Stories Set in Philip José Farmer's Worlds and using Farmer's Characters

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Dog Day Evening by Spider Robinson
First appeared in: Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, October 1977
Also appeared in: TIME TRAVELERS STRICTLY CASH, 1981
Also appeared in: CALLAHAN AND COMPANY, 1987
Also appeared in: CALLAHAN'S CRAZY CROSSTIME BAR, 1989
Also appeared in: THE CALLAHAN CHRONICLES, 1997
Also appeared in:
THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2011 trade paperback
Ralph von Wau Wau, the super intelligent, genetically mutated, talking German Shepherd with a 200 IQ that appeared in Farmer's stories "The Scarletine Study" and "The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight" is down on his luck and strolls into the finest bar in the galaxy, Callahan's Place. He makes new friends and wins a punning contest.
Graceland by Allen Steele
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
John Lennon, Sid Vicious, Keith Moon and Brian Jones are a supergroup on the Riverworld isle of Graceland where Elvis really is the King. But what happened to all our other musical greats?
Every Man a God by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
The story of Frederick Courtney Selous a contemporary of Richard Francis Burton, who, whilst tracking Burton so that they can explore the Riverworld together, is himself tracked by Caligula! And then they meet Beethoven.
Blandings on Riverworld by Phillip C. Jennings
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
The central figure is none other than P.G. Wodehouse, the great British humorist and his relationship with Maria Montessori, the famous educationist.
Two Thieves by Harry Turtledove
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
A Basileus (monarch) from New Constantinople and his brother looks to conquer much as he did on earth to protect his dynasty but realises his nation’s survival relies on an alliance with Mayor Richard J. Daley, Mayor of the downriver state of Shytown.
Fools Paradise by Ed Gorman
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
Edgar Allan Poe asks Dashiell Hammett (who was a Pinkerton agent before becoming a writer) to help him protect his beloved Lillian from an unknown assassin.
The Merry Men of Riverworld by John Gregory Betancourt
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
An actor who was to play Robin Hood just before he was killed on Earth joins forces with Abraham Lincoln to save Jules Verne’s utopia from the conquering armies of Al Capone.
Unfinished Business by Robert Weinberg
First appeared in: TALES OF RIVERWORLD, 1992
Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Socrates aim to refight the Alamo but the Riverworld throws some unexpected characters into their plans.
If the King Like not the Comedy by Jody Lynn Nye
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
William Shakespeare, Washington Irving and Aristophanes perform plays from a theatre boat that travels the great river. But what happens when they are unsuspectingly asked to perform Richard III to none other than the resurrected monarch himself?
Because It's There by Jerry Oltion
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Peary again race Scott to the South Pole but who will win on this new world?
A Place of Miracles by Owl Goingback
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Tantake Iyotake (aka Sitting Bull) saves a young girl from the river and nurses her back to health. The gentle Medicine man discusses philosophy and religion with the girl before running into George Custer once again.
Diaghilev Plays Riverworld by Robert Sheckley
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Russia’s greatest ballet master plans to replay his evil conquest of the dancer Nijinsky and Pizarro’s conquistadors plan their evil re-conquest of the Incas. But this is the Riverworld.
Secret Crimes by Robert Sampson
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Allan Pinkerton, the legendary detective gets involved in intrigue between Cleopatra and Tiberius.
Hero's Coin by Brad Strickland
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Father Lupian and Brother Aelfstan are two monks who spent their lives on Earth as chroniclers, writing history as it happened. They begin doing the same on Riverworld but have they met the new messiah?
Human Spirit, Beetle Spirit by John Gregory Betancourt
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
A primitive tribe tries to come to terms with their resurrection and rejuvenation. Are they in the Spirit World? And what will they make of the other humans they meet on the Riverworld?
Nevermore by David Bischoff & Dean Wesley Smith
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Edgar Alan Poe finds a writers colony where Johan Gutenberg has set up a printing press. The first book they have produced is TARZAN RESURRECTED by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Already living in the writers colony are Robert Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Frederick Faust (aka Max Brand) and Lester Dent (aka Kenneth Robeson).
Old Soldiers by Lawrence Watt-Evans
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Germanicus Caesar controls a stretch of Riverworld and General George S. Patton is the head of his army. Both bemoan the sad fact that war is just not Hell anymore and so revive the gladiatorial arena.
Legends by Esther M. Friesner
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Medea’s legend precedes her, appalls her, dominates her and may save her from the vengeance of the children she murdered. But there are other legends loose on Riverworld.
Stephen Comes Into Courage by Rick Wilber
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Author Stephen Crane leads a band of travelling baseball players and ponders the enigma that gives him a steady supply of baseballs in his grail.
Riverworld Roulette by Robert Weinberg
First appeared in: QUEST TO RIVERWORLD, 1993
Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett travel with Socrates and the Spartan Lysander along the river. More a band of travelling entertainers than anything else until they encounter a nascent Nazi state. Their leader, Adolf Eichmann is intrigued by Bowie’s metal knife and the prospect of similarly arming his men.
Shades of Pemberly by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: Farmerphile 8, April 2007 (part 1)
First appeared in: Farmerphile 9, July 2007 (part 2)
Set in the 1920s, this short story is a standalone "prequel" to Phil's unfinished 1970s novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. Phil's novel and the story make extensive use of the genealogies from TARZAN ALIVE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, firmly setting both tales in the Wold Newton Universe.
A Kick in the Side by Christopher Paul Carey
First appeared in: Farmercon II Program, August 2007
Also appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
In the second Opar novel, FLIGHT TO OPAR, one of Hadon's companions is lost during a great fire. Hinokly is presumed dead and never mentioned again. In this short story Chris tells us what in fact befell the scribe Hinokly after he left Hadon's side.
The Doc Ravage Presidential Campaign by Rick Lai
First appeared in: Farmerphile 14, October 2008
This very timely parody of the 2008 presidential campaign is set in 1940 as America's favorite pulp hero, Doc Ravage tackles his greatest opponent; American Presidential politics.
The Pollinators by Rhys Hughes
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
This story is set in the Earth society that Phil created when he expanded "The Lovers" into a novel in 1961. It shows the struggle several citizens have as they flee Sturch run territories, only to get more than they bargained for in the wilds of Africa.
Is He in Hell? by Win Scott Eckert
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
This story, set in France in November 1795, begins to tell of events that lead up to Sir Percy Blakeney being in Would Newton England on a certain fateful day.
No Trees of Earth by David Bischoff
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
This story is set on the World of Tiers, just after the events of THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES. While Jadawin and Chryseis expect that Arwoor, the Lord who occupied Jadawin's palace in his absence, may have left traps behind, they could never guess what is waiting for them behind a mysterious door.
Flesh Endures by Dennis E. Power
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
Philip José Farmer has written more than one book depicting mankind's future as primitive, bleak and hard. In this story Dennis brings some of these different stories together and shows how these different cultures might blend together, or clash violently.
Here is a map showing the different future nations side by side.
The Final Flight of Greatheart Silver by Chris Roberson
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: Protean Dimensions, Meteor House, 2010 trade paperback
Years after his last recorded adventure Greatheart Silver is living a quiet life of semi-leisure in retirement. Lured back into the air for one last adventure, nothing is as it seems, and of course, nothing goes according to plan.
For the Articles by Bradley H. Sinor
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2011 trade paperback
Another mystery for Farmer's Private Detective Kent Lane. Just as in his first adventure, Skin Burn this story has a bit of a science fiction twist.
The Wolff that One Hears . . . by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2011 trade paperback
This story takes place before the events of THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES while Robert Wolff is still on earth and does not remember who he really is. The Lofficiers make good use of historical events to bring a certain artifact to Wolff's attention, and bring him to the attention of . . .
The Beast Erect by Mary A. Turzillo
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2011 trade paperback
Noted Farmer expert Mary A. Turzillo revisits the world Farmer created in the x-rated novel IMAGE OF THE BEAST. Things are much better for the next generation of as the Togs and Ocs still want to get offworld, and will do anything to get what they want.
Into Time’s Abyss by John Allen Small
First appeared in: THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 2: Of Dust and Soul, Meteor House, 2011 trade paperback
Farmer left the door open at the end of his novel TIME'S LAST GIFT and John Small steps on through to see just what happens to the crew of the H.G. Wells the second time they attempt to go back to 12,000 BC.
EXILES OF KHO by Christopher Paul Carey
trade paperback, Meteor House, 2012 {Mike Hoffman}
Having completed the third novel in the Khokarsa cycle, THE SONG OF KWASIN, Christopher Paul Carey may be considered the world's foremost expert on this ancient civilization. Based on clues from all three novels in the series, EXILES OF KHO, tells the story of the warrior priestess Luopeth and her founding of a very important city.
THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert
trade paperback, Meteor House, 2013 {Mark Sparacio}
A sequel to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. Pat Wildman and her crew race against time deep in the wilds of the Central American jungle to face the menace of Scarlet Jaguar’s weird power to eliminate his enemies from afar, marked only by a wisp of crimson smoke—smoke resembling nothing so much as the head of a blood-red screaming jaguar. But who—or what—is the Scarlet Jaguar? A power-mad dictator determined to reclaim power? A revolutionary movement bent on taking over the country, and the rest of Central America? Or a front for something even more sinister...?