Afterword in Philip José Farmer’s VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL

Today I received my contributor copies of Philip José Farmer’s Venus on the Half-Shell. This new edition from Titan Books includes my afterword “More Real Than Life Itself: Philip José Farmer’s Fictional-Author Period.” The book releases on December 10th in both paperback and ebook editions, and it marks the twelfth and final Philip José Farmer title to be brought out by Titan. Quite an impressive run of books! I am honored to have been able to contribute a little something to four of the volumes in the series.

Hadon of Ancient Opar comps

My comp copies of the new Titan Books edition of Hadon of Ancient Opar arrived in the mail yesterday. The book looks fantastic, and I’m very happy to see this novel once again in an affordable paperback edition (and now for the first time in an ebook edition). The new edition, which features an introduction by me (“The Literary Archaeology of Khokarsa”) as well as bonus addenda “A Guide to Khokarsa”), can be purchased here.

Hadon of Ancient Opar paperback and ebook editions due out in January 2013

I’m happy to announce that Hadon of Ancient Opar, the first novel in Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa trilogy, will be published by Titan Books in both paperback and ebook (Kindle, NOOK) format in January 2013. I’m honored to be contributing an introduction (“The Literary Archaeology of Khokarsa”) and afterword (“A Guide to Khokarsa”) to the new edition.Titan Books is in the middle of reprinting a total of eleven classic titles by Farmer, and so they haven’t yet made a decision as to whether to acquire the other two novels in the series (Flight to Opar and The Song of Kwasin). If you want to see those two novels in paperback and ebook formats, I encourage you to show your support by picking up Hadon of Ancient Opar as well as the other books currently available for order or preorder in Titan’s PJF series (The Peerless Peer, The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, Time’s Last Gift, Lord Tyger, A Feast Unknown, Lord of the Trees, The Mad Goblin, and The Wind Whales of Ishmael).

Philip José Farmer’s Time’s Last Gift: New Titan Books edition with all-new bonus material

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be contributing a new, heavily Wold Newton-flavored afterword to Titan Books’ new edition of Time’s Last Gift, Philip José Farmer‘s classic novel of time travel. The Titan edition will also include a timeline by Wold Newton scholars Win Scott Eckert and Dennis E. Power detailing pertinent events in the long, long life of the book’s protagonist, John Gribardsun. I’m viewing the books in this new Wold Newton series as the definitive editions of these classic Farmerian works, so I’m encouraging folks who want to see more books like this down the line to preorder them or pick them up as soon as they’re published.

Check out Win’s update about his and Dennis Power’s Time’s Last Gift timeline here.

This novel is of particular interest to me because it’s positioned as the prequel to the Khokarsa series (collected in the forthcoming Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, due out this April from Subterranean Press). If you don’t know how the books are connected, you’ll just have wait and find out by reading Time’s Last Gift and my afterword.

The bonus pieces for the new Titan edition, due out this June, are as follows:

  • Afterword: “John Gribardsun and the Prehistoric Wold Newton Family” by Christopher Paul Carey
  • “Gribardsun through the Ages: A Chronology of Major Events Pertinent to Time’s Last Gift” by Win Scott Eckert and Dennis E. Power

    The new edition of Time’s Last Gift can be preordered now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    New edition of Farmer’s Two Hawks from Earth

    The new MonkeyBrain Books edition of Philip José Farmer‘s classic alternate history novel Two Hawks from Earth arrived in the mail today. The new edition features an attractive cover illustration and design by artist Lee Moyer and a new afterword that I wrote shortly after visiting Phil for his ninety-first birthday this past January. Publisher Chris Roberson and his team really did a fantastic job with the book’s production, and I hope you’ll check it out!