Ok, so we made that up, it's a complete coincidence that the collection is coming out one day before the anniversary, but we'll consider it a present anyway. Thank you Titan Books! As we said, this is the first ever collection of Wold Newton stories and if that idea alone doesn't get you excited, do yourself a favor and read the introduction.
If you somehow still haven't ordered this Brodingnagian collection of nearly 500 pages of Wold Newton adventure, let's take a look at the Table of Contents:
If you appreciate all the hard work Titan Books has done on this series, why don't you tell them so? And tell them you want more besides! Tell them you want reprints of FLIGHT TO OPAR, and THE SONG OF KWASIN, and THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE, and THE STONE GOD AWAKENS, and TRAITOR TO THE LIVING, and IRONCASTLE, and A BARNSTORMER IN OZ, and ESCAPE FROM LOKI and THE DARK HEART OF TIME and UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, and any other favorites of yours! Send an email to readerfeedback @ titanemail.com and tell them that VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL can't be the end!
"Preparing" meant, for the second year in a row, getting two books ready to debut at FarmerCon—this year it was the Deluxe Hardcover Edition of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, featuring bonus material by Farmer and others, and THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert, a sequel to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLY HOUSE by Farmer and Eckert—plus boxing up books from the Estate Sale to sell there, and creating/printing the programs and buttons, preparing for the FarmerCon Panel that PulpFest is kind enough to let us do, and this year, for the first time since 2009, presenting a Farmerphile Award!
"Going" to FarmerCon meant picking up friends at the airport, loading up the wife's minivan to near capacity and driving from Atlanta, Georgia to Columbus, Ohio, arriving (very late) on Wednesday, setting up the dealer table on Thursday, running the dealer's tables Friday, Saturday, and (very briefly) on Sunday, coordinating the FarmerCon dinners, and other activities (book stores and vintage toy stores) away from the hotel and hanging out late into the night, participating in panels and presenting surprise awards (to Matt Moring of Altus Press for his work on the Meteor House/Altus Press reprinting of DOC SAVAGE HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE), and buying unpublished Farmer manuscripts in the Saturday night auction. Just one thing after another!
"Recovering" is more than the drive home, taking friends to the airport, and unloading all of the books—most of them now signed, it's the boxing/labeling/mailing (three hours spent in one day at the post office) of hundreds of books. Then catching up on everything that was ignored while doing all the above...
So, while we really want to get into the habit of doing more frequent updates, with just one or two items to talk about each time, so far it has proved easier said than done. Hopefully we'll have another update soon updating the conventions and events page with this year's FarmerCon.
Anyway, in case you're not on facebook, here are a couple of things you need to know:
First, there are signed copies of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE (signed by 6 of the 7 contributors of bonus material: Win Scott Eckert, Will Murray, John Allen Small, Rick Lai, Art Sippo and Christopher Paul Carey) available for sale. A couple dozen copies beyond those preordered were signed, and there are still some left for sale. Go to Meteor House, now and get one while you can. Second, fifteen copies of THE SCARLET JAGUAR were slightly damaged; somehow they got penmarks on the page edges. These "damaged" copies are available to purchase for 33% off the $15 cover price.
In our last update we announced that Meteor House will be publishing a new title in time for FarmerCon VIII at the end of July, THE SCARLET JAGUAR by Win Scott Eckert! Today it was announced that if you preorder the book, not only will your name appear in it on the acknowledgements page, but one preorderer out of every fifty will be Tuckerized in the novella. To increase your odds of winning one of the coveted spots, you can like and share this announcement.
In other really big Meteor House news: as part of a joint venture with Altus Press they are publishing an updated and revised edition of DOC SAVAGE HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. Altus Press is publishing the trade paperback and ebook while Meteor House will print the deluxe hardcover edition, which is full of new Bonus Material:
And tributes to Farmer and DS:HAL by Win Scott Eckert, John Allen Small, Keith Howell, Rick Lai, Art Sippo, Christopher Paul Carey, and Will Murray.
Keep an eye on the forthcoming books page for more information about these two titles as well as the next three books coming from Titan Books: FLESH, TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE and VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL.
There have been some updates to the site since the last update, like moving the Titan Books editions of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, THE MAD GOBLIN and THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL from the forthcoming books page to the books page and adding links to new reviews of these editions of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL to the reviews page.
We also got about a dozen names of cover artists for some British editions on the books page, from a friend named Simon from across the pond. And John L. Thompson revised his story "My Love" on the fan fiction page. That's right, we haven't talked about them in a long time but we have fan fiction , fan articles and fan art pages.
Don't forget, FarmerCon VIII is just over six weeks away. If you're within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio, come hang out with us!
Several months later, Pat receives a visitor, a young girl named Emma Ponsonby, whose father, a British diplomat to a small Central American country, has been kidnapped by the Scarlet Jaguar. Pat, following in her father’s footsteps of righting wrongs and assisting those in need, agrees to help, but before they can set off on their quest the Scarlet Jaguar sends a gruesome warning.
Undeterred, the investigation takes Pat, Parker, and their young charge from Pemberley House in the Derbyshire countryside . . . To New York, where they battle agents of the Scarlet Jaguar and meet Pat’s old friend, the icy, pale-skinned beauty Helen Benson, who agrees to join them on their quest . . . To the small nation of Xibum, where the Scarlet Jaguar’s reign of uncanny assassinations threatens to expand to the rest of Central America—and beyond!
Now, it’s a race against time deep in the wilds of the Central American jungle, as Pat Wildman and her crew search for Emma’s father, and confront the 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 . . .?
What, are you still here? Go order the book now!
Back in Decemeber we announced that FarmerCon VIII would be once again held at PulpFest in Columbus Ohio, July 25-28, 2013. It's time to start making your travel plans and let us know if you are coming so we can coordinate our activities. We'll have announcements coming soon of several reasons why you will want to be there.
Today Titan has released yet another classic, must-buy Farmerian tale.
Though it comprises only three novels, the Khokarsa series is one of the most world-building-intensive series Phil ever created. And that’s why you’re going to need to get your hands on the new, just-released Titan Books edition of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. Not only does this new edition feature an introduction in which Christopher Paul Carey (Phil’s coauthor on THE SONG OF KWASIN) explores the fascinating literary archaeology of Khokarsa, but at the back of the book you’ll also find a brand-new gazetteer and glossary to the Khokarsan civilization titled “A Guide to Khokarsa,” which covers the characters, people and tribes, religion, geography, and language of the great motherland civilization of Ancient Opar. So even if you own another edition of HADON, you’re going to want to get a hold of the new trade paperback. (and of course, if you’re a collector you have to get the first-ever trade paperback edition, right?). Or if you just can’t wait, just download the ebook edition and start reading right now!
Second, Locus Online conducted a poll to determinne the best novels, novellas, novelettes and short stories of the 20th and 21st centuries. While Phil's work is lower on the list than it was in similar polls conducted in 1975 and 1987, he remains on the list in the best novel and best novella categories with TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GOand "Riders of the Purple Wage."
To celebrate our favorite holiday we have three special things to tell you about. The first, as you can see by the graphic in the upper left hand corner of the screen, is the official announcement that FarmerCon VIII will once again be held in conjunction with PulpFest! Start making your plans now for a weekend of pulpy goodness and Farmerian camaraderie, July 25-28, 2013. You can already book your room at the beautiful Hyatt Regency at the special PulpFest Rate of only $112 per night.
The second special item is that we have several signed copies of GODS OF OPAR available for sale. These are not the $65 limited editions, but the $45 trade editions that were signed by Christopher Paul Carey at FarmerCon VII. Through December 17th, or until they are gone, whichever comes first, you can purchase this signed hardcover for only $40 AND we will include a free copy of Farmerphile #10 AND we'll throw in FREE SHIPPING (for US orders only). Not a bad deal for a 600+ page book that weighs nearly three pounds! Remember GODS OF OPAR contains two classic Farmer novels: HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and FLIGHT TO OPAR published in hardcover for the first time ever, along with the long awaited conclusion to the series, THE SONG OF KWASIN by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey.
Here is an even bigger deal for any of you out there who still who have not discovered THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series. Today, December 13, 2012 only, you can save $13 off the already discounted price when you purchase volumes 1, 2, and 3 (numbered limited editions with matching numbers) together if you add a copy of EXILES OF KHO (a signed limited edition) by Christopher Paul Carey to the order.
If shipped to Canada you would pay $69 + $21 but today you can get all four books for only $77!
If shipped anywhere else in the world you would pay $86 + $26, but today you can get all four books together for only $99!
What about EXILES OF KHO you might ask? While Christopher Paul Carey spent years doing research to complete THE SONG OF KWASIN, he kept coming across mentions of a legendary figure, a heroine-priestess named Lupoeth, who founded a city some 800 years before the events of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. This is her story.
Come back in January when we'll have some additions to the website like new (and old) reviews, more scans of inscribed books and other goodies.
First, Titan's kicked off their series of Wold Newton reprints with THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG (Afterword and Chronology by Win Scott Eckert) in May and it was fun to see it reviewed all over the internet in the likes of: Starburst, Affairs Magazine, Extraordinary Tales!, SF Crowsnest, The Tattooed Book, City Book Review, and Bookgasm.
Next came the rerelease of TIME'S LAST GIFT (Afterword by Christopher Paul Carey; Chronology by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power) in June which also garnered many reviews around the web: SFBook Reviews, Starburst, Rip Jager's Dojo, SF Crowsnest, Trash Mutant, DNM Magazine, Fantasy Matters, Wired, and My Bookish Ways.
Then in July came LORD TYGER (Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale; Foreword by Paul Spiteri) and again more reviews: Starburst, Sci-Fi-Online, SF Crowsnest, Good Reads, The British Fantasy Society, and She Never Slept. While there weren't quite as many reviews of this last title, one has to wonder if it because it is not part of the "Wold Newton" series which is attracting so much interest.
October brought us the reissue of Farmer's dark masterpiece A FEAST UNKNOWN (Afterword by Art Sippo). Not surprisingly there were not as many reviews of this title because the books' pornographic (but not erotic) nature: The PorPor Books Blog, SF Crowsnest, Genre Go Round Reviews are the only three we have found so far.
Whew! Now we're all caught up on Titan's reprints and they don't have another book coming out until, wait, TODAY! That's right, go hit your local big box book store and you will probably see LORD OF THE TREES (Introduction by Win Scott Eckert: "A Tale of Two Universes") on the shelf. And if you don't you can just click on that link and order it online.
In addition to all those reviews, we've also added links to reviews of THE PEERLESS PEER, UP THE BRIGHT RIVER, GODS OF OPAR, and all three volumes of THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER.
Hey, one more really important thing you might have missed is Sean Levin's con report for FarmerCon VII. Give that a read, and then make your reservations for PulpFest/FarmerCon in Columbus, OH next year.