The best of Philip José Farmer

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Subterranean Press, 2006 - Fiction - 572 pages
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From the stories that led to the creation of his best-selling ?Riverworld? and ?Dayworld? novels, to more unusual selections like ?Uproar in Acheron? (a western-cum-fantasy), ?The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod? (a story which works as both literary pastiche and homage), or break-all-the-rules fiction like ?The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol? (a Farmer favorite which was first published in ?Playboy? magazine), it's all here. With a total of 20 different stories and one Farmer-penned introduction that add up to nearly two hundred thousand words, ?The Best of Philip Jose Farmer? is, hands down, the finest collection of Farmer stories ever assembled.

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From a chilling tale of love between a man and a woman he thought was human ("The Lovers") to a brief story about love, survival, and insects ("One Down, One to Go"), the 20 stories and one essay in ... Read full review

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Contents

The Man with the Electric Brain
7
Sail On Sail On
83
The God Business
119
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Science fiction author Philip José Farmer was born in North Terre Haute, Indiana on January 26, 1918. He worked in a steel mill while attending Bradley University at night and writing in his spare time. In 1952, his story The Lovers, in which a human has sex with an alien, was published in a pulp magazine called Startling Stories and won him the Hugo Award in 1953 for most promising new author. He quit his job to become a full-time writer, but a string of misfortunes eventually forced him to take jobs as a manual laborer. He worked as a technical writer from 1956 to 1970, but continued writing science fiction, increasingly winning a name for himself. He finally found success in the 1960's with the Riverworld series. He wrote more than 75 books throughout his lifetime including the Dayworld series and the World of Tiers series. He also wrote short stories. He was known as a writer who breaks taboos, making fun of the solemn and sacred. He was considered a mocker of traditions and a writer who upset the conventions that come to surround every culture. He won the Hugo award again in 1968 for his work Riders of the Purple Wage, best novella and in 1972 for To Your Scattered Bodies Go, best novel. In 1988, he was the recipient of the Writers of the Past Award and for his work Riverworld, the Nova (Brazil) for best book. In 2001 he was awarded the Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award (Life Achievement). He died on February 25, 2009 at the age of 91.

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