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January 26th: Today would have been Philip José Farmer's 99th birthday! In celebration Meteor House has just announced their first book of 2017, THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE! We can't even begin to tell you how excited we are about this anthology. There will be a Trade Paperback Edition, and a Hardcover Limited Edition. The massive table of contents is not yet complete—but currently over 570 pages—you can read all the details here on the forthcoming books page.
Another way you can celebrate Phil's birthday is by registering for PulpFest/FarmerCon XII. This year our annual gathering has moved from Columbus OH, to Pittsburgh, PA! We've very excited at the prospect of meeting a lot of new pulp collectors and Farmer fans. If you have never been to a PulpFest/FarmerCon come check it out, we have a great time every year.
So, just a quick update to note the occasion and let you know about one bit of news—Meteor House has just released the ebook edition of THE SONG OF KWASIN. Normally Meteor House doesn't publish an ebook until the limited edition is out of print, but with fewer than twenty copies of the hardcover left, they decided to push up the release a little.
Watch this space for announcements in early 2017 of new Farmer related books!
One final note, there is a review at Black Gate about Phileas Fogg's continuing adventures which touches THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG by Farmer, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS and PHILEAS FOGG AND THE HEART OF ORSA both by Josh Reynolds, and BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE DELAY AT GREEN RIVER, WYOMING, OF PHILEAS FOGG, WORLD TRAVELER, OR, THE MASKED MAN MEETS AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN by Win Scott Eckert.
The Con Reports from Christopher Paul Carey and Jason Aiken both focus mostly on FarmerCon, while reports by Ed Hulse, Walker Martin, Tony Isabella, Laurie Powers, and Lewis Forro talk about PulpFest as a whole. As you can read, there is a lot of interesting stuff happening at PulpFest every year.
Jason Aiken also posted some recordings online that you're sure to want to hear if you did not attend this year's FarmerCon. The FarmerCon Readings featuring Danny Adams reading from the novel A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY (coauthored with Philip José Farmer), Christopher Paul Carey reading from BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR and THE SONG OF KWASIN, (coauthored with Farmer), and Win Scott Eckert reading from THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE (coauthored with Farmer). There is also the very interesting FarmerCon Panel featuring Paul Spiteri, Danny Adams, Chris Carey, and Win Eckert, all talking about collaborating with Philip José Farmer.
Looking ahead to future FarmerCons: if you have never been to one, or only come now and then, circle 2018 on your calander. That will be Phil's 100th birthday celebration and it will be the biggest and best FarmerCon yet.
As for updating the website, we have cleared the new books off the forthcoming books page and added A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY to the collaborations page, and PHILEAS FOGG AND THE HEART OF OSRA and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR to the shared worlds page.
One final note: Meteor House has just announced three package deals on their Ancient Opar books, one of which will get you all four: FLIGHT TO OPAR, THE SONG OF KWASIN, HADON, KING OF OPAR, and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR at a huge discount, especially for non-US customers. But, some of these books are nearly sold out, these packages won't last long.
So, let's start Meteor House's latest release, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE HEART OF OSRA, by Josh Reynolds, a sequel to PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS, which itself was a sequel to Farmer's THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG. According to our friends at Meteor House, Josh's second effort is even better than his first one. Oh, and they just posted this awesome cover art by Amar Djouad.
Next up is news about the forthcoming Dayworld novel A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY by Philip José Farmer and Danny Adams. For us geeks who like learn more about our fiction, the book now features an Introduction by Michael A. Burstein and a Foreword by Paul Spiteri—and we have posted a fascinating interview with Danny Adams where he talks about "uncle" Phil's influence on him. This is a must read and will make you nostalgic for an experience you never got to have; an afternoon spent sitting on the stairs listening to Phil type his next novel.
Some potentially sad news next, the signed hardcover limited editions of both FLIGHT TO OPAR and HADON, KING OF OPAR, are officially out of print from the publisher, Meteor House (although, a couple of books stores might still have copies available). So keep in mind, if you have a signed hardcover limited edition of FLIGHT TO OPAR, but have not yet purchased the signed hardcover limited edition of THE SONG OF KWASIN to go with it, you should get on that ASAP. And if you have a signed hardcover limited edition of HADON, KING OF OPAR, but have not yet preordered BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, you probably don't want to wait too much longer.
Back to some happy news: It's not every month we can actually add new content to the website, but thanks to Bob Barrett we have two new listings on the PJF Recommends page. He alerted us to the entries for DRAGONWORLD and THE STARS ARE THE STYX.
By now you should know the deal with Meteor House's signed limited edition novellas: preorder, and your name appears in the book in the acknowledgments. Don't preorder, and risk not getting a copy before it goes out of print.
So, just a few weeks ago we told you Meteor House was publishing A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY by Philip José Farmer and Danny Adams. They made that announcement sans cover art, but earlier this morning they released this wonderful cover by Keith Howell—and not only that, but they are doing something new with this book as the covers for the paperback and hardcover are each a little different.
And speaking of Keith Howell. You should recognize his name from the many covers and interior pieces he did for Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer, and the covers he did for THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, and THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 3: Portrait of the Trickster. And if you had preordered Meteor House's hardcover edition of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, you may recall that it was signed by all of the contributors who came to FarmerCon in 2013, all of the contributors except one.
Well, good news on that front as Keith has announced he's coming to FarmerCon for the first time since 2009! So if you bought that signed copy of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, or any of the other books or magazines mentioned above, bring them with you to FarmerCon to get Keith to sign them. Hey, he'll also be available to sign copies of Meteor House's other new books, CROSSOVERS EXPANDED, volumes 1 & 2 featuring more cover art by this versatile artist.
We should probably also point out that Danny Adams will be at FarmerCon, for the first time since it left Peoria, signing the hardcover limited edition (and any preordered trade paperback) copies of A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY. And Christopher Paul Carey will be there signing the hardcover and paperback limited editions of BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR.
The novel takes place between the events of Farmer's classic short story, “The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World,” and the events of the Dayworld trilogy: DAYWORLD, DAYWORLD REBEL, and DAYWORLD BREAKUP. A substantial portion of the novel was written by Farmer sometime in the 1970s, and it has been completed by Danny Adams.
In other news, we have also added some content to the website, all courtesy of Rias from the International Bibliography. We now have the text of the letter Phil sent into Doc Savage Quarterly 7, a listing for the dedication to Phil of THE VALLEY OF THUNDER by Charles de Lint, and a bookmark showing that Phil was going to be the guest of honor at SeaCon84, in Brighton England (but he had to cancel).
As always, FarmerCon is free but to attend you do have to Register for PulpFest. A prepaid, four-day membership is $30 for those members who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Additionally, to reward these loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is happy to offer free early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 21st.
And since it is a great deal, and rooms always sell out, we highly recommend booking your room as soon as possible at the special convention rate of $118 per night plus tax. Included in your rate is one free parking pass and free Wi-Fi privileges in your guest room.
There will be BIG NEWS coming soon about new books coming out at FarmerCon. You're going to want to be there.
Speaking of FarmerCon, what better way to celebrate Phil's birthday than to start making plans for FarmerCon XI at PulpFest! If you have never been, FarmerCon is held in conjuction with PulpFest, which is "Summer's Great Pulp Con." PulpFest has a massive dealer's room, lots of interesting programming, including a FarmerCon presentation, an auction, awards, a group dinner, a FarmerCon group dinner, book readings and signings, and lots of hanging out with your friends talking late into the night. If you have never been, come see what you're missing, and come see why most FarmerCon attendees come year after year.