Philip Jose Farmer
Another of the old guard passes on.
Philip Jose Farmer died in his sleep on Wednesday, aged 91.
My first encounter with his work was almost certainly reading the first 3 World of Tiers books when they were issued in the Uk in the early 70s. Great stuff, as our hero from Earth fought his way back to his rightful position in one of the strangest universes created!
Other books followed, the Riverworld series, some of his Wold Newton books, The Wind Whales of Ishmael, others… A whole range of styles and settings.
Latterly, I wasn’t so impressed but the work I read in the 70s and early 80s was great!
Not sure exactly what I have at home, but I’ll check what there is and read some of it.
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Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to selling science fiction, fantasy & related books, together with a limited selection of other merchandise.But really, it’s about books. Transreal Fiction opened in April 1997 in Cowgatehead and moved to it’s present location nearby in June 2011. The owner, Mike Calder, first sold sf & f books many years ago and has worked in the business either part- or full-time since. For years he also had a respectable job as well, but that’s another story…
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