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January 26th: Today would have been Phil's 98th birthday. It's really hard to believe it's already been nearly seven years since Phil passed away. It seems like a just a few years ago we were visiting him at his house for his birthday, and we were still holding FarmerCons in Peoria, IL in the summers. We still miss him terribly and think about him every day.
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.
Today is the 220th anniversary of the Wold Newton Meteorite strike. To commemorate the event we're pleased to announce WoldNewtonFamily.com, a brand-new website devoted to the canonical Wold Newton Family works by Philip José Farmer and authorized continuations.
To further celebrate Wold Newton Day there are not one, but two book signings today! Win Scott Eckert is signing the hardcover limited edition of THE SCARLET JAGUAR, and Christopher Paul Carey is signing the hardcover limited edition of THE SONG OF KWASIN as well as a small number of trade paperbacks.
And we're not the only ones celebrating Wold Newton Day:
Pulp Crazy gives an audio review of a seminal Wold Newton work, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER.
Paperback Perils reviews Titan Books' TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE.
So, raise a glass of Falling Stone Bitter and celebrate with us!
To date THE SONG OF KWASIN has only been published as part of the GODS OF OPAR omnibus (Subterranean Press 2012) along with the first two books in the series, HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and FLIGHT TO OPAR. Meteor House is releasing both a hardcover Limited Edition (signed by Christopher Paul Carey), and a trade paperback edition. Both editions are full of bonus materials!
Last month we told you about Meteor House's hardcover edition of THE SCARLET JAGUAR, and now they are offering package deals where you can order the book along with THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE and/or PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS.
As you probably know, Meteor House's first Signed Limited Edition novella was EXILES OF KHO. Published in 2012 as a trade paperback, it quickly sold out. Their second Signed Limited Edition novella was THE SCARLET JAGUAR, also published as a trade paperback it too quickly sold out. Their third novella, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS was published simultaneously as a Signed Limited Edition trade paperback and hardcover.
After the success of their first hardcover novella, earlier this summer Meteor House brought EXILES OF KHO out in hardcover, and it is already nearly sold out! And now they are taking preorders for hardcover of THE SCARLET JAGUAR, to be printed in November, and most likely to sell out by the end of the year. So, if you missed out on the paperback edition, you need to preorder a copy now!
We also have a couple of interesting additions to the website to report. In 1969 Phil's article, Oft I have Travelled (On Solar Pons) appeared in the fanzine The Pontine Dossier. We just learned that it was reprinted in The Solar Pons Gazette, Vol 1.1 in the summer of 2006. And you can read it online by following that link! A big thank you to Bob Byrne, the editor of the Solar Pons Gazette, for alerting us to the pdf.
Just another reminder that this site will never stop growing!
Jason Scott Aiken, Frank Schildiner, and Chuck Loridans gave an entertaining FarmerCon panel on Philip José Farmer's Weird Tales, and you can listen to it here thanks to Pulp Crazy!
There was also a FarmerCon dinner Friday night, the PulpFest dinner on Saturday night, and lots and lots of time spent hanging out together. If you missed it, checkout this Facebook Photo Album and start making your vacation plans for next year (July 21 - 24, 2016).
The latter is true for the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition of EXILES OF KHO by Christopher Paul Carey as well as for the Signed Hardcover Limited Restored Edition of FLIGHT TO OPAR (signed by the editor Christopher Paul Carey).
If you are still not convinced you need to get HADON, KING OF OPAR, please read this interview with Christopher Paul Carey by Rias at the International Bibliography. Or this Creative Colleagues interview by David Gross. Or listen to this Pulp Crazy interview with Jason Aiken.Or just look at this gorgeous cover art by Bob Eggleton!
If you are still not convinced you need to get the Restored Edition of FLIGHT TO OPAR, please read this message from editor Christopher Paul Carey:
And speaking of FarmerCon X/PulpFest, back in March we told you to book your room at the Hyatt Regency ASAP because we're sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon, a gathering of Japanese anime and pop culture enthusiasts. Rooms at the Hyatt have long since been sold out. However, there are still blocks of rooms available at a discount through Matsuricon. Visit matsuricon.org/hotel-reservations to find a room that is close to the convention. When booking through the Matsuricon site, please be sure to request the Matsuricon group rate.
Last month we told you about Meteor House's forthcoming Restored Edition of FLIGHT TO OPAR—featuring nearly 4,000 words restored from Farmer's original manuscript and a slew of bonus materials. You can hear editor Christopher Paul Carey discuss the process, and even give some examples of the restored text in this Pulp Crazy interview with Jason Aiken.
This week Meteor House made two more major announcements concerning Opar. First, EXILES OF KHO, by Christopher Paul Carey, their first Signed Limited Edition novella (originally published only in trade paperback and out of print since 2013) is coming out in a Signed Limited Edition hardcover—with all-new cover art by Mark Wheatley!
And second, they are now taking preorders for a brand-new tale in Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa series from Christopher Paul Carey, HADON, KING OF OPAR! Set fourteen years after the events of THE SONG OF KWASIN (co-written by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey) this new novella will be published in two editions—Signed Limited Edition trade paperback and hardcover—featuring stunning artwork by Bob Eggleton! And as with their earlier novellas, if you preorder the book (by July 1st), your name will be listed in the acknowledgements. How cool is that?
Meteor House also has a Special Package Deal where you can order the hardcover of EXILES OF KHO and HADON, KING OF OPAR, (in trade paperback, hardcover, or both) together and save money!
Lot's of great summer reading on tap for everyone!
This new edition features nearly 4,000 words that were cut from Farmer’s original manuscript when the novel was published in 1976. This is the first and only publication of the novel ever to include the excised material, which encompasses long passages of narrative, dialogue, and rich world-building details on Ancient Opar and the civilization of Khokarsa that readers have never previously been able to enjoy—until now.
Visit the Meteor House website for the full list of bonus materials by Christopher Paul Carey, S.M. Stirling, and Philip José Farmer himself. Then decide if you want to preorder the limited edition hardcover (signed by the editor Christopher Paul Carey), or the trade paperback edition (signed by Carey if you order before FarmerCon X), or both!
You can reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency at the special convention rate of $116 per night plus tax, which includes one free parking pass and free Wi-Fi, if you do so by July 1, 2015. Additional cars will be charged at the discounted rate of $10 overnight with in/out privileges. Matsuricon members will be paying nearly twenty dollars more for rooms and parking.
There are two ways to place a reservation. You can book a room online by clicking here. You can also call 1-888-421-1442 to book a room by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest 2015 to get the special convention rate. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success.