News & What's New - April 2012
The next Titan Books reissue (2)
26 Apr 2012
I received today an e-mail from Christopher Paul Carey as well as one from Win Scott Eckert. Both to assure me that Titan Books has not (yet) acquired the rights to publish Flight to Opar and The Song of Kwasin.

Titan Books might eventually publish them, depending on how well the first books in the series are selling. But nothing is planned for the foreseeable future.
Carey: «So right now, and for quite some time, the only way anyone is going to be able to read The Song of Kwasin is in the Gods of Opar omnibus published by Subterranean Press.»

Bob Eggleton
The next Titan Books reissue
26 Apr 2012
Amazon. com already announced the next reissue of one of Philip José Farmer's books. That will be Hadon of Ancient Opar, the first in the Opar / Khokarsa series. The new publication is announced for January 2013.

This novel is also included in the new omnibus from Subterranean Press, Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, which will be published at the end of this month, or early May.

We may expect the other two Opar / Khokarsa novels, Flight to Opar and The Song of Kwasin, also in Titan Books editions next year, I suppose.

Clyde Caldwell
A new tale of Lost Khokarsa: Exiles of Kho
26 Apr 2012
Christopher Paul Carey has written a third story in the Opar / Khokarsa series, Exiles of Kho. The book will be published later this year, late summer/early fall, by Meteor House.

The publisher: «This limited edition novella will be signed by the author, Christopher Paul Carey, coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the third novel in the Khokarsa series. The print run will be determined by the number of preorders we receive by June 30, 2012. A very limited number of copies beyond the preorders will be printed.»

If you haven't already, go to the site of Meteor House now and preorder your copy for US$ 15.00 plus shipping.
You know –if you have read the other Khokarsa stories by Carey– that you're in for a very exiting treat with this new novella!

Christopher Paul Carey published on his blog a ´Khokarsa Series Checklist´ for the suggested reading order of all Opar / Khokarsa tales by Farmer and him.

Mike Hoffman
One Down, One to Go
14 Apr 2012
Philip José Farmer's look on a bleak future. What to do with people on welfare? Offer them sterilization in exchange for something.

"One Down, One to Go" is a great but moody story.
From the foreword in Visions of Wonder: «...throughout the last five decades he has produced powerful short stories that are among the finest in all SF. "One Down, One to Go" is a recent example.»

Alex Schomburg
Titan Books reissues
9 Apr 2012
Win Scott Eckert posted new entries on his blog about the reissues of Farmer's books from Titan Books.

Post #4 revealed the cover of A Feast Unknown, scheduled to appear in October 2012.

Post #5 announced the reissue of Farmer's The Wind Whales of Ishmael. This one will appear in March 2013.
Win: «First published in 1971, Farmer's masterful SF sequel to Herman Melville's Moby-Dick has not seen an English edition in over 30 years.»

See also Forthcoming Books.

Kilgore Trout had an obscure life
9 Apr 2012
Philip José Farmer wrote four fictional biographies in the 1970s. The best known of these are Tarzan Alive (1972) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973). Both were published in book format.
But Farmer also wrote two shorter fictional biographies. The first of his biographies is "The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout" (1971), published in the fanzine Moebius Trip #11.

Kilgore Trout is a character in many of the novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. But at the time of Phil Farmer writing the biography, which he based mainly on Vonnegut's novels, so far only two with Kilgore Trout had been published: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) and Slaughterhouse Five (1969).

After the publication in the fanzine Moebius Trip #11 a professional magazine was asked to publish it.
Farmer in his introduction: «I suggested to the editor of Esquire that he might want to publish this 'life.' Regretfully, he rejected the idea. He did not think that Kilgore Trout was as well-know as Tarzan

Till now I had this piece wrongly on one of the Non Fiction pages. But it is definitely fiction, and so it now has its own Short Fiction page.

William Rotsler
More news about Titan Books editions
2 Apr 2012
Win Scott Eckert has a new post (post #3) on his blog about the forthcoming Titan reissues of some of Philip José Farmer's books.

Win announces the bonus materials, a new introduction by Joe Lansdale and a foreword by Paul Spiteri, for the forthcoming Lord Tyger.
Win: «Joe R. Lansdale is eminently suited to contribute a new introduction to this Burroughsian-flavored novel, as he is one of the few (along with Philip José Farmer himself!) to write an authorized Tarzan novel. And Paul Spiteri, a Farmerian expert and the editor of the critically acclaimed Farmer collection Pearls from Peoria (Subterranean Press) has written a fine foreword.»

Also on Win's blog the cover of the new Titan Books edition of Lord of the Trees, on the cover titled as The Lord of the Trees.


Added Books
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These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1751 publications
1149 different covers

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