Articles About Philip José Farmer

As you can see from the long list below, Philip José Farmer's career has been well documented and commented upon. Some of these items will be found on other pages as they may also fall into other categories.

In this article (and picture) we see Phil getting ready for his trip to New York to present Fred Waring with an Indian headdress as a gift for writing Bradley's fight song.

In this article (and picture) we see Phil giving the headdress to Fred Warring.

In this very long article Tim Howller discusses Phil's article, White Whales, Raintrees, Flying Saucers which appeared in the same issue of Skyhook. He claims that Phil's argument, that science fiction can do things that mainstream literature cannot, is not well founded. He then goes on to give what he feels to be better examples to make Farmer's case. He also takes legendary editor John W. Campbell to task for not opening up Astounding to new types of ideas and for not allowing his writers to use more mainstream techniques.

Randall Garrett goes into great detail about how Farmer's story The Biological Revolt (originally titled by Farmer, "The Bite of the Asp") was edited with such a heavy hand, by Hugo Gernsback himself, that the story was ruined. Three samples of Farmer's deleted text are given.

In this article Alfred Bester takes the traits of seven SF authors to create the perfect SF author. Philip José Farmer is among the seven.

This article focuses on the lack of sex in science fiction before Farmer's ground breaking "The Lovers", as well as covering his early career.

An exploration by Charles Platt of four Farmer publications: Strange Relations (but only comments on "Mother"); Flesh; The Lovers and The Alley God (where Platt talks mostly about "The Alley Man"). Platt focuses on how Farmer has written "truly remarkable stories around fascinating biological ideas."

The Lalitha from "The Lovers" are discussed in this very long article about science fiction stories set in worlds where women are in charge. Sam later edited an anthology with the same title, but "The Lovers" was not included in the book.

  • If, August 1967 (First appearance)

A brief notice from Phil that since Baycon he has been doing a lot of writing, while still working full time for McDonald Douglas and working on a draft of a REAP pamphlet.

  • Science Fiction Times #461, December 1968 (First appearance)

In his regular column Harmon discusses Farmer's Baycon 69 Guest of Honor Speech "REAP".

This article is actually two discussions, or reviews, of IMAGE OF THE BEAST by J.B. Post & Ted White. Post's article is the shorter of the two and he found the story line intriguing. He did not care for the sexual aspects of the book and wished that Farmer had not chosen to write this kind of book. He did however say that in the book more questions are raised than settled and he hopes that ensuing volumes will put them to rest. So he was hoping for a sequel.

Ted White's article is much longer and much more critical. The only part of the book that he has any praise for is Farmer's inventiveness. In every other aspect of writing he says that Farmer failed. Rather than evaluating erotic fiction, this book has taken speculative fiction to new lows. He concludes that the book is pulp trash.

  • Science Fiction Times #464, March 1969 (First appearance)

The article discusses the story and its convoluted religious background.

Translated from French by Fred Patten, this article looks at the Hebrew texts that determine the structure of the religion in The Lovers.

In this irregular column Piers talks about Essex House. Just after they sent him five books to read to get an idea of the market, he started writing his own book for them. After writing 20,000 words he heard that they had gone out of business. He discusses the five Essex House books in great detail and among them are BLOWN and A FEAST UNKNOWN.


The article is mainly announcing the fact the Philip José Farmer and family were moving back to Peoria, IL (which is where Ed Conner the editor of Moebius Trip lived). He reprints a newspaper article on the same subject: Writing Peorian Comes Home which appeared in the local paper. The article also reprints Locus Magazines' review of TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO and quotes from Locus's review of THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL. This issue also has a con report on Pecon 2.

Of Gods Like Men is a chapter in the book about Farmer and his World of Tiers series, which Wollheim published while he was the editor at Ace.

This begins as a review of TARZAN ALIVE but then goes on to discuss most of Farmer's career. Fiedler also discusses Farmer's growing popularity outside of the closed science fiction circles. The version that appears in Moebius Trip is a longer unedited version than what appeared in the Los Angeles Times. There is also a letter from Farmer in Moebius Trip about the article.

This article is actually an analysis of Leslie Fiedler's review/article about TARZAN ALIVE, "Getting into the Task of the Now Pornography" (see above).

This article talks about all of Farmer's Tarzan work up to this point, with a strong emphasis on TARZAN ALIVE and A FEAST UNKNOWN. Barrett even speculates as to the date of Farmer's interview with Greystoke, which Phil admits is nearly correct.

In this article Rottensteiner claims that Farmer creates a great concept with lots of possibilities in the Riverworld books but then drops the ball by just writing adventure tales full of war and violence. (I think he is missing Farmer's point, that man will be violent and create reasons to go to war no matter how idyllic a world he finds himself).

A rather short biographical entry followed by a much longer bibliography.

This article discusses Farmer's biography of Tarzan, TARZAN ALIVE, in great length.

This article began as a review of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, but was sent to Phil for comments which then included. It continued to grow when Frank Brueckel provided "the story behind the story" of Ancient Opar. The article also contains preliminary sketches for possible covers and unused interior illustrations by Roy Krenkel for HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. The cover of the issue is an early sketch of what was used for the cover.

This article talks about how most of Farmer's stories are "an open appeal for the release from sensual and emotional inhibitions".

Hagan speculates that Farmer was influenced by Sir Ricard Francis Burton's book, The Kasīdah of Hājī Abdū El-Yedzī, while writing TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO. There are also some comments by Farmer on the article.

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  • Delap's F&SF Review No. 2, May 1975 (First appearance)

This headline and editorial came from information gained from the interview that also appeared in this issue.

In his column Ted talks about how he dislikes the idea of Farmer's Doc Savage biography because Farmer is forcing his vision of Doc on the readers instead of letting them keep their own. He said that he has a copy of the book but refuses to read it.

Farmer is briefly mentioned with a short paragraph on "The Lovers" and his other taboo-breaking science fiction.

This is a very in-depth article about the many levels Venus can be read on.

A great article covering the history of Kilgore Trout; his origins in novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., to KVJ setting him free, to Farmer writing VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL under Trout's name to KVJ's refusal to let anymore books be written "by Trout."

  • Harper's Bookletter, Vol 2. No. 2, 1976 (First appearance)

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  • New Society, May 27 1976 (First appearance)

There is a long article before the bibliography explaining how complicated a Farmer bibliography is because of rewrites and expansions.

This longer than average entry covers Farmer's early career, his three Hugos and his major series; Riverworld and The World of Tiers.

This article should be online here: but as I type this their website is down.

This article talks about Farmer's interesting use of heroes, especially taking super heroes and showing their dark or more human side.

The article discusses Farmer's influences and refutes some earlier articles about him.

This article covers most of Farmer's career and states that while people look forward to his novels, they don't nominate them for awards. It also says that Farmer won't get the recognition he deserves because he has too much fun.

Farmer is mentioned throughout as one of the major authors published by Essex House.

A very long article about Farmer's fascination with Tarzan and all of the books he has written with Tarzan like characters.

This article talks about the obvious James Joyce influence on Farmer's "Riders of the Purple Wage".

This piece is actually the transcript of Brian W. Aldiss, Sam J. Lundwall and Philip José Farmer creating and outlining a science fiction novel on the spot in front of an audience. While everyone had a good time (although Phil had to leave in the middle to go be interviewed) they did not take it seriously and things degenerated pretty quickly.

  • Unifan #1, June 1978 (First appearance)

This article talks about the flood of letters that were sent to Startling Stories about "The Lovers" after it was printed in August 1952.

This article talks about the John Carmody stories and also links several other stories to the same future time frame; "Mother", "Daughter", "Strange Compulsion", "Some Fabulous Yonder" and "The Blasphemers" .

The article is about Farmer signing a contract for a fifth Riverworld book and the history of the Riverworld series.

This article is an in-depth review of LOVE SONG and Farmer's unique use of the Gothic setting.

This article talks about "errors" that Farmer made in some of his Wold Newton speculations about The Spider.

This new feature in SFC discusses several rare paperback books. The second book covered in this issue is THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST. It mentions that Farmer's rarest books are the Essex House titles and after a favorable review it mentions that later printings of the book and the forthcoming Playboy edition combined with BLOWN.

This entry discusses Farmer introducing sex into science fiction, his habit of writing books about other authors characters and his two big series, Riverworld and The World of Tiers.

This introduction to "Sail On! Sail On! starts off talking about other alternate history stories and then finishes by talking about the major themes in Farmer's work.

A very thorough synopsis of Phil's early career, having to stop write full time from 1953 - 1969 and covers well many of his books and series.

A checklist of the author's books until 1974.

Some biographical details are listed, followed by a short biographical sketch written by Farmer.

A fairly in-depth look at The Lovers for such a short article. The bottom line is that The Lovers remains interesting not only because it was the first story in magazine science fiction to contain sex, but that it was a well written and interesting story.

A long article covering the events that occur in the first three Riverworld books.

In this review/critique of the short story collection, STRANGE RELATIONS, the author discusses each of the stories and states that book has held up very well over time.

Contains a checklist of the first printings of Philip José Farmer's books and points on how to identify them.

A very long and in-depth article about the theme of Trickster protagonists that run through Farmer's work. It also talks about Farmer being a trickster himself by trying to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction.

Farmer is one of only 9 science fiction authors among the 348 authors profiled in this book. The first half of the entry is by Farmer and the second half comments on it and expands on it in several areas.

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  • The Poisoned Pen Vol.3 #2, March/April 1980 (First appearance)

This short bibliography lists the anthologies were you can find Farmer's stories, sorted by editor. There is also a listing of fanzines and magazines that Farmer's stories and articles have appeared in.

Wow, this is the big time. After THE MAGIC LABYRINTH hit the New York Times best seller list Time ran this article which discussed all the Riverworld novels.

  • Time Magazine, July 28, 1980 (First appearance)

This article in a local Peoria newspaper appeared while THE MAGIC LABYRINTH was on the New York Times best seller list and a few days after the article about Riverworld appeared in Time Magazine. This article also talks about the film rights to Riverworld being sold but even then Phil was apprehensive about what Hollywood would do with it.

  • Observer, Wednesday, July 30, 1980 (First appearance)

This article shows the difficulty in book collecting before the internet. In his searches for all of Farmer's first paperback editions, Don Block had only seen one poor copy of THE GREEN ODYSSEY (which he bought). He describes the thrill of the hunt but also the frustration of coming up empty.

  • Observer, Wednesday, July 30, 1980 (First appearance)

In this article Wilson discusses the Riverworld series. It appears along side Farmer on Wilson.

This article is a review of THE MAGIC LABYRINTH and also discusses the other Riverworld novels.

  • Epic #8, October 1981 (First appearance)

This article talks about Farmer's visit to England to do a book signing at the Forbidden Planet bookstore. It briefly discusses his early career and unfortunate history of Owe For The Flesh.

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  • CONTEMPORARY LITERARY CRITICISM Vol. 19, 1981 (First appearance)

This book which is subtitled "Autobiographical Essays by Notable Science Fiction Writers", contains a very interesting 37 page autobiography by Philip José Farmer as well as eight other authors.

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The entry contains a bibliography of novels and short story collections but not short stories and articles. It also contains a very brief bio and a longer study of Farmer's major works. Each addition of this has book has an updated entry by Mary T. Brizzi.

This article is about game show producer Jay Wolpert's project to make Riverworld into a television series for ABC.

The article is about a speech Farmer gave where he mentions that Riverworld is going to be made into a TV miniseries.

This essay discusses the people living on Riverworld, are they the "same" people as they were on Earth or just "copies"?

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This article talks about Farmer's influences and the novel FLESH.

This long article discusses the religious themes in most of Farmer's work.

A short entry which discusses Farmer's novels based on traditional science fiction themes vs. those that blend folk legend and history with science fiction. One interesting part of the entry is that three of Farmer's works are "rated" by four editors, with "The Lovers" getting 3, 4, 4, and 5 stars; IMAGE OF THE BEAST getting 3, 4, 4, and 4 stars; and TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO getting 5, 5, 5, and 5 star ratings.

  • SURVEY OF MODERN FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 3, 1984 (First appearance)
  • SURVEY OF MODERN FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 5, 1984 (First appearance)

Contains a short article (and photo). The article states that Farmer has just signed to write the novelization of Fantastic Voyage 2, but the deal later fell through.

A short article which talks about science fiction and PJF's place in it. Has comments from PJF about the labels "science fiction" and "fantasy".

This is Farmer's only entry in this book which contains 100 two page descriptions of David Pringle's favorite science fiction books. He does comment that Farmer is most famous for the Riverworld series, and that perhaps Farmer's masterpiece is actually TARZAN ALIVE, but it is only marginally science fiction so it was not included in this book. The second half of the entry talks about THE UNREASONING MASK and the many wild ideas that are in the story.

Farmer is one of the 46 authors to make this list. The rest of the list is comprised of Actors, Artists, Editors/Publishers, Radio, TV & Film people and Effects people. The authors are seemingly list in random order, unless we are to believe that the five most important writers are John W. Campbell Jr., Andre Norton, Harry Harrison, Fritz Leiber and Philip José Farmer.

A short article that states that Asimov will write FV2 and that Farmer is out and is now behind on his DAYWORLD sequel because of FV2.

This very long article is about the language and literature of science fiction. It covers many authors but refers to Farmer as "the most literary-minded writer of the SF ranks and discusses his works based on fiction; TARZAN ALIVE, THE OTHER LOG OF PHILIAS FOGG, THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL, VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL AND "Riders of the Purple Wage."

  • POSTMODERN FICTION, 1986 (First appearance)

This book contains a very long (22 page) article which is mostly an in-depth analysis of TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO and the rest of the Riverworld Series.

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In this well researched article the author looks at the possibility that two of Lucian's works, Dialogues of the Dead and The Dead Come to Life anticipated the Riverworld series. The article also takes an in depth look at the Riverworld series itself.

  • Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 24 #2, 1987 (First appearance)

This booklet is a history of the first ten years of the Peoria, IL Sherlock Holmes Society, The Hansoms of John Clayton. Philip José Farmer was the Founder. The book covers the meetings and other activities of the club from 1977 - 1987, with listings of many meetings and annual picnics being held at the Farmer's home.

This two page entry warns that many readers may find the book repugnant, and that it is unsuitable for young children. However it also explains that Farmer's intent is to show the hidden unconscious fantasies that underlie all superhero adventure stories. He also describes the uniqueness of book calling it "a fantasy-romance quite unlike any other in modern popular fiction."

A well thought out thumbnail sketch of Phil's career, hitting many of the high points; "The Lovers" and his other early, innovative short stories, Shasta nearly ending his career before it started, The World of Tiers series, Essex House, TARZAN ALIVE and the Wold Newton Family and the Riverworld series. Farmer wrote an entry for this encyclopedia on The Journey.

There is a short bio of Farmer's career followed by a completely worthless Price Guide. Most books only list the paperback printings and the Essex House books top out at $4.50. Even in 1989 this completely inaccurate.

The article (with 3 photos) is about the play that was based on Farmer's Hugo award winning short story. It opened on November 29th, 1989 and Phil and Bette were in attendance.

This is a long scholarly article about some of the ways sex is described in fiction. The Farmer portion focuses on the short story The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol where the protagonist, an old man in a nursing home, thinks of himself as a young WWI flying ace as he mounts a female resident.

Contains an article about collecting the first editions of Philip José Farmer, along with a price guide.

  • Firsts, October 1991 (First appearance)

A humorous article about the different kinds of sequels Farmer has written. Sequels to real people's lives, by putting them in the Riverworld series, sequels to other author's characters, sometimes pretending that those characters were real and many, many more.

This long entry discusses most of Farmer's major novels and stories.

This very long and scholarly article looks at Farmer's NIGHT OF LIGHT and Robert Silverberg's DOWNWARD TO EARTH. Dudley writes that these two novels exemplify much of the science fiction in the late 1960's that dealt with man's search for God.

The entry discusses Philip José Farmer's Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches.

Chris contends that ESCAPE FROM LOKI, is not just an action story, but can be read on several levels.

This very in-depth article, about some of the psychology behind "The Lovers," is a full chapter in this very scholarly look at science fiction.


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This entry mostly discusses the Fantasy aspects (as opposed to sci-fi) of the Riverworld series and Tiers series.

This article speculates that Doc's enemy John Sunlight also appeared in ESCAPE FROM LOKI, in an unusual disguise.

This Bradley University Alumni magazine contains an article about Philip José Farmer's career at Bradley, his new mystery novel, NOTHING BURNS IN HELL, and his upcoming Tarzan novel.

This short, less than one page, entry covers a lot of ground briefly. After calling Farmer an important precursor of the New Wave it talks about the Riverworld series, his adventure novels and his shorter experimental writing.

Entries about some of the worlds Farmer has created; Abatos from "Father", Baudelaire from "Mother", "Dante's Joy" from "Night of Light", Dare from DARE, Feral from "Prometheus", Ozagen from "The Lovers", Riverworld and the World of Tiers.

A long article about where Farmer got the inspiration for the Opar books. It studies the books and how true they stayed to theories put forth in the (then) unpublished "Heritage of the Flaming God", which Farmer was able to preview back in the early 1970s. There is also a letter from Farmer to Alan Hanson explaining some questions that Hanson had.

This guide to collectible book has a short section on Phil, (15 entries), plus listings for his books in other sections such as Ballatine Hardcovers, Doubleday, Galaxy Beacon and Phantasia Press.

Contains a very short entry including an inaccurate description of the Riverworld series.

This in-depth article, which includes many quotes from Farmer, is about the failed attempts to bring Phil's stories to TV and/or the movies. The second printing of the article is much longer than the first, condensed, version.

This article discusses the real life psychiatric therapy used by Dr. Giannini where patients discuss he Tiers books and their fantasies about them.

  • Psychiatric Times, Vol.19 Issue 7, July 2001 (First appearance)

This is the Annual Nebula Awards Issue, covering Farmer winning the 2001 Grand Master Award. Harlan's article covers all of Farmer's career and how much he deserved the Grand Master Award.

A funny little mix of Roger Rabbit and Riverworld as they all come together to applaud Philip José Farmer.

This article compares the prices for Farmer's books now to the prices printed in the 1991 issue ten years ago.

  • Firsts, October 2001. (First appearance)

Chris continues to probe for hidden meaning in Escape from Loki. Someone needs to do this to all of Farmer's books.

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Contains an Appreciation by Robert Silverberg as well as reprinting Farmer's acceptance speech from the 2001 Nebula Award Ceremony.

Contains an interview with Stuart Hazeldine, the writer for the TV series adaptation of Riverworld.

  • SFX #88, March 2002 (First appearance)

Contains photographs of some of the Riverworld TV series locations.

  • SFX #90, April 2002 (First appearance)

An article by Roger Crombie about the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Lovers held in Peoria August 10th, 2002. Printed along with Roger's article was Farmer's long unpublished story, The Good of the Land.

This very long (17 page) article starts out well enough, discussing the similarities in "pulp" heroes and discrepancies in their individual canons and how Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Family theory makes sense of it all. But by the time it gets to the Wold Newton Universe the article is less well researched and inaccurate in many places. A follow up article with correction by Win Eckert may appear.

This long rebuttal of the article that appeared in issues #15 and #16 by Win Eckert, with contributions from Brad Mengel and Chuck Loridans, is actually more interesting to read than the article it is correcting. We don't have access to the original article online, but you can read the reply online here.

In this first article by Bette Farmer, wife of Philip José Farmer for 65 years now she tells the tale their first meeting, courtship and marriage.

This first, of a regular Wold Newton column, is mainly an introduction to Phil's Wold Newton theory and the events behind it.

In this essay Joe talks of first reading Phil and then first meeting Phil some years later. He comments on what a pleasant surprise that turned out to be.

This is the first of what we hope will be regular feature by Paul and perhaps others, an in-depth discussion of one of Phil's lesser known works. This column is about INSIDE OUTSIDE, a book that may give us some insight to the genesis of the Riverworld series.

Bette Farmer, wife of Philip José Farmer, tells of the first two Worldcons they attended in 1952 and 1953 and some of the interesting people they encountered.

This article, by French science fiction, pulp and comic expert J.M. Lofficier discusses the parallels between Rosny's work and Phil's as well as Phil translation of Rosny's IRONCASTLE.

This article immediately follows Phil's short story The Unnaturals and discusses the back ground against which this Oz-like story was written.

Jason tells of the genesis of his idea and the work involved doing a multi-media stage adaptation of A FEAST UNKNOWN during a Moral Values Festival.

In this column Paul tackles one of Phil's longest single novels, the scifi/fantasy epic DARK IS THE SUN.

This second Wold Newton column expands its scope from the original Wold Newton Family to the Wold Newton Universe, a world where many characters from pulp literature reside even if they are not part of the family tree.

This article appeared on the front of the "Arts plus" second of the Sunday paper in Phil's hometown of Peoria. You can read the article here.

In this warm essay Tracy tells of his discovery of Phil's work, his first meeting with Phil as a fan, his first meeting with him as a colleague and the friendship that formed. He also discussed Phil's knowledge of psychology, something Tracy knows more than a little about.

In this column Bette tells of some of the interesting characters that she and Phil have met over the years.

The third Wold Newton column vears off on a bit of a tangent and prints a letter from Win to fellow Wold Newton scholar Chuck Loridans discussing the dangers of his research. It also includes a family tree of Lord Greystoke's off spring.

In this column Chris discusses the rich level of cultural detail that Phil infused in what was to be the beginning of Phil's next great series.

Bob discusses how Phil's writing for Brian Kirby's Essex House eventually led to Phil's writing an introduction to Bob's book. He also gives his take on TIME'S LAST GIFT, one of his favorite books by Phil.

Rick tells how his love of Edgar Rice Burroughs led him to Phil's TARZAN ALIVE, then Phil's other Tarzan related books. This led to more of Phil's books which, like so many other readers, led him to many of the authors whose works influenced Phil.

Dr. Porter (J.G. Huckenpöhler), writes that of all the Tarzan related books Phil has written, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER is his best effort. He does point out that this story may not fit precisely into the established Burroughs timeline however.

In this edition of TARZAN OF THE APES there is an extensive notes section at the back of the book, including a discussion of Phil's Tarzan books, from TARZAN ALIVE and THE DARK HEART OF TIME to A FEAST UNKNOWN, FLESH, HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and THE ADVENTURES OF THE PEERLESS PEER.

Gary tells of their adventures during one of the Conferences for the Fantastic in the Arts that he got the Farmers to attend.

In this installment of her column Bette tells of her and Phil's friendship with Gary Wolfe and gives us some details on Phil's famous Tarzan yell.

Paul discusses one of Phil's wildest stories, one that takes place so far future that only Farmer's fertile imagination could have created it.

Danny delves into the rich background of Phil's comic alternate universe story, "Sail On! Sail On!"

As the subtitle implies, Win examines stories and novels that refer to Phil and his works and the cross-overs come full circle.

In this installment of her column Bette tells of the fun Phil had writing VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL, and the details behind why he had to reveal that he was the author of the book.

Tracy Knight gives us a long in-depth look at how Phil came to write VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL, and the fallout that ensued. He also focuses on Phil's penchant for being a "trickster."

Roger Crombie cleverly interweaves his own tale of moving to Bermuda to be near Kilgore Trout's birthplace with Phil's introduction to the 1988 Bantam edition of VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL (the first one with Phil's name on the cover) "Why and How I became Kilgore Trout."

Paul discusses one of wilder titled of Phil's books, JESUS ON MARS, giving us a clear synopsis of the story and the enigmatic ending.

In this very long essay Alan Hanson tells of the history of the manuscript of "Heritage of the Flaming God," which Phil was able to read long before it finally saw print. This article was the genesis for Phil's short lived Opar series; HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and FLIGHT TO OPAR.

Danny begins with Phil's "fictional author" series, which began with VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL, and then focuses on one of Phil's fictional author short stories "The Problem of the Sore Bridge - Among Others." This story was "written by" Harry Manders, the chronicler of Raffles the famous gentleman burglar.

A continuation of last issue's article where Win examines stories and novels that refer to Phil and his works and the cross-overs come full circle.

Well known as the webmaster of the other major PJF website, The International Bibliography, Rias tells of his discovery of Farmer and traces his steps from reader, to collector, to bibliographer to webmaster.

Ramble House publisher Fender Tucker guest writes this month's column. He writes about Phil's only main-stream novel, which, not coincidentally, has the same main character and setting as this issue's previously unpublished story by Phil, "Keep Your Mouth Shut."

In this column Bette tells various tales relating to the Doc Savage theme of the issue; from Phil borrowing and reading every Doc novel, many more than once, to meeting Lester Dent's widow to purchasing some great Doc Savage and Shadow artwork.

Doc Savage expert, and writer, Will Murray tells of his first encounter with Phil's work; the Doc Savage pastiche THE MAD GOBLIN. He also confirms what many others have discovered, that Phil is full of surprises and usually knows more than you expect.

Danny focuses on Phil's only short Doc Savage related fiction and the convoluted backdrop that is the story within a story.

Win makes startling discoveries surrounding Doc's activities and family since his disappearance in 1950. Some of these discoveries conflict with published accounts from the 1980s. How these conflicts are explained is even more startling.

Chris closely studies Farmer's sources for DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, and amazingly discovers that Phil had lengthy access to a source that Lester Dent had brief access to. Phil names this source in ESCAPE FROM LOKI, but never admitted to having access to it.

This article begins at the beginning of Phil's writing career but mainly focuses on Phil's Wold Newton theory and the seeming renaissance as several new collections of Phil's work have come out recently. Click on the link to read the article online.

  • The Zone, November 2006 (First appearance)

In this article Jeff focuses on TARZAN ALIVE and the Wold Newton Universe. It includes quotes from Philip José Farmer, Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey. It also talks about Farmerphile and forthcoming novel, THE CITY BEYOND PLAY.

In this column Bette talks about long time friend Walt Liebscher (who's Riverworld Parodies are reprinted in the same issue) and Ed Connor, editor of the fanzine Moebius Trip where the parodies first appeared.

In this essay David tells the funny, in hindsight, story of getting a letter from Phil threatening to sue him. This was due to a misunderstanding where it was assumed by many that David had written a one-shot fanzine that lampooned many well known science fiction authors. David was innocent and the guilty party was eventually identified.

In this column Dennis discusses the problem with Kickaha being in the Wold Newton Family, thus dragging the whole World of Tiers with him into the Wold Newton Universe.

An interesting discussion on one of Phil's earlier heroic novels that was published under a different title.

Bette tells of the 1989 stage version of Phil's Hugo winning novella "Riders of the Purple Wage," and then goes on to tell us that we can relive the past by coming to Peoria in June to see it done again. This time in Phil's hometown.

Danny explores the parallels between Phil's Hugo winning novella "Riders of the Purple Wage," and the works by James Joyce that inspired it.

Joe tells of early meetings with Phil at conventions and of the small kindnesses (small to Phil, not so small to Joe) that Phil did him.

Win has discovered a long lost story from 1927 featuring a very young "Doc Wildman" and other notable characters.

In this article Dennis explores possible connections between the Riverworld series one Phil's most notorious works, IMAGE OF THE BEAST, through its unannounced sequel TRAITOR TO THE LIVING.

Mike looks at one of Phil's funniest novels, episode by episode and also talks about the stories origins in WEIRD HEROES.

Tony & Ciaran discuss Phil's career and some of their favorite work by Phil, "The Lovers," "Riders of the Purple Wage," the Riverworld series and the World of Tiers series.

In this long article Chris examines Farmer's sources and inspirations for the Khokarsa series which go very far beyond the obvious such as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain novels.

Dennis' article discusses the character Sahhindar from the Opar series, from the the origin of the name to his possible further adventures.

This article starts with Bob noticing Phil in the 1950s, and then becoming friends with him in the 1970s. Much of the article is about letters Phil sent him while conceiving and writing HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR series.

Paul tells us about his all-time favorite book by Farmer. While all time travel stories have a twist, mixing time travel with immortality makes this novel unique.

In this article Danny looks at the two stories Phil submitted to Star Trek which were rejected and he later rewrote and published as "The Shadow of Space" and "Sketches Among the Ruins of my Mind." He also looks at "The Rebels Unthawed" which started out as a Star Trek screen treatment and is published in Farmerphile No. 9 for the first time anywhere.

Part two of this long lost story from 1927 featuring a very young "Doc Wildman" and other notable characters ends with a very Farmerian twist.

Bette talks about Farmercon II and the idea of having a small "convention" in their hometown. She also talks about moving back to Peoria from Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The article also includes a picture of Phil, Bette and the cake from their going away party.

In this article Bennett, who is not a science fiction writer but is well known and very successful in own his line of work, talks about Phil's many influences on him.

In this column Win examines the many different "Peorias" that have appeared in Phil's fiction under the names Onaback and Busiris. He then details which of these are set in the Wold Newton Universe.

The main thrust of this article shows that the events at the beginning of THE STONE GOD AWAKENS eventually lead to the world of the Dayworld series. He also includes connections to "Only Who Can Make a Tree?", THE DARK HEART OF TIME and IRONCASTLE.

In this article Danny examines the events that took place in STATIONS OF THE NIGHTMARE and speculates on the fate of that other mid-Western science fiction author, Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor.

Here Paul examines Phil's only Private Investigator novel, which is set in Peoria Illinois but was inspired by Carl Hiassen's series of wacky novels set in Florida.

This article by editor and writer Justin Marriott begins with Farmer's pornographic writings for Essex House then focuses on A FEAST UNKNONW and then his later writings about Tarzan and Doc Savage; LORD TYGER, THE LORD OF THE TREES/THE MAD GOBLIN, TARZAN ALIVE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPIC LIFE. The article is illustrated with pictures of British paperback editions of these books.

Bette talks about some of Phil's birthday parties, including his 80th where a man in a gorilla suit showed up at the door with a bunch of ballons saying that Tarzan said "Happy Birthday!"

Twenty-one short (100 to 300 word) birthday wishes, from Phil's contemporaries from the science fiction world. These run the gamut of the typical birthday card selection, from humorous to honorific to touching.

Howard tells in detail the frustration of trying to come up with unique ideas for science fiction stories with authors like Phil Farmer and Robert Silverberg beating you to the punch nearly every time.

Spider tells of his surprising first encounter with Phil sharing a smoke filled car ride to the Worldcon in Toronto 1973.

In this very in depth article Bob looks closely at the differences between Phil's official biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage and the adventure they shared in A FEAST UNKNOWN and wonders, despite the contradictions, if there isn't more truth than previously suspected in the Grandrith/Caliban stories.

Paul gives us a synopsis of the novel and also discusses the lure the land of Oz has for many of us. He also practices some steganography in this article in order to keep it on topic with the issue's theme.

In this column Win examines the process of adding someone, not just to the Wold Newton Universe, but instead making a case to add them to Wold Newton Family proper.

Chris gives us some behind-the-scenes details of information uncovered while editing Phil's new collection, VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL AND OTHERS. The information gained while researching and compiling this collection certainly make a strong argument for further mining of the Magic Filling Cabinet.

This article contains short appreciations and birthday wishes from Joe Haldeman, Richard A. Lupoff, Mike Resnick, Gary K. Wolfe, Garth Nix, Barry Malzberg, Allen Steele and Karl Schroeder and many photographs.

  • Locus, February 2008 (First appearance)

This feature usually looks at several classic novels by an author. This time he looks at two classic novels, TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO and LORD TYGER as well as two more recent collections, THE BEST OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER and PEARLS FROM PEORIA.

  • Locus, February 2008 (First appearance)

Bette tells of their last adventure in LA before moving back to Peoria and of Phil's starting The Hansoms of John Clayton, a chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars.


George goes into great detail about the origins of The Hansoms of John Clayton and his tells of printing Phil's work in his fanzine Farmerage and the book RIVERWORLD WAR.

Dennis discussed the differences between THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER and "The Adventures of the Three Madmen," reconciling them in a very unexpected way.

While doing research on another topic Rick uncovered details surrounding an incident, which took place immediately after Professor Moriarty's death, that would have long reaching consequences.

Keeping with the Sherlockian theme of the issue, Danny examines one of Phil's characters who was sort of modelled on the Great Detective.

Sherlock Holmes is of course one of the central characters of the Wold Newton Universe. In this column Win examines all of Phil's Sherlockian writings as the Great Detective does appear many times, in one way or another, throughout Phil's entire canon.

This article is a synopsis of one of Phil's great literary accomplishments; telling us the "true," and even more fantastic events, behind the story of Jules Verne's, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS.

As a companion piece to Phil's speech, "Sherlock Holmes & Sufism," this article looks at Phil's longtime interest in Sufism and where it has appeared in his writings.

Irish science fiction author Michael Carroll tells of his first discoveries of Phil's work and how amazed he was by how the big concept behind the Riverworld series. He also shares with us that he has two of Phil's books, still unread, on his "emergency shelf," waiting for the day when he can sit back and savor them.

In his first article for Farmerphile, Steve discusses the comic book adaptation of Phil's erotic/horror novel IMAGE OF THE BEAST. He also goes into the plot of the novel pointing out several things that may have escaped ever the careful reader.

Henry introduces Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Family to a new audience of readers.

In this column Win and Dennis give us a timeline of Sahhindar's exploits, before during and after the events in TIME'S LAST GIFT.

Steve looks at the comic book adaptation of Phil's origin story for how Doc Savage met his aides and the twisted history behind it.

Tom tells the story behind the hoax Phil pulled off during his Guest of Honor speech, "The Wild Weird Clime," at Balticon II.

Heidi looks at one of Phil's most overlooked novels. She finds one of the subplots to be the most intriguing aspect of the book giving a perfect example of how Phil's books can be read on many levels.

This is the text of the speech Art gave at Farmercon 90 in Peoria. He tells of discovering Phil's books when he was 16 years old and the impact they had, not just on his view of literature, but the real world as well.

This is a Farmercon 90 convention report. Although Leo, traveling from Bursiris, IL, the day of the convention was late, he does talk about much of the event as well as his discovery of Farmerphile.

Prolific and eclectic short story writer Rhys Hughes tells of Farmer's influence on his writing, even including choosing the names for stories. He also tells of his plans to use Phil as a character in multiple stories.

In this column Win explains the steps he had to take to ensure that Patricia Wildman was in fact next in line to inherit Pemberley House as described by Phil in the outline of his unfinished novel, THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. A novel which win just so happens to have completed.

In this second article by Michael Carroll he talks about writers coming up with ideas (and how Phil has had so many big ones) and what they do with them after that; plan things out carefully or just wing it.

Paul examines the novel Phil may have enjoyed writing more than any other, LORD TYGER.

Steve examines the little known comic Boris the Bear and the several times that Phil was referenced during its run.

In this article Dennis finds a common thread between The Green Odyssey, Jesus on Mars, Dare, The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, A Barnstormer in Oz, the World of Tiers and Riverworld series.

Henry discusses fiction that Phil wrote about members of the Wold Newton Family.

Win looks at one branch of Phil's family tree to discover that one of his ancestors is in fact...sorry, you'll have to read the article to find out.

David examines one of Phil's more philosophical novels, THE UNREASONING MASK and Phil's culturally varied influences in this book.

Robert tells not only of his stories in the two Riverworld anthologies but the role he played in getting the two collections into print and also hooking Phil up with Phantasia Press.

Ed's article, along with his admiration for Phil, goes all the way back to 1954.

Allen tells the details of the road trip and concert that lead to the writing of this rock and roll inspired story.

This article accompanies a long letter from Phil to Galaxy editor Fred Pohl outlining the second Riverworld storyline (the first being "The Day of the Great Shout." The article puts the outline in historical perspective and also notes a significant change in the overall theme of the Riverworld stories between this outline and the stories that were later written and published.

This article shows how much research Phil did about his hero, and Riverworld character, Tom Mix. Highlighting the article are letters by Phil to features to Daryl Ponicsan (author of the novel, TOM MIX DIED FOR YOUR SINS) and Phil's good friend writer Robert Bloch.

Many tributes to Phil, written after his death, can be found on the Remembrances page.

This book reprints the Doc Savage novels, MURDER MIRAGE and THE OTHER WORLD and has a tribute to Phil by Will Murray. This nice long tribute covers Phil's love of Doc Savage, from reading the pulps as a teenager to rediscovering Doc in the 1960s because of the Bantam reprints and how they lead him to A FEAST UNKNOWN, TARZAN ALIVE, and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. It also covers the screen treatment Phil wrote for a second Doc movie, Phil's Doc prequel ESCAPE FROM LOKI and even the just published THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE.

The majority of this article is a reprint of Win's thorough introduction to the 2006 reprint of TARZAN ALIVE.

This very long article is not just a look at where Phil and ERB's literary visions intersect, but is also a biography of Phil showing his long lived fascination with ERB's creations.

A listing of Farmer's work that would be of interest to ERB readers.

A nice long look at the many different ways Phil has recreated the Tarzan mythos in his fiction.

A short entry about Farmer's book TARZAN ALIVE.

Win writes about Phil's long love of Doc Savage and how each book he wrote about the Bronze Giant got closer and closer to the original version by Lester Dent.

The PulpSter #18 was the program for PulpFest 2009, July 31 - Aug 2. It contained a tribute to Farmer who had passed away several months before. It talks about his pulp hero biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage and his more pulp inspired works.

In this article Laura expounds on Farmer's notes and research for an unwritten "Mormon Fantasy" novel.

In this essay James Gunn shares a close reading of "Sail On! Sail On!" that he does in his Summer Science Fiction Institute and other college courses. This is an excerpt from a longer piece that appeared as "Reading Science Fiction as Science Fiction," in the book READING SCIENCE FICTION.

This essay, which accompanies the story Is He in Hell, is an excellent example of Wold Newton Creative Mythography. It shows the research—and ingenuity—required to reconcile biographical data from several different sources.

Philip José Farmer's work is referenced often throughout this very in-depth examination of the history of Doc Savage.

This afterword to the concluding volume of English translations of J.-H. Rosny Aīné's scientific romances spends a lot of time examining Rosny's influence on Farmer and similarities in their work.

In this essay Charles Platt discusses meeting Farmer in person and gives a unique perspective on why Farmer was able to accomplish some of the things he did.

In this intensely personal essay James Sallis tells of his long relationship with Farmer and his works.

A rare essay showing glimpses of Farmer's private life, and the influence he had on one of his grandchildren.

The entire issue of this two page fanzine is dedicated to the Khokarsa series.