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A Rough Knight for the Queen – First Stand-Alone Edition!


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A Rough Knight for the Queen stayed in that trunk for decades until Farmer sold the original unpublished manuscript and it eventually wound up in the hands of collector Craig Kimber.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!


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


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!


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


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.
Tarzan Lives!
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Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Hereos Cover Reveal!


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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Meteor House’s Bi-weekly Sale!

Cover art by Bob Eggleton

Cover art by Bob Eggleton

Our seventh Bi-weekly sale is a huge discount on our nearly sold out, Signed Limited Edition hardcover edition of The Song of Kwasin
by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey!

This is the first-ever standalone edition of the critically acclaimed third volume in the Khokarsa series, and it is limited to only 125 copies signed by Christopher Paul Carey.

And now through June 15th it is available for only $21 (+shipping) — that’s $12 off the cover price!

Needless to say, quantities are very limited so order now.

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Hunt the Avenger – by Win Scott Eckert!


Avenger - Hunt the Avenger SoftCover Front HiResMeteor House is so excited about this new novel from Win Scott Eckert, that we’re promoting it—even though we didn’t publish it. Instead it’s being published by our friends at Moonstone Books.

What’s so cool about this novel? Let’s let Win Scott Eckert tell you himself:

My first published Avenger story, “Death and the Countess,” featured what I thought at the time was a throwaway line mentioning a prior adventure with the Domino Lady. I went on to pen two more Avenger tales that actually featured team-ups with the saucy pulp heroine.

“Death and the Countess,” The Avenger Chronicles (2008)
“Happy Death Men,” The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files (2011)
“According to Plan of a One-Eyed Trickster,” The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible (2013)

Avenger - Hunt the Avenger HardCover Front HiResI was very happy with how the trilogy turned out, and yet it was clear that the three tales were meant to be read together as a whole—not separated by several years as each anthology was subsequently released. A proper reading required the stories to be collected in one volume.

Too, the trilogy always felt a bit imbalanced, with socialite Ellen Patrick—the Domino Lady—only making her “on camera” debut in the second tale. With that in mind, I set out to write the prequel to “Death and Countess,” showing the actual first meeting between Richard Benson and Ellen Patrick. This took a lot of careful planning and review of the timeline (excerpted at the conclusion of Hunt the Avenger) to ensure the continuity lined up—including featuring the black-haired, normal-skinned Benson, as he appeared in the final twelve original pulp novels and Ron Goulart’s twelve Avenger novels from the 1970s (as well as an additional short story by Goulart in 2008’s The Avenger Chronicles).

Throwing caution to the wind, I also decided to remedy the dangling plotlines left by prior scribe Goulart. I penned a fifth tale to wrap it all up in a bow, with the two new stories matching the word count of the original three tales.

The resulting pentalogy should be read together as one saga…Hunt the Avenger!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the journey!

Win Scott Eckert
January 2019

Click here for more information and how to order the book!

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Bi-weekly Sale — The Evil in Pemberley House


Meteor House’s Bi-weekly Sale!

Cover art by Glen Orbik

Cover art by Glen Orbik

Our sixth Bi-weekly sale is a return to our second bi-weekly sale, where we offer a Dealer Discount (40% off) of one of our titles.

And this time the discount is on one of our best selling books — The Evil in Pemberley House, by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert.

Pemberley is a darkly erotic novel with broad appeal to readers of pulp and popular literature, particularly followers of Doc Savage, Sherlockians, and fans of Farmer’s own celebrated Wold Newton Family.

This is our $20 trade paperback edition, which you can get for only $12 (+shipping).

As always, please be sure to select the correct shipping option in the paypal button below and do note that quantities are limited.

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Bi-weekly Sale – Less than Perfect Copies


Meteor House’s Bi-weekly Sale!

less than perfectOur fifth Bi-weekly sale is a case of bad news for us being great news for you. Sometimes books get damaged in shipping and we’re going to start offering them at a deep discount for those of you who are only interested in reading books but not collecting them (weird right?).

Our first “Less than Perfect” sale features hardcover copies of The Best of Farmerphile for $15 off the cover price.

You read that right, $15 off —
reducing the price from $40 to only $25!
(plus shipping)

The picture to the right shows a typical book, with bumping to the head and tail of the spine, and dust jacket wrinkling. Some dust jackets may have small tears in them, but all books are 100% readable.

So this is it, your chance to snag a reading copy of The Best of Farmerphile at an unbeatable price.

Do note that quantities of “Less than Perfect” copies are limited.

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