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August 27th: Apologies for the three month gap in updates, but that's how all-consuming FarmerCon is! Here are some PulpFest/FarmerCon reports and recordings:
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.
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.