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April 30th: The first bit of big news this month (although rather late here on the website) is: Meteor House has a brand-new Signed Limited Edition Novella coming out! As with their previous two novellas, EXILES OF KHO and THE SCARLET JAGUAR, this third volume, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS by Josh Reynolds, is directly connected to Philip José Farmer's work (we're going to assume you can figure out which Farmer novel to which this is a sequel). You can read all about the new novella on the forthcoming books page, and for even more information about the book and it's author, you can read a very interesting interview with Josh Reynolds on the Interviews with Writers Influenced by Philip José Farmer page.
Speaking of those two earlier novellas, here is our second big news item: while the Signed Limited Editions are out of print, both EXILES OF KHO and THE SCARLET JAGUAR are now available as ebooks for only $3.99 each. Just follow those links and you can be reading them on your Kindle in a just a few moments (Nook version coming soon). Now, if you have already purchased and read the novellas, and have no desire to buy the ebooks, please do us a small favor and click on the links anyway. Then do us HUGE favor and leave a review of each book. The more reviews a book has, the more likely it is to come up as a recommendation when readers are searching for similar titles.
While ebook editions of out of print books are exciting news around here, we have a third announcement from Meteor House that is even more exciting to us book collectors: Meteor House is publishing the first trade paperback edition of THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. The book will be released at FarmerCon IX. While this trade edition is NOT a signed limited edition (as most of their books are), if you preorder by June 30th, your copy will be signed by co-author Win Scott Eckert!
Ok, enough about Meteor House already! (Just kidding, we appreciate all they do to keep Phil's name out there and keep bringing us new books to read.) Here is something really cool, the type of thing we don't see too much of anymore: an in-depth article about some of Farmer's work. The entire two-page issue of the Gridley Wave #370 is an article by Henry G. Franke III about the Khokarsa series.
Speaking of the Gridley Wave, Christopher Paul Carey alerted us to an online archive of the ERB fanzine which contains a slew of Farmer related material: from advertising items for HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, TARZAN ALIVE, and MOTHER WAS A LOVELY BEAST, to notes that Farmer was a guest at a Dum-Dum we didn't know about, to links to reviews of LORD OF THE TREES, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. Chris also managed to find two letters Phil wrote that appeared in Erbania 79, and Erbania 83.
Thanks to the googlefu of Christopher Paul Carey we have added some new information to the Programs and Conventions page. Phil and Frederick Pohl were guests at The Science Fiction Space Happenings II in Springfield, MA March 5 1978. At that convention they were both interviewed for a Space:1999 fanzine called Alphalog 6. (The International Bibiliography posted this a few years ago but we somehow missed it). The interview is pretty interesting, but you don't have to take our word for it, you can read it for yourself.
Chris also discovered that Phil was the guest of honor at Icon (Iowa) 15, Coralville, Iowa, September 28-30 1990. We don't have lot of information about this convention other than they performed the following short play: Who Fragged Phil Farmer -- Philip Jose Farmer, ICON 15 writer guest of honor, has been murdered. Deckard must find the killer. Could it be Jessica Rabbit? Spamajello? Tarzan? Or someone else? You never know what you're going to see at a science fiction convention... We haven't done any plays at a FarmerCon to date, but who knows. We've had some pretty awesome dramatic readings by Chuck Loridans. We're not sure if he can top last year's reading of The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod.
Long time Farmer fan and collector Mitch West also sent us a few goodies that we've added to the site. We've long known that Phil was the Guest of Honor at Baycon 1968, in San Francisco when he won his second Hugo Award for Riders of the Purple Wage but we didn't know of this neat little bio that was written for progress report 2. Mitch also sent us an item for one of our favorite pages, our collection of uncorrected proof images. He was kind enough to send us a scan of THE LAVALITE WORLD the fifth oldest known proof.
And finally some news big enough to for Phil's birthday: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 4: Voyages to Strange Days will be out in the spring and is now available for preorder!
While the first three volumes in the series have focused on unique aspects of Farmer’s career, such as, his disregard for literary boundaries, his penchant for the softer sciences, and his trickster nature, volume 4 focuses on his more “traditional” science fiction—the science fiction of the future (occasionally the really distant future) featuring interstellar travel, aliens, war, scientists, the usual suspects in Golden Age science fiction.
And though the full table of contents is not ready to be announced, Meteor House is proud to announce that the foreword is by science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg and is in fact, a much longer version of his Reflections column from the February 2014 issue of Asimov’s.
Go check it out! As Meteor House has done in the past, the first 100 readers to preorder the book will receive a limited edition bookmark with their purchase! As of today there about forty left. So you might want to order yours quick.
Let's take a quick moment to appreciate what a good year 2013 was for Farmer fans...
Titan Books finished their run of twelve Farmer reprints with HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL, THE MAD GOBLIN, LORD TYGER, FLESH, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, and VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL.
Meteor House published their second signed limited edition Farmer-related novella THE SCARLET JAGUAR (now sold out) and their first hardcover, a reprint of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, featuring bonus material by Farmer and others. While they did not print the next volume in THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series, they assure us that announcement about Volume 4 is imminent.
FarmerCon VIII was a great success and plans are already in the works to make FarmerCon IX the best yet.
In addition to another great FarmerCon, 2014 will include some important reprints, new Farmer-related fiction and other books of interest. Stay tuned! Or better yet, follow us on facebook to never miss an announcement.
Ok, so we made that up, it's a complete coincidence that the collection is coming out one day before the anniversary, but we'll consider it a present anyway. Thank you Titan Books! As we said, this is the first ever collection of Wold Newton stories and if that idea alone doesn't get you excited, do yourself a favor and read the introduction.
If you somehow still haven't ordered this Brodingnagian collection of nearly 500 pages of Wold Newton adventure, let's take a look at the Table of Contents:
If you appreciate all the hard work Titan Books has done on this series, why don't you tell them so? And tell them you want more besides! Tell them you want reprints of FLIGHT TO OPAR, and THE SONG OF KWASIN, and THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE, and THE STONE GOD AWAKENS, and TRAITOR TO THE LIVING, and IRONCASTLE, and A BARNSTORMER IN OZ, and ESCAPE FROM LOKI and THE DARK HEART OF TIME and UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, and any other favorites of yours! Send an email to readerfeedback @ titanemail.com and tell them that VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL can't be the end!
"Preparing" meant, for the second year in a row, getting two books ready to debut at FarmerCon—this year it was the Deluxe Hardcover Edition of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, featuring bonus material by Farmer and others, and THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert, a sequel to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLY HOUSE by Farmer and Eckert—plus boxing up books from the Estate Sale to sell there, and creating/printing the programs and buttons, preparing for the FarmerCon Panel that PulpFest is kind enough to let us do, and this year, for the first time since 2009, presenting a Farmerphile Award!
"Going" to FarmerCon meant picking up friends at the airport, loading up the wife's minivan to near capacity and driving from Atlanta, Georgia to Columbus, Ohio, arriving (very late) on Wednesday, setting up the dealer table on Thursday, running the dealer's tables Friday, Saturday, and (very briefly) on Sunday, coordinating the FarmerCon dinners, and other activities (book stores and vintage toy stores) away from the hotel and hanging out late into the night, participating in panels and presenting surprise awards (to Matt Moring of Altus Press for his work on the Meteor House/Altus Press reprinting of DOC SAVAGE HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE), and buying unpublished Farmer manuscripts in the Saturday night auction. Just one thing after another!
"Recovering" is more than the drive home, taking friends to the airport, and unloading all of the books—most of them now signed, it's the boxing/labeling/mailing (three hours spent in one day at the post office) of hundreds of books. Then catching up on everything that was ignored while doing all the above...
So, while we really want to get into the habit of doing more frequent updates, with just one or two items to talk about each time, so far it has proved easier said than done. Hopefully we'll have another update soon updating the conventions and events page with this year's FarmerCon.
Anyway, in case you're not on facebook, here are a couple of things you need to know:
First, there are signed copies of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE (signed by 6 of the 7 contributors of bonus material: Win Scott Eckert, Will Murray, John Allen Small, Rick Lai, Art Sippo and Christopher Paul Carey) available for sale. A couple dozen copies beyond those preordered were signed, and there are still some left for sale. Go to Meteor House, now and get one while you can. Second, fifteen copies of THE SCARLET JAGUAR were slightly damaged; somehow they got penmarks on the page edges. These "damaged" copies are available to purchase for 33% off the $15 cover price.
In our last update we announced that Meteor House will be publishing a new title in time for FarmerCon VIII at the end of July, THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert! Today it was announced that if you preorder the book, not only will your name appear in it on the acknowledgements page, but one preorderer out of every fifty will be Tuckerized in the novella. To increase your odds of winning one of the coveted spots, you can like and share this announcement.
In other really big Meteor House news: as part of a joint venture with Altus Press they are publishing an updated and revised edition of DOC SAVAGE HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. Altus Press is publishing the trade paperback and ebook while Meteor House will print the deluxe hardcover edition, which is full of new Bonus Material:
Keep an eye on the forthcoming books page for more information about these two titles as well as the next three books coming from Titan Books: FLESH, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE and VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL.
There have been some updates to the site since the last update, like moving the Titan Books editions of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, THE MAD GOBLIN and THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL from the forthcoming books page to the books page and adding links to new reviews of these editions of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL to the reviews page.
We also got about a dozen names of cover artists for some British editions on the books page, from a friend named Simon from across the pond. And John L. Thompson revised his story "My Love" on the fan fiction page. That's right, we haven't talked about them in a long time but we have fan fiction , fan articles and fan art pages.
Don't forget, FarmerCon VIII is just over six weeks away. If you're within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio, come hang out with us!