Oct 2018
While I loved to lurk in the second hand book stores, nowadays the lurking is mostly on the internet. Finding unknown Farmer items this way is just as satisfying, as it was in the book shops or book markets. Only the shipping cost...

This time I found six new publications of Die Liebenden, the German translation of The Lovers.
And I found a Korean publication, the second in this country that I know of, of 가라, 흩어진 너희 몸들로 (To Your Scattered Bodies Go).

First the 4th printing of the Knaur edition of Die Liebenden (1982). Of the German omnibus Exotische Welten, also from publisher Knaur, I found the 2nd till 6th printing (1985-1994). The omnibus also includes Die Liebenden by Farmer.

And finally a new Korean publication, published by Firebird in 2015. While I could buy the newly discovered German books, the Korean one was sold out. Now I have to search for both Korean books to buy for my collection.
The Bronze Gazette Issue 82
23 Oct 2018
The staff of the fanzine The Bronze Gazette had some personal problems this past period, alas. Reason why it took a little longer before Issue 82, Fall 2018, got published.

Of the contents are two essays of interest to us, the Farmerphiles.
First is a reprinted essay by Christopher Paul Carey, "Through the Seventh Gate: Pursuing Farmer's Sources in Savageology". This essay tries to answer the question if Farmer met the Man of Bronze.

The second is an essay by Will Murray, "Escape From Loki Revisited". Murray was clearly disappointed with Farmer's Escape From Loki: «I told Phil that given his reputation in the science fiction field, and his imaginative powers, were I his editor, I would not have let him do a mere World War I prisoner escape story. I would have insisted that he set it in the 1930s and go full-blown SF—even if that meant the Man of Bronze fighting off an alien invasion. Phil did not appreciate my opinion.»

Murray's essay also gives the story that Farmer had lost his first draft of the novel, because of a computer crash. He had already written about eighty percent of the novel, and had to write it all over again.
New edition of the omnibus Le Monde du Fleuve
21 Oct 2018
In March 2016 Mnémos in France published the first hardcover edition of an omnibus with all five novels in the Riverworld series, and also the novella "Riverworld". The omnibus was published with the French title Le Monde du Fleuve.
The book was probably a success in France, for this month, October, Mnémos released a second edition of the omnibus. This time not a hardcover with a dustjacket, but a hardcover with pictorial boards. Again a huge and beautiful book with 1261 pages.
The price of it is € 37,00.

It contains these five novels and one novella:
- Le Monde du fleuve (To Your Scattered Bodies Go),
- Le Bateau fabuleux (The Fabulous Riverboat),
- Le Noir Dessein (The Dark Design),
- Le Labyrinthe magique (The Magic Labyrinth),
- "Ainsi meurt toute chair" ("Riverworld"),
- Les Dieux du Fleuve (Gods of Riverworld).
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

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
In 2016

Mundo infierno


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

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

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

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

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.