The Man Who Met Tarzan Cover Reveal!

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Back on Philip José Farmer’s birthday we announced the three books we’re publishing in 2021:

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner

Today we’re really excited to share with you the covers for The Man Who Met Tarzan. This wonderful artwork is by famed movie poster artist John Solie who did this for a poster for Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., back in 1978. That’s right, this was a poster and has never been used on a book cover before! Click on the pictures to zoom in, they are stunning!

Paperback art by John Solie

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Hardcover

Hardcover

The book is due out in the summer/fall of 2021; preorder by June 1st to ensure you get a copy of the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition. Just like our last two Hardcover Limited Editions (The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection and A Rough Knight for the Queen) this book will feature a leatherette cover with foil stamping and colored end papers. A fine quality collectible edition to be sure.

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The Monster on Hold Cover Reveal!

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Back on Philip José Farmer’s birthday we announced the three books we’re publishing in 2021:

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer

Today we’re really excited to share with you one of the covers for The Monster on Hold. Yes, this book will have two covers, one for the Trade Paperback Edition by Doug Klauba, and one for the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition by Mark Wheatley.

Our first reveal is for the Signed Hardcover art work by Mark Wheatley! The dust jacket will have full wraparound artwork, but we’re only revealing the front cover today. The back is just as amazing!

Hardcover art by Mark Wheatley

The book is due out in the summer/fall of 2021; preorder by June 1st to ensure you get a copy of the Signed Hardcover Limited Edition. Just like our last two Hardcover Limited Editions (The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection and A Rough Knight for the Queen) this book will feature a leatherette cover with foil stamping and colored end papers. A fine quality collectible edition to be sure.

As always, the print run on the Limited Edition will be determined by the number of preorders received. Not many copies beyond those reserved will be printed.

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All 2021 Meteor House Titles Announced!

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Today is January 26th and would have been Philip José Farmer’s 103rd birthday. It’s hard to believe it’s been twelve almost years since we lost him. Every year on Phil’s birthday we like to announce one of the books we’re going to publish this coming year, but this time we’re doing it a little bit differently. This time, we’re announcing ALL the books we’re publishing this year all at once. As usual these books will be published in summer/fall, but you can preorder them now.

Why preorder them now, you ask? Great question! All three books will have a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition, and the print run will be based on the number of books preordered. So to make sure you get one before they sell out, you need to preorder them by June 1st.

Why are we announcing all three books at once instead of spreading the announcements out over the next few months like we have in the past? Another great, and very knowledgeable, question! The answer is simple, we’re doing it for you! So many of you buy most (if not all) of our books that we want to be able to give you discounted package deals with big savings right out of the gate. Now, let’s get to the titles:

The Monster on Hold by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert. Yes, the book you’ve been waiting decades for (since Phil first published an excerpt in 1983) will be published in a Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Edition. This is the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series (A Feast Unknown, Lord of the Trees, The Mad Goblin) and was begun in the 1970s. Using Farmer’s partial manuscripts and copious notes Win Scott Eckert has completed the novel at long last.

It’s Always Darkest by Frank Schildiner. Set in the same Secrets of the Nine universe as The Monster on Hold, this hard-boiled novella follows a new, yet familiar, character, a one-time initiate of the Nine who has chosen to rebel against their formidable forces. This novella will be published as a Signed Hardcover Limited Edition.

The Man Who Met Tarzan by Philip José Farmer. This book collects many of the articles, speeches, essays and letters Farmer has written about Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan over several decades, culminating in his interview with the jungle lord in 1972. This collection will be published in a Trade Paperback and Signed Hardcover Limited Edition featuring vintage cover art.

Click on all three links above for more details about each book. You may have noticed we haven’t shared any of the covers with you yet. Those are coming soon!

And, as promised, we have put together discounted package deals for customers who want to purchase more than one book.

Here’s to a great 2021!

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Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes — Ebook Now Available!

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Front Cover thumbPhilip José Farmer had a life-long love affair with the pulps he read in his youth. They influenced nearly everything he wrote, but in the 1970s he paid special tribute to them with several stories. Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes collects these stories for the first time in hardcover! This collection also features an introduction by college professor and pulp historian, Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D., and artwork by Keith Howell!

The first three stories: “Greatheart Silver,” “The Return of Greatheart Silver,” and “Greatheart Silver in the First Command,” originally appeared in Byron Priess’ Weird Heroes series and have been collected before in the paperback, Greatheart Silver. These stories are Philip José Farmer at his most irreverent.

The next two items, “The Grant Robeson Papers,” and “Savage Shadow” also appeared in Weird Heroes, and set up a fantastic premise that was never fulfilled and will leave you wanting more.

The final story, “Skinburn” appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and is the most scifi of these stories, while still giving a nod to the pulps.

And now you can get the ebook version for only $2.99!

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Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time – Now in Audio!

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Meteor House is very excited to let you know that Oasis Audio, through a deal with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., has released Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time as an audiobook! We couldn’t have been more pleased when Christopher Paul Carey, Meteor House author and Director of Publishing at ERB, Inc., broke the news to us.

Clocking in at 9 hours and 39 minutes, this audiobook will cover the trip to grandma’s for the holidays, and the drive back home!

And check it out, it looks like narrator Ben Dooley is doing the complete Tarzan series, from Tarzan of the Apes to Tarzan and the Valley of Gold, and everything in between!

It would be an interesting experiment for someone to listen to the Tarzan books in order, up through Tarzan the Untamed, then listen to Dark Heart of Time, then continue on with Tarzan the Terrible. We bet with the same narrator reading the books Phil’s novel would feel even more like you were reading Burroughs.

 

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Virtual FarmerCon XV 2020

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After FarmerCon XV was canceled (in person) then rescheduled to be a Virtual Con, then postponed, it was finally held over the weekend of September 18-19.

The Virtual Con mostly consisted of links to prerecorded videos be posted on the Meteor House Facebook page. There were also a couple of Zoom hangouts among the usual FarmerCon attendees.

Here are the videos, most of which can be found on Meteor House’s new YouTube channel:

Philip José Farmer’s science fiction eco-thriller Up from the Bottomless Pit

Heidi Ruby Miller reads from Man of War

Anthony Cardno reads from Up from the Bottomless Pit

Up from the Bottomless Pit, Farmer, and the Environment panel

A Rough Knight for the Queen reading by Paul Spiteri

The Many Adventures of Philip José Farmer panel

Interview with Paul Spiteri about A Rough Knight for the Queen

Philip Jose Farmer’s Sir Richard Francis Burton Book Collection

These were very informative and entertaining. While, of course, we all hope FarmerCon can be held in person next year, maybe we can find some way to still incorporate some prerecorded videos.

 

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Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday — Ebook Now Available!

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Ebook art by Keith Howell

Philip José Farmer’s Dayworld trilogy, three best selling novels: Dayworld, Dayworld Rebel, and Dayworld Breakup, as well as his short story “The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World,” imagines a severely overcrowded future that cures the overpopulation problem by “stoning” six-sevenths of the population each day.

Farmer began a prequel Dayworld novel, A Hole in Wednesday, but did not complete it. His grand-nephew Danny Adams finished the novel and wrote a rollicking adventure tale. Set some time before the events in the original trilogy, the novel nonetheless has direct links to the acclaimed series, exploring the developing world and antecedent characters who vigorously challenge the life in which they find themselves trapped.

And speaking of being trapped, for all of you stuck in the house, we’ve just released the ebook version and immediately put it on sale for only $2.99!

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A Rough Knight for the Queen – First Stand-Alone Edition!

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A Rough Knight for the Queen

by Philip José Farmer

Paperback Edition

Paperback Edition

Philip José Farmer fans know that he was fascinated with 19th century explorer and author Sir Richard Francis Burton. Farmer made Burton the protagonist of the Hugo winning novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book in the Riverworld series. In Gods of Riverworld, the final book in the series, Peter Jairus Frigate (Farmer’s fictional stand in) said that he had written a biography of Richard Burton but that Fawn Brodie’s biography of Burton came out before Frigate could get his published. When asked about this in the early 2000s, Phil said, “I was going to write a biography of Burton but Fawn’s biography came out. It seemed to be pretty definitive so I decided not to write more.”

The biography Farmer did write about Burton starts in 1855, when Burton was thirty-four years old and on an expedition to find the source of the Nile. As for its origin, Phil explained, “This was written for what was called a ‘Men’s Magazine.’ I think the magazine was titled Gonads, but I am probably wrong. Anyway, for reasons unknown, the article was rejected and so went into the proverbial trunk.”

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Hardcover Edition

A Rough Knight for the Queen stayed in that trunk for decades until Farmer sold the original unpublished manuscript and it eventually wound up in the hands of collector Craig Kimber. When Paul Spiteri and Michael Croteau were putting together Pearls from Peoria, a massive compilation of Farmer rarities published by Subterranean Press in 2006, Craig sent them a copy of the manuscript to include in the collection.

Now Meteor House brings you Farmer’s 26,000 word biography of Burton in both an affordable trade paperback and in a signed limited hardcover. Both editions feature introductory material by Mick Walton (author of Sir Richard Burton and His Circle), Mark Hodder (author of the Burton and Swinburne novels) and Paul Spiteri (editor of Pearls from Peoria). The hardcover limited edition will be signed by Walton, Hodder, Spiteri, and cover artist Charles Berlin.

Important note: the print run of the hardcover limited edition will be determined by the number of preorders. This means the majority of hardcovers will be sold before the book is even printed, so preorder your copy today!

But first, we have some deals for you:

Purchase both the trade paperback and hardcover of A Rough Knight for the Queen and save $5*.

But wait, there’s more!

Purchase the paperback edition of A Rough Knight for the Queen and Up from the Bottomless Pit and save $4*.

Purchase the hardcover edition of A Rough Knight for the Queen and Up from the Bottomless Pit and save $6*.

Purchase both editions of A Rough Knight for the Queen and Up from the Bottomless Pit and save $10*.

*And additional savings with the combined shipping.

If you are only buying A Rough Knight for the Queen, follow this link to the order page.

But, if you want to purchase both A Rough Knight for the Queen AND Up from the Bottomless Pit follow this link for our 2020 package deals. (If you have already preordered Up from the Bottomless Pit go to the Rough Knight page, make your purchase there, then contact us and we will issue you a partial refund so you get the discounts).

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Stay Home – All Ebooks on Sale!

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As of today, March 31, 2020, more than 225 million people in 30 U.S. states are under stay-at-home orders. And more of our loyal readers around the world are under similar conditions.

kindleIn these difficult times—literally unprecedented in our lifetimes—we at Meteor House want to do what little we can to help flatten the curve. We and our families are all self-isolating in our homes, doing our part to protect not only ourselves but also the vulnerable—and we know our readers are also doing the right thing.

It’s not easy, for any of us. But please, continue to self-isolate and stay the course. As our thanks to you for doing your part, Meteor House has put all of our ebooks on sale, setting them to the minimum prices allowed by Amazon Kindle.

nookAll novels (The Evil in Pemberley House; Flight to Opar; The Song of Kwasin; The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange; Airship Hunters; and Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time), normally $4.99, are now only $2.99—that’s 40% off! (Prices adjusted for local currencies in non-U.S. locations.)

All novellas (Exiles of Kho; Hadon, King of Opar; Blood of Ancient Opar; The Scarlet Jaguar; Phileas Fogg and the War of ShadowsMan of War: A Two Hawks Adventure; and Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Osra), normally $3.99 are now also only $2.99—that’s 25% off! (Prices adjusted for local currencies.)

We value each and every one of you, we thank you, and we hope this helps, in some small way, in these trying times.

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Up from the Bottomless Pit – Full Details

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Adobe Photoshop PDFOn January 26, Philip José Farmer’s birthday, we announced our first book of 2020, the first trade edition of Up from the Bottomless Pit. Now we can fill you in on some more details about the book…

First, it features cover art by Keith Howell, which really gives you a feel for this eco-thriller, near-mainstream novel. Phil often looked into the far distant future in his works, but here he’s looking at the near future (from the late 1970s).

There is a foreword by Farmerphile editor, Farmer co-author, and all round Farmer expert, Christopher Paul Carey, that gives us context for the story and it’s publication history.

And now we’re extremely pleased to announce that award winning science/nature and science fiction writer Sharman Apt Russell will be writing an all new introduction for this first affordable trade edition. (See this article she wrote for Locus magazine about “Science Fiction and the Environmental Movement.”) We reached out to her, and luckily for us, she is a Philip José Farmer fan! She’s reading the novel now, and we can’t wait to see what she thinks of it.

The book will debut at FarmerCon in August, but be sure to preorder your copy of Up from the Bottomless Pit now.

 

 

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