Shared Worlds & Parodies

As Philip José Farmer has used the characters of so many other authors in his work, it is only fitting that some do the same. The first section of this page lists books and stories by other writers that are set in Farmer's worlds and use his characters. And below that, spoofs of a master spoofer! We list a few out-and-out parodies of his work.

Also be sure to check out the fan fiction page.

Ralph von Wau Wau, the super intelligent, genetically mutated, talking German Shepherd with a 200 IQ that appeared in Farmer's stories "The Scarletine Study" and "The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight" is down on his luck and strolls into the finest bar in the galaxy, Callahan's Place. He makes new friends and wins a punning contest.

  • Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, October 1977 (First appearance)
  • TIME TRAVELERS STRICTLY CASH, 1981
  • CALLAHAN AND COMPANY, 1987
  • CALLAHAN'S CRAZY CROSSTIME BAR, 1989
  • THE CALLAHAN CHRONICLES, 1997
  • THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2011 trade paperback

John Lennon, Sid Vicious, Keith Moon and Brian Jones are a supergroup on the Riverworld isle of Graceland where Elvis really is the King. But what happened to all our other musical greats?

The story of Frederick Courtney Selous a contemporary of Richard Francis Burton, who, whilst tracking Burton so that they can explore the Riverworld together, is himself tracked by Caligula! And then they meet Beethoven.

The central figure is none other than P.G. Wodehouse, the great British humorist and his relationship with Maria Montessori, the famous educationist.

A Basileus (monarch) from New Constantinople and his brother looks to conquer much as he did on earth to protect his dynasty but realises his nation’s survival relies on an alliance with Mayor Richard J. Daley, Mayor of the downriver state of Shytown.

Edgar Allan Poe asks Dashiell Hammett (who was a Pinkerton agent before becoming a writer) to help him protect his beloved Lillian from an unknown assassin.

An actor who was to play Robin Hood just before he was killed on Earth joins forces with Abraham Lincoln to save Jules Verne’s utopia from the conquering armies of Al Capone.

Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Socrates aim to refight the Alamo but the Riverworld throws some unexpected characters into their plans.

William Shakespeare, Washington Irving and Aristophanes perform plays from a theatre boat that travels the great river. But what happens when they are unsuspectingly asked to perform Richard III to none other than the resurrected monarch himself?

Polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Peary again race Scott to the South Pole but who will win on this new world?

Tantake Iyotake (aka Sitting Bull) saves a young girl from the river and nurses her back to health. The gentle Medicine man discusses philosophy and religion with the girl before running into George Custer once again.

Russia’s greatest ballet master plans to replay his evil conquest of the dancer Nijinsky and Pizarro’s conquistadors plan their evil re-conquest of the Incas. But this is the Riverworld.

Allan Pinkerton, the legendary detective gets involved in intrigue between Cleopatra and Tiberius.

Father Lupian and Brother Aelfstan are two monks who spent their lives on Earth as chroniclers, writing history as it happened. They begin doing the same on Riverworld but have they met the new messiah?

A primitive tribe tries to come to terms with their resurrection and rejuvenation. Are they in the Spirit World? And what will they make of the other humans they meet on the Riverworld?

Edgar Alan Poe finds a writers colony where Johan Gutenberg has set up a printing press. The first book they have produced is TARZAN RESURRECTED by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Already living in the writers colony are Robert Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Frederick Faust (aka Max Brand) and Lester Dent (aka Kenneth Robeson).

Germanicus Caesar controls a stretch of Riverworld and General George S. Patton is the head of his army. Both bemoan the sad fact that war is just not Hell anymore and so revive the gladiatorial arena.

Medea’s legend precedes her, appalls her, dominates her and may save her from the vengeance of the children she murdered. But there are other legends loose on Riverworld.

Author Stephen Crane leads a band of travelling baseball players and ponders the enigma that gives him a steady supply of baseballs in his grail.

Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett travel with Socrates and the Spartan Lysander along the river. More a band of travelling entertainers than anything else until they encounter a nascent Nazi state. Their leader, Adolf Eichmann is intrigued by Bowie’s metal knife and the prospect of similarly arming his men.

Set in the 1920s, this short story is a standalone "prequel" to Phil's unfinished 1970s novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. Phil's novel and the story make extensive use of the genealogies from TARZAN ALIVE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, firmly setting both tales in the Wold Newton Universe.

In the second Opar novel, FLIGHT TO OPAR, one of Hadon's companions is lost during a great fire. Hinokly is presumed dead and never mentioned again. In this short story Chris tells us what in fact befell the scribe Hinokly after he left Hadon's side.

This very timely parody of the 2008 presidential campaign is set in 1940 as America's favorite pulp hero, Doc Ravage tackles his greatest opponent; American Presidential politics.

This story is set in the Earth society that Phil created when he expanded "The Lovers" into a novel in 1961. It shows the struggle several citizens have as they flee Sturch run territories, only to get more than they bargained for in the wilds of Africa.

This story, set in France in November 1795, begins to tell of events that lead up to Sir Percy Blakeney being in Would Newton, England on a certain fateful day.

This story is set on the World of Tiers, just after the events of THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES. While Jadawin and Chryseis expect that Arwoor, the Lord who occupied Jadawin's palace in his absence, may have left traps behind, they could never guess what is waiting for them behind a mysterious door.

Philip José Farmer has written more than one book depicting mankind's future as primitive, bleak and hard. In this story Dennis brings some of these different stories together and shows how these different cultures might blend together, or clash violently.

Here is a map showing the different future nations side by side.

Years after his last recorded adventure Greatheart Silver is living a quiet life of semi-leisure in retirement. Lured back into the air for one last adventure, nothing is as it seems, and of course, nothing goes according to plan.

Another mystery for Farmer's Private Detective Kent Lane. Just as in his first adventure, Skin Burn this story has a bit of a science fiction twist.

This story takes place before the events of THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES while Robert Wolff is still on earth and does not remember who he really is. The Lofficiers make good use of historical events to bring a certain artifact to Wolff's attention, and bring him to the attention of...

Noted Farmer expert Mary A. Turzillo revisits the world Farmer created in the x-rated novel IMAGE OF THE BEAST. Things are much better for the next generation of as the Togs and Ocs still want to get offworld, and will do anything to get what they want.

Farmer left the door open at the end of his novel TIME'S LAST GIFT and John Small steps on through to see just what happens to the crew of the H.G. Wells the second time they attempt to go back to 12,000 BC.

Having completed the third novel in the Khokarsa cycle, THE SONG OF KWASIN, Christopher Paul Carey may be considered the world's foremost expert on this ancient civilization. Based on clues from all three novels in the series, EXILES OF KHO, tells the story of the warrior priestess Luopeth and her founding of a very important city.

  • Meteor House, trade paperback, 2012. Cover art by Mike Hoffman.
  • Meteor House, hardcover, 2015. Cover art by Mark Wheatley.

A sequel to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. Pat Wildman and her crew race against time deep in the wilds of the Central American jungle to face the menace of 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...?

  • Meteor House, trade paperback, 2013. Cover art by Mark Sparacio.
  • Meteor House, hardcover, 2014. Cover art by Mark Sparacio.

Philip José Farmer’s, THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG, the “true story” behind the events of Jules Verne’s AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, was only the beginning! When an old foe disrupts Fogg’s retirement, seeking his aid against an enemy which threatens them both, Fogg finds himself once more thrown into the white-hot crucible of war.

  • Meteor House, trade paperback, 2014. Cover art by Amar Djouad.
  • Meteor House, hardcover, 2014. Cover art by Amar Djouad.

This novella picks up fourteen years after the novel THE SONG OF KWASIN (coauthored by Philip José Farmer Christopher Paul Carey) and the great calamity that threw the mighty queendoms of Khokarsa from their foundations. Hadon is king of Opar, charged with protecting his far-flung jungle city against the myriad dangers that threaten it.

  • Meteor House, trade paperback, 2015. Cover art by Bob Eggleton.
  • Meteor House, hardcover, 2015. Cover art by Bob Eggleton.

Volume #3 in the Phileas Fogg series and a followup to Josh Reynolds exciting novella, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE WAR OF SHADOWS. A new and more deadly conflict has begun in the Central European country of Ruritania. Drawn to the city of Streslau by a mysterious letter, Fogg finds himself caught between old allies and new enemies in a struggle for survival.

  • Meteor House, trade paperback, 2016. Cover art by Amar Djouad.
  • Meteor House, hardcover, 2016. Cover art by Amar Djouad.

This novella begins immediately after the events of HADON, KING OF OPAR chronicling Hadon’s further adventures in the fallen empire’s last remaining queendom. Using Farmer’s own notes, Carey at last fills in the missing history of a civilization lost to the mists of time...

  • Meteor House, trade paperback, 2016. Cover art by Bob Eggleton.
  • Meteor House, hardcover, 2016. Cover art by Bob Eggleton.

This section is surprisingly small and if there is any work out there that parodies Farmer's that we don't know of, please let us know!

In this parody of the first Riverworld novel, The Maquis De Sade wakes up pre-resurrection and sees himself floating in a sea of naked bodies. He also parodies A FEAST UNKNOWN as Doctor Sauvage battles Tarzun of the Rapes. Since the stream where everyone is being resurrected is only two miles long, and there are 37 billion bodies, things are very chaotic.

In this installment of the Riverworld spoof, Mark Twain is resurrected along the banks of the creek with a bunch of famous performers so they build a showboat. They have battle after battle after battle (each one getting a chapter) with many famous people. They do say to keep subscribing to Moebius Trip so you won't miss the next installment but I don't know if there were any.

At first glance this appears to be an R-rated spoof of Star Wars and Star Trek. With characters like Nuke Slybanger and Capt. James T. Jerk, it certainly is. But sprinkled throughout the book are references to dozens of other science fiction authors and their characters and/or worlds. Fortunately, E.C. "Doc" Lisic is not just a fan of science fiction movies and television, he is obviously widely read in both science fiction and fantasy. One character outside of the movies who keeps popping up is Philip Jose Finnegan, also known as, Kicka-ass. And there are other Farmerian references in the book; how would you like to beam down in a red shirt and meet the same fate as Richard Stagg in FLESH?

You can read a sample chapter of the book and if you are interested, order the book from Buy Books on the web.