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First year archive: October 9, 2001 - September 9, 2002
Second year archive: October 9, 2002 - September 9, 2003
Third year archive: October 9, 2003 - September 9, 2004
Fourth year archive: October 9, 2004 - September 9, 2005
Fifth year archive: October 9, 2005 - September 14, 2006
Sixth year archive: October 9, 2006 - September 10, 2007
Seventh year archive: October 10, 2007 - September 9, 2008
Eighth year archive: October 9, 2008 - September 10, 2009
Ninth year archive: October 9, 2009 - September 10, 2010
Tenth year archive: October 10, 2010 - September 10, 2011
Eleventh year archive: October 19, 2011 - September 12, 2012

Happy Wold Newton Day!

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.

Black Gate has shared "What Is a Wold Newton Tale" from the new WoldNewtonFamily.com website.

So, raise a glass of Falling Stone Bitter and celebrate with us!

Even more big news from Meteor House this month - they are now taking pre-orders for the first stand-alone edition of THE SONG OF KWASIN by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey!

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.

Long time fan Mitch West sent us not only the cover for the Chicon IV program so we could add it to Conventions & Events page but he also found an advertisement in it for THE PURPLE BOOK.

More big news right on the heels of FarmerCon X - Meteor House has announced it is reprinting THE SCARLET JAGUAR as a Signed Limited Edition hardcover.

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.

Also, we haven't had any updates on the advertising page in a while but Christopher Paul Carey discovered this ad for THE DARK HEART OF TIME in the back pages of a copy of A PRINCESS OF MARS.

Just another reminder that this site will never stop growing!

By all accounts, FarmerCon X (held in conjunction with PulpFest) was a great success! Meteor House released three new books: FLIGHT TO OPAR, HADON, KING OF OPAR, and EXILES OF KHO, most of which are now close to selling out.

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).

Time is running out! A week from today is the deadline to preorder HADON, KING OF OPAR by Christopher Paul Carey and have your name appear in the book on the acknowledgments page. This is true for both the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition, and the Signed Trade Paperback Edition. Once the preorder window closes Meteor House will determine the print run of each edition. After the preorders are fulfilled and books are sold at FarmerCon X / PulpFest, there will only be a few copies left to purchase.

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:

Regarding the Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer's novel FLIGHT TO OPAR that I'm editing, my preface will go into detail about the process of how and why the text was restored and show that the excised portions were not a matter of the original copyeditor "trimming unnecessary fat" from the original manuscript. I am not "undoing" any of the many thousands of generally quite sharp and beneficial edits made by the copyeditor of the 1976 DAW Books edition. What I'm doing is restoring meaningful passages that were cut to meet an arbitrary page count for the first edition of the novel. I think Farmer fans are going to love reading the new material, which only enhances an already excellent novel. I know I did!

That's four different Signed Limited Editions that will be gone not long after FarmerCon.

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.

It's now officially the Summer of Opar! Ok, so we're several weeks early for summer, but there is no question we're going to spend most of it in Opar.

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!

While the forthcoming books page has been empty for a little while, the first of several entries from Meteor House has just been posted! Meteor House is very excited to announce the release of the never-before-published Restored Edition of Farmer's classic novel FLIGHT TO OPAR, the second volume of his acclaimed Khokarsa series.

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!

Urgent notice for all fans coming to FarmerCon X. This August, PulpFest/FarmerCon will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon, a gathering of Japanese anime and pop culture enthusiasts. Although many of these fans will be coming for a single day, there will be a good number who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency as well as other hotels in downtown Columbus. Therefore, we are urging all of our members to book their hotel rooms for PulpFest/FarmerCon 2015 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The earlier you place your room reservation for this year's PulpFest, the greater chance you have of landing a room. Your organizing committee is working with Matsuricon to help both gatherings have a great and fun-filled weekend.

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.

Today would have been Phil's 97th birthday. It's hard to believe it's been almost six years since Phil passed away, it seems like a just a couple of years ago we were visiting him at his house for his birthday, and we were still holding FarmerCons in Peoria, IL in the summers. We still miss him terribly and think about him every day.

Speaking of FarmerCon, what better way to celebrate Phil's birthday than to register for FarmerCon X at PulpFest! If you have never been, FarmerCon is held in conjunction 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 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.

Happy Wold Newton Day! In the extremely unlikely event that you are not familiar with Wold Newton Day, please read this article about the Wold Newton Meteorite, and then visit the Wold Newton Universe website, and then, just for good measure, pick up a copy of TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE.

To celebrate Wold Newton Day this year, we are having an unprecedented sale on items from Philip José Farmer's Estate Sale. Every item for sale from the Estate is 60% off today through December 24th! There are still nearly fifty books signed by Farmer himself for sale, there are over thirty books inscribed to Farmer from other authors, and many more interesting titles.

That's it, this update is short and sweet as promised. Although we will add another reminder to pick up a copy of PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS, by Josh Reynolds, before they are all gone.

Holy cow, how did we manage to go over six months between updates? That's a really good question. Well, first, from the last update on April 30th through August 4th, we were working night and day getting ready for FarmerCon IX. Then, on August 5th we experienced a catastrophic computer crash, the day before we left for Columbus OH for FarmerCon IX (which was a great success, thanks for asking, hopefully more details on that soon). After returning home the computer stuggles continued for several weeks putting us behind in everything. We are now finally, more or less, caught up from that nightmare, and are ready to start updating the website regularly. The plan is to have more frequent, but shorter, updates. That seems to be the way the world works these days.

So, let's conclude this short update with this bit of news: Meteor House's latest Signed Limited Edition Novella (available in both hardcover and paperback editions), PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS by Josh Reynolds, is pretty close to selling out. You might want to grab yourself a copy while you can.

The first bit of big news this month (although rather late here on the website) is: Meteor House has a brand-new Signed Limited Edition Novella coming out! As with their previous two novellas, EXILES OF KHO and THE SCARLET JAGUAR, this third volume, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS by Josh Reynolds, is directly connected to Philip José Farmer's work (we're going to assume you can figure out which Farmer novel to which this is a sequel). You can read all about the new novella on the forthcoming books page, and for even more information about the book and it's author, you can read a very interesting interview with Josh Reynolds on the Interviews with Writers Influenced by Philip José Farmer page.

Speaking of those two earlier novellas, here is our second big news item: while the Signed Limited Editions are out of print, both EXILES OF KHO and THE SCARLET JAGUAR are now available as ebooks for only $3.99 each. Just follow those links and you can be reading them on your Kindle in a just a few moments (Nook version coming soon). Now, if you have already purchased and read the novellas, and have no desire to buy the ebooks, please do us a small favor and click on the links anyway. Then do us HUGE favor and leave a review of each book. The more reviews a book has, the more likely it is to come up as a recommendation when readers are searching for similar titles.

While ebook editions of out of print books are exciting news around here, we have a third announcement from Meteor House that is even more exciting to us book collectors: Meteor House is publishing the first trade paperback edition of THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. The book will be released at FarmerCon IX. While this trade edition is NOT a signed limited edition (as most of their books are), if you preorder by June 30th, your copy will be signed by co-author Win Scott Eckert!

Ok, enough about Meteor House already! (Just kidding, we appreciate all they do to keep Phil's name out there and keep bringing us new books to read.) Here is something really cool, the type of thing we don't see too much of anymore: an in-depth article about some of Farmer's work. The entire two-page issue of the Gridley Wave #370 is an article by Henry G. Franke III about the Khokarsa series.

Speaking of the Gridley Wave, Christopher Paul Carey alerted us to an online archive of the ERB fanzine which contains a slew of Farmer related material: from advertising items for HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, TARZAN ALIVE, and MOTHER WAS A LOVELY BEAST, to notes that Farmer was a guest at a Dum-Dum we didn't know about, to links to reviews of LORD OF THE TREES, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. Chris also managed to find two letters Phil wrote that appeared in Erbania 79, and Erbania 83.

To keep up with all this news, in addition following us on Facebook, you can bookmark the Pemberley House website, and follow Meteor House on Twitter.

Today would have been Philip José Farmer's 96th birthday! To celebrate, we have added some new content to the website:

Thanks to the googlefu of Christopher Paul Carey we have added some new information to the Conventions & Events page. Phil and Frederick Pohl were guests at The Science Fiction Space Happenings II in Springfield, MA March 5 1978. At that convention they were both interviewed for a Space:1999 fanzine called Alphalog 6. (The International Bibliography posted this a few years ago but we somehow missed it). The interview is pretty interesting, but you don't have to take our word for it, you can read it for yourself.

Chris also discovered that Phil was the guest of honor at Icon (Iowa) 15, Coralville, Iowa, September 28-30 1990. We don't have lot of information about this convention other than they performed the following short play: Who Fragged Phil Farmer -- Philip Jose Farmer, ICON 15 writer guest of honor, has been murdered. Deckard must find the killer. Could it be Jessica Rabbit? Spamajello? Tarzan? Or someone else? You never know what you're going to see at a science fiction convention... We haven't done any plays at a FarmerCon to date, but who knows. We've had some pretty awesome dramatic readings by Chuck Loridans. We're not sure if he can top last year's reading of The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod.

Long time Farmer fan and collector Mitch West also sent us a few goodies that we've added to the site. We've long known that Phil was the Guest of Honor at Baycon 1968, in San Francisco when he won his second Hugo Award for Riders of the Purple Wage but we didn't know of this neat little bio that was written for progress report 2. Mitch also sent us an item for one of our favorite pages, our collection of uncorrected proof images. He was kind enough to send us a scan of THE LAVALITE WORLD the fifth oldest known proof.

And finally some news big enough to for Phil's birthday: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 4: Voyages to Strange Days will be out in the spring and is now available for preorder!

While the first three volumes in the series have focused on unique aspects of Farmer's career, such as, his disregard for literary boundaries, his penchant for the softer sciences, and his trickster nature, volume 4 focuses on his more "traditional" science fiction - the science fiction of the future (occasionally the really distant future) featuring interstellar travel, aliens, war, scientists, the usual suspects in Golden Age science fiction.

And though the full table of contents is not ready to be announced, Meteor House is proud to announce that the foreword is by science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg and is in fact, a much longer version of his Reflections column from the February 2014 issue of Asimov's.

Go check it out!

As Meteor House has done in the past, the first 100 readers to preorder the book will receive a limited edition bookmark with their purchase! As of today there about forty left. So you might want to order yours quick.

Happy belated Wold Newton Day, and any other holidays you happen to celebrate around this time of the year! This update should have been posted on December 13th, but was delayed due to circumstances outside our control - computer crashes and human illness.

Let's take a quick moment to appreciate what a good year 2013 was for Farmer fans...


Meteor House published their second signed limited edition Farmer-related novella THE SCARLET JAGUAR (now sold out) and their first hardcover, a reprint of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, featuring bonus material by Farmer and others. While they did not print the next volume in THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series, they assure us that announcement about Volume 4 is imminent.

FarmerCon VIII was a great success and plans are already in the works to make FarmerCon IX the best yet.

In addition to another great FarmerCon, 2014 will include some important reprints, new Farmer-related fiction and other books of interest. Stay tuned! Or better yet, follow us on facebook to never miss an announcement.

Tomorrow is the twelfth anniversary of this site becoming Philip José Farmer's official website. In celebration of that, Titan Books is releasing the first ever collection of Wold Newton short stories, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey.

Ok, so we made that up, it's a complete coincidence that the collection is coming out one day before the anniversary, but we'll consider it a present anyway. Thank you Titan Books! As we said, this is the first ever collection of Wold Newton stories and if that idea alone doesn't get you excited, do yourself a favor and read the introduction.

If you somehow still haven't ordered this Brodingnagian collection of nearly 500 pages of Wold Newton adventure, let's take a look at the Table of Contents:

Introduction, by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey

The Great Detective and Others
The Problem of Sore Bridge - Among Others, by Philip José Farmer
A Scarletin Study, by Philip José Farmer
The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight, by Philip José Farmer

Pulp Inspirations
Skinburn, by Philip José Farmer
The Freshman, by Philip José Farmer
After King Kong Fell, by Philip José Farmer

Wold Newton Prehistory: The Khokarsa Series
Kwasin and the Bear God, by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

Wold Newton Prehistory: John Gribardsun & Time's Last Gift
Into Time's Abyss, by John Allen Small
The Last of the Guaranys by Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi

Wold Newton Origins / Secrets of the Nine
The Wild Huntsman, by Win Scott Eckert

And speaking of Tables of Contents; Titan Books has one book left in their Wold Newton Novel reprint series, VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL, and it includes FIVE bonus pieces:

Four of those articles have never before been printed in an edition of VENUS before.

If you appreciate all the hard work Titan Books has done on this series, why don't you tell them so? And tell them you want more besides! Tell them you want reprints of FLIGHT TO OPAR, and THE SONG OF KWASIN, and THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE, and THE STONE GOD AWAKENS, and TRAITOR TO THE LIVING, and IRONCASTLE, and A BARNSTORMER IN OZ, and ESCAPE FROM LOKI and THE DARK HEART OF TIME and UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, and any other favorites of yours! Send an email to readerfeedback@titanemail.com and tell them that VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL can't be the end!

Well, once again we managed to go two months between updates. But we do have a good excuse as to why the site has not been updated since June 18th. First we had to prepare for FarmerCon VIII, then we had to go to FarmerCon VIII, and then we had to recover from FarmerCon VIII. Of course you would know all this if you followed us on facebook.

"Preparing" meant, for the second year in a row, getting two books ready to debut at FarmerCon - this year it was the Deluxe Hardcover Edition of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, featuring bonus material by Farmer and others, and THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert, a sequel to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLY HOUSE by Farmer and Eckert - plus boxing up books from the Estate Sale to sell there, and creating/printing the programs and buttons, preparing for the FarmerCon Panel that PulpFest is kind enough to let us do, and this year, for the first time since 2009, presenting a Farmerphile Award!

"Going" to FarmerCon meant picking up friends at the airport, loading up the wife's minivan to near capacity and driving from Atlanta, Georgia to Columbus, Ohio, arriving (very late) on Wednesday, setting up the dealer table on Thursday, running the dealer's tables Friday, Saturday, and (very briefly) on Sunday, coordinating the FarmerCon dinners, and other activities (book stores and vintage toy stores) away from the hotel and hanging out late into the night, participating in panels and presenting surprise awards (to Matt Moring of Altus Press for his work on the Meteor House/Altus Press reprinting of DOC SAVAGE HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE), and buying unpublished Farmer manuscripts in the Saturday night auction. Just one thing after another!

"Recovering" is more than the drive home, taking friends to the airport, and unloading all of the books - most of them now signed, it's the boxing/labeling/mailing (three hours spent in one day at the post office) of hundreds of books. Then catching up on everything that was ignored while doing all the above...

So, while we really want to get into the habit of doing more frequent updates, with just one or two items to talk about each time, so far it has proved easier said than done. Hopefully we'll have another update soon updating the Conventions & Events page with this year's FarmerCon.

Anyway, in case you're not on facebook, here are a couple of things you need to know:

First, there are signed copies of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE (signed by 6 of the 7 contributors of bonus material: Win Scott Eckert, Will Murray, John Allen Small, Rick Lai, Art Sippo and Christopher Paul Carey) available for sale. A couple dozen copies beyond those preordered were signed, and there are still some left for sale. Go to Meteor House, now and get one while you can.

Second, fifteen copies of THE SCARLET JAGUAR were slightly damaged; somehow they got pen marks on the page edges. These "damaged" copies are available to purchase for 33% off the $15 cover price.

We certainly did not plan on going two months between updates, not with everything that is going on right now. But, of course, many of those same things that are going on right now are what is keeping us too busy to update the website! So, once again we'll point out that if you "like" our page on facebook, you will be kept more up to date than you will by visiting this website. So, what's been going on you ask?

In our last update we announced that Meteor House will be publishing a new title in time for FarmerCon VIII at the end of July, THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert! Today it was announced that if you preorder the book, not only will your name appear in it on the acknowledgements page, but one preorder out of every fifty will be Tuckerized in the novella. To increase your odds of winning one of the coveted spots, you can like and share this announcement.

In other really big Meteor House news: as part of a joint venture with Altus Press they are publishing an updated and revised edition of DOC SAVAGE HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. Altus Press is publishing the trade paperback and ebook while Meteor House will print the deluxe hardcover edition, which is full of new Bonus Material:

Doc's Coat of Arms, reconstructed by Win Scott Eckert and illustrated by Keith Howell, from notes by Philip José Farmer

A List of Doc Savage Comics, by Win Scott Eckert and John Allen Small

Writing Doc's Biography, by Philip José Farmer

Afterword to Doc Savage Omnibus #13, by Philip José Farmer

And tributes to Farmer and DS:HAL by Win Scott Eckert, John Allen Small, Keith Howell, Rick Lai, Art Sippo, Christopher Paul Carey, and Will Murray.

If you order this book by June 30th, your copy will be signed at FarmerCon by as many contributors as possible.

Keep an eye on the forthcoming books page for more information about these two titles as well as the next three books coming from Titan Books: FLESH, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE and VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL.

There have been some updates to the site since the last update, like moving the Titan Books editions of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, THE MAD GOBLIN and THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL from the forthcoming books page to the books page and adding links to new reviews of these editions of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL to the reviews page.

We also got about a dozen names of cover artists for some British editions on the books page, from a friend named Simon from across the pond. And John L. Thompson revised his story "My Love" on the fan fiction page. That's right, we haven't talked about them in a long time but we have fan fiction , fan articles and fan art pages.

Don't forget, FarmerCon VIII is just over six weeks away. If you're within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio, come hang out with us!

Earlier this week Meteor House made a major announcement: A new title due out in time for FarmerCon VIII at the end of July, THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert! Here is their description of the book:

When we last saw Patricia Wildman, daughter of Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice, six months had passed since the main events of THE EVIL IN PEMBERLY HOUSE. She and her associate Parker, an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector, had set up Empire State Investigations at her Pemberley House estate - and she just received a mysterious phone call from her supposedly late father. . .

Several months later, Pat receives a visitor, a young girl named Emma Ponsonby, whose father, a British diplomat to a small Central American country, has been kidnapped by the Scarlet Jaguar. Pat, following in her father's footsteps of righting wrongs and assisting those in need, agrees to help, but before they can set off on their quest the Scarlet Jaguar sends a gruesome warning.

Undeterred, the investigation takes Pat, Parker, and their young charge from Pemberley House in the Derbyshire countryside . . . To New York, where they battle agents of the Scarlet Jaguar and meet Pat's old friend, the icy, pale-skinned beauty Helen Benson, who agrees to join them on their quest . . .To the small nation of Xibum, where the Scarlet Jaguar's reign of uncanny assassinations threatens to expand to the rest of Central America - and beyond!

Now, it's a race against time deep in the wilds of the Central American jungle, as Pat Wildman and her crew search for Emma's father, and confront the Scarlet Jaguar's weird power to eliminate his enemies from afar, marked only by a wisp of crimson smoke - smoke resembling nothing so much as the head of a blood-red screaming jaguar. But who - or what - is the Scarlet Jaguar? A power-mad dictator determined to reclaim power? A revolutionary movement bent on taking over the country, and the rest of Central America?

Or a front for something even more sinister . . .?

THE SCARLET JAGUAR is the second book in Meteor House's series of signed limited edition novellas. Just like (the now out of print) EXILES OF KHO, the print run will be determined by the number of copies preordered. One interesting feature of this series, and something only a small press could do, is that if you preorder before June 30th, your name will appear in the book on the acknowledgements page. Also, if you are one of the first 100 to preorder, you will receive a special laminated bookmark with your order.

What, are you still here? Go order the book now!

Yesterday Win Scott Eckert broke the news giving us the table of contents for the forthcoming collection from Titan Press, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. This is the first collection of Wold Newton stories ever published, and it's been a long time coming. In addition to stories by Philip José Farmer himself there are newer stories by Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi, John Allen Small, Christopher Paul Carey, and Win Scott Eckert. As with the other volumes in this series there is a new introduction, by Carey and Eckert, and each story will have an introduction explaining it's place in the Wold Newton Universe.

Back in December we announced that FarmerCon VIII would be once again held at PulpFest in Columbus Ohio, July 25-28, 2013. It's time to start making your travel plans and let us know if you are coming so we can coordinate our activities. We'll have announcements coming soon of several reasons why you will want to be there.

We have two quick things to tell you about on this update. First, as you know from our previous updates, Titan Books has been doing a fantastic job reprinting Philip José Farmer's works in new handsome, bonus-material-laden trade paperback editions (as well as releasing them for the first time as affordable ebooks). So far we've seen THE PEERLESS PEER, THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG, TIME'S LAST GIFT, A FEAST UNKNOWN, and LORD OF THE TREES.

Today Titan has released yet another classic, must-buy Farmerian tale.

Though it comprises only three novels, the Khokarsa series is one of the most world-building-intensive series Phil ever created. And that's why you're going to need to get your hands on the new, just-released Titan Books edition of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. Not only does this new edition feature an introduction in which Christopher Paul Carey (Phil's coauthor on THE SONG OF KWASIN) explores the fascinating literary archaeology of Khokarsa, but at the back of the book you'll also find a brand-new gazetteer and glossary to the Khokarsan civilization titled "A Guide to Khokarsa," which covers the characters, people and tribes, religion, geography, and language of the great motherland civilization of Ancient Opar. So even if you own another edition of HADON, you're going to want to get a hold of the new trade paperback. (and of course, if you're a collector you have to get the first-ever trade paperback edition, right?). Or if you just can't wait, just download the ebook edition and start reading right now!

Second, Locus Online conducted a poll to determine the best novels, novellas, novelettes and short stories of the 20th and 21st centuries. While Phil's work is lower on the list than it was in similar polls conducted in 1975 and 1987, he remains on the list in the best novel and best novella categories with TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO and "Riders of the Purple Wage".

Happy Wold Newton Day!

To celebrate our favorite holiday we have three special things to tell you about. The first, as you can see by the graphic in the upper left hand corner of the screen, is the official announcement that FarmerCon VIII will once again be held in conjunction with PulpFest! Start making your plans now for a weekend of pulpy goodness and Farmerian camaraderie, July 25-28, 2013. You can already book your room at the beautiful Hyatt Regency at the special PulpFest Rate of only $112 per night.

The second special item is that we have several signed copies of GODS OF OPAR available for sale. These are not the $65 limited editions, but the $45 trade editions that were signed by Christopher Paul Carey at FarmerCon VII. Through December 17th, or until they are gone, whichever comes first, you can purchase this signed hardcover for only $40 AND we will include a free copy of Farmerphile #10 AND we'll throw in FREE SHIPPING (for US orders only). Not a bad deal for a 600+ page book that weighs nearly three pounds! Remember GODS OF OPAR contains two classic Farmer novels: HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and FLIGHT TO OPAR published in hardcover for the first time ever, along with the long awaited conclusion to the series, THE SONG OF KWASIN by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey.

Here is an even bigger deal for any of you out there who still who have not discovered THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series. Today, December 13, 2012 only, you can save $13 off the already discounted price when you purchase volumes 1, 2, and 3 (numbered limited editions with matching numbers) together if you add a copy of EXILES OF KHO (a signed limited edition) by Christopher Paul Carey to the order.

Normally all three amazing volumes would cost you $62, plus another $19 for EXILES OF KHO, if shipped in the US. Today only you can buy all four books for only $68! If shipped to Canada you would pay $69 + $21 but today you can get all four books for only $77! If shipped anywhere else in the world you would pay $86 + $26, but today you can get all four books together for only $99!

So if you're still reading this, it's probably because you don't already own THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, so let's tell you a little bit about it. First and foremost, every volume contains never before seen material by Philip José Farmer himself. Do we even need to go on? Fine, there is also rare material by Farmer that you've probably not read, as well as articles about Farmer and his works by his fans and fellow science fiction writers. There are even new stories set in his worlds! We could drop a bunch of names here, but why not just read the tables of contents for yourself:

volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3.

What about EXILES OF KHO you might ask? While Christopher Paul Carey spent years doing research to complete THE SONG OF KWASIN, he kept coming across mentions of a legendary figure, a heroine-priestess named Lupoeth, who founded a city some 800 years before the events of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. This is her story.

Come back in January when we'll have some additions to the website like new (and old) reviews, more scans of inscribed books and other goodies.

Well so much for getting another update done by the end of September. The best laid plans of mice and part-time webmasters... But, there was no way we were going to let another of Titan's reprints go by unheralded, but first let's go over what you may have missed while we've been away:

First, Titan's kicked off their series of Wold Newton reprints with THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG (Afterword and Chronology by Win Scott Eckert) in May and it was fun to see it reviewed all over the internet in the likes of: Starburst, Affairs Magazine, Extraordinary Tales!, SF Crowsnest, The Tattooed Book, City Book Review, and Bookgasm.

Next came the rerelease of TIME'S LAST GIFT (Afterword by Christopher Paul Carey; Chronology by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power) in June which also garnered many reviews around the web: SFBook Reviews, Starburst, Rip Jager's Dojo, SF Crowsnest, Trash Mutant, DNM Magazine, Fantasy Matters, Wired, and My Bookish Ways.

Then in July came LORD TYGER (Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale; Foreword by Paul Spiteri) and again more reviews: Starburst, Sci-Fi-Online, SF Crowsnest, Good Reads, The British Fantasy Society, and She Never Slept. While there weren't quite as many reviews of this last title, one has to wonder if it because it is not part of the "Wold Newton" series which is attracting so much interest.

October brought us the reissue of Farmer's dark masterpiece A FEAST UNKNOWN (Afterword by Art Sippo). Not surprisingly there were not as many reviews of this title because the books' pornographic (but not erotic) nature: The PorPor Books Blog, SF Crowsnest, Genre Go Round Reviews are the only three we have found so far.

Whew! Now we're all caught up on Titan's reprints and they don't have another book coming out until, wait, TODAY! That's right, go hit your local big box book store and you will probably see LORD OF THE TREES (Introduction by Win Scott Eckert: "A Tale of Two Universes") on the shelf. And if you don't you can just click on that link and order it online.

In addition to all those reviews, we've also added links to reviews of THE PEERLESS PEER, UP THE BRIGHT RIVER, GODS OF OPAR, and all three volumes of THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER.

Hey, one more really important thing you might have missed is Sean Levin's con report for FarmerCon VII. Give that a read, and then make your reservations for PulpFest/FarmerCon in Columbus, OH next year.