Works about Philip José Farmer (12): M
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.

Malaguti, Ugo - "Introduzione"
An essay in the translated novel Il segreto del tempo (Cache from Outer Space), about the stories Farmer wrote in the 1950s, with sexual themes, and his use of religion in his work. Also nice words about the novel at hand, that Malaguti starts with a big compliment: «Il Segreto del Tempo è una delle opere avventurose di Farmer che maggiormente rivelano la sua inventiva e le sua capacità di narratore avventurose nel senso più moderno della parola.»
  • (Italian)
    Il segreto del tempo
    Libra Editrice (Saturno. Collana di fantascienza 2), no ISBN, hardcover, 11/1977


Malaguti, Ugo - "Un dono dallo spazio"

Introduction to the first part of Stations of the Nightmare, the in Italian translated story "The Two-Edged Gift" ("Il regalo a doppio taglio"). With a few words about Farmer's style of writing as a tabu breaker and where he as one of the largest creators of universes is compared to another "...absolute genius of the century, A.E. Van Vogt".
  • (Italian)
    Nova SF* 62 (Gli occhi delle stelle), edited by Ugo Malaguti
    Perseo Libri, no ISBN, trade paperback, 09/2003
    [Illustration by Walace Wood.]

Giuseppe Festino

Malaguti, Ugo - "Paul Eyre e i suoi poteri"

Introduction to the second part of Stations of the Nightmare, the in Italian translated story "The Startouched" ("Baciato da una stella"). Also mentioned in the profile are some highlights in Farmer's writing career - "...a career of lights and shadows, great triumphs and unexpected falls, nevertheless a shining career, brilliant, full of ideas and successes..." - as there are The Lovers, the Father Carmody stories, his erotic work and the Dayworld series amongst several others.
  • (Italian)
    Nova SF* 64 (Quando appare l'invisibile), edited by Ugo Malaguti
    Perseo Libri, no ISBN, trade paperback, 01/2004
    [Illustration by Giorgio de Gaspari.]
Giuseppe Festino

Malaguti, Ugo - "Philip José Farmer e la speranza"
A profile of Philip José Farmer, about his life and writing career. It is also an introduction to the Father Carmody series, because of the publication of "Prometheus". It is the first Farmer story in the Nova SF* series of anthologies.
  • (Italian)
    Nova SF* 18 (Delle lune, del mare e del cielo), edited by Ugo Malaguti
    Libra, no ISBN, trade paperback, 02/1972

Malmont, Paul - "Foreword"
About Malmont's discovery of Farmer's work: "If I hadn't found Farmer's Doc Savage: His Apocalytic Life in the tiny book section of a friggin' Hallmark card store, the whole trajectory of my life might have been different."

Keith Howell

Manlove, Colin N. - "Philip José Farmer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)"

A very interesting, indepth and critical essay about To Your Scattered Bodies Go. It starts with: «Of all the writers considered in this book, Philip José Farmer is one of the most imaginatively ambitious. His urge, from his first well-known book, The Lovers (1952), is always to push his mind beyond the limits, to describe a world of the Last Days, to throw together in one context historical figures and personages from fiction, to create endless series of sheerly different worlds or images striking in their sheer inventiveness, even to write alien pornography beyond man's wildest imaginings.»
  • Science Fiction: Ten Explorations, edited by C.N. Manlove
    Macmillan UK, ISBN 0-333-36919-X, hardcover, 09/1986
    Kent State University Press, ISBN 0-87338-326-5, hardcover, 09/1986
    [Both editions are nearly identical. The US edition is a co-publication with Macmillan UK.]

Ron Mercer

Mann, George - "Philip José Farmer"

Entry plus bibliography. The article ends with: "...Philip José Farmer has never been an author to let himself be bound by convention. The roots of his inspiration may lie partly in the SF genre, but his ideas and style are most definitely his own. Where Farmer goes, subversive humor follows, though often there will be a serious undercurrent bubbling away beneath the text. Then it becomes a matter of whether the reader can stop laughing long enough to hear it...".
  • The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by George Mann
    Robinson, ISBN 1-84119-177-9, trade paperback, 06/2001
    Carroll & Graf, ISBN 0-7867-0887-5, trade paperback, 
    [Both editions are nearly identical.]

Richard Clifton-Dey

Marigny, Jean - "Art et artifice dans Riverworld de Philip José Farmer"
Essay in this journal, with the theme 'Irréel et littérature'. A critical view on the Riverworld series. Marigny wants to check if the Riverworld novels are literature, art, or only mediocre and artificial. At the end of eight pages he concludes: «The long saga of the Riverworld is an original work of art that, while artificially constructed, has the merit of not being artificial and even manages, through its ingenuity, to surprise the readers.»
  • (French)
    Les Cahiers du CERLI Nº 12, 01/1986
    [Critical academic journal, published by the Université de Toulouse-le Mirail. Edited by Max Duperray.]


Marriott, Justin - "The Memoirs of Lord Grandrith"
Article, discussing one of the four erotic novels that Farmer wrote for Essex House, A Feast Unknown, "...One of those books that everyone seems to know about due to its reputation, but few have read...", and "...There is humour in the book, black-hole bleak most of the time, typically provided by Grandrith...".
  • The Paperback Fanatic, Issue Four, Autumn 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Justin Marriott.]


Mattsson, Steve - "Boris the Bear: Wold Newton and Philip José Farmer"
Essay about the influences Farmer had on the comic book series Boris the Bear. The references to Farmer's work in this comic series, some of them scripted by Mattsson, are all mentioned.
Mattsson: «...I am not above stealing from the master!...»
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 14, October 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Mattsson, Steve - "The Cache of Inspiration from Peoria"
Essay about Farmer's novel Cache from Outer Space: «On initial analysis it is a simple post-apocalyptic adventure story with a few science fiction trappings, but a closer look reveals that it is a love story and one of Farmer's most personal works.»
  • FarmerCon IV, edited by Michael Croteau
    Michael Croteau, pamphlet, 06/2009

Charles Berlin

Mattsson, Steve - "Escape from Loki Again, and Again, and Again..."
A second essay about Farmer in relation to comic books. This time about Doc Savage's escape from Loki. Phil wrote first about this in 1973 in his Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Phil's idea was used in a comic book (1989) and in 1991 Phil's own novel Escape from Loki got published.
  • Farmerphile Issue No.13, July 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & 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

Vladimir Verano

Mattsson, Steve - "Full Blown Comic Book Images of the Beast"
Article in which Mattsson looks at the connection of Farmer's work to comic books: «Surprisingly few of Philip José Farmer's works have been adapted as comic books. It's not so surprising that Image of the Beast is one of them.» The article gives background information about the art by Tim Boxell and the role of Forry J Ackerman in the comic.
  • Farmerphile Issue No.12, April 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

McDonnell, David - "The 100 Most Important People in Science Fiction/Fantasy: Philip José Farmer"

Short profile with photo, mentioning Farmer's best known works, like the Riverworld books, the World of Tiers series, and several others, and his achievements: "..he introduced sex, a virtually ignored element in the genre...".
  • Starlog #100, November 1985
    [Magazine, "The Science Fiction Universe", edited by David McDonnell.]


Melvin, Kenneth B., et al - "Introduction"

An introduction to "How Deep the Grooves" about mad scientists in general and the one in the story at hand, with his mind-reading technique, who "...unwittingly releases powerful and unknown forces in which creation becomes destruction...".
  • Psy Fi One (An Anthology of Psychology in Science Fiction), edited by Kenneth B. Melvin, Stanley L. Brodsky and Raymond D. Fowler, Jr.
    Random House, ISBN 0-394-30576-0, trade paperback, 01/1977

Stanislaw Fernandes

Mengel, Brad - "Watching the Detectives, or, The Sherlock Holmes Family Tree"

  • 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

Mertes, Jack - "Philip José Farmer's Adventures in Hollywood"
During Phil's writing career many of his novels and stories were optioned for a movie, but it never actually came to a movie. Novels like The Image of the Beast, Lord Tyger, the Dayworld series, Night of Light, the Riverworld books, and several other stories were optined. Only the Riverworld series has been filmed finally, in 2003 and again in 2010.

Keith Howell

Miller, Heidi Ruby - "Afterword to Tongues of the Moon"
A description of the differences between the original story, "Tongues of the Moon", and the novel-length version of Tongues of the Moon.
  • Farmerphile Issue No.14, October 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Miller, Heidi Ruby - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on Tongues of the Moon"
Miller summarizes the novel Tongues of the Moon as follows: "The majority of this past-paced book focuses upon Broward's search for an ultimate weapon that will bring the Soviet Russian-American allies victory over the South Atlantic Axis, run by the Argentineans". Buth Miller found Farmer's hint about the roles of women more impacting on her.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 13, July 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]
  • as "Bibliophile—Tongues of the Moon"
    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

Vladimir Verano

Minyard, Applewhite - "Introduction to "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World""
A short biography of Phil's life and writings, like his Tarzan Alive.
In the introduced story Farmer shows «...what can happen when love at first sight disrupts the normality of an otherwise orderly world...». The Intructor's Edition of this book gives an extra piece about the story and the questions of the textbook.
  • Decades of Science Fiction, edited by Applewhite Minyard
    NTC Publishing Group, ISBN 0-8442-5994-2, trade paperback, 11/1997

Francois Robert

Mohs, Mayo - "Introduction to "Prometheus""

Mohs: "...To Philip José Farmer's considerable credit, the protagonist of some of his most memorable stories has been a very three- dimensional cleric, a space adventurer turned monk named John Carmody...".
  • Other Worlds, Other Gods, edited by Mayo Mohs
    Doubleday, no ISBN, hardcover, 06/1971
    Avon (17947), SBN 380-17947-095, paperback, 01/1974
    NEL, SBN 450-02369-9, hardcover, -/1975
    NEL (27368), SBN 450-02736-8, paperback, 09/1976
  • (French: no title)
    Autres dieux, autres mondes, edited by Mayo Mohs
    Denoël (Présence du futur no. 184), no ISBN, paperback, 06/1974

Norman Adams

Montanari, Gianni - "Philip José Farmer: Gli amanti proibiti"
Essay about Farmer.
  • Amore e Alieni (Grande Enciclopedia della Fantascienza, No. 29), magazine, 11/1980
  • Gli alieni, edited by Francesco Paolo Conte
    Del Drago (Grande Enciclopedia della Fantascienza, Volume 4), no ISBN, hardcover, -/1980
    [Eight magazines of the series, the numbers 25-32, bound in one hardcover.]


Mora, Teo - "Appendice - Gli universi letterari di Farmer"
Essay of 26 pages, in which Mora describes six types of thematic universes. Next nearly Farmer's complete oeuvre of that time is set in one of these universes or themes. One of the novels has a special place, Venus on the Half-Shell: «Quest'opera, una barzelletta stantia raccontata da uno scrittore inesistente, è senz'altro la summa delle tematiche farmeriane.» («This work, a great joke told by a non-existent writer, is undoubtedly the sum of Farmer themes.)

  • (Italian)
    Pianeta d'aria
    Fanucci (Futuro 37), no ISBN, trade paperback, 03/1978

    Fannuci (Biblioteca di Fantascienza 4), ISBN 88-347-0252-2, trade paperback, 06/1988
    Fannuci (Biblioteca di Fantascienza 4), ISBN 88-347-0252-2, trade paperback, 07/1988

Bruce Pennington

Moskowitz, Sam - "Philip José Farmer: Sex & Science Fiction"

A critical and very interesting essay about the impact of the publication of the novella "The Lovers" and a historical overview of sex in science fiction before and after that publication. Next to this publishing highlight Moskowitz discusses Farmer's early writing career, his successes but also the many problems with publishers he encountered during that time. Sam Moskowitz: «...Despite the spontaneous acclaim accorded some of his works, Philip José Farmer is still underrated ... he is a storyteller of high artistry, and at least a few of his works have an air of permanence about them...».
  • Amazing, December 1964
  • ("Philip José Farmer") [A revised version]
    Seekers of Tomorrow, by Sam Moskowitz
    World, no ISBN, hardcover, -/1966
    Ballantine (U7083), no ISBN, paperback, 10/1967
    Hyperion, ISBN 0-88355-129-2, hardcover [no dustjacket], -/1974
    Hyperion, ISBN 0-88355-158-6, trade paperback, -/1974
  • (French: "Introduction")
    Les amants étrangers - L'univers à l'envers (omnibus)
    Opta/Club du Livre d'Anticipation, no ISBN, hardcover [no dustjacket], 03/1968
    [With a "Post-Scriptum" by Alain Dorémieux.]
  • (Spanish [Argentina] - extract: "Prologo")
    Relaciones extrañas
    Andrómeda (Más Allá CF), no ISBN, paperback, -/1976
    Adiax (Fénix), no ISBN, paperback, 08/1980
    [Both editions have the same extract of the essay.]
  • (Russian: "Philip Jose Farmer")
    Грех межзвездный
    Terra Fantastica, ISBN 5-7921-0008-X, hardcover, -/1992

Robert Adragna



Mottier, François - "Eleven Days in Springtime"
Not only wrote the Frenchman François Mottier, with Farmer's permission, a novel about Philip José Farmer, he also visited PJF in his hometown Peoria, Illinois. This visit is and their friendship is the subject of this essay. The novel, Philip José Farmer conquiert l'univers, was only published in France.

Laura Givens

Murray, Will - "Caliban"
Article, describing the meetings Murray has had with Farmer –mostly on paper– about their mutual interests, Doc Savage and Tarzan. Murray wondered why Farmer used the name Doc Caliban in some of his works, but finally found the answer.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 6, October 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • Writings in Bronze, by Will Murray
    Altus Press, ISBN 978-1-45282-254-9, trade paperback, 07/2011
  • 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 hardcover.]
  • 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

Keith Wilson

Murray, Will - "Escape From Loki Revisited"
Essay, about Murray's thoughts of Farmer's Doc Savage novel Escape From Loki (1991). He wasn't impressed with the novel, because he had expected 'a full blown SF', maybe even fighting off aliens. Murray: «We have a vastly different point of view.»
The essay also tells the story how Farmer lost his first version of the novel, because of a computer crash.
  • The Bronze Gazette Issue 82, Fall 2018
    [Fanzine, edited by Chuck Welch.]

Joe DeVito

Murray, Will - "Philip José Farmer and Doc Savage"
A tribute to Phil Farmer, because of his death in February 2009, describing the role Doc Savage played in Farmer's life and how Farmer played a role in the Doc Savage saga. Also about how the Wold Newton mythology came to be.
  • Doc Savage #27
    Sanctum Books, ISBN 978-1-60877-001-4, trade paperback, 06/2009

Walter R. Baumhofer

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