Reviews by Philip Josť Farmer

Farmer did not do a lot of reviewing over his long career, when he did it was usually at the request of an editor or publisher. This page was created in July 2003 in honor of discovering the review he wrote for The New York Times Book Review in 1984, that we did not learn of until 2003. The other four reviews had been on the articles page. One month later we discovered the first review below, in Science Fiction Review #39.
Review of The Prometheus Project, by Gerald Feinberg
First appeared in: Science Fiction Review #39, August 1970
Also appeared in: PEARLS FROM PEORIA, Subterranean Press, 2006 hardcover
In his review of this non-fiction book, Farmer talks about the authors intent, that before scienctists go off and develop potentially world changing technologies like; atomic energy , cloning, etc. questions should be asked about if these technologies should be developed. Perhaps even letting the country vote on it before allowing the research to happen. He then says that he has a hard time taking the author seriously because he states that he doesn't think we currently face any problems that won't be solved over the next few years by science.

Getting A-Long with Heinlein
First appeared in: Moebius Trip Library #19, January 1974
Also appeared in: PEARLS FROM PEORIA, Subterranean Press, 2006 hardcover
Farmer writes a long review of Heinlein's TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE. He also discusses the phases of Heinlein's writing style.

Farmer's Lupoff Week
First appeared in: Algol, Spring 1978
Also appeared as A Review of 1977 Anthology Chrysalis in: PEARLS FROM PEORIA, Subterranean Press, 2006 hardcover
Farmer turns book critic but spends most of his ink criticizing publishers, editors and cover artists. Eventually he gives a luke warm review of Chrysalis vol 1. Farmer's The Last Rise of Nick Adams appears in Chrysalis vol 2.

Farmer on Wilson by Robert Anson Wilson
First appeared in: Heavy Metal #54, September 1981
Also appeared as God't Hat in: PEARLS FROM PEORIA, Subterranean Press, 2006 hardcover
In this article Farmer discusses/reviews the Illuminatus Trilogy. It appears along side Wilson on Farmer.
Pornograms and Supercomputers
First appeared in: New York Times Book Review, September 2 1984
Also appeared in:
PEARLS FROM PEORIA, Subterranean Press, 2006 hardcover
Farmer reviews IMAGINARY MAGNITUDE by Stanislaw Lem. Farmer praises the inventiveness of this book, which is not a novel but a collecion of introductions to books that don't exist. He comments on Lem's major themes that run through the book; that there are a lot of things in the universe that man will never understand, and that machines will someday be equal or superior to their makers.

Review of HOW THE WIZARD CAME TO OZ
First appeared in: Locus #380, September 1992
Also appeared in: PEARLS FROM PEORIA, Subterranean Press, 2006 hardcover
A short postive review of this nostalgic book.

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