Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows by Josh Reynolds!

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Cover Art by Amar Djouad

Meteor House is thrilled to announce the third in our series of Signed Limited Edition Novellas based on the works of Philip José Farmer.

Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows is an exciting sequel to Farmer’s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, which we all know is the “true story” behind the events of Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in Eighty Days.

In this all-new adventure Phileas Fogg has settled into a life of quiet sequestration in the rural idyll of his family estate with his wife and children. The millenia-old conflict which once threatened to consume him is over and done. Or so he thought. But when an old foe disrupts his peaceful retirement, seeking his aid against an enemy which threatens them both, Fogg finds himself once more thrown into the white-hot crucible of war.

Now, with his loved ones under threat of death, and accompanied by the unpredictable colonel who has been described as the second most dangerous man in London, Fogg must dare the dangers of the City of Light in order to uncover the deadly secrets hidden beneath the streets of Paris. And as the wonders of the Exposition Universelle unfold around him and the air quivers with the impossible reverberation of nine great clangings, Fogg must plunge into the shadowed depths of the Parisian catacombs on the trail of his phantom enemy…

This is a story you don’t want to miss, but don’t just take our word for it:

“With all the verve, sense of adventure, and sly reference to classic literature that I’ve come to love and expect in his work, Josh Reynolds carries forward the secret history of Phileas Fogg in a manner both highly entertaining and true to the spirit of Philip José Farmer.” — Christopher Paul Carey (author of Exiles of Kho)

“The best Wold Newton stories tell a rollicking adventure tale, first and foremost, while also subtlety advancing the larger mythos. Josh Reynolds’ sequel to Philip Josè Farmer’s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg delivers in spades, with tale of high adventure that satisfies on both levels. Bravo! I eagerly await the next chapter in Fogg’s ongoing exploits.” — Win Scott Eckert (author of The Scarlet Jaguar)

As with our previous Signed Limited Edition Novellas, if you pre-order—now through May 15th—your name will appear in the book on the acknowledgments page! How cool is that? These pre-orders also determine the print run of each edition. Since these novella sell out in just a few months, pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee you will get a copy.

We have one more important detail to add, and this is brand-new, Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows will be available in trade paperback AND hardcover!

Many of our readers said they would prefer our Signed Limited Novellas in hardcover, and now you have a choice:

$15 for the Trade Paperback (plus shipping)
$25 for the Hardcover (plus shipping)
$35 for both! (add only the same shipping cost as the hardcover)

Seriously, who ever heard of $15 for a signed limited edition? Or only $25 for a signed limited edition hardcover with a dust jacket? And you if buy the hardcover you can get the trade paperback for only $10 more? No wonder Meteor House is your favorite micro-publisher!

 

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The Scarlet Jaguar Wins New Pulp Awards!

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We’re pleased as punch here at Meteor House that our second Signed Limited Edition novella, Win Scott Eckert’s adventure tale The Scarlet Jaguar, has won the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best Novella. As if that weren’t enough, cover artist Mark Sparacio has won the award for Best Cover, again for The Scarlet Jaguar.

Published last summer and making its debut at the 2013 PulpFest/FarmerCon, Win Scott Eckert’s adventure is a sequel to Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert’s Wold Newton novel The Evil in Pemberley House, about Patricia Wildman, daughter of one of the greatest heroes of our time: Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice. The Scarlet Jaguar kicked off a series of new adventures of Pat Wildman and her crew, and the Limited Edition quickly sold out.

But worry not! If you missed out on this now out-of-print collectible, the ebook edition will be released in a few short weeks. Follow us here and on Facebook for the latest news on this and other Meteor House releases.


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Exiles of Kho ebook now Available!

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Meteor House is proud to announce that our first ebook is now online for purchase directly from amazon.com!

Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey was our first Signed Limited Edition novella. If you missed out on this now out-of-print collectible, here is your chance to read how Sahhindar, the Grey-Eyed Time Traveling God, who made brief appearances in Flight to Opar and The Song of Kwasin, influenced the course of the Khokarsan Empire.

The ebook even features the original cover, and interior, art by Mike Hoffman!

Even if you already own a signed copy of Exiles of Kho, you know you want to read it again. At only $3.99, now you can keep your signed copy pristine and reread the novella to your heart’s content.

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The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4 – Table of Contents

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Cover Art by Laura Givens

Many thanks to those stalwart fans who preordered The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4 nearly sight-unseen; only knowing the Foreword is written by Robert Silverberg and expecting the collection will be just full of interesting and enlightening nonfiction, and exciting fiction—some new, some old and all about or by Philip José Farmer—as the first three volumes. This collection includes great personal recollections of Phil, some of the best new fiction we’ve published, insightful articles about his work, and the longest piece published in Worlds to date—reprinted for the first time anywhere—the original version of “Moth and Rust!”

Without further ado, here is the Table of Contents for The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days:

Foreword by Robert Silverberg
Peoria-Colored Worlds
The Case of the Curious Contradiction by Terry Bibo
Eleven Days in Springtime by François Mottier
Philip José Farmer Conquirt L’Univers Postface by Philip José Farmer
Pekon 2 Guest of Honor Speech by Philip José Farmer
Expanded Worlds
Samdroo and the Grassman by Martin Gately
Whiteness of the Whale by Danny Adams
Ite, Missa Est by Paul Spiteri
Antlers of Flesh by E. C. Lisic
The Goddess Equation by Christopher Paul Carey
Classic Worlds
A Carmody-Raspold Chronology by Christopher Paul Carey
Letter of Discord by Philip José Farmer
For Where Your Treasure Is by Art Sippo
Moth and Rust by Philip José Farmer

All pre-orderers save $5 off the $25 list price!

Remember, the Worlds of Philip José Farmer is a Numbered Limited Edition. We will send you the same number of Volume 4 as your previous volumes.

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The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4 – Coming this Spring!

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At last, the news you have all been waiting for, the first of many book announcements for 2014, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days is due out this Spring and is now available for preorder!

Cover Art by Laura Givens

While the first three volumes in the series have focused on unique aspects of Farmer’s career, such as, his disregard for literary boundaries, his penchant for the softer sciences, and his trickster nature, volume 4 focuses on his more “traditional” science fiction—the science fiction of the future (occasionally the really distant future) featuring interstellar travel, aliens, war, scientists, the usual suspects in Golden Age science fiction.

While the full table of contents is not ready to be announced, we can say that volume 4 will be the thickest volume yet! We can also tell you that the foreword is by science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg and is in fact, a much longer version of his Reflections column from the February 2014 issue of Asimov’s.

As we’ve done in the past, the first 100 readers to preorder will receive a limited edition bookmark with their purchase!

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Survey Follow-up

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A couple of weeks ago we asked our customers to take a survey about our novellas, past and future. We were overwhelmed with the feedback. Nearly 25% chimed in, and if you work in any type of marketing, you know that is great response!

The survey allowed customers to answer three questions anonymously, and also to leave a comment. Based on the feedback we received, we’d like to provide some clarifications:

• We follow SFWA’s (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) definition of a novella: a work between 17,500 and 40,000 words. Both of the novellas we’ve published to date—Exiles of Kho and The Scarlet Jaguar—have word counts of about 31,000 words each.

• All of our books—novellas, anthologies, and one novel published to date—use the same size font. (This excludes Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, which was a joint publishing venture with Altus Press.) We do not select the font size in order to manipulate the page count, but rather we select it based on readability and ease-of-use for our readers.

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life is the only book that we cannot sell to every country worldwide. We had some comments that our novellas and other books were not available worldwide, but that’s not the case. So place your orders now, we’re down to the last few copies of The Scarlet Jaguar and would hate for you to miss out…

• Speaking of selling books around the world, it costs over $13 to mail a novella to the UK (and most other countries outside the US or Canada). If anyone knows of a cheaper way to do this, please let us know! We’d love to pass that savings on all of our worldwide customers.

As for the rest of the survey, the majority of you would prefer your limited edition signed novellas in hardcover instead of paperback. But a lot of you do like limited edition softcovers, so we are looking at our financial models to see if there’s a viable way to do limited hardcovers and trade paperbacks. Please stay tuned!

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Three Announcements in Three Days – Part Three!

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For the second year in a row Meteor House has released two books at FarmerCon! The second book this year is also the second in our series of Signed Limited Edition novellas, The Scarlet Jaguar by Win Scott Eckert. This novella is the exciting sequel to The Evil in Pemberley House by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert.

You can listen to Win read the opening chapter from the novella by clicking here.

Our first Signed Limited Edition novella, Exiles of Kho (now out of print), had a print run of 200 copies. While The Scarlet Jaguar’s print run is bigger, at 225 copies, the end result is the same. After mailing the books that were preordered, and selling stacks of them at FarmerCon, we only have a short supply of copies remaining for sale.

However, there is one slight difference, as we’ve suffered a bit of a mishap, and our misfortune is your opportunity.

As we were unpacking the books after FarmerCon, we discovered that fifteen copies of the book were damaged. The damage comes in the form of pen marks on the edge of the pages. The good news for you is that we are selling these (ever so slightly) damaged copies at 33% off! That’s right, you can order one of these copies of The Scarlet Jaguar for only $10 (plus shipping)!

Or better yet, buy a pristine copy for full price ($15). Either way, don’t wait long, we expect The Scarlet Jaguar to go out of print even faster than Exiles of Kho did!

 

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Three Announcements in Three Days – Part Two!

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DH:HAL editor Win Scott Eckert setting up the Meteor House dealer table (photo by Joshua Small)

The release of Meteor House’s Deluxe hardcover edition of Philip José Farmer’s Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life at FarmerCon VIII was a resounding success! The stack of books on our dealer table kept shrinking faster than we could restock it.

Our thanks to the PulpFest organizers for including us in their programming so we could talk about all of Philip José Farmer’s Doc Savage work, from the biography, to pastiches, to authorized novels. This year’s theme was a great fit for us, and you can listen to the panel here.

There is no question that part of the book’s success was the fact that six of the seven contributors of bonus material were on hand to sign the book!

Win Scott Eckert, Will Murray, John Allen Small, Rick Lai, Art Sippo, and Christopher Paul Carey all signed the copies we brought; only Keith Howell was absent, but maybe he’ll make it next year (hint, hint).

Of those signed books, most had been preordered prior to FarmerCon and have been shipped to their purchasers. The majority of the remaining copies were sold at FarmerCon. However, and here is the—

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

There are signed copies left for sale. These are available first come, first served, and there is no extra charge! This is the best deal you’re going to find all year! What are you waiting for, click on this link and order one now before they’re all gone!!!

 

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Three Announcements in Three Days – Part One!

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Meteor House has published three books in 2013 (so far), our most productive year to date. We will make an announcement about each of these three titles over the next three days. Without further ado, announcement number one…

As of today, all preordered copies of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange, by Rhys Hughes, have been mailed! After many delays we settled upon a Signed Limited Edition of 88 copies. And for no reason other than Rhys wanted to, each copy has been named after one of the 88 Constellations! We have a few signed/constellationed copies left, but we don’t expect them to last very long, so get one while you can.

Still on the fence about whether or not you want grab a copy of what—at only 88 copies—is bound to become a rare collector’s item? Check out this gestalt real-time review in two parts by Des Lewis: Part One and Part Two. Or reread this previous review by Dave Brzeski from The British Fantasy Society.

And if you missed it before, Christopher Paul Carey interviewed Rhys Hughes about the book at SF Signal.

Before we end this love fest let’s take a moment to comment on the cover art by Keith Howell. We’ve always thought the cover looked great on a computer screen. But live and in person, this cover is gorgeous! It jumps out at you from across the room!

So this is it, possibly your last chance to get a Signed Limited Edition copy of this brilliantly weird comical metafictional romp. Grab one now while you still can!

 

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Time is running out to order signed books before FarmerCon!

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As you should know by now, Meteor House is releasing two books this year’s FarmerCon:

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life by Philip José Farmer – A Deluxe Hardcover full of bonus materials, signed by as many contributors as possible at FarmerCon.

The Scarlet Jaguar – A Signed Limited Edition novella by Win Scott Eckert (a sequel to The Evil In Pemberley House by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert)

Time is running for you to preorder a copy of Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life so that it can be signed by all the contributors available at FarmerCon. Once we place the order to print the books–any day now–that’s it. You can always buy a copy of the book here on this site, but they will not be signed.

You have even less time to preorder a copy of The Scarlet Jaguar and not only get it signed, but to have your name appear on the acknowledgments page. As soon as we approve the current proof we will no longer be able to add names. All copies of this limited edition will be signed, but only those who have preordered it in time will get their name in the book. We expect this title to completly sell out quickly.

 

 

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