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FTO-200pixFLIGHT TO OPAR (Restored Edition)
by Philip José Farmer
Edited by Christopher Paul Carey
Introduction by S. M. Stirling
Cover art by Bob Eggleton
Meteor House, 2015

This never-before-published Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s Flight to Opar—available as both an affordable trade paperback and a collectible limited edition hardcover—features almost 4,000 words that were cut from Farmer’s original manuscript when the novel was published in 1976. Meteor House’s Restored Edition is the first and only publication of the novel ever to include the excised material, which encompasses long passages of narrative, dialogue, and rich world-building details on Ancient Opar and the civilization of Khokarsa that readers have never previously been able to enjoy—until now.

Meteor House’s Restored Edition of Flight to Opar features rare and previously unpublished bonus material, including:

A Preface to the Restored Edition by Christopher Paul Carey (coauthor with Philip José Farmer of The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa series)*
A brand-new introduction by S. M. Stirling (New York Times bestselling author of the Change series)*
The Khokarsan Language by Philip José Farmer**
Khokarsan Glossary by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey
A Guide to Khokarsa by Christopher Paul Carey
Early Notes on the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmer*
Original Outline to Flight to Opar by Philip José Farmer*
Cross-section Map of Opar by Philip José Farmer*

* Never before published.
** Only previously available in an out-of-print and extremely hard-to-find signed limited edition.

Hadon of Opar was the winner of the Great Games and the rightful claimant to the throne of Khokarsa, a mighty empire that stretched along the shores of ancient Africa’s great inland seas. But the old king has refused to surrender his power, and Hadon finds himself caught in the middle of a bloody civil war between the zealous priests of the sun god and the beneficent priestesses of the great mother goddess.

Now a divination of the oracle hurls Hadon on his most dangerous adventure yet. With a tyrant’s armies and warships hot on their heels, Hadon and his companions must set out on a journey through perilous jungles and across storm-wracked seas to reach the city of his birth—for only in far-flung golden Opar can he fulfill the oracle’s prophecy and save the land from utter doom.

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Edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey
Titan Books, 2013

A collection of Wold Newton-inspired short stories by Farmerphiles, experts, and the Grand Master of SF himself. A real meteorite fell near Wold Newton, Yorkshire, England, on December 13, 1795, and was found to be radioactive, causing genetic mutations in the occupants of a passing coach. Many of their descendants were thus endowed with extremely high intelligence and strength, as well as an exceptional capacity and drive to perform good, or, as the case may be, evil deeds.

Table of Contents:

“Introduction: The Wold Newton Tales of Philip José Farmer” by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey

The Great Detective and Others

“The Problem of the Sore Bridge–Among Others” as by Harry Manders (Philip José Farmer)
“A Scarletin Study” as by Jonathan Swift Somers III (Philip José Farmer)
“The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight” as by Jonathan Swift Somers III (Philip José Farmer)

Pulp Inspirations

“Skinburn” by Philip José Farmer
“The Freshman” by Philip José Farmer
“After King Kong Fell” by Philip José Farmer

Wold Newton Prehistory: The Khokarsa Series

“Kwasin and the Bear God” by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

Wold Newton Prehistory: John Gribardsun & Time’s Last Gift

“Into Time’s Abyss” by John Allen Small
“The Last of the Guaranys” by Octavio Aragao and Carlos Orsi

Wold Newton Origins/Secrets of the Nine

“The Wild Hunstman” by Win Scott Eckert

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By Philip José Farmer
Edited by Christopher Paul Carey
Subterranean Press, 2009

The Other in the Mirror brings together three classic novels by Philip José Farmer: Fire and the Night, Jesus on Mars, and Night of Light. All three are united by one of SF’s central tropes, that of The Other.

Fire and the Night is a mainstream novel so rare that even many of Farmer’s most dedicated fans have never read it. First published in 1962, it is also one of the author’s most daring works, exploring the issue of racial Otherness in a mesmerizing tale of temptation and entrapment in a small industrial Midwestern town.

In Jesus on Mars, Richard Orme and the crew of the Barsoom embark on the first manned mission to the Red Planet, intent on investigating what seemed to be evidence of life beamed back to Earth by a robotic survey satellite. But Orme discovers in the hollowed-out Martian caverns what he and the scientists back home least expect: a group of aliens, as well as humans transplanted from first century A.D. Earth, led by a being who claims to be Jesus of Nazareth Himself. Soon Orme and his crew are shocked to find that The Other they face is made all that more alien because of its similarity to humanity’s past.

Night of Light is not only one of Farmer’s most psychologically gripping SF tales, it is also the novel which inspired Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelic rock classic “Purple Haze.” John Carmody is a fugitive from Earth, condemned to exile for brutally murdering his wife. Hired by the galactic Church on a mission to squelch a burgeoning rival religion, Carmody must take the Chance on the planet Dante’s Joy and risk his worst nightmares becoming reality. But that’s not the worst of it: the Fathers of Algul and the Fathers of Yess have their own plans for the conscienceless Carmody—for to the inhabitants of Dante’s Joy, Carmody himself is The Other… and they need his alien flesh to give birth to God.

Table of Contents:

“Introduction: In the Alien Corn: Philip José Farmer and The Other”
by Christopher Paul Carey
Fire and the Night
Jesus on Mars
Night of Light

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By Philip José Farmer
Edited by Christopher Paul Carey
Subterranean Press, 2008

Venus on the Half-Shell and Others collects for the first time the best of the best from Philip José Farmer’s scintillating “fictional-author period.”

In the mid-1970s a fever-pitched furor was created when an actual novel purported to be by Kilgore Trout—the sadsack science fiction writer who appears as a character in the works of Kurt Vonnegut—materialized on the bookracks, complete with a mysterious back cover photo of the author looking like a bearded vagabond sage. Debate raged as to who had truly written Venus on the Half-Shell. Was it Vonnegut himself, or perhaps Theodore Sturgeon, rumored to have been the inspiration for Trout? Or did Kilgore Trout really exist? Just as one respected newspaper published an article “proving” that Vonnegut had written the book, the Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer announced he was the true author.

The controversial Kilgore Trout episode was neither the first nor the last time Farmer would impishly slip out of his own skin and assume the persona of another author. In Venus on the Half-Shell and Others, Philip José Farmer transforms himself into fictional personalities as compelling as they are diverse: Cordwainer Bird, Paul Chapin, Rod Keen, Harry “Bunny” Manders, Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, John H. Watson, M.D. and even the real-life author William S. Burroughs (writing his own version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Jungle Lord!). Also included is the original version of Farmer’s classic Sherlock Holmes/Lord Greystoke pastiche The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, back in print for the first time in over thirty years.

A unique collection, Venus on the Half-Shell and Others showcases the grand imagination of one of science fiction’s most resourceful and creative minds.

Table of Contents:

“Introduction: More Real Than Life Itself: Philip José Farmer’s Fictional-Author Period” by Christopher Paul Carey
“Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout”
Venus on the Half-Shell as by Kilgore Trout
“The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout”
“The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod”
“The Problem of the Sore Bridge—Among Others” as by Harry Manders
“The Volcano” as by Paul Chapin
“Osiris on Crutches” as by Leo Queequeg Tincrowder
“The Impotency of Bad Karma” as by Cordwainer Bird
“The Phantom of the Sewers” as by Rod Keen
“A Hole in Hell” as by Dane Helstrom
“The Last Rise of Nick Adams” as by Codwainer Bird
The Adventure of the Peerless Peer as by John H. Watson, M.D.
The Impotency of Bad Karma” as by Cordwainer Bird – the original version, later rewritten as “The Last Rise of Nick Adams”—lettered edition only
“Philip Jose Farmer as Fictional-Author: A Chronological Bibliography” by Christopher Paul Carey

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By Philip José Farmer
Edited by Christopher Paul Carey
Subterranean Press, 2007

Philip José Farmer: maker of universes and chronicler of fantastic adventures, legendary Hugo Award winner and Nebula Grand Master… Today few realize that Farmer was writing literary fiction long before he set the science fiction world afire with his groundbreaking “The Lovers.” Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories collects these little known treasures, along with other fantastical tales—all making their first appearance here in book form.

Sure to excite readers of science fiction everywhere is the inclusion of Farmer’s “lost” novel of the ultimate ecological nightmare. Set in an alternate past circa the 1970s, Up from the Bottomless Pit tells of a world so ravenous in its desire for oil that it has thrown caution to the wind. Using an experimental laser drill, humankind burns a hole through the ocean floor only to unleash a deadly torrent that threatens to wipe out all life on the planet.

With its first-time collection of a lost novel, ultra-rare works, tales of science fiction and fantasy, Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories presents a compelling new look at one of speculative fiction’s most beloved literary giants.

Table of Contents:

“Introduction: Philip José Farmer: On the Road to the Emerald City” by Christopher Paul Carey
Up from the Bottomless Pit (1974-1978)
“That Great Spanish Author, Ernesto” (early 1940s)
“The Essence of the Poison” (1941)
“Keep Your Mouth Shut” (1946-1955)
“The Face That Launched a Thousand Eggs” (1953)
“The Doll Game” (1956-1957)
“The Rebels Unthawed” (1966)
“The Frames” (1970)
“The Light-Hog Incident” (post-1970)
“The Unnaturals” (1973)
“The Spy in the U.S. of Gonococcia” (c. 1978-early 1980s)
“A Peoria Night” (1983)
“I Still Live: Tarzan of the Apes 75th Anniversary Dinner Keynote Address” (1989)
“Hayy ibn Yaqzam by Abu ibn Tufayl: An Arabic Mowgli” (1990)
“Why Do I Write?” (1992)