News & What's New - September 2019

Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe
20 Sep 2019
Farmer's Tarzan novel, Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, entered the 'Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe'.

Meteor House, the publisher, had this news on their website:
«We were so thrilled when Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced at the ERB panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2019 that certain previously published authorized Burroughs novels by other writers —specifically Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time and Fritz Leiber’s Tarzan and the Valley of Gold— are considered official canonical novels in terms of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™ (ERBU), that we immediately asked ERB, Inc. if we could add the ERBU logo to our next printings of Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time.

With an enthusiastic “yes” from ERB, Inc. in response, we quickly ordered a new run of hardcovers. Softcovers won’t have the new logo until we sell through our current stock, and ebooks will be updated with the new logo soon.»
The second state dustjacket has been added on the book page.

The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe will be expanded with a new series of canonical novels in 2020. See the ERB Universe website.
We see new novels by the well known names Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey for instance!

FarmerCon XIV program book
8 Sep 2019
Every year Michael Croteau makes a small program book for the FarmerCons. They are for free for the attendees. And like the previous years Mike sent me a copy too, this time of FarmerCon XIV, held on August 15-18, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. Thanks Mike!

Every year there are some new items and reprints of older and rare material.
New this time are some anecdotes by Garyn G. Roberts, two drawings of R'li by Don Simpson, and an essay about Farmer's heroes by Paul Spiteri.

Reprints are a foreword and an afterword, both by Philip José Farmer. One of them is also included in the collection, mentioned in the previous entry.

The Mad Fokker Struck Again
7 Sep 2019
The above title is the first line in the Greatheart Silver stories. Thus starts a very funny series of stories, full with action and old great pulp heroes.
I loved the stories very much when I read them back in the 1970s, and again when they were published in novel form, as Greatheart Silver, by Tor Books in paperback in 1982.

It was high time to have these stories printed again!
And that is what Meteor House did with the new collection in a very beautiful hardcover, Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes.

Not only the three Greatheart Silver stories were included, but also two other 'pulp' stories, "Savage Shadow" and "Skinburn". Both these stories were intended to be the first in their own series of stories, but, alas, Farmer never came to write more.

Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D. wrote a very interesting introduction for this book, "Fibers of Pulpwood Ran in His Blood" (subtitled: "Philip José Farmer in the 1970s"): «...Farmer consumed pulp fiction from the time of his childhood between the two world wars until his passing in the early twenty-first century. At the end of the pulp era, Philip José Farmer was a bright light in the fading medium...»

Enough said, I think it is time to read and enjoy these stories again!

These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1915 publications
1303 different covers

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

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