Somehow I missed that back on December 13 (coincidentally “Wold Newton Day”) the Green Man Review posted a very favorable review by Robert M. Tilendis of The Other in the Mirror, the recent Philip José Farmer omnibus I edited. Here are some snippets:
Carey, in his Introduction, frames his discussion of these three novels within Hegel’s concept of the Other — that which is different than us — as a means of addressing Farmer’s approach. In Hegel’s sense, we achieve a state of self-aware freedom by coming to understand the Other and incorporating it within ourselves. In Farmer’s hands this becomes a multi-layered phenomenon as identity — a key element of this idea — moves from the individual to the group to the Other and back again.But what Farmer is describing in these novels is not the realization of self, but the breakdown of the boundary between self and other…
…Philip José Farmer was throughout his career an iconoclast, tackling subjects within the framework of science fiction that other writers in the field avoided. (Remember, he’s the man who brought sex into science fiction — in 1952, when sex was seldom discussed publicly — even post-Kinsey.) In these three novels he’s done it again. And being by Farmer, of course, they are eminently readable, seductive and rewarding.
The Other in the Mirror arrived in the mail today and I am immensely pleased. Once again, an extremely topnotch job by Subterranean Press and their design team. And the wraparound cover art by Bob Eggleton is absolutely gorgeous. It’s sad that Phil and Bette didn’t live to see Fire and the Night reissued in hardcover, which they so much wanted to happen, but now the book is out there for all to read again, as well as Jesus on Mars and Night of Light, three wonderful novels that carry on Philip José Farmer’s Brobdingnagian legacy. I hope you’ll check it out–I think it’s a fine introduction for readers new to Farmer as well as a great grouping of novels for the already initiated to revisit the wonder that is Phil’s canon.
Many thanks to Bill Schafer for bringing the book out, and to Mike Croteau, who as always was a key player.
It’s official: Subterranean Press has announced that The Other in the Mirror, collecting the classic novels Fire and the Night, Jesus on Mars, and Night of Light, has been shipped out to those who ordered it. Copies are still currently available of the Trade and Lettered editions (the Limited being sold out on publication) here. The book includes my introduction, “In the Alien Corn: Philip José Farmer and The Other,” and a cover featuring Bob Eggleton’s awe-inspiring Martian vista from Jesus on Mars.
I’m working from home today due to a bad cold, but I had to post this. Rias Nuninga is reporting that Bob Eggleton has won an award at Boskone 46 for his cover illustration for The Other in the Mirror, the soon-to-be-published Philip José Farmer omnibus which I edited for Subterranean Press. From Rias’s Web site:
His cover for The Other in the Mirror as well as Bob himself have won awards at this convention.
Bob in his email: “The cover itself, won a show award at Boskone, an SF con in New England this weekend. I also won ‘Best Artist’ which was nice.”
Okay, now to get a couple of hours of work in and then crash.
This is one of those delights that is almost impossible to describe — one can really only nibble around the edges and hope that some of the sense of it gets digested. Even though I’ve been a compulsive reader since toddlerhood, I’m sure there is much here that I’m missing — I can’t possibly remember every author-character from everything I’ve read, but it’s a marvel and a joy to see a gifted writer having this kind of fun. (And happily, there is much here that I do get.) Carey’s doing a wonderful job of bringing us the stories of Farmer, and this collection is right on target.
Read the full review here.
Needless to say, this really made my day. 🙂