Works about Philip José Farmer (16): S
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.

Sadoul, Jacques - (no title)

In this historic reference work about sf published in the US, the UK and France, which covers the period from 1911 till the early 1970s, Sadoul made fourteen (sixteen in the updated version) references to Philip José Farmer. Some with only a few words, but also much longer pieces, for instance about the Father Carmody stories, "The Lovers", the stories from Strange Relations, Dare, the first two Riverworld books and - in the updated version - the first Opar novel.
  • (French)
    Histoire de la science-fiction moderne (1911-1971), by Jacques Sadoul
    Albin Michel, no ISBN, trade paperback, 11/1973
  • (French)
    Histoire de la science-fiction moderne 1 (Domaine Anglo-Saxon - 1911-1975), by Jacques Sadoul
    J'ai Lu (No. D66), no ISBN, paperback, 09/1975
    [Part of the original publication, about the American and British science fiction. Updated for the years 1971 till 1975.]


Salin, Petri - "Saanko kajota piilotajuntaanne?"

Article about Farmer and some of his work, illustrated with a photo of Phil and with several pictures of covers from his books. I can make out only a few words in this Finnish text, not enough to give a general idea what this is about.
  • (Finnish)
    Portti, Issue 2/1992, May 1992
    [Magazine, edited by Raimo Nikkonen. In the same issue is also a translation of the story "Nobody's Perfect" by Farmer.]

Hannu Lipponen

Sallis, James - "Repopulating Oz"
Essay about his long time relationship with Farmer, and about his thoughts of Farmer's works: «...An exemplar of the professional writer, spinning out stories, shipping them out to market, he retains as well that sense of the amateur, of a man pursuing an activity from sheer love of it. He is also an exemplar of the fecund variety of fantasy and science fiction.».

Laura Givens

Sanders, Joe - "Mother Was a Lovely Beast"

Review/essay of the anthology Mother Was a Lovely Beast and a critical discussion on Farmer's mythologizing.
There is also a review by Cy Chauvin of Strange Relations in this issue.
  • Delap's F&SF Review No. 2, May 1975
    [Fanzine, edited by Richard Delap.]


Sapiro, Leland - "Philip José Farmer's "The Lovers""

Review and critical essay about The Lovers and the Jewish elements Farmer used in this story. Followed by an "Afterword" by Michel Desimon, translated from French.
  • Riverside Quarterly Vol.4 #1, August 1969
    [Fanzine, edited by Lee Sapiro. There is also a letter by PJF in this issue.]

Robert Jennings

Saunders, Charles R. - "Farmer of the Apes"
Article, about Farmer's fascination of Tarzan, and about all the Tarzan and Tarzan related stories Farmer had written.
Saunders: "...Not only has Farmer written the 'definitive' biography of the ape-man, Tarzan Alive, but in his own fashion he has spun off four separate Tarzan personas...".
  • Borealis Vol.1 #2, Spring 1979
    [Canadian fanzine, edited by John Bell. Article illustrated by John Charette.]
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 13, July 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri..]

Derek Sarty

Searles, Baird et.al. - "Philip José Farmer"

Entry about Farmer's contribution to the sf field, who "...brought real, honest, sexual motives to s-f, and he did it in 1952..." and about his writing about other people's characters, like Tarzan, Doc Savage and many others. Also nice words about his Riverworld series and the World of Tiers series: "..He has outdone himself and many others with the sheer inventiveness of the Riverworld series.."
  • A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction
    Avon, ISBN 0-380-46128-5, paperback, 09/1979
    Facts on File, ISBN 0-87196-473-2, hardcover, 08/1980

Stanislaw Fernandes

Seels, James T. - "Collecting Philip José Farmer"

Article about the books and stories by Farmer and the problems one can encounter when collecting the first editions, with an informal checklist of first seperate publications and the approximate values at the time.
  • Firsts Volume 1, Number 10, October 1991
    [Magazine, edited by Kathryn Smiley. The checklist is updated with new values in October 2001, see here.]


Scheetz, George H. - "A Brief Bibliography: 1946-1953"

A bibliography of the 'Major Writings: Fiction and Verse' originally written and published in the short period from 1946 till 1953, with all the later reprints and known translations.
  • Farmerage Vol.1 No.1, June 1978
    [Fanzine, edited by George H. Scheetz.]


Scheetz, George H. - "The Sherlockiana of Philip José Farmer"
A tribute – with a bibliography of his Sherlockiana – to the founder, Philip José Farmer, of the local scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, "The Hansoms of John Clayton".
  • Wheelwrightings vol. 1, no 2 (issue 2), September 1978
    [Fanzine, edited by Robert C. Burr & George H. Scheetz.]


Scheetz, George H. - "We Were Introduced by Sherlock Holmes"
A personal story of how Scheetz first met Farmer in 1977, and the events that led to it. Phil decided to start a local scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, "The Hansoms of John Clayton". Scheetz also tells of his further activities with and about Farmer: of a never published bibliography, editor of the fanzine Farmerage, and editor of the collection Riverworld War.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 12, April 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

Keith Howell

Scheetz, George H. - "Yours Truly, Father Carmody"

A short article with the theory that Farmer's John Carmody is the same as Robert Bloch's John Carmody (= Jack the Ripper) from his story "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" in Weird Tales, July 1943.
  • Farmerage Vol.1 No.2, October 1978
    [Fanzine, edited by George H. Scheetz.]


Schildiner, Frank - 
"The Truth of the Nine"
Interesting study who 'The Nine'—from A Feast Unknown, Lord of the Trees, and The Mad Goblin—really are. And what the places in history were of 'The Nine', 'the Gods of ancient myths'.
  • FarmerCon 100 (3), edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, pamphlet (program), 07/2018

Keith Howell

Schweitzer, Darrell - "Philip José Farmer: Daring"

Farmer dared to write about many subjects, that weren't typical for science fiction at that point: «He could be outrageous or playful or shocking, but not frivolously so. He was not a writer who ever compromised his integrity.»
  • FarmerCon 100 (1), edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, pamphlet (program), 07/2018

Keith Howell

Scortia, Thomas N. - "Introduction"

An introductory piece to the story "Mother", which goes as much about Scortia's relationship with PJF and their drinking habits in the good old days as about this story.
  • Strange Bedfellows, edited by Thomas N. Scortia
    Random House, ISBN 0-394-48155-0, hardcover, 11/1972
    Pocket, ISBN 0-671-77794-7, paperback, 12/1974 

Mike Gross

Silverberg, Robert - "An Appreciation"

On the occasion of Farmer receiving the Grand Master Award 2001. An overview of Farmer's life as a science fiction author and the reasons he might have had to abort that career. But "..with unquenchable humor, unfettered narrative drive, and an unabashed willingness to confront the biggest of philosophical questions, this quiet, witty, and much beloved man has graced our field for decades with his presence and his gifts..".
Also in this book the short acceptance speech by Farmer.
  • Nebula Awards Showcase 2002, edited by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Roc, ISBN 0-451-45878-8, trade paperback, 04/2002

Ray Lundgren

Silverberg, Robert - "Introduction to "Mother"
A short introduction about Philip José Farmer being "...a man well ahead of his proper time when he arrived on the science-fiction scene in 1952...", and "...The story here is demonstrating the skills and insights characteristic of his work from the start".
  • Alpha 4, edited by Robert Silverberg
    Ballantine, ISBN 0-345-23564-9, paperback, 10/1973

Bruce Pennington

Silverberg, Robert - "Introduction to "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World""

In his short introduction Silverberg praises PJF's Hugo winning stories "The Lovers" and "Riders of the Purple Wage", along with Image of the Beast and Lord Tyger. And "..along the route there have been scores of other stories and novels, nearly every one fresh, vigorous, unconventional, and controversial." With the same enthusiasm he introduces the story in this anthology and "..one hopes that this is just an opening peek into the only-on-Tuesday world."
Years later Farmer wrote the Dayworld series, based on this story.
  • New Dimensions 1, edited by Robert Silverberg
    Doubleday, no ISBN, hardcover, 10/1971 
    Avon Books, SBN 380-15925-095, paperback, 08/1973

Nick Aristovulos

Silverberg, Robert - "Introduction to "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World""
A few words about Farmer's leaping appearance as a science fiction writer with "The Lovers", and his later significant novels and stories, like: «... the quirky, sly, playful story with the longwinded title that we offer here...».
  • Alpha 9, edited by Robert Silverberg
    Berkley, ISBN 0-425-03838-6, paperback, 10/1978

Vicente Segrelles

Silverberg, Robert - "Introduction to "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World""
A third introduction to the same story by Silverberg. He would have liked some stories of the Old Pros, of the early 1950's, for his anthology series New Dimensions: «...The only one who actually did send anything was Farmer, who early 1970 sent me an ingenious and oddly moving little piece...».
  • The Best of New Dimensions, edited by Robert Silverberg Pocket Books, ISBN 0-671-82976-9, paperback, 11/1979

Richard Powers

Silverberg, Robert - "Rereading Philip José Farmer"
In his column "Reflections" Silverberg presents us with the startling joy of “Rereading Philip José Farmer”. He first read the taboo breaking story "The Lovers" back in August 1952 when it was published in Startling Stories. Silverberg: «"The Lovers" is a whale of story, a very special kind of love story, a trailblazer, a pioneering work. That was how I found it in 1952, and how it still seems to me more than sixty years later. It's sexy, yes, and certainly that caught my teenage interest back there in 1952, but it's the way the story is sexy that matters most.»
The second version, the Foreword, is much longer. It is also about the meetings over the years, at science fiction conventions, between Farmer and Silverberg, the prizes that Farmer won, and about their friendship.
  • Asimov's Science Fiction, Vol. 38 No. 2 (Whole # 457), February 2014
    [Magazine, edited by Sheila Williams.]
  • Online: read it here.
  • "Foreword"
    The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (4): Voyages to Strange Days, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9837461-8-8, trade paperback, 06/2014
    [A second, much expanded version.]

Jim Burns

Simpson, Don - "A Daring Tribute"
Two nice drawings of the female R'li from Farmer's novel Dare.
Simpson: «...I didn't like any of the various interpretations of R'li that I've seen on various paperback editions—so I drew my own...»
  • Farmercon XIV, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, pamphlet, 08/2019

 Keith Howell

Sippo, Arthur C. - "Afterword"
In this 11 pages long afterword to the novel A Feast Unknown Sippo describes the many differences btween the original Tarzan (Lord Greystoke) and Farmer's Lord Grandrith, and between the original Doc Savage and Farmer's Doc Caliban. The explicit sex scenes in the book offended many at the time of first publication in 1969, but Sippo says that it is time to reassess the meaning of the novel.
  • A Feast Unknown
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-1-78116-288-0, trade paperback, 10/2012
  • "Sons of Savage: Doc Caliban"
    The Bronze Gazette #81, Spring 2018
    [Fanzine, edited by Chuck Welch.]

Steve White

Dan Brereton

Sippo, Arthur C. - "Doc Savage and Philip José Farmer: The Hero-on-the-Hudson and his Boswell"
A tribute. How Sippo as a youngster discovered Doc Savage and through the fictional biography about him, this book, the works of Phil Farmer. Both had a huge impact.
  • 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

Sippo, Arthur C. - "For Where Your Treasure Is"
Essay, about the novella "Moth and Rust" and the changes Philip José Farmer made when he rewrote and expanded the story into the novel A Woman a Day. Not all the changes are positive, according to Sippo: «...The big question is why Philip Farmer rewrote "Moth and Rust"...»

Laura Givens

Sippo, Arthur C. - "Introduction"
Sippo writes about when he first bought the book back in 1969: «I read this book in one sitting. I was sumultaneously intriged, repulsed, disgusted, titillated, and entertained. ... Reading the book was a turning point in my life.»
  • A Feast Unknown
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-1-78116-288-0, trade paperback, 10/2012

Steve White

Sippo, Art - "This Played in Peoria?"
How Sippo, at the of 16 years, first came across Farmer's version of the Doc Savage character, with Doc Caliban in A Feast Unknown. It made a huge impression on him...
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 14, October 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

Charles Berlin

Sleight, Graham -"Yesterday's Tomorrows"
A critical review of two recently published, The Best of Philip José Farmer and Pearls from Peoria (both 2006), and two older books, Lord Tyger (1970) and To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). The review concludes with "...his enthusiasm isn't limited to one root story or setting. Farmer's most enthralling characteristic is the range of his enthusiasms: he seems like a fan of everything."
  • Locus Issue 565, Vol. 60 No. 2, February 2008
    [Newszine, edited by Charles N. Brown.]


Small, John Allen - "The Bright Heart of Eternity"
Essay/fiction of an once again young Phil meeting Ed: «Lovingly dedicated to the memories of Philip José Farmer and Edgar Rice Burroughs.».

Charles Berlin

Small, John Allen - "Doc and Phil: A Heck of a Ride"
A tribute to Farmer. Of how Small first met Farmer and Doc Savage. And what their work and later writings meant to him.

Joe DeVito

Small, John A. - "Kiss of the Vampire"


John Picacio

Smushkovich, D. - "Эпатаж, или немного о Филипе Фармере"
Latin: "Epatazh, ili nemnogo o Filippe Farmere" = "Shocking, or a little about Philip Farmer".
Russian essay about Philip José Farmer's life and writing career, mentioning all of his work from "The Lovers" till the Dayworld series.

I. Leontiev

Somers III, Jonathan Swift - "Trout Masque Rectifier (Now It Can Be Told Differently—The Truth About Trout)"
A very funny essay about Philip José Farmer using the pseudonym Kilgore Trout, and 'his own' (non)existence as the fictional author Jonathan Swift Somers III.
This piece was actually written by Michael Croteau & Rhys Hughes.

Keith Howell

Sosio, Silvio - "Biobibliografie Philip J. Farmer"
A short biography about Farmer's life and work, plus an Italian bibliography of the translated books and stories till 1982.
  • (Italian)
    La Spada Spezzata
    , Numero 9 , Vol. 3, Winter 1983-1984

Alessandro Bani

Spinrad, Norman - "Foreword"

Spinrad wrote a foreword to the story "The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod", the story that started this anthology, about the publishing history of the story, about the story itself "..To begin with, no one but Farmer would have thought of such a piece.." and about Farmer's writing career. Spinrad concludes that PJF's "..mastery of style can match his originality of vision."
  • The New Tomorrows, edited by Norman Spinrad
    Belmont (B95-2172), SBN 505-2172-095, paperback, 
    Belmont Tower (50540), ISBN 0-505-50540-0, paperback, -/1973
    [This book is dedicated to Philip José Farmer.]
  • Italian: "Prefazione"
    Cristalli di futuro, edited by Norman Spinrad
    La Tribuna, no ISBN, paperback, 01/1976


Spinrad, Norman - "A Look At Sex In SF" (Part Two)
In this essay Spinrad answers the himself asked questions about the lack of sex in science fiction and gives two names of writers that are dealing with sex with relative honesty, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip José Farmer. He mentions several examples of Farmer's work, especially the just by Essex House published Image of the Beast: "It is wildly imaginative. It is science fiction about human sexual possibilities; it extrapolates beyond the current range of human sexual possibility. It is screamingly funny. It is abysmally frightening."
In part one of "A Look At Sex in SF" are two essays by J.B. Post and Ted White.
  • Science Fiction Times No. 465, April 1969
    [Fanzine, edited by Ann F. Dietz.]


Spiteri, Paul - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on A Barnstormer in Oz"
Next to describing the events that take place in the novel, Spiteri gives this, and I quote: "Despite Baum turning the land of Oz into a children's literature classic, A Barnstormer in Oz is very much an adult's book. Through Hank Stover, Farmer gives a voice to all the questions that naturally spring to mind. ... Farmer has always been adept at showing the real story behind the fiction, separating the myth from the reality, and he does so here with no less aplomb and genius than he has shown countless other times. His intellectual analysis of the nature of magic is compelling and logical."
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 11, January 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Joey Van Massenhoven

Spiteri, Paul -
"Bibliophile - A Discussion on Dark is the Sun"

Dark is the Sun is Spiteri's premier Farmer novel he read and he certainly liked it and still likes it as this article shows. He shares with us some thoughts and ideas about the book and describes the world - which Farmer has set 15 billion years in the future - and the main characters of this story: "...This book, for me at least, is special and unique because of the diversity of species we encounter...".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 2, October 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Karl Kauffman

Spiteri, Paul -
"Bibliophile - A Discussion on Inside Outside"

Spiteri discusses the novel Inside Outside and explores the possibilities that this novel might be linked somehow to the Riverworld series, something Farmer himself denied.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 1, July 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Spiteri, Paul -
"Bibliophile - A Discussion on Jesus on Mars"
In the novel Jesus on Mars Earth astronauts find an orthodox Jewish civilization on Mars and among them is Jesus, who is "...cagey about his origin and drops hints to Orme that he may be an energy being who hitched along`with the Krsh when they visited the planet...". Spiteri regrets that Farmer didn't also write Joseph Smith on Mercury and Buddha on Venus.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 5, July 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • as "Bibliophile–Jesus on Mars"
    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

Spiteri, Paul - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on Lord Tyger"
The writer starts with: "In Ras Tyger, Phil gives us one of his more three-dimensional characters. A character that features in a story ranking amongst the finest he has written..." After that Spiteri describes what happens to Ras in the novel Lord Tyger.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 14, October 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]
  • as "Bibliophile–Lord Tyger"
    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

Spiteri, Paul - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on Nothing Burns in Hell"
The Peoria based pulp detective novel, Nothing Burns in Hell, is reviewed in this article. Spiteri concludes his discussion with: "At the end you have to marvel at the clarity of the solution and salute this master storyteller. Phil proves here that he is a gifted and talented writer, whatever the genre", and "This is a masterly book from a master story teller".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 10, October 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]

Jason Robert Bell

Spiteri, Paul -
"Bibliophile - A Discussion on The Long Warpath"
"The Long Warpath" is a slightly revised version of the novel probably better known as Cache from Outer Space. At the end of this discussion Spiteri concludes that he "...really enjoyed rediscovering this novel...". And although Farmer never wrote a sequel Spiteri would have liked one.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 7, January 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Shannon Robicheaux

Spiteri, Paul - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on The Other Log of Phileas Fogg"
Spiteri describes the outline and the background of Farmer's novel The Other Log of Phileas Fogg. The battle on Earth between two alien races, the Eridaneans and the Capelleans, of which Jules Verne knew nothing about when he wrote the original story Around the World in Eighty Days.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 12, April 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]
  • as "Bibliophile–The Other Log of Phileas Fogg"
    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

Jason Robert Bell

Spiteri, Paul -
"Bibliophile - A Discussion on The Stone God Awakens"
Article about the interrelatedness of Farmer's stories and where this novel, The Stone God Awakens, is linked to, and about the adventures the protagonist, Ulysses Singing Bear or the Stone God, is going through.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 4, April 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Jason Robert Bell

Spiteri, Paul - "Bibliophile - A Discussion on Time's Last Gift"
The novel Time's Last Gift is the "best, most exciting, time travel story ever written" according to Spiteri. In this article he shares with us why he loves the story so much.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 9, July 2007
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Spiteri, Paul - "Burton and Farmer: Incredible Adventures and Eternal Writings"
Introduction, describing some history of this biography, and giving Spiteri's own view on why he thinks «...Farmer and Burton are essentially two sides of the same coin...».
  • A Rough Knight for the Queen, by Philip José Farmer
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-19-0, hardcover, 09/2020
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-18-3, trade paperback, 09/2020

Charles Berlin

Spiteri, Paul - "Foreword"
Paul writes about the history of the Dayworld series and of course especially about this novel: «...Full of action, thought provocation, inspiring characters, and ideas...». He suspects a relation between the 'stoning' in the Dayworld series and in The Stone God Awakens. And finally Paul gives his very positive opinion on the coauthor, Danny Adams.

Keith Howell

Spiteri, Paul -

In this introduction to the first installment of the once as The Dragon's Breath announced, but till now unpublished novel Up from the Bottomless Pit Spiteri explains the reasons for Farmer writing this novel and why it didn't get published at the time. After the rediscovery of the novel it soon became clear: "...this was one hell of a riveting read."
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 1, July 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Spiteri, Paul -

A summary of the first part of the novel Up from the Bottomless Pit. Plus some thoughts about the herein published second part. 
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 2, October 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Karl Kauffman

Spiteri, Paul - "Lord Tyger"
A foreword about the novel and its protagonist, Ras Tyger. Spiteri describes a bit of his life, and states: «There is a risk this story may sound like a reworking of the Tarzan and Mogli epics, but this book is far from that.»
  • Lord Tyger
    Titan Books, ISBN 978-0-85768-966-5, trade paperback, 07/2012


Spiteri, Paul - "The Man of a Thousand Heroes"
Artile, in which Spiteri picks "the cream of the offering" of Farmer's work, and by doing that he mentions nearly everything Phil has written.
  • Farmercon V, edited by Michael Croteau
    Michael Croteau, pamphlet, 06/2010


Spiteri, Paul - "To Write a Hero"
Essay about «...the things that defines a hero, a Phil Farmer hero...». Spiteri gives examples of Farmer's hero building in several of his works, like the Greatheart Silver stories.
  • Farmercon XIV, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, pamphlet, 08/2019

 Keith Howell

Sprauel, Alain & 'Quarante-deux' - "Bibliographie des oeuvres de fiction de Philip José Farmer"

A very thorough and complete bibliography of all original publications and every French publication of Farmer's fiction.
  • (French)
    Le Cycle du Fleuve (**)

    Robert Laffont (Ailleurs & Demain), ISBN 2-221-10077-8, trade paperback, 11/2003

Jurgen Ziewe

Sprauel, Alain - "Philip José Farmer (1918-2009)"
A bibliography, with chronological listings –based on the original publications– of all novels, collections and short fiction of Farmer.
Next to the original publication every French publication has been given. A very thorough bibliography, heavily illustrated with color cover scans of the French books.
  • (French)
    Biblio-SF nº 6, February 2012
    [Fanzine, edited by Alain Sprauel.]

Pierre Le Pixx

Stableford, Brian - "Abatos" (and seven other places)

The descriptions of imaginary places devised by Farmer are: "Abatos" (from "Father"), "Baudelaire" (from "Mother"), "Dante's Joy" (from "Night of Light"), "Dare" (from Dare), "Feral" (from "Prometheus"), "Ozagen" (from "The Lovers"), "Riverworld" (from the Riverworld series) and "World of Tiers" (from the World of Tiers series).
  • The Dictionary of Science Fiction Places, compiled by Brian Stableford
    Fireside Books, ISBN 0-684-84958-5, oversized trade paperback, 04/1999
    [Illustrated by Jeff White.]
    Fireside Books/BCE (# 18442), ISBN 0-7394-0195-5, hardcover, 06/1999

    [Book Club Edition: SFBC. Illustrated by Jeff White.]


Stathis, Lou - "Introduction"
  • Inside Outside
    Gregg, ISBN 0-8398-2622-2, hardcover [no dustjacket],


Steele, Allen - "Writing "Graceland""
Essay about how Steele came to write the story "Graceland", which was published in the anthology Tales of Riverworld. And where he wrote the first draft of the story... at a rock concert.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 15, January 2009
    [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

Keith Howell

Sterling, Bruce - "About Philip José Farmer"
Article in which Farmer is praised highly as an author of the many but very diverse novels and short stories. A writer "...with an imagination so vast that it assumed ontological proportions; he seemed delighted to tear the hide off anything; not just the tired old skiffy biz of rocketships androids robots but God and Life and Death and Sex and the Pope. And what's more he would make you LIKE it..."
  • Philcon 89
    Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, large paperback, 11/1989

    Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, hardcover, 11/1989
    [Program Book. Two hundred copies of this book have been bound in hardcover, numbered and signed by the special guests of Philcon 89: Philip José Farmer, Don Maitz, Poul Anderson and Lois McMaster Bujold. There is also a reprinted story by Farmer, "O'Brien and Obrenov".]
  • as "The Holy Spirit of Science Fiction"
    The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (3): Portraits of a Trickster, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-983-74611-9, trade paperback, 08/2012

Don Maitz

Sterling, S.M. - "Introduction"
Some words about the novel at hand and the context it was written in. Sterling: «Farmer can make a protagonist a mythic archetype, an avatar of the Hero with a Thousand Faces, and still have real depth. His cultures aren't just exotic and colorful, they make sense in their context and have internal coherence. You can smell the marketplace and feel the networks of everyday things which make the wars and intrigues possible.»
  • Flight to Opar
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-0-9905673-1-8, hardcover, 08/2015

Bob Eggleton

Sturgeon, Theodore - "Postscript"
This novel is called pornography by "..a vast number of honestly simpleminded people who can, without hesitation, define.." this work as such. Sturgeon describes the risks and 'lethal destructiveness' of labeling things too easily. He calls this novel more than just pornography, a fable: ".. the play means more than the events described..".
  • The Image of the Beast
    Essex House (#0108), no ISBN, paperback, -/1968
    [The "Postscript" became a "Foreword" in later US editions.]
  • (Dutch: "Postscriptum")
    De beeltenis van het beest
    Bruna (Fantasy en horror 6), ISBN 90-229-3506-X, paperback, -/1971
  • (German: "Ein Wort vorab")
    Fleisch (omnibus)
    Heyne (Band 4558), ISBN 3-453-03147-4, paperback, -/1989
  • (French: "Postface")
    Comme une bête
    Lattès (Titres SF 2), no ISBN, paperback, 03/1979
  • (Spanish: "Post-Scriptum")
    La imagen de la bestia
    Anagrama (Contraseñas 38), ISBN 84-339-1238-0, trade paperback, 12/1981
  • (Hungarian: "Utóirat")
    A bestia képmása
    Phoenix, ISBN 963-7457-28-3, paperback, -/1992
  • (Russian: "Послесловие")
    Миры Филипа Фармера - T. 12
    Polaris, ISBN 5-88132-253-2, hardcover, 01/1997

Peter Maxish

Sturgeon, Theodore - "Postscript"

Sturgeon writes about the peoples wish for superhuman sagas, of which this novel is an example, but different from most of these sagas. "...Read A Feast Unknown, then, for its sprawling, brawling, shocking, suspenseful, hilarious self, and you will be well repaid in pure entertainment - which is true of all Farmer's work ... He makes you recoil in horror and shock - but always in a manner that makes you ask yourself why you found it horrifying or shocking...".
  • A Feast Unknown
    Essex House (#0121), no ISBN, paperback, -/1969
  • (Italian: "Presentazione")
    Festa di morte
    De Carlo (Gamma, I Capolavori della Fantascienza 11), no ISBN, hardcover, -/1972
  • (French: "Postface")
    La jungle nue
    Champ Libre (Chute Libre 1), ISBN 2-85184-016-9, trade paperback, 04/1974
  • (Russian: "Насилие - наш метод!")
    Пир потаенный
    Amex Ltd. & Lorys (Новинки SF & F), ISBN 5-85689-004-3, hardcover, 07/1993


Sturgeon, Theodore - "The Sound of His Wings..."
A very moving profile of Philip José Farmer and his work. Farmer was often misunderstood and misrepresented. Sturgeon: «...As a writer, Farmer is not perfect — if what you're looking for is architectural perfection, high polish, this balanced against that, and everything coming out even. If that's your scale of value, the knobbiness of an oak tree will offend you ... Farmer came to science fiction and gave it life...»
  • Baycon Program Book, edited by the Baycon Committee
    Baycon Committee, no ISBN, chapbook, 08/1968
    [Published for Baycon, the 26th World Science Fiction Convention, where Farmer was the Guest of Honor. See also the profile by Poul Anderson.]

Jack Gaughan

Sutherland, J.A. - "American science fiction since 1960"

Essay. One of the topics in this essay is the genre's stretched and extended capacity, for instance the new sexual frankness. Examples are given where this is uneasily handled. But "...the most flamboyant celebration of the new license is to be found in the late 1960s with Philip José Farmer's Herald Childe romances..." (see the Exorcism series). Also mentioned are "The Lovers" and A Feast Unknown.
  • Science Fiction, A Critical Guide, edited by Patrick Parrinder
    Longman (UK), ISBN 0-582-48928-8, hardcover, -/1979
    Longman (UK), ISBN 0-582-48929-6, trade paperback, -/1979 
    [See also Woodman, Tom.]


Swahn, Sven Christer - "Philip José Farmer"
Next to about twenty other entries there is also a long —34 pages— and very thorough article about Farmer and his work by the Swedish writer Swahn in this science fiction study.
  • (Swedish)
    7 x framtiden
    , by Sven Christer Swahn
    Bernces, ISBN 91-500-0332-1, paperback, -/1974

Ulf Wahlström

Swiddle, Ronald - "Additions to Wymer's Bibliography of the Works of Philip José Farmer"

See: Thomas Wymer
  • Bakka Magazine No. 6, Fall 1977
    [Fanzine, edited by Charles P. McKee. There is also an interview with Farmer in this issue.]

Derek Carter

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