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Philip José Farmer (January 26, 1918 – February 25, 2009) was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois, where he currently lives.

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Sexual themes

Farmer's works often contain sexual themes, and some of his early works were notable for their groundbreaking introduction of such to science fiction. Farmer's first published science fiction story, "The Lovers," which won him the Hugo Award for most promising new writer in 1953, was the first sf story to deal with sexual relations between humans and aliens. It instantly put Farmer on the map. His collection of short stories Strange Relations (1960) was a notable event in the history of sex in science fiction. He was one of three dedicatees of Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land, which was also noted for breaking sexual taboos. Fire and the Night (1962) is a non-science-fiction novel about a love affair between a white man and a black woman that features some interesting sociological and psychosexual twists.

Religious themes

His work also sometimes contains religious themes. Jesus shows up as a character in both the Riverworld series (in the novelette "Riverworld" but not in the novels) and Jesus on Mars. Night of Light (1966) takes the rather un-holy Father John Carmody on an odyssey on an alien world where spiritual forces are made manifest in the material world.

Use of pulp heroes

Many of Farmer's works involve reworking existing characters from fiction and history, such as The Wind Whales of Ishmael (1971), an otherworldly sequel to Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973), which fills in the missing time periods from Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days; and A Barnstormer in Oz (1982), in which Dorothy's adult son, a pilot, flies there by accident.

His favorite subjects for this type of work are the pulp heroes Tarzan and Doc Savage: in his novel The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes team up. Farmer also created the Lord Grandrith and Doc Caliban series, wherein we see disguised but less-than-innocent versions of Tarzan and Doc Savage. These consist of A Feast Unknown (1969), Lord of the Trees (1970) and The Mad Goblin (1970). Farmer has also written two witty mock biographies of both characters—Tarzan Alive (1972) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973)—wherein he conducts an exigetic mock-biography that winds either character in with a mind-boggling array of other fictional characters.

This has led to a burgeoning of a particular type of this form of fiction which is frequently referred to by reference to Farmer's original premise, the Wold Newton family.

In the Opar books ("Hadon of Ancient Opar" (1974) and "Flight to Opar" (1976), Farmer traced the ancient history of the "lost city" of Opar, which plays an important part in the Tarzan saga, in the time of its glory.

Bibliography

Series

  • Herald Childe
    • The Image of the Beast (1968)
    • Blown: or Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind (1969)
    • Traitor to the Living (1973)

Novels

Collections

  • Strange Relations (1960)
  • The Alley God (1962)
  • The Celestial Blueprint: And Other Stories (1962)
  • Down in the Black Gang (1971)
  • The Book of Philip José Farmer (1973)
  • Mother Was A Lovely Beast;: A Feral Man Anthology, Fiction And Fact About Humans Raised By Animals (1974)
  • Riverworld and Other Stories (1979)
  • Riverworld War: The Suppressed Fiction of Philip José Farmer (1980)
  • Father to the Stars (1981)
  • Stations of the Nightmare (1982)
  • The Purple Book (1982)
  • The Classic Philip José Farmer, 1952-1964 (1984)
  • The Classic Philip José Farmer, 1964-1973 (1984)
  • The Grand Adventure (1984)
  • Riders of the Purple Wage (1992)
  • MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe (2005)
  • The Best of Philip José Farmer (2006)
  • Strange Relations (2006)
  • Pearls from Peoria (2006)
  • Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories (2007)
  • Venus on the Half-Shell and Others (2008)
  • The Other in the Mirror (forthcoming 2009)

Short stories

  • "O'Brien and Obrenov" (1946)
  • "The Lovers" (1952)
  • "Sail On! Sail On!" (1952)
  • "The Biological Revolt" (1953)
  • "Mother" (1953)
  • "Moth and Rust" (1953)
  • "Attitudes" (1953)
  • "Strange Compulsion" (1953)
  • "They Twinkled Like Jewels" (1954)
  • "Daughter" (1954)
  • "Queen of the Deep" (1954)
  • "The God Business" (1954)
  • "Rastignac the Devil" (1954)
  • "The Celestial Blueprint" (1954)
  • "The Wounded" (1954)
  • "Totem and Taboo" (1954)
  • "Father" (1955)
  • "The Night of Light" (1955)
  • "The Alley Man" (1959)
  • "Heel" (1960)
  • "My Sister's Brother" or "Open to Me, My Sister" (1960)
  • "A Few Miles" (1960)
  • "Prometheus" (1961)
  • "Tongues of the Moon" (1961)
  • "Uproar in Acheron" (1962)
  • "How Deep the Grooves" (1963)
  • "Some Fabulous Yonder" (1963)
  • "The Blasphemers" (1964)
  • "The King of the Beasts" (1964)
  • "Day of the Great Shout" (1965)
  • "Riverworld" (1966)
  • "The Suicide Express" (1966)
  • "The Blind Rowers" (1967)
  • "A Bowl Bigger than Earth" (1967)
  • "The Felled Star (part 1)" (1967)
  • "The Felled Star (part 2)" (1967)
  • "The Shadow of Space" (1967)
  • "Riders of the Purple Wage" (1967)
  • "Don't Wash the Carats" (1968)
  • "The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod" (1968)
  • "Down in the Black Gang" (1969)
  • "The Oogenesis of Bird City" (1970)
  • "The Voice of the Sonar in my Vermiform Appendix" (1971)
  • "Brass and Gold" (1971)
  • "The Fabulous Riverboat (part 1)" (1971)
  • "The Fabulous Riverboat (part 2)" (1971)
  • "Only Who Can Make a Tree?" (1971)
  • "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World" (1971)
  • "Seventy Years of Decpop" (1972)
  • "Skinburn" (1972)
  • "The Sumerian Oath" (1972)
  • "Father's in the Basement" (1972)
  • "Toward the Beloved City" (1972)
  • "Mother Earth Wants You" (1972)
  • "Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind" (1973)
  • "Monolog" (1973)
  • "After King Kong Fell" (1973)
  • "Opening the Door" (1973)
  • "The Two-Edged Gift" (1974)
  • "The Startouched" (1974)
  • "The Evolution of Paul Eyre" (1974)
  • "The Adventure of the Three Madmen" (1974)
  • "Passing On" (1975)
  • "A Scarletin Study, as Jonathan Swift Somers III" (1975)
  • "The Problem of the Sore Bridge - Among Others, as Harry Manders" (1975)
  • "Greatheart Silver" (1975)
  • "The Return of Greatheart Silver" (1975)
  • "Osiris on Crutches, as Leo Queequeg Tincrowder" (1976)
  • "The Volcano, as Paul Chapin" (1976)
  • "The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight, as Jonathan Swift Somers III" (1976)
  • "Fundamental Issue" (1976)
  • "The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol" (1977)
  • "Greatheart Silver in the First Command" (1977)
  • "Savage Shadow as Maxwell Grant" (1977)
  • "The Impotency of Bad Karma as Cordwainer Bird" (1977)
  • "It's the Queen of Darkness, Pal, as Rod Keen" (1978)
  • "Freshman" (1979)
  • "The Leaser of Two Evils" (1979)
  • "J.C. on the Dude Ranch" (1979)
  • "Spiders of the Purple Mage" (1980)
  • "The Making of Revelation, Part I" (1980)
  • "The Long Wet Dream of Rip Van Winkle" (1981)
  • "The Adventure of the Three Madmen" (1984)
  • "UFO vs IRS" (1985)
  • "St. Francis Kisses His Ass Goodbye" (1989)
  • "One Down, One to Go" (1990)
  • "Evil, Be My Good" (1990)
  • "Nobody's Perfect" (1991)
  • "Wolf, Iron and Moth" (1991)
  • "Crossing the Dark River" (1992)
  • "A Hole in Hell as Dane Helstrom" (1992)
  • "Up the Bright River" (1993)
  • "Coda" (1993)
  • "The Good of the Land" (2002)
  • "The Face that Launched a Thousand Eggs" (2005)
  • "The Unnaturals" (2005)
  • "Who Stole Stonhenge?" (2005)
  • "That Great Spanish Author, Ernesto" (2006)
  • "The Essence of the Poison" (2006)
  • "The Doll Game" (2006)
  • "Keep Your Mouth Shut" (2006)
  • "The Frames" (2007)
  • "A Spy in the U.S. of Gonococcia" (2007)
  • "A Peoria Night" (2007)
  • "The First Robot" (2008)
  • "Duo Miaule" (2008)

Articles, essays, public talks, fragments, and miscellanea

  • "Bradley Brave Sees New York With Observing Injun Eyes—And with Knocking Knees" (1940)
  • "Lovers and Otherwise" (1953)
  • "The Tin Woodman Slams the Door" (1954)
  • "White Whales Raintrees Flying Saucers" (1954)
  • "The Golden Age and the Brass" (1956)
  • "On a Mountain Upside Down" (1960)
  • "Blueprint for Free Beer" (1967)
  • "Reap" (1968)
  • "Oft Have I Travelled" (1969)
  • "Report" (1969) - republished as "The Josés from Rio" (2006)
  • "The Affair of the Logical Lunatics" (1971)
  • "The Arms of Tarzan" (1971)
  • "Tarzan's Coat of Arms" (1971)
  • "The Two Lord Ruftons" (1971)
  • "The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout" (1971)
  • "A Reply to "The Red Herring"" (1971)
  • "Tarzan Lives" (1972) - republished as "An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke" (1973)
  • "The Great Korak-Time Discrepancy" (1972)
  • "The Lord Mountford Mystery" (1972)
  • "Writing the Biography of Doc Savage" (1973) - republished as "Writing Doc's Biography" (1974)
  • "From Erb to Ygg" (1973)
  • "To the Wizard of Sci-Fi" (1974)
  • "Extracts from the Memoirs of "Lord Greystoke"" (1974)
  • "The Feral Human in Mythology and Fiction" (1974)
  • "Charles L. Tanner" (1974)
  • "A Language for Opar" (1974)
  • "Some Comments" (1975) - republished as "The Source of the River" (2006)
  • "How Dinosaurs Did It" (1976)
  • "Phonemics" (1976)
  • "Philip Jose Farmer Sez..." (1976) - republished as "A Fimbulwinter Introduction" (2006)
  • "Religion and Myths" (1977)
  • "Jonathan Swift Somers III: Cosmic Traveller in a Wheelchair" (1977)
  • "The Remarkable Adventure" with Beverly Friend (1978)
  • "Creating Artificial Worlds" (1979)
  • "Riverworld War" (1980)
  • "Maps and Spasms" (1981)
  • "The Monster on Hold" (1983)
  • "L. Frank Baum" (1985)
  • "Edgar Rice Burroughs" (1985)
  • "Memoir" (1986) - republished as "IF R.I.P" (2006)
  • "Remembering VERN" (1987)
  • "The Journey" (1988)
  • "Hayy ibn Yaqzam: An Arabic Mowgli" (1994)
  • "Robert Bloch: An Appreciation" (1994)
  • "Dede Weil: An Appreciation" (2000)
  • "I Still Live!" (2006)
  • "Why Do I Write?" (2006)
  • "The Trout Letters" (2006)
  • "The Light-Hog Incident" (2007)
  • "The Rebels Unthawed" (2007)
  • "A Modest Proposal" (2007)
  • "Sherlock Holmes & Sufism—& Related Subjects" (2008)
  • "Jongor in the Wold Newton Family" (2008)
  • "Three Metafictional Proposals" (2008)
  • "Uncle Sam's Mad Tea Party" (2008)
  • "Down to Earth's Centre" (2008)




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