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Only One Day left to be Tuckerized!



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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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!”
  3. 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 For the third year running Meteor House is pleased to bring you the best in rare or previously unpublished works by Grandmaster Philip José Farmer and startling new fiction from authors developing on Farmer’s Brobdingnagian imagination.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.


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The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3 – Now Available for Preorder


The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3
Portraits of a Trickster

Preorder volume 3 now! Not only will you save $5 off the cover price, but if you are one of the first 100 people to preorder, you will get a custom laminated bookmark, just like the ones sent out with the first 100 copies of The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2.

It is hard to describe the amount of awesome in this collection: the secrets revealed, the heartfelt tributes, the mysteries you can help solve, the tricks that may or may be played on you, the secrets revealed, the never before seen material by Farmer, the stories continued (with even more secrets revealed)… The most exciting volume of The Worlds of Philip José Farmer yet!

Publication will be in late summer, hopefully in time for FarmerCon VII, August 9 – 12. Here is the working table of contents (subject to change).

Foreword by Frederik Pohl
Peoria-Colored Worlds
Missing the Wit and Creativity by Michael Bailey
Down in Phil Farmer’s Basement by Steven Connelly
Over All, After All by Philip José Farmer
Of Friendships and Influences
The Holy Spirit of Science Fiction by Bruce Sterling
The Robert Traurig Letters by Philip José Farmer
A Box of Influence by Chris Garcia
Wild Weird Clime by Philip José Farmer
To Be, or Not to Be by Tom Wode Bellman
Worlds in Disguise
Trout Masque Rectifier by Jonathan Swift Somers III
Kilgore, Kurt, and Me by David M. Harris
The Many Dooms of Harold Hall by Charlotte Corday-Marat
Desires Denied by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor
Classic Worlds
Osiris on Crutches by Philip José Farmer & Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor
The Genuine Imposter by Rick Lai
The Long Wet Dream of Rip van Winkle by Philip José Farmer
Up, Out, and Over, Roger by Philip José Farmer
Expanded Worlds
The Wild Huntsman by Win Scott Eckert
Dakota’s Gate by Heidi Ruby Miller
The Last of the Guaranys by Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi
Trickster of the Apes by S.M. Stirling

Of course, if you already own a copy of The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1 and 2 with matching numbers, we will send you the same number of volume 3.

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