News & What's New - April 2017
Sequel to the Peerless Peer
30 Apr 2017
I received my ordered copy of The Adventure of the Fallen Stone (Being the First Part of the Account of The Dynamics of a Meteor), by John H. Watson, M.D., edited by Win Scott Eckert.
It was presented on March 25th at a signing session at Fleur Fine Books in Port Neches (TX).

From the back cover: «Join Holmes, Watson, sleuths Harry Dickson and J. Saxon Blake—intriguingly, both master detectives with digs on Baker Street, who greatly resemble Holmes in demeanor, speech, and aspect—and the alluring Isis Vanderhoek as they race across England in pursuit of a master villain and a stolen flower with remarkable medicinal properties.
  • WHAT is the mysterious lotus vitae?
  • HOW is it related to a meteor that fell in Yorkshire in 1795?
  • WILL Holmes and company success in preventing the nefarious Von Bork’s latest scheme?»
You can order Win Scott Eckert's story, a chapbook of 24 pages, from Meteor House for $8, plus shipping. There are only 200 copies, signed by the author.
The story is a sequel to Farmer's The Adventure of the Peerless Peer. By chance and nearly together I received a copy of the Canadian edition of the 1976 Dell paperback. That one was already known in the bibliography, but it was difficult to find a copy for my own collection.
Man of War - A Two Hawks Adventure
8 Apr 2017
Did you like Philip José Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth (1979)? It was originally published with the title The Gate of Time (1966), but Farmer revised and expanded the original text for the later retitled publication. Farmer never wrote anything more about Roger Two Hawks, but Heidi Ruby Miller did. First she wrote the story "Dakota's Gate", and now we have an announced novella by her.

From the announcement of the publisher, Meteor House:
«In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake—the fate of an entire world is in his hands.

Featuring cover art by Mark Wheatley, an introduction by Christopher Paul Carey, and the short story “Dakota’s Gate” as a prelude, Man of War is a 24,500-word novella full of the action and adventure you’d expect of Philip José Farmer’s Roger Two Hawks.»

It will be published in both limited and signed hardcover and in trade paperback. Order is now from Meteor House. It will be published in the Summer of this year. Probably at FarmerCon.
La Nuit de la lumière
8 Apr 2017
French publisher Le Livre de Poche brought in February 2017 a second printing of the collection La Nuit de la lumière. It got a different cover than the first printing (2008).

It is in fact a translation of the collection Father to the Stars, but it also contains both parts of the novel The Night of Light.

From the cover:
«L'étonnant Philip José Farmer, l'auteur du cycle du Fleuve de l'Éternité, transgesse une fois encore les limites de la morale, et peut-être celles de la Foi.
À l'autre bout de l'univers.»
Tales of Alien Life
2 Apr 2017
Dover Publications published in March 2017 the new anthology Strangers No More.
Subtitle is 'Tales of Alien Life by Science Fiction Masters'. All authors except one, Al Sevcik, are well known names, and are really masters in this genre.

There are eight stories in this book. Of Philip José Farmer it contains the novella "Rastignac the Devil", originally published in 1954 in the magazine Fantastic Universe.

The cover blurb gives: «Philip José Farmer's "Rastignac the Devil" tells of a fight against despotism 300 years in the future.»
Amazon originally announced it with: «Includes atmospheric original illustrations.» But there are no illustrations in the book.
The God Business received
2 Apr 2017
Armchair Fiction keeps publishing their series of 'Double Novels'. More often with novellas than novels by the way.
The books look a lot like the old Ace Doubles did. With two covers, on the front and the back. Only difference is that the stories in the books from Armchair are not back-to-back like the old Ace books.

Farmer's novella "The God Business" (1954) was published last January in the series. The other novella in this publication is "The Naked Goddess" by S.J. Byrne.

The cover art, on the back cover, is by Scott Templar, and is the same as with the first publication in the magazine Beyond in 1954.

Added Books
Two new additions on the book pages this month. The French La Nuit de la lumière (The Night of Light & Father to the Stars).
These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1860 publications
1217 different covers

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