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Author photo. Photo by Lars-Olov Strandberg, Fabula77, Denmark, 1977. Copyright © Lars-Olov Strandberg

Photo by Lars-Olov Strandberg, Fabula77, Denmark, 1977. Copyright © Lars-Olov Strandberg

Philip José Farmer (1918–2009)

Author of To Your Scattered Bodies Go

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Philip José Farmer was born in North Terre Haute, Indiana on January 26, 1918. He worked in a steel mill while attending Bradley University at night and writing in his spare time. In 1952, his story The Lovers, in which a human has sex with an alien, was published in a pulp magazine called Startling Stories and won him the Hugo Award in 1953 for most promising new author. He quit his job to become a full-time writer, but a string of misfortunes eventually forced him to take jobs as a manual laborer. He worked as a technical writer from 1956 to 1970, but continued writing science fiction. He finally found success in the 1960's with the Riverworld series. He wrote more than 75 books throughout his lifetime including the Dayworld series and the World of Tiers series. He also wrote short stories. He won the Hugo award for best novella in 1968 for Riders of the Purple Wage and for best novel in 1972 for To Your Scattered Bodies Go. In 1988, he was the recipient of the Writers of the Past Award and the Nova for best book for Riverworld. In 2001 he was awarded the Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award. He died on February 25, 2009 at the age of 91. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from To Your Scattered Bodies Go… (more)
To Your Scattered Bodies Go 3,621 copies, 68 reviews
The Fabulous Riverboat 2,215 copies, 33 reviews
The Dark Design 1,936 copies, 21 reviews
The Magic Labyrinth 1,808 copies, 17 reviews
Gods of Riverworld 1,396 copies, 13 reviews
Venus on the Half-Shell (Pseudonym) 1,037 copies, 14 reviews
Dayworld 787 copies, 7 reviews
The maker of universes 720 copies, 12 reviews
Riverworld and Other Stories 594 copies, 7 reviews
The Gates of Creation 572 copies, 5 reviews
A Private Cosmos 536 copies, 3 reviews
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg 523 copies, 5 reviews
Behind the Walls of Terra 504 copies, 4 reviews
The Lavalite World 460 copies, 3 reviews
Tarzan Alive 446 copies, 8 reviews
Dark is the Sun 432 copies, 4 reviews
The Unreasoning Mask 430 copies, 6 reviews
The Lovers 426 copies, 11 reviews
The Stone God Awakens (Author) 418 copies, 5 reviews
Time's Last Gift 402 copies, 4 reviews
Night of Light 385 copies, 10 reviews
Dayworld Rebel 383 copies, 2 reviews
A Feast Unknown 379 copies, 5 reviews
The Green Odyssey 356 copies, 7 reviews
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life 355 copies, 3 reviews
Flesh 328 copies, 5 reviews
The Wind Whales of Ishmael 328 copies, 6 reviews
Traitor to the Living 317 copies, 1 review
Dare 307 copies, 3 reviews
Hadon of Ancient Opar 301 copies, 1 review
Lord Tyger 298 copies, 2 reviews
Strange Relations 293 copies, 2 reviews
A Barnstormer In Oz 284 copies, 3 reviews
Dayworld Breakup 284 copies, 3 reviews
Inside outside 279 copies, 6 reviews
Red Orc's Rage 274 copies, 2 reviews
Timestop! 261 copies, 4 reviews
The Caterpillar's Question (Author) 258 copies
Tongues of the moon 249 copies, 2 reviews
Jesus on Mars 222 copies, 4 reviews
Flight to Opar 211 copies, 1 review
More Than Fire 203 copies, 1 review
The Classic Philip Jose Farmer, 1952-1964 (Author) 194 copies, 3 reviews
The Image of the Beast (Author) 191 copies, 2 reviews
Two Hawks from Earth 183 copies, 3 reviews
The gate of time 182 copies, 3 reviews
Tales of Riverworld 178 copies, 1 review
Father to the Stars (Author) 167 copies, 1 review
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Blown 120 copies, 3 reviews
The Cache 120 copies, 1 review
The Purple Book 112 copies
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Ironcastle 88 copies
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Nothing Burns in Hell 73 copies, 1 review
The Dark Heart of Time 69 copies, 1 review
The Grand Adventure 59 copies, 1 review
Mother was a lovely beast (Editor) 57 copies
The Evil in Pemberley House 45 copies, 1 review
Gods of Opar 43 copies
The Best of Philip Jose Farmer 35 copies, 1 review
Rastignac the Devil 19 copies, 2 reviews
They Twinkled Like Jewels 18 copies, 2 reviews
Welten der Zukunft 6 (Contributor) 15 copies
Exotic Worlds 14 copies, 1 review
Mother 12 copies, 1 review
Sail On! Sail On! 8 copies, 1 review
The Alley Man 7 copies, 2 reviews
Love Song 7 copies
Strade senza uscita (Author) 4 copies
The God Business [novella] 4 copies, 1 review
Daughter 2 copies
NOCHE DE LUZ 2 copies, 1 review
The Lovers [novella] 2 copies, 1 review
Heel 2 copies
Son 2 copies
Savage Shadow 2 copies
Ljubavnici 1 copy
Skinburn 1 copy
After the Apocalyptic War 1 copy, 1 review
Poarta 1 copy
Oi Erastes 1 copy
Ose 1 copy
Dare 1 copy
1973 1 copy
Futuro 1 copy
Prometheus 1 copy
Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories (Contributor) 1,857 copies, 35 reviews
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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (Contributor) 968 copies, 3 reviews
The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two (Contributor) 686 copies, 9 reviews
The Science Fiction Century (Contributor) 520 copies, 4 reviews
The Ultimate Dracula (Contributor) 473 copies, 3 reviews
Philip Jose Farmer's The Dungeon: The Black Tower (Foreword, some editions) 455 copies, 3 reviews
Before Adam (Introduction) 423 copies, 9 reviews
Dangerous Visions 1 (Contributor) 257 copies, 4 reviews
Semiotext(e) SF (Contributor) 246 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (Contributor) 239 copies, 4 reviews
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A Century of Science Fiction (Contributor) 189 copies, 2 reviews
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Great Tales of Science Fiction (Contributor) 157 copies, 2 reviews
Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space (Contributor) 146 copies, 3 reviews
Microcosmic Tales (Contributor) 140 copies, 3 reviews
Treasures of Fantasy (Contributor) 140 copies, 1 review
Nova 2 (Contributor) 137 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (Contributor) 128 copies, 1 review
The Ninth Galaxy Reader (Contributor) 123 copies, 2 reviews
Continuum 1 (Contributor) 121 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 (Contributor) 120 copies, 1 review
Other Worlds, Other Gods (Contributor) 114 copies, 2 reviews
Nova 3 (Contributor) 112 copies, 2 reviews
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Contributor) 110 copies, 3 reviews
Nebula Award Stories 10 (Contributor) 107 copies
The Planets (Contributor) 102 copies, 2 reviews
Continuum 3 (Contributor) 101 copies, 1 review
An ABC of Science Fiction (Contributor) 100 copies, 1 review
Continuum 2 (Contributor) 98 copies
Orbit 11 (Contributor) 91 copies
Sci-Fi Private Eye (Contributor) 90 copies, 2 reviews
Visions of Wonder (Contributor) 88 copies, 2 reviews
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (Contributor) 86 copies, 1 review
The New Tomorrows (Contributor) 77 copies
Worlds of Maybe : Seven Stories of Science Fiction (Contributor, some editions) 77 copies, 1 review
The Ultimate Witch (Introduction) 75 copies, 1 review
Continuum 4 (Contributor) 74 copies, 1 review
Decade: The 1950s (Author) 69 copies
Orbit 3 (Contributor) 69 copies
The Mirror of Infinity (Contributor) 67 copies
New Dimensions 1 (Contributor) 66 copies, 1 review
The Gas (Introduction, some editions) 65 copies, 5 reviews
Best From Orbit Volumes 1-10 (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
The Apes of Wrath (Contributor) 63 copies, 3 reviews
Masters of Fantasy (Contributor) 63 copies
Thieves' World: First Blood (Contributor) 62 copies
Omega (Contributor) 61 copies, 1 review
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (Contributor) 59 copies
Best Science Fiction for 1973 (Contributor) 59 copies, 2 reviews
Alpha 4 (Contributor) 57 copies
Assignment in Tomorrow: An Anthology (Contributor) 54 copies
Strangeness (Contributor) 50 copies
Quark/2 (Contributor) 50 copies, 1 review
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Science Fiction Novels (Contributor) 50 copies, 3 reviews
The Mists from Beyond (Contributor) 47 copies
Alpha 3 (Contributor) 46 copies
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In Dreams Awake (Contributor) 40 copies
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Strange Bedfellows (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
Alpha 9 (Contributor) 37 copies
Quark/4 (Contributor) 35 copies
Chrysalis 2 (Contributor) 28 copies
New Dimensions 6 (Contributor) 23 copies
Demon Kind (11-in-1) (Contributor) 17 copies
The Astonished Eye (Introduction) 11 copies
Welten der Zukunft 5 (Contributor) 10 copies
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Born in Indiana in 1918, he had to earn a very young living. He attended evening classes and obtained his BA in letters in 1950. He is now one of the great figures of American science fiction and is read all over the world. (Thanks, Google Translation)
Philip José Farmer (January 26, 1918 – February 25, 2009) was an American author known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories.

Farmer is best known for his sequences of novels, especially the World of Tiers (1965–93) and Riverworld (1971–83) series. He is noted for the pioneering use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for, and reworking of, the lore of celebrated pulp heroes, and occasional tongue-in-cheek pseudonymous works written as if by fictional characters. Farmer often mixed real and classic fictional characters and worlds and real and fake authors as epitomized by his Wold Newton family group of books. These tie all classic fictional characters together as real people and blood relatives resulting from an alien conspiracy. Such works as The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973) are early examples of literary mashup.

Literary critic Leslie Fiedler compared Farmer to Ray Bradbury as both being "provincial American eccentrics" who "strain at the classic limits of the [science fiction] form," but found Farmer distinctive in that he "manages to be at once naive and sophisticated in his odd blending of theology, pornography, and adventure."
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