RIVERWORLD AND OTHER STORIES ebook
Three stories of a world shared by resurrected humans from all times and places - plus ten more tales by the Hugo Award-winning author of the World of Tiers series.
On author Philip José Farmer's Riverworld, humans from every era and culture have been simultaneously resurrected. Ancient Hebrews, medieval warriors, Spanish Inquisitors, and modern Americans intermingle in this strange new environment, but many still cling to old prejudices.
Tom Mix, a silent-film star originally from early-twentieth-century Earth, is journeying among the vast population along the millions of miles of the River, in search of familiar faces from his own time. He's been traveling the River for five years and believes people are starting to change. But when he's entangled in a brutal clash between states, he discovers that some are slow to let go of the ideas that ruled them on Earth.
This volume includes the novelette "Riverworld," along with two additional Riverworld tales and ten other short stories, all strange, clever, and profound. Farmer's explorations of the wonderful and bizarre - from a portrayal of Jesus and Satan as cowpokes to a reimagining of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan in the style of William Burroughs - plunge the reader into "one of the most imaginative worlds in science fiction" (Booklist).
This ebook includes "Riverworld," "J. C. on the Dude Ranch," "The Volcano," "The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol," "The Problem of Sore Bridge - Among Others," "Brass and Gold (or Horse and Zeppelin in Beverly Hills)," "The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod," "The Voice of the Sonar in My Vermiform Appendix," "Monolog," "The Leaser of Two Evils," "The Phantom of the Sewers," "Up the Bright River," "Crossing the Dark River," and Philip Jos Farmer's article on the making of Riverworld, "The Source of the River."
THE WORLD OF TIERS VOLUME 1 ebook
The Maker of Universes, The Gates of Creation, and A Private Cosmos: The first three adventures set in the amazing realm created by the Hugo Award-winning author of Riverworld.
His past a mystery and his present unbearably mundane, Robert Wolff is simply trying to buy a new house in Arizona when he stumbles upon a secret doorway through space and time and enters the World of Tiers. Made up of ascending levels of jungles, plains, medieval cities, and, at the top, a Garden of Eden, and populated by fantastical creatures, from nymphs and centaurs to merpeople and strange amalgams nonexistent on Earth, it's beyond anything Wolff could have imagined in his previous humdrum existence. And when his youth is restored in the bargain, it seems he's truly found paradise.
But there are dark forces in this new world, and Wolff is plunged into an epic quest up through the tiers, accompanied by Paul Janus Finnegan, another earthling, now known as Kickaha. Wolff's journey to find Jadawin, the Lord of this world, will lead to answers about his own identity - and determine his fate.
Wolff and Kickaha will face off against feuding Lords - who hold the power to control private worlds of their own design - and the depraved Bellers. Devices originally created in the biolabs of the Lords, the Bellers are now conscious entities waging war on the Lords and their "pocket universes." As they infiltrate the bodies of creatures throughout the World of Tiers and hunt down the Earth-born, the survival of all the worlds hinges upon the battle between the strangers from Earth and enemies disguised as their allies.
Note: This omnibus contains the author's preferred text, reprinted from the limited edition volumes published by Phantasia Press.
THE WORLD OF TIERS VOLUME 2 ebook
Behind the Walls of Terra, The Lavalite World, Red Orc's Rage, and More Than Fire.
From a multiple Hugo Award winner: Four more novels in a brilliantly imaginative series.
In the second half of the World of Tiers series, Kickaha embarks on a journey to the eternally shifting landscape of the Lavalite World of Lord Urthona - and the ultimate clash with his arch nemesis.
On Earth, Kickaha and Anana pursue a rogue Beller called Thabuuz. They thought they had wiped out the last of the biolab-generated artificial intelligences created by the Lords, but it seems one has escaped through a portal to Southern California. Thabuuz must be found before he can spawn more Bellers and revive their war against the Lords. But even though he came from Earth fifty years ago, Kickaha no longer recognizes his former home, now ruled by a hostile Lord known as the Red Orc.
Leaving an unwelcoming Earth, Kickaha is trapped on the strange planet he thinks of as Lavalite World, and the only way out is a single gate, located inside Urthona's palace. But the stronghold moves as readily as the dangerous terrain, making survival an unlikely prospect.
After facing harrowing challenges and finally returning home to the World of Tiers, Kickaha is led into one last trap. He'll have to confront the fearsome enemy who has been hunting him all along - and the fate of the pocket universes lies in the balance.
Note: This omnibus contains the author's preferred text of the novels Behind the Walls of Terra and Lavalite World, reprinted from the limited edition volumes published by Phantasia Press.
THREE SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS ebook
From a multiple Hugo winner and Science Fiction Grand Master: Three mind-bending stories featuring future worlds, space travel, and aliens.
Author Philip José Farmer blasts into space, races into the future, and travels back in time in three astoundingly original and thrilling science fiction adventures.
The Lovers: Linguist Hal Yarrow catches a lucky break with an assignment on planet Ozagen, allowing him to escape the theocracy on thirty-first-century Earth. But he can't shake Pornsen, his gapt - something like a personal guardian angel - who harangues him for even the slightest wrongdoing. Yarrow submits to Pornsen's constant chaperoning, until he meets Jeannette Rastignac. She's not his wife, his faith says any contact with her is sin, and there are other, odder warnings about Jeannette. But Yarrow's in love...
Dark Is the Sun: Fifteen billion years in the future, the Earth is cooling and dying. All the planet's life forms have wildly mutated, civilization is primitive, and the sun is cold and black. Deyv, a young member of the Turtle Tribe, is on the hunt for his stolen soul egg, which has been purloined by the thieving creature Yawtl. Without his egg, he won't be able to mate, so Deyv and his companions set out on a quest, leading them across a continent, through many wonders and terrors, to the lair of a mysterious off-worlder who may hold the key to an escape from their rapidly perishing planet.
Riders of the Purple Wage: This Hugo Award winner introduces Chib, a young artist hiding out from the IRS in the ultimate welfare state, a society where everyone receives the same wage from birth and stays connected through a personal video device called "fido." Chib must win a grant at his next art show - or he'll be shipped to another society as part of a government exchange program. But his tendency toward provocation and blasphemy may be his undoing.
Showcasing the epic range of Farmer's imagination, these varied tales are brilliant, provocative, and endlessly entertaining.
"Every bit as appealing as the Riverworld saga," this brilliant high-concept dystopian novel features an overpopulated Earth under strict government control (Booklist).
Only by being watched may you become free.
It's 3414 AD, the rise of the New Era, and Earth has become massively overpopulated. The worldwide government has recently implemented a system that allows human civilization to continue: Each person lives only one day a week. For the other six he or she is "stoned" - placed in suspended animation. To keep everyone to their particular day, the activities of all citizens of the Organic Commonwealth of Earth are closely monitored.
Jeff Caird is an "immer," one of the rebels secretly working to infiltrate the government to gain influence and loosen the surveillance on citizens. He's also a "daybreaker," avoiding stoning and thereby conscious all seven days a week. He operates under a different identity every day, delivering sensitive messages between rebels.
Jeff is dedicated to his cause, but maintaining seven separate identities, including jobs, families, and friends, is no small feat, and when the juggling finally begins to take its toll, the immers determine that Jeff is a liability who must be eliminated. Now, he's fighting for survival and on the run from both his fellow rebels and the authoritarian government that considers his mental state incurable and punishable by death.
From the Hugo Award-winning author of the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, Dayworld is "an excellent novel, set in a constructed society that is unique and fascinating" ( Science Fiction Chronicle).
DAYWORLD REBEL ebook
Daybreaker rebels on an overpopulated planet in this dystopian adventure by the author of the World of Tiers series.
Jeff Caird was once a daybreaker: a criminal who avoided government-required suspended animation by living seven different identities. Now he goes by the name William St.-George Duncan, and he's suppressed the memory of his past, and even his real identity, in order to avoid harsh punishment by the government of the Organic Commonwealth of Earth. But the danger is far from over, and the authorities continue to hunt him - because among the things he's forgotten there's something very important...
In the wilderness of northern New Jersey, Dunc has fallen in with a group of rebel daybreakers. As he struggles to retrieve the memory that's so valuable - and dangerous - to the government, he learns from his new allies that there's a larger movement to break free from the control of the corrupt World Council that limits citizens to one day of consciousness per week. And the knowledge buried deep within him may be the key to their success.
Hugo award-winning Science Fiction Grand Master Philip José Farmer returns to the Dayworld universe for the second installment of his richly imagined trilogy, in which Earth's overpopulation has led to the most stringent government restrictions on personal freedom imaginable.
DAYWORLD BREAKUP ebook
From the Hugo Award-winning author of Riverworld: The conclusion of the trilogy set on a future Earth where freedom is threatened by an insidious lie.
Before the dawn of the New Era, the world was divided into nations with separate governments that engaged in wars, and populations ravaged by poverty, starvation, and disease. After a final bloody conflict, a single government emerged and took drastic measures to control the dangerous overpopulation in the Organic Commonwealth of Earth: Each citizen is "stoned" in suspended animation for six days each week and closely monitored at all times. Thus, resources are plentiful, and there's peace and prosperity - or is there?
It seems the World Council has been lying. Now, rebel daybreaker Jeff Caird and Panthea Snick, formerly of the organic police force, must risk their lives to expose the truth about the corrupt government and rally the citizens of Earth to rise up against the powers that are robbing them of their freedom - and their lives. But what will become of Jeff and his multiple identities as the struggle draws to a close?
The breathtaking finale in the Dayworld Trilogy reveals the truth about the perverse government of Earth in the New Era, and the ramifications of its fall, along with a deeper understanding of the man who dares to challenge it.
MAN OF WAR
In Philip José Farmer's novel TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH, Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first "gate" while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each more strange than the next.
In Heidi Ruby Miller's short story "Dakota's Gate" (WORLDS OF PHILIP JOS… FARMER 3), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that's where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.
Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he's learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota's lives are at stake - the fate of an entire world is in his hands.
Featuring cover art by Mark Wheatley, an introduction by Christopher Paul Carey, and the short story "Dakota's Gate" as a prelude, MAN OF WAR is a 24,500-word novella full of the action and adventure you'd expect of Philip José Farmer's Roger Two Hawks.
MAN OF WAR will be published
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If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?
Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.
In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages...or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.
Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy's plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.
Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.
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THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE
Meteor House is proud to present (and we're pretty excited here at pjfarmer.com as well), a brand new anthology, THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE!
Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer was a quarterly fanzine that ran fifteen issues from July 2005 to January 2009. Michael Croteau served as Publisher for all fifteen issues; Christopher Paul Carey and Paul Spiteri coedited the first ten issues, while Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert coedited the last five. Thanks to the generosity of Philip José Farmer and his "Magic Filing Cabinet," Farmerphile published - for the first time anywhere - short stories (mostly not science fiction), excerpts, articles, speeches, and letters written by Farmer. It even serialized the novel Up from the Bottomless Pit (not included in this collection, but forthcoming from Meteor House).
Farmerphile also contained articles and appreciations from Farmer's fans and from his fellow science fiction authors, from critiques of his work to stories of personal encounters, and everything between. A complete list of the original contents of all fifteen issues can be found here.
Now the hard part: narrowing down so much content into one "Best of" collection. This was much harder than it sounds, as nearly all the content was worthy of inclusion. So, we focused on broadly covering as much ground as possible, as well as including pieces that touched on Farmer's personal life. Assembled here is a wealth of information about one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time along, with some of his earliest writing.
THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE is available in two editions: a Trade Paperback and a Hardcover Limited Edition. The hardcover is not "officially" a signed limited edition, but when the book debuts at PulpFest/FarmerCon XII in late July 2017, we will get as many contributors on hand as possible to sign it before we ship the books to those preordered (shipping will occur immediately after PulpFest/FarmerCon XII).
Below is the table of contents as of January 26th, which would have been Farmer's 99th birthday. Contents are subject to change, and by change we mean they are likely to grow a bit.
Introduction by Michael Croteau
Nonfiction by Regular Contributors
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
The Farmerian Holmes by Win Scott Eckert
Excessively Diverted, Or, Coming to Pemberley House by Win Scott Eckert
Only a Coincidence: Phileas Fogg, Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family by Win Scott Eckert
Gribardsun through the Ages by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power
When Day Breaks the Stone God Awaits by Dennis E. Power
Philip José Farmer and The Case of the Two Jungle Lords by Dennis E. Power
Bibliophile - The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Paul Spiteri
Bibliophile - Jesus on Mars by Paul Spiteri
Bibliophile - Lord Tyger by Paul Spiteri
Through the Seventh Gate by Christopher Paul Carey
The Archaeology of Khokarsa by Christopher Paul Carey
The Magic Filing Cabinet and The Missing Page by Christopher Paul Carey
A Box Within a Box: Philip José Farmer as Maxwell Grant as... by Danny Adams
Remembering the Eyre Incident Three Decades Later by Danny Adams
Star Trek's Loss Is Your Gain From Screen Treatment To Short Story by Danny Adams
Nonfiction by Philip José Farmer
I Still Live! 75th Anniversary Dinner Keynote Address
Hayy ibn Yaqzam by Abu ibn Tufayl An Arabic Mowgli
Why Do I Write?
The Brueckel/Harwood Letter
White Whales, Raintrees, Flying Saucers
Sherlock Holmes & Sufism - & Related Subjects
Jongor in the Wold Newton Family
Wild Weird Clime: Balticon 11 Guest of Honor Speech
Doc Wildman's Coat of Arms
Buddha Contemplates His Novel Or, God and Humankind Redefined
Nonfiction by Guest Contributors
Essex House, Tarzan and Time's Last Gift by Bob Zeuschner
The Trickster Awakens: Philip José Farmer and Venus on the Half-Shell by Tracy Knight
On a Riverboat with the Farmers by Gary K. Wolfe
Heritage of the Flaming God A Classic Essay, Long Forgotten, Inspired Farmer by Alan Hanson
Caliban by Will Murray
Phil & Bette Farmer, Jack London, a Wife and a Baby, a Clean Well Lighted Hotel Room by Joe R. Lansdale
Sketches from the Ruins of my Mind by Robert R. Barrett
Smoke Gets In Your Nose by Spider Robinson
On Not Going There by Howard Waldrop
We Were Introduced by Sherlock Holmes by George H. Scheetz
Escape from Loki Again, and Again, and Again... by Steve Mattsson
Bibliophile - Tongues of the Moon by Heidi Ruby Miller
To Be, or Not to Be by Tom Wode Bellman
A Whale of a Time by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor
This Played in Peoria? by Art Sippo
The Voice of Farmer in My Vermiform Appendix by Rhys Hughes
Writing Graceland by Allen Steele
Fiction by Philip José Farmer
The Face that Launched a Thousand Eggs
That Great Spanish Author, Ernesto
The Essence of the Poison
The Doll Game
Keep Your Mouth Shut
The Light-Hog Incident
A Spy in the U.S. of Gonococcia
The Rebels Unthawed
A Peoria Night
The First Robot
Getting Ready to Write (with Paul Spiteri)
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