News & What's New - January 2016
The 98th Philip José Farmer Day
26 Jan 2016

January 26, 1918
(February 25, 2009)
More about The Image of the Beast
21 Jan 2016
This is the third time in a week that Philip José Farmer's The Image of the Beast is mentioned in an entry.

Checking the publications of this novel at ISFDB I saw one printing that was missing in this PJF bibliography.
Playboy Press had three printings of the book in 1979 and 1980, with the cover art by Enric as you can see at left.
The fourth printing, as stated in the book, came from Berkley Books in 1982 with exactly the same cover, now with the Berkley logo.

But Playboy Paperbacks had its own fourth printing in 1981 as I discovered at ISFDB. This one we missed. Till now. I added the information on the book page, and corrected the info with the Berkley Books printing.
Swelling of the nipples
19 Jan 2016
For many years I thought the interview with Philip José Farmer, conducted by Paul Walker and published in the fanzine Luna Monthly #54 of September 1974, was Phil's first given interview.

I was wrong. That interview was beaten by four years. The Frenchman Jacques Sadoul spoke with Phil Farmer, and the interview was published in the magazine Le nouveau Planète #18 of September 1970.
I discovered this magazine and the published interview only recently.

At the time of the interview Farmer had just published the two erotic horror books The Image of the Beast and Blown.
One of Sadoul's questions was: «What do you think of the charge that you write pornography?»
Farmer's answer: «Look, I'm a healthy man who talks about healthy things. If sexuality has nothing to do with the theme of a story I would not add it on purpose, because then it would be really pornography. However, if the erection of a man or swelling of the nipples of a woman brings something essential to a story or description of the characters, I'll write about it.»
Positive Post and Negative White
15 Jan 2016
I finally found a copy of the fanzine Science Fiction Times #464, of March 1969. It contains under the umbrella of "A Look At Sex in SF" two essays about Philip José Farmer's The Image of the Beast.

The first essay (or review) is by J.B. Post. It is a reasonable positive piece about the novel: «...The story line is in some ways intriguing...», and he certainly hopes for more volumes in the series.

On the other hand the second essay, by Ted White, is a rather negative piece: «...Basically, The Image of the Beast is a crude smorging-together of three or four old pulp-genre forms. It is first of all a private detective story ... Secondly, the book is a sado-masochistic horror story, in the vein of those "spicy" pulps of the late thirties ... Thirdly, the book is nominally science fiction, on several counts ... Finally, the book is a work of hardcore pornography.»
White even goes so far as accusing Farmer of "bad extrapolation" when he wrote in the book: "I don't have any rubbers." According to White: «I expect contraception will be even further advanced, probably with a pill for men.» The story takes place in the not too distant future. However, we still have 'rubbers', more than forty-five years after the book was written.
White concludes that the novel is "Pulp trash".
Publication statistics
10 Jan 2016
The number of Farmer's book publications is the same in 2015 as it was the year before. Six books were published. And also four Farmer related books, written by Christopher Paul Carey (3) and Win Scott Eckert (1).
Nearly all the book publications came from Meteor House.

year books story publications countries
2015 6 (+ 4*) 0 2 / 0
2014 6 (+ 1*) 2 3 / 2
2013 13 (+ 1*) 1 4 / 1
2012 16 (+ 1*) 2 5 / 2
2011 12 21 2 / 1
2010 11 3 2 / 1
2009 10 3 4 / 3
2008 19 14 7 / 2
2007 17 23 8 / 2
2006 18 71 5 / 2
2005 7 8 4 / 4
*) PJF related, but written by others.

None of Farmer's stories were reprinted in 2015.
Last year I discovered two story publications in 2014 (one in China). That might happen again for 2015, but for now zero story publications.
Dayworld second Berkley printing
10 Jan 2016
William Taylor (Canada) again found a yet unknown printing. This time the second printing in 1987 by Berkley Books of Dayworld, the first novel in the Dayworld series.
The second printing is nearly the same as the first, same price and ISBN, but does not have the embossed lettering and picture on the cover.

Willem Hettinga (Netherlands) discovered the cover artist, Vicente Segrelles, of the Dutch book Rivierplaneet, translation of To Your Scattered Bodies Go.

Added Books
Two new additions (the second printing of Dayworld  and the fourth Playboy printing of The Image of the Beast) on the book pages this month.
These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1841 publications
1208 different covers

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