by Win Scott
The Wold Newton
meteor event - artwork by Lisa Eckert
A Listing of
Philip Josť Farmer's Wold Newton works
The primary Wold Newton
works are Philip Josť Farmer's two literary
"biographies," Tarzan Alive, Doubleday 1972,
Popular Library 1976, Playboy Paperbacks 1981, and Bison Books
2006; and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, Doubleday
1973, Bantam Books 1975 and Playboy Paperbacks 1981.
edition of TARZAN ALIVE is now listed
on the Bison Books website
Beyond Tarzan Alive
and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, Mr. Farmer further
expanded on his Wold Newton mythology in several novels and short
stories or articles:
The Adventure of the
Peerless Peer, by John H. Watson, M.D. The hardback
(below) was published Aspen Press, 1974; paperback Dell, 1976.
Due to copyright concerns, Farmer was forced to remove Tarzan
from this novel when it was republished as "The Adventure of
the Three Madmen" in the anthology The Grand Adventure,
Berkley Books, 1984. (The paperback cover appears on the Crossover
Chronology, Part VI
"After King Kong
Fell," found in The Grand Adventure, Berkley Books,
Archenemy of Evil, a screenplay by Farmer for the second,
and unmade, Doc Savage feature film.
"The Doge Whose Barque
Was Worse Than His Bight," a Ralph von Wau Wau tale by
Jonathan Swift Somers III in Fantasy & Science Fiction,
Escape From Loki, Bantam
Books, 1991. (Young Doc Savage's first adventure.)
"An Exclusive Interview
with Lord Greystoke," found in The Book of Philip Josť
Farmer, DAW Books, 1973; revised edition Berkley Books, 1982.
"Extracts from the Memoirs
of Lord Greystoke," found in Mother Was a Lovely Beast,
Pyramid Books, 1976.
"The Freshman," a
Cthulhu Mythos story found in The Book of Philip Josť Farmer,
Berkley Books, 1982.
Hadon of Ancient Opar and
Flight to Opar, DAW Books, 1974 and 1976. More
cover images: Hadon of Opar Flight to Opar
Rosny, translated and retold in English by Farmer, who adds some
Wold Newton connections, DAW Books, 1976. Cover images.
"The Last Rise of Nick
Adams," found in The Book of Philip Josť Farmer,
Berkley Books, 1982.
"The Obscure Life and Hard
Times of Kilgore Trout," a short biographical sketch found
in The Book of Philip Josť Farmer, DAW Books, 1973;
revised edition Berkley Books, 1982.
One of the few
known photographs of the elusive Kilgore Trout, c. 1974
The Other Log of Phileas
Fogg, Tor Books, 1982 (original publication date 1973).
More cover images.
"The Problem of the Sore
Bridge - Among Others," by Harry "Bunny" Manders
found in Riverworld and Other Stories, published by
Berkley Books, 1979; and Sherlock Holmes Through Time and
Space, edited by Issac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, and Charles
Waugh, Bluejay Books, 1984.
"A Scarletin Study,"
a Ralph von Wau Wau tale by Jonathan Swift Somers III found in Sherlock
Holmes Through Time and Space, edited by Issac Asimov, Martin
Greenberg, and Charles Waugh, Bluejay Books, 1984.
"Skinburn," found in The
Book of Philip Josť Farmer, DAW Books, 1973; revised edition
Berkley Books, 1982. (An adventure of Kent Lane, the son of The
Shadow and Margo Lane.)
(The Shadow -
artwork by Lisa Eckert)
Stations of the
Nightmare (Leo Queequeeg Tincrowder, a Wold Newton Family
member and cousin of Kilgore Trout, is a supporting character.)
Dark Heart of Time, Del Rey Books, 1999.
Time's Last Gift, Del
Rey Books, 1972; revised edition 1977. (Note that the
abbreviation of this title, TLG, gives a hint as to who the main
character really is - Tarzan, Lord Greystoke.) More cover images.
Venus on the
Half-Shell, Dell Books, 1974. (This book, written by Wold
Newton Family member Kilgore Trout, mentions Jonathan Swift
Somers III and his epic biographies of Ralph von Wau Wau, making
it one possible future of the Wold Newton Universe.) More cover images.
Volcano," a short story by Paul Chapin found in Riverworld
and Other Stories, Berkley Books, 1979. (Writer Paul
Chapin once met Wold Newton Family member Nero Wolfe, in Goodwin
and Stout's The League of Frightened Men. In The
Volcano, private detective Curtius Parry works with a
reporter named Edward Malone. This is likely the same
Malone from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger
The World of
Tiers series. (A Wold Newton Family member, Paul Janus
"Kickaha" Finnegan, is one of the main characters in
there are several Wold Newton articles by Mr. Farmer which appeared in various journals or
fanzines. They, along with Mr. Farmer's original Wold Newton Family Trees, are reproduced on this website with
Mr. Farmer's permission.
Wold Newton or Not?
following certainly draw on Wold Newton mythology, whether or not
they fit into Mr. Farmer's regular Wold Newton continuity is up
for debate. Certainly they deserve honorable mention
here. As Mr. Farmer has said, "Let the reader
Unknown, Lord of the Trees, and The Mad Goblin. (Three
novels featuring the battle of Lord Grandrith (a Tarzan analogue)
and Doc Caliban (a Doc Savage analogue) against the Nine.
Dennis Power has written three tremendous articles which
reconcile these novels with Wold Newton Universe continuity: Triple Tarzan Tangle, TARZAN? JANE?, and Tarzans in the Valley of Gold. More cover images: A Feast Unknown Lord of the Trees The Mad Goblin
Silver, Tor Books, 1982. (The main factor against
including this collection of three short stories in the Wold
Newton Universe is an episode in which many of the great pulp
heroes, now aged, engage in a massive gun battle and are killed
off. Brad Mengel's excellent Fakeout at Shootout resolves these events with Wold Newton
continuity and also discusses the Grandrith/Caliban books.
Art Bollmann also tackles Greatheart Silver in his superb The Greatheart Silver Problem.)
in Oz, Berkley Books, 1982. (Mr. Farmer gives Oz the
reality twist. One factor that may argue against including
this book in the Wold Newton Universe is that all sequels to L.
Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz are treated as fictional,
except for this one. On the other hand, Dennis Power has
written Ozdyssey, or How the Yellow Brick Road
Lead Me to the Riverworld, explaining how Mr. Farmer's book could
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