|Farmer is an important writer, who repays study - Frederick Pohl|
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Also appeared in: UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND OTHER STORIES, Subterranean Press, 2007 hardcover
Phil was the Guest of Honor at the 1992 Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts where he delivered this speech. The original version of it appeared in a French magazine which asked that question of 400 authors.
Several quotes by Phil talking about his life.
A letter to the editor of the local newspaper, from Phil, but signed "Kilgore Trout," where he suggests the city convert the abandoned Pabst brewery to a brothel. He then elaborates on the economic benefits of his plan.
This is a speech Phil gave to a chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars (most probably the El Paso, Texas, based Mexborough Lodgers) in 1975. In it he speculates on Holmes' adventures during "the great hiatus."
This article contains three detailed proposals for books Phil wanted to write. One on the lives of great fictional detectives, one on fictional heroes and villians and their real life counterparts and the third based on the memoirs of Sir William Clayton, "a very adventurous and horny Englishman who lived from 1799 to 1902."
Phil gave this speech as the Guest of Honor at Balticon II in 1977. He discussed his plan to write a novel about life in the science fiction world.
In the 1970s, after designing Lord Greystoke's coat of arms, Phil began one for Doc Wildman but never completed it. After months of studying Phil's notes, Win Scott Eckert conveyed the design to artist Keith Howell who produced a stunning finished product.
This speech was given sometime in the second half of 1981. Phil begins by saying that science fiction takes in all fields of human thought and activity, but then he ends up with a theory proving that God is not omnipotent.
Four handwritten pages of notes (along with a typed transcription) from the late 1930s where Phil first describes the character Kickaha, who happens to be an "Amerindleocentaur," and a World of Tiers called Myadz.
A long prayer that asks not for the impossible, just the necessary, please no more computer glitches!
This tribute to Robert Bloch was found in Farmer's files. It may have been written for a convention program, but to date this has not been verified.
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