News & What's New - April 2019

History of the Hugos
30 Apr 2019
Jo Walton's earlier posts for Tor.com about the Hugo finalists have been gathered in the book An Informal History of the Hugos (A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000).

As Farmer had won three Hugo Awards and three Nominations during his career I was curious what Jo Walton, or any of the other contributors, had to say about him. It is less than I expected, and hoped for.

1953 - Winner: Best New Author or Artist
A very short piece, about that Farmer wouldn't have been eligible by today's Campbell rules. He had been publishing for longer than two years. (That was only one non-sf story in 1946.)

1960 - Nominee: "The Alley Man"
A comment by Rich Horton that this story was quite good.

1961 - Nominee: "Open to Me, My Sister"
Rich Horton: «The Farmer has a good reputation, but I've never read it, and I don't usually like Farmer as much as others do.»

1966 - Nominee: "Day of the Great Shout"
Jo Walton about all the nominees in the 'Best Short Fiction': «Great selection, good choice.»

1968 - Winner: "Riders of the Purple Wage"
Jo Walton: «You couldn't ask for two more different winners, but they are both wonderful in their own ways.»
Gardner Dozois: «...I never liked either the much-overhyped Riders of the Purple Wage or Weyr Search.» (the other winner).
Rich Horton: «I enjoyed the two novella winners in their way, Weyr Search probably more back then, and I don't think they are bad stories, but neither would get my vote.»

1972 - Winner: To Your Scattered Bodies Go
Jo Walton describes in short the story line, and writes: «It's a great book, and if the sequels are less great, it's only because no explanation can possibly live up to that premise. I loved this book with wild enthusiasm when I was a teenager, and it will always have a place in my heart. I think it's a fine Hugo winner.»

With most of the nearly 50 years there is review of the winner's novel, but that is not the case with To Your Scattered Bodies Go. A bit disappointing.
Nevertheless, it's a great reference work if you're curious about the Hugo Awards history, and you might read in it about an interesting work you've not yet read. Publisher is Tor, ISBN 978-0-7653-7908-5 and the price $31.99.

Announcement from Meteor House
5 Apr 2019
The small publisher Meteor House, owned by Michael Croteau, brings since 2010 every year new collections of stories, new books, or new editions of previous published works. Nearly all of these works are by or in relation to Philip José Farmer.
And as always these books are released at the FarmerCon of that year. That will be no different this year, with the new collection Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes.
The cover at left is that of the first Greatheart Silver collection in 1982. The new cover is not yet shown.

From Meteor House:
Philip José Farmer had a life-long love affair with the pulps he read in his youth. They influenced nearly everything he wrote, but in the 1970s he paid special tribute to them with several stories. Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes collects these stories for the first time in hardcover! This collection also features an introduction by college professor and pulp historian, Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D., and artwork by Keith Howell!

Table of Contents:
- Introduction
- Greatheart Silver
- The Return of Greatheart Silver
- Greatheart Silver in the First Command
- The Grant Robeson Papers
- Savage Shadow
- Skinburn

Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes will debut at FarmerCon XIV this coming August. The hardcover price is $33, but if you preorder it now you will get a $5 discount.

These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1910 publications
1301 different covers

There are less covers than publications due to the reprints with the same cover, and due to omnibuses.

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