Works about Philip José Farmer (11): L
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.

Lai, Rick - "Fu Manchu Vs. Cthulhu"

  • 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

Lai , Rick - "The Genuine Imposter"
In this essay Lai examines in depth Farmer's use of a minor pulp character, Margo Lane - mother of Kent Lane, and the complications that can rise using her.

Keith Howell

Lai , Rick - "The Maestro of Mythology"
A tribute: «Philip José Farmer was one of the greatest mythmakers of all time... and ...Farmer's knowledge of literature was astounding.»
  • Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, edited by Win Scott Eckert
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-98837461-4-0, hardcover, 07/2013
    [Only in the limited edition hardcover.]

Joe DeVito

Lai, Rick - "The Secret History of Captain Nemo"

  • 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

Lalanda, Javier Martín - "Introducción: Los mundos «revisitados» de Philip José Farmer"
A general introduction to the writings of PJF, mentioning along the way most of Farmer's work. Starting with The Lovers, along Inside Outside, the Riverworld series, the Dayworld series, the World of Tiers series, and many others. And of course an introduction to the novel at hand, Hadon of Ancient Opar, and its relation to Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard.

Pablo Torrecilla

Lalanda, Javier Martín - "Introducción: Philip José Farmer y la aventura clásica"

Introduction. Lalanda explains the relation between Farmer's Opar books and the Tarzan books by Burroughs. He places this tale in the series of books by PJF of classic adventures started by other authors, like The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, Ironcastle, and others.
  • (Spanish)
    Huida a Opar
    Anaya (Ultima Thule 9), ISBN 84-207-5763-2, hardcover, 03/1994

Pablo Torrecilla

Langhans, Heiko - "Philip José Farmer"
An author's portrait. In fact a critical essay about the works of Philip José Farmer. About his many series, and the unfinished series, his start and additions to the "...Neomythen seiner Kindheit ... daß die Angehörigen ein und derselben Großfamilie sind...". The author is writing here about Farmer's Wold Newton Family (WNF), without mentioning the WNF.
  • (German)
    ZauberZeit Nr. 30, August 1991
    [In the same issue also the essay "Farmers Welten" by Winfried Czech.]

Richard Hescox

Lansdale, Joe R. - "Farmer's Tyger, Burning Bright"
A very warm introduction about Philip José Farmer and his writing: «Sometimes his prose felt dashed off, his ideas not full formed, but at his best, which was much of the time, he wrote beautifully, and interestingly. There were more ideas in a few pages of a Farmer work than were usually presented in volumes by other writers.». And also a warm welcome to the novel at hand: «I love it. I Recommend it. It is a lucky experience for any discerning reader.»
  • Lord Tyger
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-0-85768-966-5, trade paperback, 07/2012


Lansdale, Joe R. - "Introduction"
About Farmer's writing, his exploring, the choices he made and that Phil had a brilliant mind. Lansdale: «He could generate more unique notions in one page than most writers could in a series of novels written over a lifetime.»
  • The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-12-1, hardcover, 07/2018

    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-11-4, trade paperback, 07/2018
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-15-2, deluxe hardcover, 09/2018

Mark Wheatley

Lansdale, Joe R. - "Phil & Bette Farmer, Jack London, a Wife and a Baby, a Clean Well Lighted Hotel Room"
Lansdale, who then already was a fan of Phil's work, met the Farmers at the start of his own writing career. Like the books before, the meeting also made a big impression on Lansdale.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 8, April 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

Keith Howell

Lansdale, Joe R. - "Philip José Farmer: The Man with the Electric Brain"
Introduction about the author: «...He is even better than we think he is...», his writings: «...He's stunning. And he's fun...», and his role in the science fiction history: «...Before Farmer science fiction was a neutered field. Farmer opened the door, so to speak, and pretty soon others came through...».

  • The Best of Philip José Farmer
    Subterranean Press, ISBN 1-59606-036-0, hardcover, 02/2006
  • ("The Man with the Electric Brain")
    The Pulpster #27, July 2018
    [Magazine, edited by William Lampkin, published for PulpFest 2018. Also with an essay by Farmer.]

Michael Komark

Rudolph Belarski

Lawler, Donald L. - "Introduction"
A short biography about Farmer and an introduction to the story "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World": «...Farmer's elaborately contrived Tuesday world probably represents the idea behind the story, and it takes readers by surprise. The result is an immediate sense of disorientation, until we accept Tuesday world with its unique set of probabilities...».
  • Approaches to Science Fiction, edited by Donald L. Lawler
    Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0-395-25496-5, trade paperback,


Lawrence, Charles - "The Immediate Impact of "The Lovers""

An article about the overwhelming response to Phil Farmer's story "The Lovers" in Startling Stories. Their letter column was filled for several issues after publication of the story with letters of praise from both fans and professionals. Parts of several of these letters are quoted in the article.
  • Farmerage Vol.1 No.1, June 1978
    [Fanzine, edited by George H. Scheetz.]


Lawrence, Charles - "The Universe of John Carmody , or, Translating in the 23rd Century"
Essay about and overview of the Father John Carmody series. About the worlds of the Federation, and about the life and adventures of Carmody, but «...many things have not been told...» by Farmer.
  • Farmerage Vol.1 No.2, October 1978
    [Fanzine, edited by George H. Scheetz.]


Leborgne, Maurice - "Quand Tarzan voyage dans le temps"
Article about three of Farmer's books where Edgar Rice Burroughs's hero Tarzan is the protagonist, La jungle nue (A Feast Unknown), Le dernier cadeau du temps (Time's Last Gift) and Le saigneur de la jungle (The Adventure of the Peerless Peer). In two of these is Tarzan in another period of time because of time travel.
  • (French)
    La tribune des amis d'Edgar Rice Burroughs No. 64, March 2007

    [Fanzine. A Special Philip José Farmer issue, also with an article by Michel Vannereux and a translated foreword by Win Scott Eckert.]

John Picacio

Lem, Stanislaw - "A Letter to Mr. Farmer"
A responce on Farmer's essay "A Letter to Lem", that was published in SF Commentary #25, December 1971.
  • SF Commentary #29, August 1972
    [Australian fanzine, edited by Bruce Gillespie.]

Geoff Mauger

Letson, Russell - "The Faces of a Thousand Heroes: Philip José Farmer"

Critical essay which examines the roots of PJF's themes and characters.
  • Science-Fiction Studies #11, Vol.4 Part 1, March 1977
    [Critical journal.]
  • Online: read it here


Letson, Russell -  "Introduction"


Letson, Russell -  "The Lovers"

Critical essay/review.
  • Survey of Science Fiction Literature - Volume 3 (Imp-Nin), edited by Frank N. Magill
    Salem Press, ISBN 0-89356-197-5, hardcover [no dustjacket], -/1979
    [ISBN 0-89356-194-0 for the complete set of five volumes.]


Letson, Russell F. - "Philip José Farmer"
Entry about Phil's writing, from his first sf story "The Lovers" (1952), along The World of Tiers series, the Wold Newton cycle, till the five Riverworld novels.
There is also an essay by Farmer, "The Journey", in this book.
  • The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by James Gunn
    Viking, ISBN 0-670-81041-X, hardcover, -/1988

Todd Radom

Letson, Russell -  "Riverworld Series"

Critical essay/review.
  • Survey of Science Fiction Literature - Volume 4 (Nio-Sho), edited by Frank N. Magill
    Salem Press, ISBN 0-89356-198-3, hardcover [no dustjacket], -/1979
    [ISBN 0-89356-194-0 for the complete set of five volumes.]


Letson, Russell - "The Worlds of Philip José Farmer"

Critical essay. Compares pro and con views of Farmer's work, with special reference to his 'dark side'. Starting point were two essays, "Thanks for the Feast" by Leslie Fiedler (pro), and "Playing Around with Creation: Philip José Farmer" by Franz Rottensteiner (con).
  • Extrapolation Vol.18 #2, May 1977
    [Critical journal, edited by Thomas D. Clareson.]


Levin, Sean Lee - "Parables in Parabolas: The Role of Mainstream Fiction in the Wold Newton Mythos"

A Wold Newton Universe essay: «While the main focus of Wold Newton Family research has always been escapist fiction, non-adventurers are a key part of the family tree that deserves more attention.»
  • FarmerFan Vol. 1 No. 1, Summer 2018
    [Fanzine, edited by Sean Lee Levin, Jason Scott Aiken and William H. Emmons.]


Lindgren, Tom - "The World of Tiers series"
Short article about the World of Tiers series, mainly consisting of the cover text of the Nelson Doubleday omnibus editions. Lindgren concludes: "Philip Jose Farmer mentions Burroughs in his novels with an actual Barsoom world being created by the Lords! I strongly recommend the series for fun action reading!" Illustrated with some book covers.
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs News Dateline No. 20, November 1985
    [Fanzine, edited by Michael Conran.]


Lippi, Giuseppe - "Introduzione"

Introduction with some background to this novel. It also mentions Farmer's way of creating his own mythology about fictional people like Tarzan, Doc Savage and Phileas Fogg. And how Farmer made these and many others part of the 'Wold Newton Family'.

Luca Michelucci

Lippi, Giuseppe - "Introduzione"
Introduction, about if Opar really existed, about the relation of this novel with the Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and some words about the Opar series.

Frank Frazetta

Lippi, Giuseppe - "Introduzione"

Introduction. Except for a few corrections this is the same introduction as in the first Opar novel, Opar, la città immortale (see above).
  • (Italian)
    Fuga a Opar
    Mondadori, ISBN 88-04-33159-3, paperback, 03/1990

Boris Vallejo

Lofficier, Jean-Marc - "Farmer & Rosny - Kindred Souls"

In this article Lofficier gives an overview of the writing career of J.-H. Rosny Aîné and compares it with that of Philip José Farmer. The two authors 'met' when Farmer translated, adapted and retold Rosny's L'Étonnant Voyage de Hareton Ironcastle, see Ironcastle.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 2, October 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Karl Kauffman

Loridans, Chuck - "The Daughters of Greystoke"

  • 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 (as "The Daughters of Tarzan"): read it here

John Picacio

Lowenherz, Robert J & Lowenherz, Lila - "Introduction to "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World""
«...In this tragicomic tale set in the next century, science has discovered how to deal with overpopulation. People are permitted to live in only one day of the week...» and «...Some of Farmer's best work appears in his treatment of standard science-fiction themes, as in this story of time travel...».
  • Science Fiction, Science Fact, and You, edited by  Robert J. Lowenherz & Lila Lowenherz
    Amsco School Publications,  ISBN 1-56765-028-7, trade paperback, 07/1996


Lowne, Cathy - "To Your Scattered Bodies Go"
In the section 'Sience Fiction' in this book, where fifty books are mentioned, is an entry on To Your Scattered Bodies Go, with which "...Farmer introduces what is one of thew most ambitious concepts in science fiction...".
  • 501 Must-Read Books, edited by Emma Beare
    Bounty Books [UK], ISBN 978-0-753713-43-3, hardcover, -/2006


Lundwall, Sam J. - "Inledning"

An introduction to Farmer and some of his stories, like The Lovers and the ones in Strange Relations, his fictional bibliographies about Tarzan and Doc Savage, and of course the relation of the novel at hand with Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days.

Jack Gaughan

Lupoff, Richard A. - "Philip José Farmer"

An orbituary. About his first encounter with Phil's work, their sharing to play with the icons of mass culture, and the parody of Phil in his story "God of the Naked Unicorn".
In this issue also orbituaries by Charles N. Brown, Gary K. Wolfe, Joe Haldeman, Christopher Paul Carey, and Mary A. Turzillo.
  • Locus Issue 579, Vol. 62 No. 4, April 2009
    [Newszine, edited by Charles N. Brown.]


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