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.”

Hardcover Edition

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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Up from the Bottomless Pit – First Affordable Trade Edition!

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Philip José Farmer’s Up from the Bottomless Pit, originally written in the late 1970s with the working title The Dragon’s Breath, is a near-mainstream novel about the ultimate ecological nightmare. Set in an alternate/near future 1970s, Up from the Bottomless Pit tells of a world so ravenous in its desire for oil that it has thrown caution to the wind. Using an experimental deep-water laser drill off the California coast, humankind burns a hole through the ocean floor only to unleash a deadly torrent that initially threatens the greater Los Angeles area, but quickly escalates to a catastrophe of worldwide proportions with the potential to wipe out all life on the planet.

The novel wasn’t quite what Del Rey was looking for at the time, so Phil instead turned in Dark is the Sun (set fifteen billion years in the future). Fast forward to 2005 and the team here at Meteor House was launching the fanzine Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer. We serialized the novel over the first 10 quarterly issues between 2005 and 2007. At $11 per issue, it cost over $100 to read the novel. In 2007, Subterranean Press published Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories, collecting all of Phil’s material from Farmerphile in a deluxe limited edition of only 250 copies. But, at $125, it again cost over $100 to read this book.

This is the Farmer novel you’ve heard about but never got to read! Now, available for the first time ever in a trade paperback edition, you can get Up from the Bottomless Pit for only $20 (+shipping).

Keep watching this space for a cover reveal coming soon!

Celebrate Phil’s 102nd birthday by preordering your copy now! Books will be shipped in August 2020 right after FarmerCon XV.

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Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time enters the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe

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TZ-TDHOT-HB-72DPIWe were so thrilled when Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced at the ERB panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, 2019 that certain previously published authorized Burroughs novels by other writers—specifically Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time and Fritz Leiber’s Tarzan and the Valley of Gold—are considered official canonical novels in terms of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™ (ERBU), that we immediately asked ERB, Inc. if we could add the ERBU logo to our next printings of Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time.

With an enthusiastic “yes” from ERB, Inc. in response, we quickly ordered a new run of hardcovers which we’ll have on hand at PulpFest 2019 / FarmerCon XIV this week—August 15 through 18—in Cranberry (Pittsburgh) PA.

Softcovers won’t have the new logo until we sell through our current stock, and ebooks will be updated with the new logo shortly after PulpFest. A new first hardcover edition of Leiber’s novel is also just out, published by ERB, Inc. and Christopher Paul Carey, Director of Publishing at ERB, Inc. will have copies on hand at PulpFest.
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Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Hereos Cover Reveal!

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Meteor House is thrilled to share another fantastic front cover by the most prolific artist in Farmer fandom, Keith Howell!

Front Cover

Don’t forget to preorder your copy and take advantage of our early bird special. This deal goes away as soon as the books are printed in July!

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