Introductions to Philip José Farmer's Books and Stories

The following is a list of introductions, forewords, afterwords, author's notes, etc., to the works of Philip José Farmer. Some of these are written by Farmer himself and some are written by other authors or editors. The ones that talk about the story behind the story, where the ideas came from, or facts about getting the story published are especially interesting. This is one reason we recommend all of the Phantasia Press printings. Unless otherwise noted, these extra writings appear in all printings of a book.
Introduction to Riders of the Purple Wage by Harlan Ellison
This appears in all the printings of DANGEROUS VISIONS (1967). In this gushing introduction Ellison extols Farmer's virtues as both person and writer and accurately predicts a Hugo award for this story.
Afterword to Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip José Farmer
This appears in all the printings of DANGEROUS VISIONS (1967). Farmer talks about first hearing about the Triple Revolution Document just before Harlan Ellison asked him to write a story for DANGEROUS VISIONS. He also talks about writing the story and parts he had to cut out to keep the story down to 30,000 words.
Introduction to Sail On! Sail On! by Robert Silverberg
This introduction appears in BACKDROP OF STARS (1968) and WORLDS OF MAYBE (1970). Silverberg claims that this story is so brilliantly realized in just a few thousand words that it needs no introduction, and is better to read it unguided.
Comments on "Sail On! Sail On!" by Philip José Farmer
These comments appear in BACKDROP OF STARS (1968), WORLDS OF MAYBE (1970), THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions (2010). In this long comentary Farmer tells how he had the same dream three times which prompted him to write this story. He then goes on to talk about the scientific theories that he would have use to expand his short story into a novel, that would make his geocentric flat Earth work. The more he thinks about it, the harder and more complicted it gets to make everything work.
Editor's Note to A FEAST UNKNOWN by Philip José Farmer
Farmer states that this book is volume IX of the autobiography of Lord Grandrith and describes some of the troubles he had getting it printed because of The Nine.
Postscript to A FEAST UNKNOWN by Theodore Sturgeon
Sturgeon asks the question; Why do superhuman, heroic figures (in fiction) so seldom have a sex life. He talks about the relationship between sex and violence and points out that one of the things Farmer is saying in this book is that unlimited sex and unlimited violence, equals unlimited absurdity.
Author's note to LORD OF THE TREES by Philip José Farmer
A brief note from Farmer claiming that this book is not by him but is actually volume X of the memiors of Lord Grandrith.
Introduction to Riders of the Purple Wage by Isaac Asimov
This introduction appears in all printings of THE HUGO WINNERS VOL 2. Isaac talks about the first time he met Phil when the two of them, along with Randall Garrett, were being interviewed on a radio program in the 1950s.
Foreword to TARZAN ALIVE by Philip José Farmer
Farmer claims that this book is a biography of a real person and explains how he tracked the real "Lord Geystoke" down. He also explains that he will show where the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs were accurate and where they were fictionalized.
Foreword to THE ADVENTURES OF THE PEERLESS PEER by Philip José Farmer
Farmer claims that the box of unpublished manuscripts by Watson were not destroyed in the bombings of WWII as most people think. He has obtained the first of these surviving manuscripts and is publishing it here, mostly "as is", even though it appears to be a first draft and contains statements by Watson that he is sure Watson would have removed or rewritten.
Foreword and Introduction to THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG by Philip José Farmer
In the Foreword Farmer talks about reading AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS several times as a child and then rereading it as an adult. It was during this rereading that he decided he could write a behind-the-scenes story that would have more danger and adventure than the original.

In the Introduction Farmer mentions some of the oddities of Phileas Fogg in Verne's novel and uses them as a jumping off point to THE OTHER LOG.
Foreword to FLIGHT TO OPAR by Philip José Farmer
Farmer directs readers to the map of central Africa as it appeared in 10,000 B.C. and describes changes from today.
Foreword to THE DARK DESIGN by Philip José Farmer
Farmer talks about how this book was supposed to be the conclusion of the main Riverworld series but that at 400,000 words it was too long and had to be split into two separate books. He says that after the fourth volume, THE MAGIC LABYRINTH, he hopes to write more stories set on Riverworld, involving other characters.
Foreword to TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH by Philip José Farmer
In this short Foreword Farmer explains that this book was previously published as THE GATE OF TIME, a title the publisher picked and he didn't like. He also explains that he has restored some scenes that the publisher changed and added about 10,000 words, many of them to the end of the book.
Introduction to THE GREEN ODYSSEY by Russell Letson
This introduction only appears in the Gregg Press printing (1978). The main point of this 10 page introduction is that while this is not one of Farmer's more important works, it does share the qualities that run through most of Farmer's books and short stories and is worth reading. It is a planetary romance softened by satire, but not a complete satire of the planetary romance type story. It is a mixing of genres with a sprinkling of reality.
Author's Preface to RIVERWORLD WAR: THE SUPPRESSED FICTION OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER by Philip José Farmer
Farmer fist tells how the title to JESUS ON MARS came to him in dream, then he talks about his agent not informing Pinnacle that an abridgement of the story was being done for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine so the book was published before the shorter version could come out. He finally talks about the scenes from THE MAGIC LABYRINTH that had to be cut and how one giant battle scene was greatly reduced but the original long version is here.
Introduction to TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO by Peter Nicholls
This introduction only appears in the Gregg Press printing (1980). This introduction covers the long history of the book and its non-publication in the 1950s. Also pointed out is that while this book won a Hugo award in 1972, had it been printed in the early 1950s it would have really been a big deal. The bulk of the intro talks about the themes that run through not only this book, but the bulk of Farmer's work. There are also some notes at the end of the introduction where Farmer comments on some of the points brought up.
Introduction to THE FABULOUS RIVERBOAT by Richard Gid Powers
This introduction only appears in the Gregg Press printing (1980). This introduction covers talks about the clues given in the first three Riverworld books as to the origin and purpose of the riverworld. Powers then makes several speculations as to the ultimate ending of the series and its possible connections to INSIDE OUTSIDE. Most of his speculations are refuted by Farmer in some notes at the end of the introduction.
Introduction to DARE by Moshe Feder and David G. Hartwell
This introduction only appears in the Gregg Press printing (1980). This introduction begins with the fact that DARE was originally going to be serialized in Startling Stories in 1953 but the magazine stopped being printed monthly. This explains why the book, finally published in 1965, reads more like his earlier works. The intro also discusses many of the similarities between DARE and THE LOVERS.
Introduction to INSIDE OUTSIDE by Lou Stathis
This introduction only appears in the Gregg Press printing (1980). This introduction talks about Farmer's habit of writing stories that beg to be dissected because his influences are so blatant. He also discusses where Farmer was in his career when this book was written and some of parallels between this book and the Riverworld series.
Author's Foreword to THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES by Philip José Farmer
This foreword only appears in the Phantasia Press printing (1980). Farmer talks about first coming up with the idea for Kickaha and the tiered world in High School. He then talks about books he read as a child that influenced the writing of this book.
Author's Foreword to THE GATES OF CREATION by Philip José Farmer
This foreword only appears in the Phantasia Press printing (1981). Farmer talks about his editor at Ace changing the titles of the first three Tiers books and claims to have seen a copy of BEHIND THE WALLS OF TERRA printed as BEYOND THE WALLS OF TERRA. This was how he knew Ace had reprinted the book. So far no collector has found a copy with the different title.
Author's Foreword to A PRIVATE COSMOS by Philip José Farmer
This foreword only appears in the Phantasia Press printing (1981). Farmer talks about Kickaha taking over as main character from Wolff and then discusses some of the influences on this book as well as some of influeces his books have had on people.
Introduction to RIVERWORLD AND OTHER STORIES by Richard Gid Powers
This foreword only appears in the Gregg Press printing (1981). Powers points out that all of the stories in this collection can be considered pastiches if you stretch the definition a little. He then goes on to discuss that most of Farmer's works (not just the stories collected here) can be considered pastiches.
Author's Foreword to BEHIND THE WALLS OF TERRA by Philip José Farmer
This foreword only appears in the Phantasia Press printing (1982). Farmer talks about the poor editing job Ace did on this book and how he had to make many punctuation changes to make this the definitive edition of this book. He the talks about other problems he has had with editors and publishers.
Authors notes to A BARNSTORMER IN OZ by Philip José Farmer
There are 11 notes from Farmer explaining points in the book, usually referring to the validity of some point about the book being a true story.
Author's Foreword to THE LAVALITE WORLD by Philip José Farmer
This foreword only appears in the Phantasia Press printing (1983). Farmer mostly talks about all of the series and projects that he has begun but, so far, not been able to finish. He also tells how visiting Gene Roddenberry's office and seeing his first lavalite (or lava lamp) gave him the idea for this book.
Author's Preface and Afterword to GODS OF RIVERWORLD by Philip José Farmer
In the preface Farmer explains that while THE MAGIC LABYRINTH was supposed to be the final book in the series, he left himself an opening for another book. He decided to explore what his characters would do with the power they now had control of in the Ethicals tower.

The afterword is a brief synopsis of the events in the first four Riverworld Books.
Author's Preface DAYWORLD by Philip José Farmer
In this preface Farmer explains that the basis for this novel comes from his short story "The Sliced-Crosswise-Only-On-Tuesday-World". He also explains the difference between the horizontal and vertical calanders.
Introduction to TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO by Roger Zelazny
This introduction only appears in the Easton Press printing (1986). Not wanting to give away the plot of the book, Zelazny mostly talks about Farmer's remarkable career and and how many different types of books and stories he has written.
Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout in VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL by Philip José Farmer
In this essay, which only appears in the Bantam printing (1988), Farmer talks about having a moderate writer's block, greatly admiring Vonnegut's books and how his own early career paralled that of Kilgore Trout's. These things led him to contacting Vonnegut and getting permission to write VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL. After talking about some of the ideas in the book, he then talks about all the attention the book had when it came out and Vonnegut's reaction to it.
Editor's Preface to THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions by Michael Croteau
This preface gives a short history of Michael Croteau's involvement with Farmer, from website, to selling photocopies of unpublished stories, to Farmerphile, to the book at hand. It also discusses the wide range of Farmer's work and how it is (partially) represented in Worlds of PJF.
Foreword to THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions by Paul Malmont
In this foreword Malmont talks about discovering Phil's work when he was young, especially DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, and the impact this had on his life and career.
Editor's Preface to THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul by Michael Croteau
This preface contrasts the theme of volume 1 with volume 2 and talks about Farmer's interest in the "soft" sciences like anthropology, archeology, linguistics, biology, philosophy and theology. It shows how most of the contents of this book are tied together with the twin themes of man and immortality.
Foreword to THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul by Greg Bear
In this foreword Bear tells of first discovering Farmer's work and how, through the years, Farmer continued to challenge his thinking and the influence he had on Bear's own work.
"Only a Coincidence: Phileas Fogg, Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family," an afterword to THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG by Win Scott Eckert
This being the first of Titan's "Wold Newton Novels," Eckert gives extensive background about Farmer's discovery of the Wold Newton Family. There is also "A Chronology of Major Events Pertinent to The Other Log of Phileas Fogg."
"Gribardsun and the Prehistoric Wold Newton Family" an afterword to TIME'S LAST GIFT by Christopher Paul Carey
"Gribardsun Through the Ages: A Chronology of Major Events Pertenent to Time's Last Gift" an afterword to TIME'S LAST GIFT by Win Scott Eckert and Dennis E. Power
Introduction to LORD TYGER by Joe R. Lansdale
Foreword to LORD TYGER by Paul Spiteri
Editor's Preface to THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 3: Portraits of a Trickster by Michael Croteau
Foreword to THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 3: Portraits of a Trickster by Frederik Pohl
Afterword to A FEAST UNKNOWN by Art Sippo
A Tale of Two Universes, an Afterword to LORD OF THE TREES by Win Scott Eckert
The Literary Archaeology of Khokarsa an Introduction to HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR by Christopher Paul Carey
A Guide to Khokarsa an Afterword to HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR by Christopher Paul Carey
Introduction to TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE by Win Scott Eckert & Christopher Paul Carey