antholgy The Ultimate
Dracula, edited by Byron Preiss, was translated in Chinese
and published on Taiwan. Released in 1994 and in 2000 by YueSheng
Culture Publishing, in a trade paperback With the title as 親愛的德古拉 : 終極吸血鬼 /.
This anthology contains Farmer's short story "Nobody's Perfect".
hardly find any online information about the book, and especially not
about its contents.
So I translated the original US title, "Nobody's Perfect", via Google
into Chinese as "沒有人是完美的".
I have no idea if this is used with the printed book.
Hawks from Earth in France
Gate of Time was first published in 1966. It was restored and
revised for publication in 1979, as Two
Hawks from Earth.
Farmer wrote a brief foreword with the new publication: «This
novel was first published in 1966 and then in 1971 (actually 1970) as The Gate of Time.
That was not my title. I have no idea why the editors changed it, since
this is not a time travel tale, and their title certainly was
misleading. So I have restored the original, Two Hawks From Earth.
The editors of that house also rewrote a scene to bowdlerize it. This
was done without my knowledge, and so I have restored that scene.
Also, I have added ten thousand words. These include some chapters
which go beyond the original ending.
The revised and restored text from 1979 is now for the first time
translated and published in France, by publisher Mnémos, as Deux faucons de l'autre terre.
The book was released this month, on June 11, 2021.
The release date is not in the book, instead it gives two other dates
(March 2021 on the copyright page, and May 2021 on the last page?).
new ebooks from Open Road Media
this month Open Road Media will release two new science fiction ebook
novels by 'Science
Fiction Grand Master' Philip José Farmer. Both
are great novels!
Both titles were earlier
published as ebooks by Gateway / Orion in the UK. For less than half
the price than Open Road Media is asking.
See Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Kobo for these ebooks.
Horror The Gas
In the entry of April 19, 2020
I wrote about two books by Charles Platt that were published as ebooks
by Gateway (UK).
One of the books I wrote about was Charles Platt's famous erotic,
pornographic horror novel The Gas. It
contains a foreword by Philip José Farmer.
That novel recently has gotten a new publication, a limited hardcover
edition from Centipede
Press (US). Only 300 numbered and signed copies were released.
The price of the book was $65, and the shipping costs of it to my
country was the same amount...
I ordered and payed for it, but received the money back from Centipede
Press: the book already was sold out. A pity!
I already saw one for sale on Abebooks for about $450, too much for my
After two limited editions of the novel in Germany this is the first
time that a limited edition was released in the US or UK. The contents
of this new publication is nearly the same as with the ebook
publication from Gateway. Only the cover art (by Ben Baldwin) and the
introduction by Ramsey Campbell are new.
printing of Nothing Burn in Hell
best friend Willem Hettinga discovered a second printing of the first
edition hardcover of Philip José Farmer's very funny mystery
Burns in Hell (Forge, 1998).
The first and second printing are exactly alike, both state 'First
Edition', only the printing per number line differs.
I never knew this one existed. As far as I know not even the mass
paperback version of the novel ever got a second printing.
The new information has been added on the book page.
Thanks Willem for the find!
cover for The Monster on Hold
From the publisher:
«Meteor House is very excited to reveal Doug
Klauba’s terrific cover art for the Trade Paperback edition
of The Monster on Hold!
This is our first time working with Doug, but Win Scott Eckert picked
him for one of the two covers since Doug did a cover for Win at another
publisher years ago.
Note that both the Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited
Editions have interior artwork by Doug Klauba and Hardcover artist Mark
Wheatley. And both artists, as well as Chuck Welch (introduction) and
Win Scott Eckert, will be signing the Hardcover Limited
«Also note that to guarantee
you can get a copy of Signed Hardcover Limited Edition, you need to preorder
by June 1st.»
Only two weeks left for that preoder!
three books were received for my collection. I corrected the
information in the
bibliography, and added or replaced the cover scans. If you search long
enough, someday you will find the wanted books. Or discover new
information, and new books to search for...
From Greece: Μεγαλη
3 (1950-1965), with "Mother"
As said above I'm still
searching for more books with stories by Farmer. Books that I know of,
but still couldn't find yet.
Or new discoveries, like the one to the left. This anthology, Ανθολογία
1950-1965, from Greece is the third edition of the above
mentioned book. It contanis the translated story "Μητερα"
("Mother"), and was published in April 2019. I haven't yet been able to
find a copy for sale.
The new information has been added on the story page.
omnibus with four novels
of Farmer's novels already were translated into Russian, published in
Russia or any of the other Russian speaking countries. But a few were
still missing it seems.
In this new omnibus, Темное сердце времени,
are four novels included.
This book was announced in 2016, together with another omnibus with
Farmer's work, Древняя Африка, to
be published by Severo-Zapad Press in 2017 (see here).
The announcement was with a different cover illustration, different
title and contents and a different publication year. The new omnibus
was released last year, July 2020.
The original contents was with Приключения
безземельного пэра (The Adventure of the Peerless Peer).
That one has been replaced by Языки
Луны (Tongues of the Moon), the
one novel that is not part of the Wold Newton Universe.
Limited edition of 30 copies only. Distribution of free copies among
subscribers. I have not been able to find a copy for sale.
items for my collection
received items that were missing in my collection were corrected in the
bibliography, and the cover scan added or replaced.
More books from Spain and Greece are on their way to me.
on the Half-Shell in Belarus
just discovered the publication of an omnibus with two of Philip
José Farmer's novels. The book was released May
2019 by a
Belarusian publisher from Minsk, Подсолнечник (transliterated as:
Podsolnechnik, translation: Sunflower).
Belarus is a new country in
publication of Venus on
the Half-Shell are all the essays and stories (fictional
biographies) included from the Titan edition (UK) in 2013.
I have not been able to find a copy for sale. The books are probably
all gone, because it had a print run of only 30 copies.
Rise and Fall of Ancient Opar
Paul Carey wrote on Facebook some new information:
«I've been discussing a trade
with Meteor House titled The Rise and Fall of Ancient Opar
of Kho, Hadon,
King of Opar, and Blood
Opar, plus a new story set after the latter.
I am guessing it might
also have a limited hardcover edition. The only thing holding it up is
that I'm too busy at the moment with ERB publishing and writing an ERB
Universe novel to get to writing a new Khokarsa story. Hopefully in a
year or two I'll be freed up! I'd like to get to the Foundation of Kor
trilogy someday, too.»
It will take some time to get published,
if at all. But if you do not
yet have the included books it will be more than well worth your time
to wait! These are great stories, I enjoyed them very much!
There is a recent review online at
the website the-avocado.org
of Philip José Farmer's semi-Tarzan novel Lord
Tyger, which was originally published in 1970. More than 50
From the review: «Its brutal stuff. Ras is a heroic figure
physically, but he’s a savage in the truest sense of the
has an older brother who was left with actual gorillas, but that
experiment didn’t work. The boy grew up to be little more
advanced that a gorilla himself, his brain never creating the neural
pathways for language as a child.»
And: «...as much as I’d like to recommend it, I
can’t bring myself to do so. Typical for a Farmer novel,
there’s frank discussion of biological processes and also a
of sex. But Ras, not growing up in any kind of civilization,
experiments with bestiality.»
It has been read by me too long ago to remember everything. I only know
that I thought of it as a pretty amazing novel.
Deux faucons de l'autre terre
French publication was earlier mentioned here in the entry of February
23rd, 2021. At that moment no cover picture was available.
As you can see there is
now. No idea yet who the cover artist is.
It is a translation of Philip José Farmer's Two
Hawks from Earth. The revised and expanded text of the
original The Gate of Time
was not previously published in France.
Always Darkest Cover Reveal
fourth cover of the new books from Meteor House, to be published this
summer/fall, is revealed. The artist of the
dust jacket of It's
Always Darkest is Keith Howell.
In the same series as the newly announced The Monster on Hold
by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert.
See the website of Meteor
House for ordering information of this and the other books.
of the Beast review
L. Carter wrote a sharp-witted and intelligent review of the omnibus Image
of the Beast. The omnibus contains the first two novels in
the Exorcism, or
Herald Childe series.
The review is on March 14, 2021 published on the VampChix
There were in the past many pro and contra reviews written about the
novels, but not many as well written and nuanced as this one.
The review ends with: «Herald
comes across as a flawed but basically decent person, sympathetic
enough for the reader to hope he survives the weird situation in which
he becomes entangled. And I can definitively state that I've never seen
quasi-human monsters quite like these in any other work of
of the Apes
I finally found online a copy of the
Canadian fanzine Borealis
2, Volume 1 number 2, Spring 1979.
On the cover and on the copyright page it is subtitled: "A Canadian
Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy".
The issue contains an essay by Charles R. Saunders: "Farmer of the Apes".
This essay has an illustration by John Charette, showing five young
Tarzan-like boys harassing a big ape or gorilla.
The essay by Charles R. Saunders reads like a very interesting
introduction for the newly announced book, The Man Who Met Tarzan.
This article is very clarifying of Farmer's Tarzan personae.
reprints of Riverworld books
I have written before Farmer's books are still kept in print in France,
especially the books in the Riverworld series. In solo publications or
in omnibuses. The following reprints were just discovered by me, both
from publisher Le Livre de Poche.
covers of the new book from Meteor House, of The Man Who Met Tarzan,
both the trade paperback and the limited hardcover are revealed.
limited hardcover edition
trade paperback edition
This book will be published in a Trade Paperback and a Signed Hardcover
Limited Edition featuring a cover with classic artwork, and also
interior art by Keith Howell. The Hardcover Limited Edition will be
signed by Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Henry Franke, and
Keith Howell. The artwork is by famed movie poster artist John Solie,
made for a poster in 1978.
Go to the website of Meteor
House for more information.
unique alternate history book
previous entry was about
Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth
(1979). Of the translation and publication in France.
By coincidence I discovered online a recent interesting review of the
original novel, published on February 21, 2021. It is written by
Michael Smith in his blog, "The
Book that Time Forgot".
Part of his review: «This was a really interesting book.
did a lot of research into the various peoples to give us a fascinating
look at a world without the Americas. That Eastern Europe is populated
by descendants of the tribes that migrated to America seems plausible
... So if you want a unique alternate history book I would highly
recommend this one.»
Michael Smith has also reviews of The Stone God Awakens
(«...I would definitely recommend this book...»)
is the Sun («...very enjoyable. I highly recommend
it...») online in his blog.
It's nice to read his praising words.
Deux faucons de l'autre terre
publisher Mnémos will release in June 2021 a translation
Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth, as Deux faucons de l'autre terre.
will be released as a paperback, 352 pages, for the price of €
With ISBN 978-2-35408-917-7.
This novel was originally published as The Gate of Time in
October 1966 by Belmont Books. According to his foreword in Two Hawks from Earth
—published in May 1979— Farmer restored a scene and
he expanded the text
with «...about ten thousand words. These include some
chapters which go beyond the original ending.»
Gate of Time was translated and published once before in
France. As La porte du temps by
Fleuve Noir in 1983. But the revised and expanded text was not
published in France till now.
The cover of the new French edition has not yet been revealed.
reveal of The Monster on Hold
first cover of the new publications from Meteor House is revealed. This
one is for the limited signed hardcover, drawn by Mark Wheatley. It is
a mysterious and beautiful cover!
Monster on Hold
by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert will be
published in a Trade Paperback and a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition.
The trade paperback will have a different cover art, done by Doug
I am looking forward to the new books!
new books from Meteor House in 2021
great announcement from Meteor House! Which they did on Farmer's
birthday. In the summer or fall of this year they will publish three
The books are:
The Monster on Hold
by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert. The book will be
published in a Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Edition.
This is the fourth novel in the Secrets
of the Nine
series and was begun in the 1970s. Using Farmer’s partial
manuscripts and copious notes Win Scott Eckert has completed the novel
at long last.
The drawing at left is by Jason Robert Bell.
Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner. Set in the same
Secrets of the Nine universe as The
Monster on Hold,
this hard-boiled novella follows a new, yet familiar, character, a
one-time initiate of the Nine who has chosen to rebel against their
formidable forces. This novella will be published as a Signed Hardcover
Who Met Tarzan
by Philip José Farmer. This book collects many of the
speeches, essays and letters Farmer has written about Edgar Rice
Burroughs and Tarzan over several decades, culminating in his interview
with the jungle lord in 1972. This collection will be published in a
Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Edition featuring vintage
See the full announcement and the ordering information at Meteor
Philip José Farmer
Zacharias L.A. Nuninga (2002)
January 26, 1918 Phil
would have become 103 years old this day.
I finally received the information from the Post Office that I could
pick up the three books Meteor House had sent again to me early
December 2020. First I had to pay the custom clearance.
The books had been at the Post Office in my country before, but were
without further notice to me sent back to the publisher. Because I
hadn't picked them up.
I had never received a notice that I could pick up the books, and so
didn't know they were here.
All in all it took four months for the books to reach me.
I had ordered three other books in December, twice from Subterranean
Press and one through Abebooks.
These three were all received in two-three weeks time, as is standard
in most cases.
I'm glad that I finally have these books:
From the Bottomless Pit (trade paperback);
- A Rough Knight for the
Queen (hardcover and trade paperback.
Faces of Science Fiction
is the second tip I got from Fred Fischer (USA) in the past few days.
First he discovered that something by Farmer had been included in the
Spanish collection El
otro canon de Sherlock Holmes. See the previous entry.
time he came with the information about the book The Faces of Science Fiction
(1984). This book contains black and white photos of 82 authors. The
photos were all done by Patti
Perret. They were especially made for this book.
The photo of Farmer with his desk and paintings of his work in the
besement of their house is accompanied by a brief but very funny essay. Farmer had
some ideas about all the photos in the book.
Peerless Peer in Spain
Spanish publisher Los Libros de
Barsoom published in 2015 the collection El otro canon de Sherlock Holmes.
With stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and stories and essays by diverse
other hands. Also with several pastiches, one of them by Philip
José Farmer. The novella The Adventure of the Peerless Peer
was translated as "La
aventura del par simpar".
The novella was not translated for the first time into Spanish. With
the title La Aventura
del Par sinpar, but that was twelve years ago for an
illegal online publication. See the entry of November 12, 2008.
The referred website to the story is not online anymore.
The new collection was originally published in February 2015, but was
republished in December 2017 in a revised version. Several misprints
were corrected in the second edition.
I cannot find a copy of any of the two editions for sale at the moment.
I have searched many websites, but there is not one copy available.
Have to try again later.
not received the new books
House originally announced their new books for this year to
be released at FarmerCon XV. This would be in August 2020, but the con
was canceled. Mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic there were more
problems, reason why the books were more delayed. At the end of
September 2020 the ordered books were sent by the publisher.
But I did not receive the books. I waited and finally asked the
publisher what might be the reason. The shipment had be going back and
forth in the US. Only later I saw in the detailed history of the
tracking info that the parcel really had been in my country, the
Netherlands, but was sent back. The reason why is unknown.
Finally early December Mike Croteau, the publisher, received the books
back. He sent them to me again, but I haven't received them as yet. I
try to follow the tracking info this time. I only see that the parcel
is moving, but not where it is at the moment. I still hope for the best.
Since November this year the collection is now available as eBook, for
$2.99, for sale both at Amazon and Barnes&Noble.
new items for the bibliography
my friend Fred Fischer (US) again I received
some items that I didn't yet have in my collection. Two of them were
already known to me and added in the bibliography, but the third, RiverCon XX, is
completely new. Of the first two I had to add or change some
The three items are:
Luna' #6 (1969),
with an essay by Farmer: "Report".
RiverCon XX (1995),
with an essay by
Frederik Pohl about Phil.
It was nice to finally see the graphic
of the story "The King of the Beasts", but it also disappointed me
somewhat. In the story Farmer leaves it open to our fantasy what kind
of (alien?) creatures the biologist and its visitor are. The biologist
re-creates many of the extinct species of earth, and also the most
dangerous one. The drawn creatures in this graphic version seem to be
humans, which spoils the punch line of the story. If you look at this illustration, maybe
you understand what I mean.
Book will be released unabridged on one MP3 CD with a running
time of 8.5 hours. Narrator is Ben Dooley. The price is $14.99.
It has ISBN 978-1-64091-503-9.
and still not received
I received from Poland the ordered book Odyseja
Green. This one already had been added on the book page, but
I completed the information about the publication.
I still haven't received are my copies of the books from Meteor House: A Rough Knight for the Queen
in paperback and limited edition hardcover and Up from the Bottomless Pit
in paperback. The publisher gave me the tracking code in October. The
books were then still in the US. Checked again on October 30: the
parcel was at San Francisco Ca International Distribution Center. Today
I checked again, and it is now at Miami Ft International Distribution
Center. So, there is some movement, from the West coast to the East
cost in the US, but still far away from my home address in the
Netherlands. My guess is that there are not that many planes flying to
Europe, due to Covid-19. I have to be more patient, alas. Hope to see
them this year...
is the year 1943. In another universe.
drawn world maps based on Philip José Farmer's
Gate of Time can be found on the internet. The novel
was later revised and expanded as Two
Hawks from Earth.
They are drawn by 'Chipmunken',
published on April 1, 2020 (see
here) and one by 'CourageousLife', which was published on
October 2, 2020 (see
here). The second one, which its original publication, is a
very big picture, 8042x4500 pixels, 2.5 Mb.
'Chipmunken' gives with his map a rather detailed and interesting
description of the novel that led to his map. Both drawings are very
nell'immaginario di Philip José Farmer
Digital in Italy has launched the Universi/ty series, whose purpose is
publish degree theses in an ebook version. Making them available to
interested parties, for as long as their authors want.
«The choice of the angle followed by the author for his work
Philip Jose Farmer stems from the reading of texts by Freud and Jung,
but also by other scholars of anthropology and ancient myths such as
James Frazer and Joseph Campbell, and from the awareness that science
fiction had somehow become the guardian of all that cultural heritage
linked to ancient myths and symbols. Farmer, in his books, not only was
no exception, but he drew inspiration from them by reproposing and
reworking them continuously. His first works, then, were heavily
indebted to studies in the psychoanalytic field of the first half of
the last century. The research work that resulted was a rather exciting
work, which allowed to write the thesis.»
If you can read Italian, the ebook can be bought through Amazon. The
price is €2.75 or $2.99.
The uncredited photo of Phil on the cover was taken by me (2002).
On! Sail On!
of Farmer's earliest stories, "Sail
On! Sail On!" (1952), has been reprinted in the ebook
of Science Fiction: Volume 2, edited by Christopher
Broschell. It was published last August by Library & Archives
Canada in their series Giants
of Sci-Fi Collection.
The anthology contains twenty-six stories by authors like Phillip K.
Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, Clifford Simak, Arthur C. Clarke, and others.
Greena from Poland
Polish translation of The Green Odyssey has
recently been ordered by me. I tried to order it earlier, but
alas without success.
The book was released in August 2020. I have added this translation on
the book page. The
missing information will be given after I receive the actual book.
new books from Meteor House are even more delayed than at first thought
of. The publisher, Michael Croteau, wrote to me that they were posted
I still haven't received my copies of the three books: A Rough Knight for the Queen
in paperback and limited edition hardcover and Up from the Bottomless Pit
More patience is needed. Hope to receive them soon!
The books are already for sale at Amazon.
House published the following statement about the delay of their
Covid19 affecting everything in the world these days, from our printers
to the mail system (especially internationally) we're a little late
getting this year's books out. But, we now have the signature sheets
(after their journey from the US, to Spain, to Italy, to the UK, and
back to the US) and should have all our books (A Rough Knight for the Queen
in paperback and limited edition hardcover and Up from the Bottomless Pit
in paperback, both by Philip José Farmer) in hand and ready
to ship by the end of next week.»
So, the books will now be released early September.
The box has no ISBN or price printed on it, but I received from someone
the ISBN 0-425-04820-9.
The contents of the second Berkley box, The
Complete Riverworld Novels (10/1981), may even more vary. It
also caused some confusion. because there is no 20th printing of Scattered Bodies and
no 19th printing of Fabulous
to be found. My guess is that an extra print run was made of the 19th
of the first and of the 18th of the second title for inclusion in the
boxes. The printing number and date were not changed, but these extra
print runs were counted with the new printings after that. Of The Dark Design is
one of the two 8th printings with different dates included.