June 30 is the deadline, the last day to enter the contest to win a chance to be immortalized in fiction. That’s right, you have the opportunity to be Tuckerized in a story—and not just any story, but a mind-blowingly-awesome story that Farmer fandom will still be talking about decades from now—in The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 3: Portraits of a Trickster. That’s right, a character in a story will have your name.
One person chosen at random will win this prize and there are three ways you can enter the contest:
- Here is the easy one. Preorder a copy of The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 3: Portraits of a Trickster. If you have already ordered a copy, you are already entered. And by the way, the book is currently on sale for $5 off!
- This will require a little more effort on your part, but it gives you another chance to win. If you already own a copy The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 1: Protean Dimensions, follow that link to Amazon and post a review of the book. It doesn’t have to be a 5 star review, we want your honest assessment of the book, but it must be a minimum of 50 words, not just, “Loved the book, I recommend it!”
- If you’ve already done the second one, this won’t be any harder. Assuming you own and have read The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 2: Of Dust and Soul, follow that link to Amazon and post a review. Same conditions, it doesn’t have to be a glowing review, we really want your opinions, but please put a little effort into it and write 50 words or more.
So, besides the chance of seeing your name in print, why else might you want to purchase The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 3: Portraits of a Trickster? That is an easy question. For the third year running Meteor House is pleased to bring you the best in rare or previously unpublished works by Grandmaster Philip José Farmer and startling new fiction from authors developing on Farmer’s Brobdingnagian imagination.
Split into five themed and thought provoking sections this latest book in the series delivers a level of awesomeness which can only be surpassed by the next volume!
In Peoria-Colored Worlds we get a clear insight into Phil’s lighter side through some of the droll and erudite letters he wrote to his local newspaper. Also included in this section is a very personal and joyous account by an awestruck visitor’s first visit into the Master’s writing den as well as the full text of a speech by Phil himself when he was commencement speaker at his alma mater, Bradley University in Peoria.
The next section focuses on a more personal view of Farmer, by himself and those who were closest to him (in spirit if not in fact). Of Friendships and Influences includes a wonderfully personal tour of Hugo winner Chris Garcia’s favorite Farmer books and a speech from Phil himself describing a projected novel that, alas, was never completed.
In Worlds in Disguise there is a fascinating piece of publishing history describing at first-hand some of the behind the scenes shenanigans that went on as Venus on the Half-Shell was published by a man well in the know, science fiction editor David M. Harris. Also in this section are pieces by people so close to Farmer as to be almost indistinguishable from him, plus there is an opportunity for every reader to help solve a publishing mystery that has been outstanding for over 45 years. We’d love to hear from anyone who can shed light on a potentially new addition to the Phil Farmer canon.
The penultimate section, Classic Worlds, gives us three stories from Phil that have either been restored to their original, intended version or are printed here for the first time in many years: “Osiris on Crutches” (with Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor), “The Long Wet Dream of Rip van Winkle,” and “Up, Out, and Over, Roger.” Farmer scholars and fans will revel in reading ‘back to original’ versions of some of their favorite stories.
And finally, in Expanded Worlds, we are thrilled to present four original stories by a group of incredibly talented writers who are brought together by their love of Phil’s work and imagination. Read about what happened to Two Hawks on a version of earth similar to a pre colonized America (Two Hawks from Earth); marvel at a Gribardsun story set in the 1600s as our protagonist works his way through the centuries and has an exhilarating adventure in South America (Time’s Last Gift); smile and delight as you delve into a Kickaha adventure that could have come from Phil’s own pen (The World of Tiers series); and, certainly not least, follow the latest, incredible, installment in Win Scott Eckert’s ground-breaking Wold Newton Origins stories and find out why such a group of distinguished people were in Wold Newton in December 1795 and what they got up to while there (Tarzan Alive, Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, Time’s Last Gift, etc.) —for more information about this story, visit Win’s blog.
Whether you are a longstanding Farmer fan or are coming to his work as a consequence of the Farmer renaissance this year, this book will be a vital addition to your library and one that you will enjoy over countless rereadings.
But remember, if you want to enter the contest, you must preorder a copy of The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 3: Portraits of a Trickster, by the deadline: midnight eastern on June 30.