Saturday, July 7, 2012


From Michael Croteau

Hello to everyone. This month's newsletter is to remind you FarmerCon VII is just over a month away! It runs from August 9th to 12 in Columbus, Ohio, right smack dab in the middle of that science fiction, mystery, horror, and adventure book (and magazine) collector's dream: PulpFest.

Meteor House will be releasing two new books at FarmerCon this year, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster and Exiles of Kho. You can preorder either book now, whether you are coming to FarmerCon or not. However, if you would like your name to be printed in Exiles of Kho (how cool is that, and the book is a very short run signed limited edition to boot), you need to order TODAY. That's right, today is the deadline to preorder, but it may also be your last chance to get a copy of the book at all. As of this moment Exiles of Kho will be a signed limited edition of only 200 copies. Of those two hundred, all but about thirty of them are spoken for. Those thirty could very easily sell out at PulpFest, where about four hundred book collectors will be hanging out. If we get a surge of orders before the book goes to the printer, we may bump the print run up a little bit. But once it goes to the printer, that is it, no more copies will be available.

As for The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster, it's the best volume in the series to date. The material around the theme of Farmer's trickster nature will make your jaw drop and your head spin. But once you get to the Expanded Worlds section of the book, all bets are off. Four stories about some of Farmer's most popular characters and featuring The Wild Hunstman, a Wold Newton origins novella by Win Scott Eckert.

But let's get back to FarmerCon shall we? Just take a look at the line up of interesting movies, readings, presentations, and panels, fully integrated into PulpFest's programming:
Thursday, August 9 2012
8:00 PM The French Connection - Rick Lai will discuss "How French Literature May Have Influenced American Pulp Heroes" in a presentation concerning The Count of Monte Cristo, Arsene Lupin, Fantomas, Doc Savage, The Shadow, Zorro, and more. 10:00 PM Henry G. Franke, III, editor of The Burroughs Bulletin, discusses Edgar Rice Burroughs’ best-known creation–Tarzan of the Apes (100 years old in October)–and the character’s many incarnations in popular culture.
Friday, August 10 2012
11:00 AM - Exiles of Kho book launch. Christopher Paul Carey will sign the limited edition release of his book, a novella about the early days of the Khokarsan empire featuring the gray-eyed god Sahhindar! 1:00 PM - The New Fictioneers - Christopher Paul Carey will read from his novel co-authored with Philip José Farmer, The Song of Kwasin, part of the Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa omnibus, forthcoming from Subterranean Press.  2:00 PM - The New Fictioneers - William Patrick Maynard will read from his new, fully authorized novel, The Destiny of Fu Manchu, a continuation of the classic mystery and adventure series created by Sax Rohmer.  7:10 PM - Lord TygerTime’s Last Gift, and Gods of Opar - our FarmerCon VII panelists discuss a sampling of the Burroughs and Verne-inspired works of Philip José Farmer. Moderated by Paul Spiteri, editor of Pearls from Peoria and featuring authors Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey.  11:10 PM - I, Tarzan - set in an English castle, this documentary features George McWhorter, editor emeritus of The Burroughs Bulletin, Philip José Farmer, Grand Master of Science Fiction, and popular culture expert Francis Lacassin in a discussion about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous creation, Tarzan.
Saturday, August 11 2012
1:00 PM - The New Pulp Fiction - Ron Fortier of Airship 27 moderates a panel featuring contemporary authors inspired by the pulp fiction of yore. Jim Beard, Mark Halegua, Tommy Hancock, Rick Lai, William Patrick Maynard, and Frank Schildiner will join Ron for a discussion of New Pulp fiction. 2:30 PM - The New Fictioneers - one of the founders of the New Pulp movement, Win Scott Eckert, will read from works written for The Green Hornet: Still at LargeThe Avenger: Tales from the Roaring Crucible, and The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3 3:30 PM - A Tribute to Howard Hopkins and David Burton - author and editor Win Scott Eckert and Wild Cat Books publisher Ron Hanna will lead a celebration of the lives and works of these two creative pulp fans, recently departed.
In addition to all of that, you will get to hang out with other fans, including those at the forefront of keeping Farmer's legacy alive: Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Rick Lai, Art Sippo. Paul Spiteri, and others.
So here is the real point of this email. If you don't reply and tell me you are coming, you are going to miss out on a lot of the fun. And the freebies. That's right, we have swag, we have outings, we stay up way too late talking about books! There will be books from Farmer's personal collection, and other Farmer titles, and books by FarmerCon attendees for sale at the Meteor House tables in the dealer's room. Now, if you want to be a part of all this, don't just think about maybe perhaps dropping by late on Saturday. You need to let me know. It's hard enough getting dinner reservations for thirty people; trying to add in several more at the last minute probably won't happen.

Well, that's it. All I'm asking for is a heads up if you want to come. If you don't want to come, or if I contacted you in the last few days to say I know you are coming, then you don't need to reply to this email, you don't need to do a thing. Except preorder Exiles of Kho if you haven't already. Seriously, there are only hours left now.
Mike Croteau
The Official Philip José Farmer Web Page