Works about Philip José Farmer (5): D
The entries are in alphabetical order of the writer's name.
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D'Ammassa, Don - "Farmer, Philip José"
Entry about Farmer's writing career and works over the years: "His earlier novels are just as fresh and entertaining today as they were when they first appeared, and a surprisingly small proportion of his output has failed to age well. It would not be surprising if his work was valued even higher in the future than it has been in the past." There are also entries on the "Riverworld series" ("...The setting is one of the most unusual in the field's history...") and the story "Riders of the Purple Wage" ("...The satire, which sometimes approaches absurdity, masks a serious look at choices that may face us at some point in the future...") and finally, at the end of the book, a bibliography of his science fiction works.
  • Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, by Don D'Ammassa
    Facts On File, ISBN 0-8160-5924-1, hardcover, 06/2005


D'Ammassa, Don - "Sail On! Sail On!"
Farmer is only mentioned briefly in relation to other author's work in this encyclopedia, but his story "Sail On! Sail On!" has its own entry: "Sometimes a fantasy writer takes a very absurd premise, treats it seriously, and the result is a story that sticks firmly in the reader's memory simply because it is so audacious..."
  • Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Horror Fiction, by Don D'Ammassa
    Facts On File, ISBN 0-8160-6192-0, hardcover, 03/2006
    Checkmark Books, ISBN 0-8160-6924-7, large paperback, 03/2006

Will Crocker

de Turris, Gianfranco & Fusco, Sebastiano - "Introduzione"
An introduction to the Italian edition of Strange Relations. This is based on Alfred Bester's article in the March 1961 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, in which he composes an All Star SF Author.
  • (Italian)
    Relazioni Aliene
    Fanucci (Futuro 3), no ISBN, trade paperback, 11/1973

Massimo Jacoponi

de Turris, Gianfranco & Fusco, Sebastiano - "Introduzione: Eros e fantascienza"
An introduction to the Italian edition of The Alley God. The theme Farmer often used, eroticism or sex, is the subject of this essay. Farmer's use of this theme is compared to that of many other authors, like Brian Aldiss, Poul Anderson, Robert A. Heinlein, and more.
  • (Italian)
    Un dio dal passato
    Fanucci (Futuro 2), no ISBN, paperback, 07/1972
    Fannuci (Sidera 2), no ISBN, paperback, -/1982

Massimo Jacoponi

de Turris, Gianfranco & Fusco, Sebastiano - "Introduzione: L'«irriverenza» di Philip José Farmer"
An introduction to the Italian edition of The Wind Whales of Ishmael. About Farmer's irreverence writing career, the influences for his work, like Freud and Jung, the source or reason for this novel—Moby Dick by Herman Melville—, and about his life.
  • (Italian)
    Pianeta d'aria
    Fanucci (Futuro 37), no ISBN, trade paperback, 03/1978

    Fannuci (Biblioteca di Fantascienza 4), ISBN 88-347-0252-2, trade paperback, 06/1988
    Fannuci (Biblioteca di Fantascienza 4), ISBN 88-347-0252-2, trade paperback, 07/1988

Bruce Pennington

del Rey, Lester - "Of Time and the River"

On the occasion of the publication of the long awaited The Dark Design Lester del Rey introduces the Riverworld series and writes about its troublesome publication history. He also reviews this book, the third in the series, and concludes: "...this Riverworld is a really grand creation - one of the greatest inventions of science fiction. And The Dark Design adds a great deal to it. It's a book no reader should miss." In this same article Del Rey reviews PJF's The Maker of Universes and The Gates of Creation.
  • Analog, December 1977
    [SF magazine, edited by Ben Bova.]
  • (Italian: "Philip J. Farmer - Il Grande Disegno")
    Cosmo Informatore No. 1, July 1978

    [Information bulletin of the publisher Nord. Also includes Farmer's foreword to the novel.]
  • (Italian: "Presentazione")
    Il Grande Disegno
    Nord (Cosmo 77/78), ISBN 88-429-0086-9, hardcover, 07/1978
    [Translation of The Dark Design.]

Rick Sternbach


Desimon, Michel - "Postface"

An afterword to the novel The Lovers.
  • (French)
    Les amants étrangers - L'univers à l'envers (omnibus)
    Opta/Club du Livre d'Anticipation, no ISBN, hardcover [no dustjacket], 03/1968 
  • ("Afterword")
    Riverside Quarterly, Vol.4 #1, August 1969
    [Critical journal. Preceded by "Philip José Farmer's "The Lovers"" by Leland Sapiro.]


Dick, Philip K. - "Open Letter to Philip José Farmer"
Philip José Farmer had written a letter in the SFWA Forum about the 'elected honorary membership' of Stanislaw Lem, with which Farmer disagreed. Dick fully agrees with him and uses this letter to vent his own frustrations with Lem.
  • SFWA Forum, Number 41, October 1975
    [Bulletin of the Science Fiction Writers of America, edited by Theodore R. Cogswell.]


Di Filippo, Paul - "Introduction"
A very enthusiastic piece about Carey's co-writing with Farmer on this novel: «The story of how Carey found the aborted manuscript of the third Khokarsa novel, along with supporting notes, then consulted at length with Farmer to produce the capstone to the trilogy, is certainly one of the standout anecdotes of recent fannish memory.»

Bob Eggleton

Doering, Bruce - "A Different Kind of Checklist"

A bibliography of PJF's stories and articles in anthologies, magazines and fanzines.
  • Collecting Paperbacks? Vol.2 #2, May 1980
    [Fanzine, edited by Lance Casebeer.]


Dorémieux, Alain - "Post-Scriptum"

An addition to the translated essay about Philip José Farmer by Sam Moskowitz, which originally was published in 1964. Dorémieux covers the years from 1964 till 1968 about Farmer's work.


Drake, J.D. - "Philip José Farmer: 1918-1953"

A brief and very compact biography about the life of PJF and his early years in the career as an author.
  • Farmerage Vol.1 No.1, June 1978
    [Fanzine, edited by George H. Scheetz.]


Dudley, Joseph M. - "Transformational SF Religions: Philip Jose Farmer's Night of Light and Robert Silverberg's Downward to the Earth"

Critical essay about the religious themes, "...about how humankind searches for divine elements, both within itself and in the whole of the physical universe...", in Farmer's Night of Light and Silverberg's Downward to the Earth: "...the protagonists must personally interact with their surroundings in such a way that both character and environment are ultimately transformed."
  • Extrapolation Vol.35 #4, Winter 1994
    [Academic journal, edited by Donald M. Hassler.]


Duffy, Jo - "Bookview"

In his column Jo Duffy reviews/discusses The Magic Labyrinth and the other books in the Riverworld series.
  • Epic #8, October 1981
    [Comics magazine, edited by Archie Goodwin.]

Howard Chaykin

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