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First 200 Words (part 12)


Philip José Farmer made a startling discovery when he realized the affect the Wold Newton Meteorite had on the people who were present when it crashed into Northern England. One thing however he did not know, or at least did not share with the world, was why those individuals were there in the first place. Win Scott Eckert has begun his own investigations into this mystery, and tale begins to unfold here:

“Is He in Hell?”

by Win Scott Eckert

France, November 1795 

      Halt! Identify yourself, citoyen.” Dusk was falling and the small, rat-faced guard at the Paris city gates squinted through the driving rain as the rickety wagon approached.
      “Ah, Sergeant Favraux, it is but I, Rambert, with my latest load.”
     Favraux took a few steps forward. “Come closer, Rambert, I can’t see you.”
     The cart rolled forward a few more lengths and halted at the driver’s touch of the rein.
     Favraux slopped through the mud and peered with curiosity at the two men perched on the wagon. “It is you, Rambert,” he exclaimed. “But who’s your driver, he’s a new one.”
     The cart’s driver was cloaked all in black. A broad-brimmed hat pulled low over his brow shadowed his features. 
     “My new driver,” Rambert said, “Citoyen Lecoq.” The man in black gave a respectful, if casual, two-fingered salute.
     Sergeant Favraux nodded. “Well, I’ll have to search the wagon, anyway. Can’t be too careful, you know.”
     “Indeed,” Rambert said. “But you know the contents of my load. They’ll get ruined in this downpour and my lady will have my hide. Can’t we pull under that overhang, and make it quick?”
     The sergeant shrugged and waved the cart toward …

(Copyright © 2010 by the Philip J Farmer Family Trust)

The rest of the “Is He in Hell” can be found in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions. Keep watching this space for more 200 word excerpts.

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First 200 Words (part 11)


Before one can write a story set in the Wold Newton Universe, which usually entails interactions between characters of disparate origins, reseach must be done. Hours and hours spent verifying such meetings could have really occurred. Win Scott Eckert has, in all likelihood, put more hours into such research than anyone, including Phil Farmer himself.

“The Blakeney Family Tree”

by Win Scott Eckert

            Readers of “Is He in Hell?” may have noticed the rather unusual relationship Sir Percy has with his wife Marguerite and their friend, Alice Clarke Raffles. The relationship intimated in the story is based on chronological and genealogical observations culled from Baroness Orczy’s canonical series of Scarlet Pimpernel novels, Philip José Farmer’s fictional biography Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke, and “John Blakeney’s” fictional biography The Life and Exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Sir Percy Blakeney, bart.), or, A Gay Adventurer. The result of these observations is, in true Creative Mythographical fashion, a genealogical reconciliation of these sources: the Blakeney Family Tree. Along the way, I’ll include some helpful suggestions and thoughts from fellow Creative Mythographers Mark Brown, Jess Nevins, Cheryl L. Huttner, Dennis E. Power, Matthew Baugh, and Jean-Marc Lofficier.
      Much of the framework of the Blakeney Family Tree is built upon John Blakeney’s family tree from his biography, The Life and Exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel, which can be viewed at <>. However, there are a few inaccuracies and omissions, perhaps purposeful, in this particular tree. A new, expanded tree has been constructed and is available for reference at the conclusion of this note.
      Cheryl L. …

(Copyright © 2010 by Win Scott Eckert)

The rest of the “The Blakeney Family Tree” can be found in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions. Keep watching this space for more 200 word excerpts.

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First 200 Words (part 10)


During his career, Philip José Farmer gave many speeches at science fiction and literary conventions. A quick perusal of this list of Conventions, Events and Other Appearances will show that he was very well travelled in this regard. However, he was also a popular speaker in his home town of Peoria, Illinois. Sadly, he did not keep copies of most of the speeches he gave (boy would we love to read the speech he gave at the 1953 Worldcon, “SF and the Kinsey Report”). Just as Farmerphile did, we hope to print as many speeches as possible in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer series of books. Here is just the first, a very funny speech about writing his first mystery novel.

“The Legend of Mishiwapo”

by Philip José Farmer

     Members of the Kiwanis and guests, it’s an honor to be your guest speaker.
     Before I really get into this speech, I’m going to give you three quotations. These are on the quotation page of my mystery novel, Nothing Burns in Hell.
     “Nothing burns in Hell, except self-will.” That line was written by an anonymous German medieval monk, and it begged to be part of the title of a novel.
     The second phrase comes from a famous 1930s book: Trader Horn. Trader Horn was an Englishman who worked in the African ivory trade in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
     “The Americans—a moral people except when it comes to murder and so on.”
     The third quotation is from a poem, The Imitation of Faust, by Alfred Jarry.
     “The world is ordered to an obvious Methodist design/And God, with a slight Peoria accent, hovers over all.”
     I’d like you to keep these in mind as I talk to you. They are relevant to my mystery novel Nothing Burns in Hell.
     Fellow citizens of Peoria, I’m a fiction writer, chiefly of science fiction, so far. Most people know science fiction only through the movies. Thus they don’t know there’s …

   (Copyright © 2010 by the Philip J Farmer Family Trust)

The rest of “The Legend of Mishiwapo” can be found in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions. Keep watching this space for more 200 word excerpts.

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