Free fiction: Read the opening scene of “Kwasin and the Bear God”

“Kwasin Exiled” by Roy G. Krenkel

Meteor House has posted the opening 3,300-word scene from “Kwasin and the Bear God.” The novella is set in Philip Jose Farmer’s Khokarsa series and picks up the story of Hadon’s giant, exiled, ax-wielding cousin Kwasin just after the events of Hadon of Ancient Opar. While “Bear God” is a standalone story, Kwasin’s adventures on the island of Khokarsa will continue in The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa cycle, which will be published next year in an omnibus of the series (stay tuned for details).

In related news, it appears that Titan Books will be putting out a new edition of Time’s Last Gift, which serves as a sort of prequel to the Khokarsa series (it’s little secret that the protagonist of Time’s Last Gift, John Gribardsun, shows up in the series as the god Sahhindar). This is very exciting news indeed for Farmer and Khokarsa fans, and well timed with the upcoming release next year of the Khokarsa omnibus.

New novella: “Kwasin and the Bear God”by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey

As Meteor House and The Official PJF Home Page have now posted the table of contents for The Worlds of Philip José Farmer: Of Dust and Soul, I’m finally able to reveal that the forthcoming  novella I’ve been calling “The Bear God” here on my blog is actually titled “Kwasin and the Bear God” and that the story is based on an alternate outline fragment by Philip José Farmer to his third, as-yet-unpublished Khokarsa novel, The Song of Kwasin. I’ll be posting more behind-the-scenes details on that outline and how the story came to be in the coming weeks. But for now, know that a new 20,000-word Farmer novella featuring Hadon’s ax-swinging, trickster cousin will be heading your way soon.

Also, head on over and check out the TOC and stellar lineup of contributors to The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul, which also includes a good number of never-before-published rarities by Phil Farmer himself.