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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.
Bradley Brave to Fly to New York
First appeared in: Local Newspaper, 1940
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.
Big Chief Waring Dons Bradley Braves' Feathers
First appeared in: Local Newspaper, 1940
In this article (and picture) we see Phil giving the headdress to Fred Warring.
Parables are Pablum: A Reply to Mr. Farmer, A Letter to Mr. Campbell by Tim Howller
First appeared in: Skyhook 23, Winter 1954-1955
Also appeared in: Farmerphile 11, January 2008
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.
The Bite of the Asp by Randall Garrett
First appeared in: Stellar 13, ?? 1957
Also appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
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.
Books by Alfred Bester
First appeared in: Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 1961
Also appeared in: Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1961 UK edition, as "The All-star SF Author"
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.
SF Profile: Philip José Farmer Sex & Science Fiction by Sam Moskowitz
First appeared in: Amazing, December 64
Also appeared in: SEEKERS OF TOMORROW, 1965
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.
Strange Relations of Philip José Farmer by Charles Platt
First appeared in: Zenith Speculation #7, December 1964
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."

When Women Rule by Sam Moskowitz
First appeared in: If, August 1967
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.
News from the Authors
First appeared in: Science Fiction Times #461, December 1968
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.
The Seasonal Fan by Jim Harmon
First appeared in: Riverside Quarterly, March 1969
In his regular column Harmon discusses Farmer's Baycon 69 Guest of Honor Speech "REAP".
A Look at Sex in SF by J.B. Post & Ted White
First appeared in: Science Fiction Times #464, March 1969
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 evelating erotic fiction, this book has taken speculative fiction to new lows. He concludes that the book is pulp trash.
Philip José Farmer's The Lovers by Leland Sapiro
First appeared in: Riverside Quarterly, August 1969
The article discusses the story and its convoluted religious bakground.
Afterword by Michael Desimon
First appeared in: Riverside Quarterly, August 1969
Translated from French by Fred Patten, this article looks at the Hebrew texts that determine the structure of the religion in The Lovers.
Off the Deep End by Piers Anthony
First appeared in: Science Fiction Review 37, April 1970
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.
Lord Grandrith - A New Tarzan by Caz
First appeared in: ERB-dom 40, November 1970
Caz liked LORD OF THE TREES but hated A FEAST UNKNOWN.
Philip José Farmer: Out of Confusion, Surprise by Ed Connor
First appeared in: Moebius Trip #8, March/April 1971
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 by Donald A. Wollheim
First appeared in: THE UNIVERSE MAKERS, 1971
Reprinted: THE UNIVERSE MAKERS, 1972
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.
Getting into the Task of Now Pornography by Leslie A. Fiedler
First appeared in: Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1972
Also appeared in:
Moebius Trip 14, July 1972 as Thanks for the Feast: Notes on Philip José Farmer
Also appeared in: THE BOOK OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, 1973 as Thanks for the Feast
Also appeared in: THE DEVIL GETS HIS DUE: THE UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS OF LESLIE FIEDLER, 2008
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.
Philip Jose Farmer Untimely Ript From SF's Womb and Thrust into the Mainstream to Drown or With Friendly Reviewers Like Leslie Fiedler, Who Needs Enemies? by Richard E. Geis
First appeared in: Richard E. Geis #1, May 1972
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).
Tarzan by Edgar-Philip-Rice-José-Burroughs-Farmer by Robert R. Barrett
First appeared in: The Jasoomian #10, June 1973
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.
Playing Around with Creation: Philip José Farmer by Franz Rottensteiner
First appeared in: Science-Fiction Studies Vol.1 #2, Fall 1973
Also appeared in: SCIENCE-FICTION STUDIES: SELECTED ARTICLES, 1976
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).
Entry by Donald H. Tuck
First appeared in: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, Volume 1 (A-L), 1974
A rather short biographical entry followed by a much longer bibliography.
Is Tarzan Alive? - read it here
First appeared in: THE RETURN OF TARZAN, DC Comics Limited Collectors' Edition No. C-29, 1974
This article discusses Farmer's biography of Tarzan, TARZAN ALIVE, in great length.
Heritage of the Gray-Eyed God by Robert R. Barrett
First appeared in: Erbania #35, June 1974
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.
Taking a closer look at the writer who dispensed with the stiff upper-lip of science fiction and let his emotions show by Michael Feldman
First appeared in: Science Fiction Monthly Vol.1 #9, September 1974
This article talks about how most of Farmer's stories are "an open appeal for the release from sensual and emotional inhibitions".
The Possible Subconscious Source of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld by Randal Hagan
First appeared in: Moebius Trip Library's S. F. Echo #22, April 1975
Hagan speculates that Farmer was influenced by Sir Ricard Francis Burton's book, The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yedzî, while writing TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO. There are also some comments by Farmer on the article.
Mother Was a Lovely Beast by Joe Sanders
First appeared in: Delap's F&SF Review No. 2, May 1975
No info at this time.
Farmer Revealed as Kilgore Trout by Dave Truesdale
First appeared in: Tangent No. 2, May 1975
This headline and editorial came from information gained from the interview that also appeared in this issue.
Uffish Thots by Ted White
First appeared in: Science Fiction Review #15, November 1975
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.
Entry by James Gunn
First appeared in: ALTERNATE WORLDS, 1975
Farmer is briefly mentioned with a short paragraph on "The Lovers" and his other taboo-breaking science fiction.
Venus on the Half Shell as Structuralist Activity by Claudia Jannone
First appeared in: Extrapolation, May 1976
This is a very in-depth article about the many levels Venus can be read on.
So it Goes: The Sad Recapture of Kilgore Trout by Steve Connelly & Charles Nicol
First appeared in: Harper's Bookletter, Vol 2. No. 2, 1976
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."
SF Conglomerate by Jessica Kemball-Cook
First appeared in: New Society, May 27 1976
No info at this time.
Speculative Fiction, Bibliographies and Philip José Farmer by Thomas L. Wymer
First appeared in: Extrapolation, December 1976
There is a long article before the bibliography explaining how complicated a Farmer bibliography is because of rewrites and expansions.
Entry by Brian Ash
First appeared in: WHO'S WHO IN SCIENCE FICTION, 1976
Also appeared in: WHO'S WHO IN SCIENCE FICTION, 1979
This longer than average entry covers Farmer's early career, his three Hugos and his major series; Riverworld and The World of Tiers.
The Essex House Novelists by Michael Perkins
First appeared in: THE SECRET RECORD (Modern Erotic Literature), 1976
This article should be online here: www.eroticauthorsassociation.com but as I type this thier website is down.
The Faces of a Thousand Heroes: Philip José Farmer by Russell Leston
First appeared in: Science Fiction Studies, March 1977
This article talks about Farmer's interesting use of heroes, especially taking super heroes and showing their dark or more human side.
The Worlds of Philip José Farmer by Russell Leston
First appeared in: Extrapolation, May 1977
The article discusses Farmer's influences and refutes some earlier articles about him.
Philip José Farmer: an Appreciation by J. Grant Thiessen
First appeared in: Science Fiction Collector #5, September 1977
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.
Essex House: The Rise and Fall of Speculative Erotica by Maxim Jakubowski
First appeared in: Foundation #14, 1978
Also appeared in: Paperback Parade #13, June 1989
Farmer is mentioned throughout as one of the major authors published by Essex House.
Farmer of the Apes by Charles R. Saunders
First appeared in: Borealis Vol. 1 #2, Spring 1978
Also appeared in: Farmerphile #13, July 2008
A very long article about Farmer's fascination with Tarzan and all of the books he has written with Tarzan like characters.
Waking the Wake in Farmer's "Wage" by Grace Eckley
First appeared in: Farmerage Vol.1, #1, June 1978
This article talks about the obvious James Joyce influence on Farmer's "Riders of the Purple Wage".
Work Shop
First appeared in: Unifan #1, June 1978
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.
The Immediate Impact of The Lovers by Charles Lawrence
First appeared in: Farmerage Vol.1, #1, June 1978
This article talks about the flood of letters that were sent to Startling Stories about "The Lovers" after it was printed in August 1952.
The Universe of John Carmody, or, Translating in the 23rd Century by Charles Lawrence
First appeared in: Farmerage Vol.1, #2, October 1978
This article talks about the John Carmody stories and also links several other stories to the same future time frame; "Mother", "Daughter", "Strange Complusion", "Some Fabulous Yonder" and "The Blashhemers" .
Farmer Expands Riverworld
First appeared in: Locus #217, December 1978
The article is about Farmer signing a contract for a fifth Riverworld book and the history of the Riverworld series.
Getting Ahead in Canador House: Farmer's Love Song by Don Z. Block
First appeared in: Farmerage Vol.1, #3, February 1979
This article is an in-depth review of LOVE SONG and Farmer's unique use of the Gothic setting.
The Up-Dated Farmer by These Ven
First appeared in: Xenophile #42, June/July 1979
This article talks about "errors" that Farmer made in some of his Wold Newton speculations about The Spider.
The Never Ending Bookshelf by J. Grant Thiessen
First appeared in: Science Fiction Collector #8, October 1979
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.
Entry by Baird Searles
First appeared in: A READERS GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION, 1979
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.
Farmerworld by James Gunn
First appeared in: THE ROAD TO SCIENCE FICTION #3, 1979
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.
Entry by David Pringle
First appeared in: THE SCIENCE FICTION ENCYCLOPEDIA, edited by Peter Nicholls, 1979
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.
Entry by R. Reginald
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE, Volume 1 Indexes to the Literature, 1979
A checklist of the author's books until 1974.
Entry by R. Reginald
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE, Volume 2 Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II, 1979
Some biographical details are listed, followed by a short biographical sketch written by Farmer.
The Lovers by Russell Letson
First appeared in: SURVEY OF SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE Vol. 3, 1979
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.
The Riverworld Series by Russell Letson
First appeared in: SURVEY OF SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE Vol. 4, 1979
A long article covering the events that occur in the first three Riverworld books.
Strange Relations by S.C. Fredericks
First appeared in: SURVEY OF SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE Vol. 5, 1979
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.
Entry by L.W. Currey
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AUTHORS (A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction), 1979
Contains a checklist of the first printings of Philip José Farmer's books and points on how to identify them.
Philip José Farmer: The Trickster as Artist by Thomas L. Wymer
First appeared in: VOICES FOR THE FUTURE, Vol. 2, 1979
A very long and in-depth article about the theme of Trickter protagonists that run through Farmer's work. It also talks about Farmer being a trickster himself by trying to blur the boundries between reality and fiction.
Entry
First appeared in: WORLD AUTHORS 1970-1975, 1980
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.

Mystery Plus, Image of the Beast by Jeff R. Banks
First appeared in: The Poisoned Pen Vol.3 #2, March/April 1980
No info at this time.
A Different Kind of Checklist by Bruce Doering
First appeared in: Collecting Paperbacks?, Vol.2, #2, May 1980
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.
Riverworld Revisited
First appeared in: Time, July 28, 1980
Time Magazine, 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.
The Riverworld Phenomenon by Steve Tarter
First appeared in: Observer, Wednesday, July 30, 1980
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.
Collecting Paperback First Editions of Philip José Farmer by Don Block
First appeared in: Collecting Paperbacks?, Vol.2, #3, July 1980
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.
Wilson on Farmer by Robert Anson Wilson
First appeared in: Heavy Metal #54, September 1981
In this article Wilson discusses the Riverworld series. It appears along side Farmer on Wilson.
Bookview by Jo Duffy
First appeared in: Epic #8, October 1981
This article is a review of THE MAGIC LABYRINTH and also discusses the other Riverworld novels.
Book World Extra by John Bowles
First appeared in: Starburst #32, 1981
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.
Philip José Farmer by Sharon R Gunton
First appeared in: CONTEMPORARY LITERARY CRITICISM Vol. 19, 1981
No info at this time.
Maps and Spasms by Philip José Farmer
First appeared in: FANTASTIC LIVES, 1981
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.
Entry by Thomas L. Wymer
First appeared in: TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS, Part 1: A-L,, 1981
No info at this time.
Entry by Mary T. Brizzi
First appeared in: TWENTIETH CENTURY SCIENCE-FICTION WRITERS, 1981
Revised: TWENTIETH CENTURY SCIENCE-FICTION WRITERS, SECOND EDITION, 1986
Revised: TWENTIETH CENTURY SCIENCE-FICTION WRITERS, THIRD EDITION, 1991
Revised: ST. JAMES GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS, 1995
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.
Riverworld by Jordan R. Fox
First appeared in: Cinefantastique Vol 11, No 4, December 1981
This article is about game show producer Jay Wolpert's project to make Riverworld into a television series for ABC.
Riverworld to TV; New Books Too
First appeared in: Locus #252, January 1982
The article is about a speech Farmer gave where he mentions that Riverworld is going to be made into a TV miniseries.
Who Inhabits Riverworld? by Monte Cook
First appeared in: PHILOSOPHERS LOOK AT SCIENCE FICTION, 1982
This essay discusses the people living on Riverworld, are they the "same" people as they were on Earth or just "copies"?
Entry by Roald D. Tweet
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS, 1982
No info this time.
Philip José Farmer and the White Goddess by Casey Fredericks - read it here
First appeared in: Riverside Quarterly, Vol 7 No 3, May 1983
This article talks about Farmer's influences and the novel FLESH.
From Rebellious Rationalist to Mythmaker and Mystic: The Religious Quest of Philip José Farmer By E.L. Chapman
First appeared in: THE TRANSCENDENT ADVENTURE, 1984
An expanded version appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
This long article discusses the religious themes in most of Farmer's work.
Entry by David Wingrove
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION SOURCE BOOK, 1984
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.
The Riverworld Series By E.L. Chapman
First appeared in: SURVEY OF MODERN FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 3, 1984
The World of Tiers By E.L. Chapman
First appeared in: SURVEY OF MODERN FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 5, 1984
Philip José Farmer's Fantastic Voyage
First appeared in: Locus #290, March 1985
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.
Thrust Profile: Philip José Farmer, by E.E. Gilpatrick
First appeared in: Thrust 22, Summer 1985
A short artilce which talks about science fiction and PJF's place in it. Has comments from PJF about the labels "science fiction" and "fantasy".
The Unreasoning Mask, by David Pringle
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION: THE 100 BEST NOVELS, 1985
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 perhap's 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 enty talks about THE UNREASONING MASK and the many wild ideas that are in the story.
One Hundred Most Important People in Science Fiction/Fantasy, by David McDonnell
First appeared in: Starlog #100, November 1985
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.
Fantastic Voyage 2: Again & Again
First appeared in: Locus #303, April 1986
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.
The Paper World: Science Fiction in the Postmodern Era by Welch D. Everman
First appeared in: POSTMODERN FICTION, 1986
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."
Philip José Farmer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Colin N. Manlove
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION: TEN EXPLORATIONS, 1986
This book contains a very long (22 page) article which is mostly an indepth analysis of TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO and the rest of the Riverworld Series.
Entry by Donald Palumbo
First appeared in: EROTIC UNIVERSE: Sexuality and Fantastic Literature, 1986
No entry at this time.
Lucian of Samosata and Philip José Farmer by Robert J. Edgeworth
First appeared in: Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 24 #2, 1987
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.
The Hansoms of John Clayton by George H. Scheetz
First appeared in: A New Chronology of the THE HANSOMS OF JOHN CLAYTON on the Occasion it Its Decennial Year, November 1987
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 activies of the club from 1977 - 1987, with listings of many meetings and annual picnics being held at the Farmer's home.
A Feast Unknown by David Pringle
First appeared in: MODERN FANTASY: THE HUNDRED BEST NOVELS, 1988
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."
Entry by Russell F. Letson
First appeared in: THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION, 1988
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.
Entry by Don and Maggie Thompson
First appeared in: OFFICIAL PRICE GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY COLLECTIBLES, 1989
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.
Riders of the Purple Wage by Gary K. Wolfe
First appeared in: Locus #349, February 1990
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.
The Dawn Patrol: Sex and Technology in Farmer and Ballard by Gary K. Wolfe
First appeared in: The New York Review of Science Fiction, September 1990
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.
Collecting Philip José Farmer by James T. Seels
First appeared in: Firsts, October 1991
Contains an article about collecting the first editions of Philip José Farmer, along with a price guide.
The Sequelizer, or The Farmer Gone to Hell by Gary Westfahl
First appeared in: Science Fiction Eye #11, December 1992
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.
Entry by David Pringle and John Clute
First appeared in: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION, 1993
This long entry discusses most of Farmer's major novels and stories.
Transformational SF Religions by Joseph M Dudley
First appeared in: Extrapolation Vol. 35 #4, Winter 1994
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.
Entry by Matthew E. Bunson
First appeared in: ENCYCLOPEDIA SHERLOCKIANA, 1994
The entry discusses Philip José Farmer's Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches.
Farmer's Escape from Loki: A Closer Look by Christopher Carey - read it here
First appeared in: The Bronze Gazette, Vol 6, Issue #17, February 1996
Chris contends that ESCAPE FROM LOKI, is not just an action story, but can be read on several levels.
Love, Psyche, and Transformations: The Anima and Farmer's The Lovers by Kenneth L. Golden
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION, MYTH, AND JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY, 1995
This very indepth article, about some of the psychology behind "The Lovers," is a full chapter in this very scholarly look at science fiction.
Entry by David Pringle
First appeared in: THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION, 1996
No info at this time.
The Lovers by Larry Rochelle
First appeared in: MAGILL'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 3, 1996
No info at this time.
Riverworld Series by Wesley Britton
First appeared in: MAGILL'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 3, 1996
No info at this time.
Strange Relations by Paul Hansom
First appeared in: MAGILL'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 4, 1996
No info at this time.
The World of Tiers by John T. West III
First appeared in: MAGILL'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY LITERATURE Vol. 4, 1996
No info at this time.
Entry by John Clute
First appeared in: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASY, 1997
This entry mostly discusses the Fantasy aspects (as opposed to sci-fi) of the Riverworld series and Tiers series.
Loki in the Sunlight by Christopher Carey - read it here
First appeared in: The Bronze Gazette, Vol 8, Issue #24, June 1998
This article speculates that Doc's enemy John Sunlight also appeared in ESCAPE FROM LOKI, in an unusual disguise.
Of Creatures and Cultures by Nancy Ridgeway
First appeared in: Hill Topics, Summer 1998
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.
Entry by Paul Wake
First appeared in: WATERSTONE'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR, 1998
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 by Brian Stableford
First appeared in: THE DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE FICTION PLACES, 1999
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.
Farmer's Vision of Ancient Opar Alan Hanson
First appeared in: HERITAGE OF THE FLAMING GOD: An Essay on the History of Opar and Its Relationship to Other Ancient Cultures, 1999
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.
Entry by Stuart W. Wells III
First appeared in: SCIENCE FICTION COLLECTIBLES, 1999
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.
Entry by Nicola Chalton
First appeared in: WHO WROTE WHAT WHEN?, 1999
Contains a very short entry including an inaccurate description of the Riverworld series.
Philip José Farmer’s Adventures in Hollywood by Jack Mertes
First appeared in: Peoria Metropolitan January 2001
Also appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: PROTEAN DIMENSIONS, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
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.
Use of Fiction in Therapy by Dr. A. James Giannini - Read it here
First appeared in: Psychiatric Times, Vol.19 Issue 7, July 2001
This article discusses the real life psychiatric therapy used by Dr. Giannini where patients discuss he Tiers books and their fantasies about them.
Philip José Farmer: The Portrait of the Artist as the Great Wall of China by Harlan Ellison
First appeared in: The Bulletin No. 150, Summer 2001
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 Riverworld Runs Through Toontown by Gary K. Wolf
First appeared in: The Bulletin No. 150, Summer 2001
A funny little mix of Roger Rabbit and Riverworld as they all come together to applaud Philip José Farmer.
Ten Years Ago
First appeared in: Firsts, October 2001.
This article compares the prices for Farmer's books now to the prices printed in the 1991 issue ten years ago.
The Green Eyes Have It - Or Are They Blue? by Christopher Carey - read it here
First appeared in: The Bronze Gazette, Vol 11, Issue #33, November 2001
Chris continues to probe for hidden meaning in Escape from Loki. Someone needs to do this to all of Farmer's books.
Entry by George Mann
First appeared in: THE MAMMOTH ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION, 2001
No info at this time.
Entry by Steve Connelly
First appeared in: THE GUIDE TO UNITED STATES POPULAR CULTURE, 2001
No info at this time.
Philip José Farmer An Appreciation by Robert Silverberg
First appeared in: NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE, 2002
Contains an Appreciation by Robert Silverberg as well as reprinting Farmer's acceptance speech from the 2001 Nebula Award Ceremony.
Riverworld Flowing On
First appeared in: SFX #88, March 2002
Contains an interview with Stuart Hazeldine, the writer for the TV series adaptation of Riverworld.
Riverside Views
First appeared in: SFX #90, April 2002
Contains photographs of some of the Riverworld TV series locations.
A Feast Unexpected
First appeared in: RG Magazine, October 2002
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.
The Wold Newton Theory Alternative Universe by C.D. Stewart
First appeared in: ThrillerUK #15, September 2003 (part 1)
First appeared in: ThrillerUK #16, October 2003 (part 2)
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.
A Reply to “The Wold Newton Theory Alternative Universe” by Win Eckert
First appeared in: ThrillerUK #19, July 2004
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.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 1, July 2005
In this first article by Bette Farmer, wife of Philip José Farmer for 65 years now she tells the tale their first meeting, courship and marriage.
Creative Mythography: A Nova of Genetic Splendor By Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 1, July 2005
This first, of a regular Wold Newton column, is mainly an introduction to Phil's Wold Newton theory and the events behind it.
Daring to be Farmer by Joe Haldeman
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 1, July 2005
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on INSIDE OUTSIDE by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 1, July 2005
This is the first of what we hope will be regular feature by Paul and perhaps others, an indepth 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.
Gatherings of Tricksters by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 2, October 2005
Bette Farmer, wife of Philip José Farmer, tells of the first two Worldcons they attented in 1952 and 1953 and some of the interesting people they encountered.
Farmer & Rosny—Kindred Souls by Jean Marc Lofficier
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 2, October 2005
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.
The Innocent Dilemma by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 2, October 2005
This article immediately follows Phil's short story The Unnaturals and discusses the back ground against which this Oz-like story was written.
My Feast Unknown by Jason Robert Bell
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 2, October 2005
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on DARK IS THE SUN by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 2, October 2005
In this column Paul tackles one of Phil's longest single novels, the scifi/fantasy epic DARK IS THE SUN.
Creative Mythography: Six Degrees of Philip José Farmer By Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 2, October 2005
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.
Other Worldly By Terry Bibo
First appeared in: Peoria Journal Star, January 22, 2006
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.
A Man Bigger Than His Works by Tracy Knight
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
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.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
In this column Bette tells of some of the interesting characters that she and Phil have met over the years.
Creative Mythography: How He Escaped Publicity, Part II By Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
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.
Essex House, Tarzan and Time's Last Gift by Bob Zeuschner
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
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.
How Tarzan Introduced me to Philip José Farmer by Rick Beaulieu
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
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.
The Peerless Pastiche: Farmer Does Doyle and Burroughs by Archimeded Q. Porter, Ph. D.
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 3, January 2006
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.
Inspired by Tarzan: Literature by Maura Spiegel
First appeared in: TARZAN OF THE APES, Barnes & Noble Classics, 2006 trade paperback
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.
On a Riverboat with the Farmers by Gary K. Wolfe
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 4, April 2006
Gary tells of their adventures during one of the Conferences for the Fantastic in the Arts that he got the Farmers to attend.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 4, April 2006
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on THE STONE GOD AWAKENS by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 4, April 2006
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.
Phil Farmer Meets Roger Bacon at the Ends of the Earth by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 4, April 2006
Danny delves into the rich background of Phil's comic alternate universe story, "Sail On! Sail On!"
Creative Mythography: Ouroboros, Part I by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 4, April 2006
As the subtitle implies, Win examines stories and novels that refer to Phil and his works and the cross-overs come full circle.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
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.
The Trickster Awakens: Philip José Farmer and Venus on the Half-Shell by Tracy Knight
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
Tracy Knight gives us a long indepth 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."
Trout Fishing in Bermuda: Why and How by Roger Crombie
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
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."
Bibliophile: a discussion on JESUS ON MARS by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
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.
Heritage of the Flaming God: A Classic Essay, Long Forgotten, Inspired Farmer by Alan Hanson
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
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.
Alias Philip José Farmer: The Sore Bridge and a Latter-Day Victorian Chronicler by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
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.
Creative Mythography: Ouroboros, Part II by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 5, July 2006
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.
The International Appeal of Philip José Farmer by Rias Nuninga
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on FIRE AND THE NIGHT by Fender Tucker
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
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."
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
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.
Caliban by Will Murray
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
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.
A Box within a Box by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
Danny focuses on Phil's only short Doc Savage related fiction and the convoluted backdrop that is the story within a story.
Creative Mythography: Doc Wildman: Out of Time by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
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.
Through the Seventh Gate by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 6, October 2006
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.
Philip José Farmer's Immortal Legacy by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: The Zone, November 2006
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 Maker of Universes by Jeff Renault
First appeared in: Star Log #353, March 2007
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.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 7, January 2007
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.
A Letter from Farmer by David Bischoff
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 7, January 2007
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 guitly party was eventually identified.
Creative Mythography: The Conundrums of Kickaha by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 7, January 2007
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on THE LONG WARPATH by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 7, January 2007
An interesting discussion on one of Phil's earlier heroic novels that was published under a different title.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 8, April 2007
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.
Finnegan’s Wage, or, Portrait of the Farmer as a Joycean Fan by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 8, April 2007
Danny explores the parallels between Phil's Hugo winning novella "Riders of the Purple Wage," and the works by James Joyce that inspired it.
Phil & Bette Farmer, Jack London, a Wife and a Baby, a Clean Well Lighted Hotel Room by Joe R. Lansdale
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 8, April 2007
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.
Creative Mythography: The Shades of Pemberly (part 1) by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 8, April 2007
Win has discovered a long lost story from 1927 featuring a very young "Doc Wildman" and other notable characters.
Images of the Soul by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 8, April 2007
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on GREATHEART SILVER by Michael Croteau
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 8, April 2007
Mike looks at one of Phil's funniest novels, episode by episode and also talks about the stories origins in WEIRD HEROES.
Science Fiction Classic: Philip José Farmer by Tony Smith and Ciaran O'Carroll
First appeared on: Starship Sofa No 44, June 3, 2007
First appeared on: Starship Sofa No 45, June 9, 2007
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.
The Archaeology of Khokarsa by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
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.
White-Skinned Grey-Eyed God by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
Dennis' article discusses the character Sahhindar from the Opar series, from the the origin of the name to his possible further adventures.
Sketches from the Ruins of My Mind by Robert R. Barrett
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on TIME'S LAST GIFT by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
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.
Star Trek’s Loss Is Your Gain by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
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 Amoung 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.
Creative Mythography: The Shades of Pemberly (part 2) by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 9, July 2007
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.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 10, October 2007
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 includs a picture of Phil, Bette and the cake from their going away party.
The Smartest Man in the World; or Admiring Philip José Farmer by Dr. Bennett L. Oppenheim
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 10, October 2007
In this article Bennett, who is not a science fiction writer but is well known and very sucessful in own his line of work, talks about Phil's many influences on him.
Creative Mythography: This Peoria Earth by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 10, October 2007
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.
When Day Breaks the Stone God Awaits by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 10, October 2007
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.

Remembering the Eyre Incident Three Decades Later by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 10, October 2007
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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on NOTHING BURNS IN HELL by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 10, October 2007
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.
The Memoirs of Lord Greystoke by Justin Marriott
First appeared in: The Paperback Fanatic #4, Autumn 2007
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 papberback editions of these books.
The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
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!"
Birthday Wishes and Greetings by S.M. Stirling, Mike Resnick, Michael Moorcock, James E. Gunn, Kim Newman, Norman Spinrad, Joe Haldeman, Piers Anthony, Richard A. Lupoff, Richard E. Geis, David Langford, Tracy Knight, Joe R. Lansdale, Harlan Ellison, Robin Wayne Bailey, Will Murray, Garth Nix, James Sallis, Gary K. Wolfe, Chris Roberson & Peter Crowther
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
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.
On Not Going There by Howard Waldrop
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
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.
Smoke Gets in Your Nose by Spider Robinson
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
Spider tells of his surprising first encounter with Phil sharing a smoke filled car ride to the Worlcon in Toronto 1973.
Further Sketches from the Ruins of My Mind! by Robert R. Barrett
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
In this very in depth article Bob looks closely at the differences between Phil's offical biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage and the advenutre 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.
Bibliophile: a discussion on A BARNSTORMER IN OZ by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
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.
Creative Mythography: Trunks and Branches: The Wold Newton Family by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
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.
The Magic Filing Cabinet and The Missing Page by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 11, January 2008
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.
Happy 90th Birthday to Philip José Farmer!
First appeared in: Locus, February 2008
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.

Yesterday's Tomorrows by Graham Sleight - read it here
First appeared in: Locus, February 2008
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.

The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer by Bette Farmer
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
We Were Introduced by Sherlock Holmes by George H. Scheetz
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
Philip José Farmer and the Case of the Two Jungle Lords by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
Urania's Babysitter by Rick Lai
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
A Study of Ralph von Wau Wau by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
Keeping with the Sherlockian theme of the issue, Danny examines one of Phil's characters who was sort of modelled on the Great Detective.
Creative Mythography: The Farmerian Holmes by Win Scott Eckert - read it here (hi-res version)
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
Bibliophile: A discussion on THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
How Much Free Will Does a Pumpkin Have? by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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.
The Lure of the Emergency Shelf by Michael Carroll
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
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 seires. 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 savour them.
Full Blown Comic Book Images of the Beast by Steve Mattsson
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 12, April 2008
In his first article for Farmerphile Steve dicusses 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.
The Many Worlds of "Wold Newton" by Henry Covert
First appeared in: Astonishing Adventures Magazine 4, July 2008
Henry introduces Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Family to a new audience of readers.
Creative Mythography: Sahhindar Through the Centuries by Win Scott Eckert and Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 13, July 2008
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.
Escape from Loki Again, and Again, and Again by Steve Mattsson
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 13, July 2008
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.
To Be, or Not to Be by Tom Wode Bellman
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 13, July 2008
Tom tells the story behind the hoax Phil pulled off during his Guest of Honor speech, "The Wild Weird Clime," at Balticon II.
Bibliophile: A discussion on TONGUES OF THE MOON by Heidi Ruby Miller
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 13, July 2008
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 Played in Peoria? by Art sippo
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
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.
A Whale of Time by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
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.
The Voice of Farmer in My Vermiform Appendix by Rhys Hughes
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
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.
Creative Mythography: Excessively Diverted, Or, Coming to Pemberley House by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
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.
Say, What's the Big Idea? by Michael Carroll
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
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.
Bibliophile: A discussion on LORD TYGER by Paul Spiteri
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
Paul examines the novel Phil may have enjoyed writing more than any other, LORD TYGER.
Boris the Bear: Wold Newton and Philip José Farmer by Steve Mattsson
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
Steve examines the little known comic Boris the Bear and the several times that Phil was referenced during its run.
Oh the Humanity by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 14, October 2008
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.
How the Farmer Grew a Universe by Henry Covert
First appeared in: Astonishing Adventures Magazine 5, December 2008
Henry discusses fiction that Phil wrote about members of the Wold Newton Family.
Creative Mythography: Philip José Farmer in the Wold Newton Family by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
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.
Bibliophile: A discussion on THE UNREASONING MASK by David Lars Chamberlain
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
David examines one of Phil's more philosophical novels, THE UNREASONING MASK and Phil's culturally varied influences in this book.
On the River with Philip José Farmer by Robert Weinberg
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
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.
My Time on the River by Ed Gorman
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
Ed's article, along with his admiration for Phil, goes all the way back to 1954.
Writing "Graceland" by Allen Steele
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
Allen tells the details of the road trip and concert that lead to the writing of this rock and roll inspired story.
The River Not Taken by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
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.
Tom Mix Resurected by Danny Adams
First appeared in: Farmerphile No. 15, January 2009
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.
Tributes
Many tributes to Phil, written after his death, can be found on the Remembrances page.
Philip José Farmer and Doc Savage by Will Murray
First appeared in: Doc Savage #27, June 2009
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.
Philip José Farmer's Tarzan Alive by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Burroughs Bulletin #81, Winter 2010
The majority of this article is a reprint of Win's thorough introduction to the 2006 reprint of TARZAN ALIVE.
Philip José Farmer and ERB: A Shared Mythography by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Burroughs Bulletin #81, Winter 2010
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.
Philip José Farmer's ERB-Related Work: A Bibliography by Henry G. Franke III
First appeared in: Burroughs Bulletin #81, Winter 2010
A listing of Farmer's work that would be of interest to ERB readers.
Philip José Farmer's Incarnations of Tarzan by Henry G. Franke III
First appeared in: Burroughs Bulletin #81, Winter 2010
A nice long look at the many different ways Phil has recreated the Tarzan mythos in his fiction.
Bibliographer's Corner by Septimus Favonius
First appeared in: Burroughs Bulletin #81, Winter 2010
A short entry about Farmer's book TARZAN ALIVE.
Philip José Farmer: Doc Savage Loses an Author by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: BIG BOOK OF BRONZE 2, 2009
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.
Tribute – Philip José Farmer, Pulp Character Biographer... by Tony D Davis
First appeared in: The Pulpster #18, July 2009
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.
It Could Make a Great Fantasy by Laura Wilkes Carey
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
In this article Laura expounds on Farmer's notes and research for an unwritten "Mormon Fantasy" novel.
Read On! Read On! by James Gunn
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
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 exceprt from a longer piece that appeared as "Reading Science Fiction as Science Fiction," in the book READING SCIENCE FICTION.
The Blakeney Family Tree by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
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.
THE REVISED COMPLETE CHRONOLOGY OF BRONZE by Rick Lai
First appeared in: THE REVISED COMPLETE CHRONOLOGY OF BRONZE, Altus Press, 2010 trade paperback
Philip José Farmer's work is referenced often throughout this very indepth examination of the history of Doc Savage.
Afterword by Paul Wessels and Jean-Marc Lofficier - read it here
First appeared in: HELGVOR OF THE BLUE RIVER, Black Coat Press, 2010 trade paperback
This afterword to the concluding volume of English translations of J.-H. Rosny Aîné's scientific romances spends a lot of time examining Rosny's influence on Farmer and similarities in their work.
The Importance of Being Unsophisticated by Charles Platt
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
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.
Repopulating Oz by James Sallis
First appeared in: Writing from Life
Also appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
In this intensely personal essay James Sallis tells of his long relationship with Farmer and his works.
Religion in the Life and Work of Philip José Farmer: Through the Eyes of His Grandson by Thomas José Josephsohn
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
A rare essay showing glimpses of Farmer's private life, and the influence he had on one of his grandchildren.
The Khoharsa Series by Henry G. Franke III
First appeared in: Gridley Waze 370, July 2013
The entire issue of this two page fanzine is dedicated to the Khokarsa series.