News & What's New - September 2015
First Wantlists received
29 Sep 2015
My wantlist yesterday of the books I like to see in Meteor House's editions got the first reactions.

Christopher Paul Carey:
«That’s a great “wantlist” for Meteor House books! It very closely matches my own wantlist.
I wanted to point out that Titan Books currently holds the license for the print rights to Hadon of Ancient Opar, and will continue to hold those rights for the next few years, so that’s not a book Meteor House will be able to publish for a while. Perhaps that’s a good thing, as it will give me time to track down the original manuscript of the novel and see if there’s any text that was cut that might justify publishing a Restored Edition!
I’m guessing Overlook still holds the rights to The Unreasoning Mask, too, though I’m not sure. I love that book.»

Willem Hettinga:
«There are a few I would like to see: A Barnstormer in Oz, Image of the Beast, Blown, Escape from Loki, Jesus on Mars, and Love Song

Fred Fischer:
«I like your idea and some of your choices.
I agree on Hadon, Dark is the Sun, Escape from Loki, and The Unreasoning Mask. I would add The Green Odyssey and Time's Last Gift

Keep them coming your wantlists. Who knows what surprises Santa Mike will be bringing for Christmas... (or next year, or...)

And oh yes, I forgot the in 2008 announced Cougar by the Tail, by Philip José Farmer & Tracy Knight. See here for the details of the announcement.
My Wantlist for Meteor House
28 Sep 2015
Meteor House brought us until now several Farmer or Farmer related books in pretty hardcovers. And in trade paperbacks. All are books in the Doc Savage / Pat Wildman series, or the Opar / Khokarsa series.
More of these are yet to come, like The Song of Kwasin, Blood of Ancient Opar, and The Monster on Hold.

Because of these publication I got the appetite for more books in the same beautiful hardcovers. I made a wantlist of the books I like to see in Meteor House's editions, for one reason or another.

- Philip José Farmer conquiert l'univers, by François Mottier;
- Hadon of Ancient Opar;
- The City Beyond Play, by PJF & Danny Adams;
- The Dark Heart of Time, a Tarzan novel;
- Dark is the Sun;
- Escape from Loki, a Doc Savage novel;
- Greatheart Silver;
- River of Eternity, a Riverworld novel;
- The Unreasoning Mask.

The first of these, Philip José Farmer conquiert l'univers, translated in English of course. We already have Farmer's "Postface" in translation.
I love to see the above titles all in print from Meteor House, but I have no idea if that ever will be possible.

Maybe we can help Meteor House's publisher, Michael Croteau, a bit in his decision wich books to publish. If possible for him of course.

You can send me your wantlists by email and I will publish them here online. I'm curious which titles are wanted the most.
More from Meteor House
20 Sep 2015
Publisher Meteor House seems ambitious in their plans for new books. In November we will see the hardcover of The Scarlet Jaguar, written by Win Scott Eckert. It is the second adventure in the Doc Savage / Pat Wildman series.
The first edition in trade paperback was published back in 2013.

Meteor House: «The Signed Limited Edition trade paperback of The Scarlet Jaguar went out of print in just a few months. The print run for the Signed Limited Edition hardcover will be determined by the number of preorders and only a small number of copies beyond the preorders will be printed. The cut off date for preordering a copy is November 1st, and the book will be mailed in late November.»
Preorder it on this page at Meteor House.

A month later, in December 2015, will the third Opar / Khokarsa novel, The Song of Kwasin be published, in both hardcover and trade paperback. According to the publisher: «Meteor House’s new edition of The Song of Kwasin also features cover art and a frontispiece by Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton as well as rare and previously unpublished bonus materials.»
Go for your preorder to this page at Meteor House's website.

The hardcovers are limited editions and will be sold out very soon after publication.. If you want them preorder it now, don't wait. I already preordered my copies.
Nine FarmerCon Program Booklets
20 Sep 2015
Earlier this month I added the Program booklet of FarmerCon X in this bibliography. I then promised to add the other programs as well. That is what I have been doing these past days. All the programs of the past ten years can be seen on this page.
There is a program for every year, except for FarmerCon VI in 2011. The program of that year was included in the program of PulpFest. The two cons were held together in conjunction from that year on.

I also added the contents of these nine programs. The stories and essays are linked as you can see. Most of these were reprinted here, but there are some published for the first time.
The printrun of the programs is probably about 50 copies, except for the first two. They had a smaller printrun. People that attended the con got one copy for free. I did only attend FarmerCon 90 (III) in 2008. The other programs I got from Michael Croteau, the publisher (thanks Mike!).
Farmer's Gay Fiction
17 Sep 2015
While searching for something else on the internet I came across an online fanzine, eI46, of October 2009. It is published by Earl Kemp.
It contains many interesting essays, but of special interest for Farmer readers might be a review written by Jay A. Gertzman, "Michael Perkin's Evil Companions: A Porn Noir Classic". The novel Evil Companions was first published by Essex House in 1968, for which book Farmer wrote a Postscript.

Of even more interest is maybe another essay in this issue. It is "Worlds Well Lost: Male Homosexuality in Postwar Science Fiction", written by Rob Latham. In this lengthy essay Latham mentions Phil Farmer's name many times. Three of Farmer's novels with gay content, Image of the Beast, Blown and A Feast Unknown, are described in this essay. These three novels were first published by Essex House (1968-1969) also.

Latham's essay is an extract from the book The Golden Age of Gay Fiction. He ends his essay with: «Finally, considering his prominence in the history narrated here, I would like to dedicate this essay to Philip José Farmer, who died while this book was going to press. Thanks to his trailblazing efforts, SF is today a more exciting and open-minded genre.»
FarmerCon X Program
9 Sep 2015
Nearly every year since 2006 Michael Croteau (Meteor House) publishes a Program booklet for the FarmerCon of that year. Only in 2011 a program for FarmerCon VI is missing.
It contains the programming of the convention of course, but also some essays, news, and sometimes fiction.

The main items in this year's Program, for FarmerCon X, are the interview I recently had with Christopher Paul Carey, and Farmer's short story "The Freshman".

I added this Program publication in the Works About section, on page 1. The earlier Programs will be added as well, as soon as possible.
Back to Opar with the Exiles of Kho
7 Sep 2015
Christopher Paul Carey's novella Exiles of Kho was published before by Meteor House back in 2012 in a trade paperback. It was the first in Meteor House's series of signed limited edition novellas, and had a print run of 200 copies.
Now it is brought back in a signed limited hardcover edition of 100 copies. With a new cover illustration, by Mark Wheatley, and without the interior illustrations by Mike Hoffmann of the previous edition.

The story is set as a prelude before the first novel in the main series, Hadon of Ancient Opar.
From the cover text: «Hundreds of years before the hero Hadon sailed forth from his shining city of gold and jewels upon his legendary adventures, the heroine-priestess Lupoeth set out upon the decree of the oracle to discover a new land upon the untamed shores of ancient Africa’s southern sea
It is a great story!

You can order your copy from Meteor House. The book is available in hardcover for $25.

See the new page, Shared Worlds.
And if you haven't already, read the interview I had with Christopher Paul Carey about his new books.
More Adventures in Opar
6 Sep 2015
What a beauty! Another superb book from Meteor House, with a fantastic cover painting by Bob Eggleton.
But is the story as good as the package looks? I cannot tell you yet, because I just started reading it. But it starts gripping, from the first lines on you can feel the tenseness of the situation at hand. A war is coming. What I read so far I very much like!

This comes from a review by someone who read the novella, by Ron Fortier at the online Pulp Fiction Reviews: «Spinning a non-stop adventure tale, Carey’s pace never lets up and his easy, competent style allows readers to slip into this ancient, magnificent world he has so expertly brought back to life. Burroughs and Farmer would have been proud.»

That is again a great compliment for author Christopher Paul Carey. I'm not sure about Burroughs, but Farmer sure would approve of this new adventure in Opar very much. He would certainly smile and have a twinkle in the eyes.

If you do not have it already, do not wait, order your copy while you can from Meteor House! The book is available in hardcover ($25) and trade paperback ($15).

I made a new page, Shared Worlds, for the stories by other authors that share the worlds or background of one of Farmer's stories or series. It's a Work in Progress. I have to add a lot more stories.
Flight to Opar Restored
3 Sep 2015
Wow, nice, great, beautiful, impressive...! Words fail to describe my feelings about the new, restored edition of Flight to Opar. Finally in a very handsome hardcover since its first publication in 1976 by DAW Books. Yes, we had it in a hardcover with the omnibus Gods of Opar (Subterranean Press, 2012), but now one on its own.

Editor Christopher Paul Carey restored this edition with several pieces of text from two original manuscripts, which he had examined. More than 4000 words were restored in this new edition.

The book has an Introduction by S.M. Stirling: «Farmer, with his genius for world building, imagined a background in which the existence of Opar is early twentieth-century Africa actually made some sense.»
Carey describes in his Preface why he restored the missing text from previous editions: «Meteor House's Restored Edition is clearly closer to Philip José Farmer's original vision for the novel.»

And there is more bonus material in this edition, that also came as a trade paperback, see the book page for this.
The Restored Edition is completed with a great cover illustration by Bob Eggleton. This was by the way earlier used as the back of the wrap-around cover for Gods of Opar. It makes a very nice cover of Flight to Opar though.

Meteor House will publish the third novel, The Song of Kwasin, in a corresponding hardcover next year.
But (adressing Michael Croteau, publisher of Meteor House) we now also want it for the first installment in the series, Hadon of Ancient Opar! That one comes in 2017 Mike?

Added Books
Two new additions (Flight to Opar) on the book pages this month.
These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1837 publications
1204 different covers

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