News & What's New - April 2020

A Rough Knight for the Queen
29 Apr 2020
Meteor House announced another book for release this year, A Rough Knight for the Queen, a non-fiction work:

Trade paperback

«Philip José Farmer fans know that he was fascinated with 19th century explorer and author Sir Richard Francis Burton. Farmer made Burton the protagonist of the Hugo winning novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book in the Riverworld series. In Gods of Riverworld, the final book in the series, Peter Jairus Frigate (Farmer’s fictional stand in) said that he had written a biography of Richard Burton...

Now Meteor House brings you Farmer’s 26,000 word biography of Burton in both an affordable trade paperback and in a signed limited hardcover. Both editions feature introductory material by Mick Walton (author of Sir Richard Burton and His Circle), Mark Hodder (author of the Burton and Swinburne novels) and Paul Spiteri (editor of Pearls from Peoria). The hardcover limited edition will be signed by Walton, Hodder, Spiteri, and cover artist Charles Berlin.».

The price of the trade paperback is $15, and of the signed limited edition hardcover $40.

The print run of the hardcover limited edition will be determined by the number of preorders. This means the majority of hardcovers will be sold before the book is even printed, so preorder your copy today!

Signed limited hardcover

The books will be released in August 2020.

The biography "A Rough Knight for the Queen" was only once published before, in the collection Pearls from Peoria (2006).

Erotic Gas of Dream Makers
19 Apr 2020
On at least two occasions in the past Philip José Farmer and Charles Platt met each other. In May 1979, forty-one years ago, Platt interviewed Farmer. This interview, simply titled "Philip José Farmer", and a lot of others Platt had conducted, were published in the US by Berkley Books as Dream Makers (1980). In the same year it was published in the UK by Savoy Books as Who Writes Science Fiction?
The book was translated in German in 1982. It got published in a revised hardcover edition in the UK by Xanadu (1986) and in the US by Unger (1987).

I just discovered that it also was republished in the US by The Stairway Press in April 2014 as trade paperback and ebook.
And in December 2017 as ebook by Gateway in the UK. Originally published in two volumes, the profiles collected in the Gateway ebook have been specially updated with afterwords written in 2017.

But this is not the only publication from Charles Platt, with a contribution by Philip José Farmer, that UK publisher Gateway released as ebook. Platt wrote in 1969 a pornographic novel, The Gas, that was originally intended for publication by Essex House, but they stopped. It was then published in the US by Ophelia Press (1970) and later by Loompanics Unlimited (1995).

Publisher Savoy Books wanted to release it in 1980 in the UK. Farmer wrote a "Foreword" for this edition. Alas most of the print run of this edition was destroyed by the authorities.
in December 2017 the book was released as ebook by Gateway. Including Farmer's foreword. In a complete new "Introduction: Repulsive and Unpublishable" Charles Platt describes all the problems this book has had in the US and the UK before and after it got published.

The Gas was translated into German and published three times. Two of the publications, both with Farmer's foreword, are limited editions only, with a signature by Platt. It is the only translation I know of.

The Captain's Daughter in Japan
15 Apr 2020
From Amazon.jp is an anthology on its way to me, 最初の接触 (First Contact). It was published by Hayakawa in May 2019 and includes seven stories by Murray Leinster, John Wyndham, James Blish, James White, Damon Knight, Poul Anderson, and by Philip José Farmer.
Phil Farmer's story is "キャプテン の娘" ("The Captain's Daughter" a.k.a. "Strange Compulsion"), which was published before in September 1968 in the Japanese S-F Magazine.

While I was sniffing online at Japanese web pages I also found and bought the first four books in The World of Tiers series. Three of them are first editions that were already known in the Bibliography. One of them, 階 層宇宙の創造者 (The Maker of Universes), is an undated later yet unknown printing. Maybe a second printing, with a different price (¥ 320).

And finally I bought the Japanese first printing of The Fabulous Riverboat (わが夢のリバーボート). It was already known on these pages.

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer in Iran
2 Apr 2020
In the Iran year 1397 released publisher Drop a Persian translation of The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, with the title:
شرلوک هولمز و نجیب زاده ی بی همتا.
This title translates like: Sherlock Holmes and the Unmatched Gentleman. The transliteration of the Persian title isn't easy to speak out loud: Shrlwk Hwlmz w njyb zadh y by hmta.

According to our calendar the book was published in December 2018. The price of 140,000 real looks extreme, but it is only about $3.50. The novella was published as written by John H. Watson.
See this Iran bookpage.

With this first Persian translation Farmer's books now have been translated in 32 countries, witch brings the total number of countries that released Farmer's work —including the US, UK, Canada and Australia— to 36.

These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1927 publications
1306 different covers

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

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