LETTER FROM
PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER

  Re the Ancient Opar series. You are perceptive to note Hadon's character is too self-controlled, etc. But this series is carefully planned, and Hadon will be changing character somewhat as the series progresses. Less idealistic, more inclined to give way to anger, to impulse, etc.

  Future novels will include appendicies which will describe the Khokarsan language, the animals, the plants, the deities, etc. of the inland African seas circa 10,000 B.C. I've been working, on and off, on Khokarsan, inventing a new language. I speculate, however, that it is a very remote relative of the Algonquian superfamily which now includes Shwanee, Illinois, Cree, Menomini, Ojibwa, Arapaho, etc. There are some linguistic indications that the Khoklem originated in Central Asia or southern Siberia and spoke a language common to tribes in that area. The Khoklem wandered south and westward and after many thousands of years eventually ended up on the shores of the Kemu. The other speakers of this superfamily migrated across the bering bridge to America or were absorbed by Turkic tribes. However, it's a possibility that Ainu is related to Algonquian (this was suggested by the anthropologist Hall). If so, the Ainu left Siberia, crossed to the Japanese Islands, and flourished until the Japanese tribes, who apparently came from southeast Asia, invaded the islands.

  When the Khoklem split off, the Amerind was then being formed, originally the miscegenation among archaic Caucasions and generalized Monogolians.

  You may have noticed on the map of Africa in HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR a legend: Black's Urheim. The present theory (not altogether uncontested) is that Negroes originated in the area legended and then slowely spread out. At least, that seems to the be the place from which African Negroes spread out. But how did they get there in the first place? The Negro race is a problem to anthropologists. They were located, even in ancient times, in two wideley separated areas. One place was Africa; ;the other was New Guinea and surrounding areas of Oceania. There were no Negroes, as far as we know, in between these areas separated by thousands of miles. There is some fossil evidence that peoples with some Negro characteristics were in southern India, however.

  So, did the Negro originate in Africa ir in the New Guinea-Oceania area? In either case, how did he get to the other place without leaving a trace of his passage?

  This problem is complicated by the presence of Negritos (African pygmies and the little people of southeast Asia). They were pushed back (slaughtered) by the blacks of Africa and the Mongolians of Asia. They fled into the less desirable territory of the jungle and adapted wonderfully.

  And what about the Bushmen and about the Bushmen and the Hottentot? Though they have some Negro features, they are not classified as Negroes. They seem to have preceded the Negro peoples in Africa, moving on ahead of the blacks, unable to compete with them, and then, later, the whites helped the genocide along.

  But are Negritos the original Negroes or are they just dwarf varieties. Are the Bushmen and Hottentot just varieties of the Negro, or are they a separate race which just happened to some Negro characteristics?

  Anyway, if the Old Stone Age Negroes could wander eight to ten thousand miles from one place to another, then a tribe whose homeland was central Asia or southern Siberia could wander to central Africa.

  Re your conversation with the (alleged) Vonnegut, I believe that it was indeed he who called you. As for his statement that anyone could use the name of Kilgore Trout, it may have been sincere. Or it may have been spoken in the heat of the moment. But I wouldn't advise using any of the titles of Trout's books found in Vonnegut's works. Not unless you had his permission. And you won't get that. Nor would I use Trout as a byline unless I had Vonnegut's permission for that. No unless you're prepared to handle a lawsuit pressed by a multimillionaire.

  ((We tend to think (from the arrogance and "permanence" of Now) that the ebb and flow of racial tides and genocides is over...but it would be interesting to hear what anthropologists have to say about the flux and meaning of what is currently happening in these areas if human interaction.))