News & What's New - July 2013
Another Jungle Rot Kid
29 Jul 2013
Last weekend I received a big surprise. The postman delivered a package while I didn't expect any books or magazines I ordered.
The large package came from Fred Fischer (Houston, TX, USA) and it contained a very large glossy literary German magazine, Chelsea Hotel No. 6 (1994). The magazine is subtitled "A Magazine for the Arts".

The surprise is also that I didn't know anything before about this publication, and finally that this German magazine published a story by Philip José Farmer, "The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod", in the original English language. With a 'crazy' illustration by Michael Sassie, see under.

Fred Fischer donated the magazine with the words: "As always, this contribution is payment for my debt to you maintaining your unique site. I continue to use it daily to organize my collection."
Again, many thanks Fred! For the kind words and the magazine.

Dirk Görtler
Solutions for overpopulation
27 Jul 2013
Philip José Farmer wrote three stories about the future of mankind, where overpopulation or pollution threatens our existence.

The three stories offer different solutions.
In the Hugo Award winning "Riders of the Purple Wage" (1967) everyone receives the purple wage, you do not have to work. People live in an economy of abundance.
In "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World" (1971) the overpopulation is solved by 'stoning' the people. You only live one day a week, the other six days you're 'stoned' (suspended in a cylinder).

The third story, "Seventy Years of Decpop" (1972), offers the most dark and gloomy solution for overpopulation and pollution. Mankind is decimated by forced sterilization. This is not the best one of Farmer's three stories. The last third part reads more like an essay, with statistics, than as a story. It still, like the other two, offers some thoughts about our future to think about.

Illustration in the French Galaxie by Solé

Jack Gaughan
Sherlock Holmes and Greystoke (2)
14 Jul 2013
I received the small but beautiful hardcover edition of the by Atlantis in Germany published translation of The Peerless Peer, Sherlock Holmes und die Legende von Greystoke.
With the Foreword and the Editor's Comments, both by Philip José Farmer, the Afterword by Win Scott Eckert, and with the brand new Foreword to the German edition by Christian Endres.

Sestina of the Space Rocket
12 Jul 2013

This is one of Farmer's
poems, published in Startling
, February 1953.
"Sestina of the Space
begins with:

«One thing is sure, O
comrades, that the love
That fights to keep us rooted
in the earth,

But also urges us to dare the

This irresistible, this ancient

Wedged in the soul,
unshakable, is the light
That burns our roots and
leaves us free for Space.»

You can read the full poem at
The Official PJF Web Page.

Alex Schomburg did the two
page illustration, a border
around the poem. This is
only a part of it.

Scarletin is missing
10 Jul 2013
A dog named Ralph von Wau Wau. A speaking dog, a German Shepherd, with an IQ of 200. And this Ralph is a private detective. Philip José Farmer had some crazy ideas for his stories, but this is one of the most bizarre.
The story "A Scarletin Study", Ralph's first case, is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, a very hilarious one.
A painter is missing and his beautiful wife asks Ralph to find him. The solution is hidden in the painting it seems...

Farmer planned to write several stories in the Ralph von Wau Wau series, but only two were published. "The Scarletin Study" (1975) – the story we are talking about above – and "The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight" (1976). It's a pity he never came to write more.

Ralph von Wau Wau, by Keith Howell

Chesley Bonestell

Added Books
One new addition on the book pages this month.

The Peerless Peer
The German hardcover, Sherlock Holmes und die Legende von Greystoke, from Atlantis, 2013.

These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1782 publications
1166 different covers

© Zacharias L.A. Nuninga -- Page last updated: 4 Nov 2013