It’s been almost seven years since Philip José Farmer and I first discussed the idea of completing The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa series. Since that time, too many hurtles on the road to the novel’s publication have been jumped for me to even remember them all, and many were the days that I feared Kwasin’s story might go forever untold. But this morning the long-awaited day finally arrived and I received printed copies of the omnibus of all three novels in the series—Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa.
This massive tome is a Brobdingnagian thing of beauty thanks to Bob Eggleton’s fantastical apocalyptic dust jacket painting and the top-notch design folks at Desert Isle Designs and Subterranean Press. The trade edition clocks in at 576 pages, and the limited edition at a weighty 616 (a whole extra signature of bonus materials by PJF!). At last Phil’s epic trilogy of adventure and prehistory is complete, with the ending of the saga exactly as he told me he wanted it.
I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped along the way to make this book become a reality—family, friends, colleagues, and professionals. But especially I’d like to thank the graciousness, kindness, and generosity of Phil and Bette Farmer. As I said in the book’s acknowledgments, I’ll always cherish the good times we had in Peoria.