Works about Philip José Farmer (3): B
The entries are in alphabetical order of the writer's name.
If more than one publication is mentioned, the publication of which a cover scan is included is indicated with a . Click on a cover to see it enlarged.

Badou, Jacques & Gayot, Paul - "Harry Manders"
Introduction about Farmer and his use of the names of fictional authors as pseudonyms. It's an introduction to the French translation of the story "The Problem of the Sore Bridge - Among Others" written by PJF under the pseudonym Harry Manders.
  • (French)
    Sherlock Holmes Mémorial 2, edited by Jacques Baudou & Paul Gayot
    Clancier-Guénaud, ISBN 2-86215-035-5, trade paperback, 02/1983
  • (French)
    Nouveau Mémorial Sherlock Holmes, edited by Jacques Baudou & Paul Gayot
    Terre de Brume, ISBN 2-84362-223-9, trade paperback, 02/2004

Paul Lehr

Bailey, Michael - "Missing the Wit and Creativity"
Article, remembering Farmer from the previous articles about him, and the letters he wrote for the local newspaper, Peoria Journal Star. This article appeared before in the same newspaper.

Keith Howell

Banks, R. Jeff - "Mystery Plus: Image of the Beast"
A critical review of The Image of the Beast and its sequel Blown from the point of view of a mystery fan: "My recomendation on this book is more qualified than usual. Only about the first 100 pages or so (10 or 11 chapters) are of interest to the mystery fan, and even in these the pornographic-sadistic nature of the book is such that (despite Farmer's excellence as a writer) most people will probably be turned off. Virtually any other of his novels would be a better introduction to Farmer for the reader who has never read him."
  • The Poisoned Pen Vol.3 #2, March-April 1980
    [Mystery fanzine, edited by Jeffrey Meyerson.]

Bob Napier

Barlowe, Wayne Douglas & Summers, Ian - "Mother"
A painting and description of the Mother from Farmer's story "Mother" (Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1953 and in the collection Strange Relations, 1960). The description consists of Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Culture, and Reproduction.
  • Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials
    Workman Publishing, ISBN 0-89480-113-9, hardcover, 10/1979
    Workman Publishing, ISBN 0-89480-112-0, oversize paperback, 10/1979
    [Inside the book has wrongly ISBN 0-89480-114-7 been printed, along with the ISBN of the hardcover.]
    Workman Publishing/SFBC, no ISBN, hardcover, 01/1980
    [Book Club Edition.]
    Workman Publishing, ISBN 0-89480-500-2, hardcover, 06/1987
    Workman Publishing, ISBN 0-89480-324-7, oversize paperback, 06/1987

Wayne Barlowe

Baron, Michael A.. - "Afterword"
A very interesting and insightful afterword about Farmer's work and themes, and of course of this novel: "Where does Flesh fall within the Farmer canon? It is one of his more serious works, rewarding the reader with insight into the human condition and Farmer's usual unsparing view of man at his best and worst. Other novels may offer more excitement, but few offer more insight and wisdom."
  • Flesh
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-1-78116-301-6, trade paperback, 08/2013


Barrett, Robert R. - "Foreword"
A piece about the very long road Farmer had to take to be able to write this novel. Barrett worked with Farmer on the novel, assisted him when possible and read and commented on the manuscript.

Mark Wheatly

Barrett, Robert R. - "Further Sketches from the Ruins of My Mind!"
Article about Farmer's Tarzan and Doc Savage. This article is a rewritten and combined version of two earlier pieces, "Tarzan by Edgar-Philip-Rice-José-Burroughs-Farmer" –published in 1973, see under– and the also in 1973 written but never before published "Further Reflections in a Golden Eye".
  • Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Joey Van Massenhoven

Barrett, Robert R. - "Sketches from the Ruins of My Mind"
Article, describing how Barrett became a Farmer fan –mainly because he discovered that Farmer was a Burroughs fan too– and giving background information about the creation process of the Opar series.
  • Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • The Best of Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4, hardcover, 07/2017
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7, trade paperback, 07/2017

Charles Berlin

Barrett, Robert R. - "Tarzan by Edgar-Philip-Rice-José-Burroughs- Farmer"
Article about Farmer's Tarzan stories, like Tarzan Alive and A Feast Unknown.

  • The Jasoomian # 10, June 1973
    [Fanzine, edited by William Dutcher.]

Clyde Caldwell

Barron, Neil (ed.) - "Philip Jose Farmer"
Critical comments on five of Farmer's books: A Feast Unknown ("...Brilliant satire of superhero fantasies...") The Green Odyssey, ("...a fast-paced adventure story laced with humor..."), The Lovers ("...a 1952 story that provided controversy at the time for its sexual content..."), Strange Relations ("Farmer...wrote alien sex.."), To Your Scattered Bodies Go (actually an entry about the complete Riverworld series, where the concluding finale The Gods of Riverworld wrongly is called an "..associated story outside the main sequence...") and finally The Unreasoning Mask ("A swashbuckling space opera with heavy metaphysical overtones..."). These short entries are actually written by Robert Latham, Paul A. Carter, Brian Stableford and Michael M. Levy. The texts in both editions are nearly the same, only slight corrections in the newer one.
  • Anatomy of Wonder 4 (A Critical Guide to Science Fiction), edited by Neil Barron
    R.R. Bowker, ISBN 0-8352-3288-3, hardcover, 03/1995
    R.R. Bowker, ISBN 8-8352-3684-6, trade paperback,
  • Anatomy of Wonder, 5th edition (A Critical Guide to Science Fiction), edited by Neil Barron
    Libraries Unlimited, ISBN 1-59158-171-0, hardcover,

Allan Davey

Baugh, Matthew - "The Legacy of the Fox: Zorro in the Wold Newton Universe"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Bear, Greg - "Foreword"
Greg first encountered Phil through his short stories, and started reading everything else by Farmer. The novel To Your Scattered Bodies Go swept him of his feet. Greg also tells how Farmer had influenced his own writing, especially with his novel Eternity.

Laura Givens

Beaulieu, Rick - "How Tarzan Introduced Me to Philip José Farmer"
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 3, January 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Bell, Jason Robert - "My Feast Unknown (Or how I adapted an unreadable book into an unwatchable multi-media theater piece that crashes DVD recorders)"

Bell performed in the summer of 2005 a stage adaptation with a multimedia presentation of Farmer's novel A Feast Unknown. This is a report of how the idea for and the project itself started and how the successful project went along.
See the page Miscellany.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 2, October 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Karl Kauffman

Bertin, Eddy C. - "Philip Jose Farmer"

A checklist of Farmer's books until 1974, including the Dutch translations.
  • (Dutch)
    SF-Gids No.13, March 1974
    [Fanzine, edited by Eddy C. Bertin.]


Bertin, Eddy C. - "P.J. Farmer's kreatie van de Rivierwereld"

An article about the Riverworld and a review of the first two books in this series.
  • (Dutch)
    SF-Gids No.6, July 1973
    [Fanzine, edited by Eddy C. Bertin.]


Bester, Alfred - "Books" (department)
In this article Bester is putting together a composite All Star SF Author out of selection of seven authors he admires most, of which one is Philip José Farmer: "...Mr. Farmer is possibly the only author who genuinely, with discipline, extrapolates. He is the only man capable of pursuing an idea to its logical end, no matter what the conclusion may involve; and it is Mr. Farmer's greatness that he is unafraid of the most repellent conclusions...".
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 1961
    [This issue also contains "Prometheus" by Farmer.]
  • ("The All-Star SF Author")
    Fantasy and Science Fiction (UK), July 1961
    [This issue also contains "Prometheus" by Farmer.]
  • (French: "Livres d'Amérique")
    Fiction No.106, September 1962
    [This issue also contains "Prométhée" by Farmer.]

Mel Hunter

Bibo, Terry - "The Case of the Curious Contradiction"
Phil lived most of his life in Peoria, IL. Terry Bibo, a reporter for a local newspaper in Peoria and friend of the Farmers, looks back and found only a few articles about Farmer in the local newspapers. One of them a piece by herself about the local Sherlock Holmes Society. That is not much for an author whose writings are translated worldwide, and is well known in France for instance, but not in his hometown. As Farmer said: "I am obscure in Peoria. I guess they don't read much around here."

Laura Givens

Bing, Jon - "Farmer - etterapernes konge"
A portrait, an introduction to the writing career of Farmer, especially his many Edgar Rice Burroughs influenced and related works. This essay is followed by the translation of "An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke".
  • (Norwegian)
    Åndeskrift (Nazar 2), edited by Jon Bing & Tor Åge Bringsværd
    Gyldendal (Lanterne L 299), ISBN 82-05-08714-8, trade paperback, -/1976

Peter Haars

Bischoff, David - "A Letter from Farmer"
"If you ever got a letter from one of your heroes threatening to sue you, how would you feel?" Bischoff received such a letter from Farmer, one of his favorite authors, in the mid-seventies, and describes how it all came to that. An amusing anecdote.
  • Farmerphile Issue No.7, January 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Shannon Robicheaux

Block, Don - "Collecting Paperback First Editions of Philip José Farmer"

In his article Don Block writes about the problems he encountered while trying to get a complete collection of the first paperback editions of PJF's books. Searching in second hand bookshops can give you a thrill finding a new addition to the collection, but most often there is a big frustration finding nothing or only badly damaged copies.
  • Collecting Paperbacks?, Vol.2 #3, July 1980
    [Fanzine, edited by Lance Casebeer.]


Block, Don Z. - "Getting Ahead in Canador House: Farmer's Love Song"
Essay about if Love Song is a Gothic or a purely pornographic novel, about the characters in this novel and their sexual problems of the past and with each other in the present. Block: «If Love Song is disappointing, it is perhaps because the revelations do not surprise as much as Farmer leads us to expect them to.»
  • Farmerage Vol. 1 No. 3, February 1979
    [Fanzine, edited by George H. Scheetz. Actually published in March 1980.]


Bollmann, Art - "A Review of Final Menacing Glimpses"

A 'fake' review.
  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Bonte, Dave - "Het interstellaire verhaal achter Jules Verne's "Reis Rond De Wereld In Tachtig Dagen""
An article explaining what Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg adds to Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, based on the secret log of Phileas Fogg. Dave Bonte praises Farmer's originality with his novel: "...Farmer, die op een zeer originele manier de avonturen van Phileas Fogg en zijn knecht Passepartout herinterpreteert."
  • (Dutch)
    De Verniaan Nr. 42, Voorjaar (Spring) 2008
    [Journal of the Dutch Jules Verne Genootschap. Edited by Rein Saariste.]


Booker, M. Keith - "Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)"
Entry about Phil's writing career, from "The Lovers", his planetary romances and parallel worlds, the Riverworld series, the Wold Newton Family, till the Dayworld series and Farmer's space opera The Unreasoning Mask.
Booker: «Possibly because of controversies over the treatment of sexuality in his work, Farmer's contributions to the field may have been underestimated during most of his career...»
  • Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature, by M. Keith Booker
    Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 978-0-8108-7883-9, hardcover [no dustjacket], 10/2014
    [The book has a 2015 copyright date.]


Britton, Wesley - "The Riverworld Series"
A critical essay about the novels and stories of the Riverworld series, describing the plot and giving an analysis of the series, which "...is considered to be on the same level of importance as Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and Frank Herbert's Dune books...".
  • Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol.3, edited by T.A. Shippey
    Salem Press, ISBN 0-89356-909-7, hardcover [no dustjacket], 10/1996


Brizzi, Mary T. - "Philip José Farmer"

A biography, a list of publications, and a critical essay in which PJF's most important work is mentioned. Like "The Lovers", the Father Carmody series, the World of Tiers series, the story "Riders of the Purple Wage" and of course the Riverworld series.
Brizzi: "Farmer's work has always attracted much critical attention. The consensus of critical opinion is that Farmer is one of the most serious and important of contemporary science-fiction writers."
  • Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, edited by Curtis C. Smith
    St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-82420-3, hardcover, -/1981


Brizzi, Mary T. - "Philip José Farmer"

A biography, a list of publications, and a critical essay. The list of publications is updated and corrected from the first edition of this book (see previous entry). The essay is completely new, although it mentions the same works as in the first edition plus several others as well, most briefly.
Brizzi: "Critics label Farmer a deeply philosophical writer who treats universal issues with originality and insight."
  • Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers, Second Edition, edited by Curtis C. Smith
    St. James Press, ISBN 0-912289-27-9, hardcover [no dustjacket], -/1986


Brizzi, Mary T. - "Philip José Farmer"
A biography, a list of publications, and a critical essay. The list of publications is updated.
  • Twentieth-Century Science Fiction Writers, Third Edition edited by Noelle Watson and Paul E. Schellinger
    St. James Press, ISBN 1-55862-111-3, hardcover, 12/1991


Brizzi, Mary Turzillo - "Philip José Farmer"
A biography, a list of publications, and a critical essay. The list of publications is updated and corrected from the earlier editions of this book (see previous entries). The essay is again completely new.
  • St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers (Fourth Edition), edited by Jay P. Pederson
    St. James Press, ISBN 1-55862-179-2, hardcover [no dustjacket], 12/1995
    [This is the fourth edition of the book previously titled Twentieth-Century Science Fiction Writers -see above entries- with new editors, and completely revised.]


Brown, Charles N. (editor) - "Happy 90th Birthday to Philip José Farmer"
Letters and appreciations from Joe Haldeman, Richard A. Lupoff, Mike Resnick, Gary K. Wolfe, Garth Nix, Barry Malzberg, Allan Steele and Karl Schroeder. A four page spread with a photo retrospective, covering Phil's life from the age of five months till in 2007. The editor of the magazine, Charles Brown, congratulates Farmer in his Editorial.
Also in this issue a review of some of Farmer's books.
  • Locus Issue 565, Vol. 60 No. 2, February 2008
    [Newszine, edited by Charles N. Brown.]


Brown, Charles N. (editor) - "Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)"
An obituary, recalling Farmer's life and writing career, mentioning along the way his complete oeuvre of novels and stories.
In this issue also orbituaries by Gary K. Wolfe, Joe Haldeman, Christopher Paul Carey, Mary A. Turzillo, and Richard A. Lupoff.
  • Locus Issue 579, Vol. 62 No. 4, April 2009
    [Newszine, edited by Charles N. Brown.]


Brown, Mark K. - "D is for Daughter, F is for Father"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Brown, Mark K. - "From Pygmalion to Casablanca: The Higgins Genealogy"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Brown, Mark K. - "The Magnificent Gordons"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Bunson, Matthew E. - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry, that opens with: "...The prolific American writer (b.1935) was the author of several important Holmesian literary efforts...". The only thing wrong in this sentence is the year of birth, PJF was born in 1918. The literary efforts Bunson writes about are: The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, "The Problem of the Sore Bridge - Among Others", "A Scarletin Study" and The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.
  • Encyclopedia Sherlockiana, edited by Matthew E. Bunson
    Macmillan, ISBN 0-671-79826-X, hardcover, -/1994
    Macmillan, ISBN 0-02-861679-0, oversize paperback, -/1997

Mark Summers

Burstein, Michael A. - "Introduction"
In his introduction Burstein imagines what it would be to live in Dayworld, and he speculates what the consequences would be.
«...If I were living in that world, I think I'd become a daybreaker ... For many of us, a Dayworld might be a nightmare scenario...»

Keith Howell

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