I’m working on two projects now that involve creating new stories featuring characters created by my personal literary heroes and biggest creative influences. One of them I won’t be able to talk about for a little while yet, but the other cat is out of the bag. The long-running Philip José Farmer fanzine, Farmerphile, is undergoing a metamorphosis into an annual series of anthologies, with the first scheduled to come out in June of this year. I’m one of the writers lucky enough to be invited to contribute a new story featuring one of PJF’s characters or concepts, and I asked and was given permission to use Greatheart Silver.
THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER will be a series of books published annually for the foreseeable future. This year’s book will (most likely) contain:
A Foreword by Paul Malmont. An interview of Philip José Farmer from 1997 by Danny Adams.
Articles about Farmer by Randall Garrett, James Gunn, Laura Wilkes Carey, & Jack Mertes.
Farmer inspired fiction by David Bischoff, Chris Roberson, Rhys Hughes, Win Scott Eckert, Christopher Paul Carey, Edward Morris, Dennis E. Power, John Allen Small, Paul Spiteri, & Gabriel Weltstein.
And of course never-before-published material by Philip José Farmer himself! That’s right, the “Magic Filing Cabinet” continues to conjure up material by Phil for our reading pleasure.
And for you book collectors out there, THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER will be a numbered limited edition trade paperback. The release date is June 26th, during Farmercon V. We will only be printing 50 to 100 copies more than are pre-ordered, so to be sure you get a copy of this book, send an email to mike @ pjfarmer.com and reserve your copy today. You don’t have to pay for the book when you pre-order and if you request, the book will be signed by those contributors who happen to be at FarmerCon V, which is also acting as a launch party for the book.
If you’re interested in getting a copy, I strongly recommend placing a preorder, as quantities will be limited. (I don’t actually know how one goes about preordering a copy yet, but I’ll be updating this post shortly with details. And of course it’s pointed out to me that the instructions for preordering are right there in that last paragraph. I blame public schools.)