Philip José Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer (January 26, 1918 – February 25, 2009) was one of my favourite SF writers in my teens and I read him extensively 35 years ago. He was well known for exploring sexual themes, but in the main series I read (The World of Tiers and Riverworld) he wrote great series based on invented worlds with strange topology.  He also reincarnated famous characters in his books, providing an opportunity to learn history and biography by subterfuge.  I always felt he was great at realising different worlds, and he remains a firm favourite for his timeless books. I really ought to read more Farmer, and re-read all those books I loved 35 years ago.

Major Awards

1953: Hugo Award for  Most Promising New Talent
1968: Hugo Award for Best NovellaRiders of the Purple Wage
1972: Hugo Award for Best NovelTo Your Scattered Bodies Go
2000: SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award
2001: World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement

“As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth.”
   ― Philip José Farmer


The Green Odyssey (1957) 
A Woman a Day (1960) 
Flesh (1960) 
The Lovers (1961) 
Cache from Outer Space (1962) 
Fire and the Night (1962) 
Inside Outside (1964) 
Tongues of the Moon (1964)  

World of Tiers - wonderful series, highly recommended
The Maker of Universes (1965) 
The Gates of Creation (1966) 
A Private Cosmos (1968) 
Behind the Walls of Terra (1970) 
The Lavalite World (1977) 
Red Orc's Rage (1991) - series-related, but not in the main sequence
More Than Fire (1993)   

Dare (1965) 
Night of Light (1966) 
The Gate of Time (1966)  

Exorcism Trilogy 
Image of the Beast (1968) - 'erotic' SF novel 
Blown (1969) - 'erotic' SF novel
Traitor to the Living (1973) - non-erotic    

Secrets of the Nine 
Lord of the Trees (1970) 
The Mad Goblin (1970) 
The Empire of the Nine (1988) - omnibus reprint with The Mad Goblin retitled Keepers of the Secrets
Lord Tyger (1970) 
Love Song (1970) 
The Stone God Awakens (1970) 
The Wind Whales of Ishmael (1971)     

Riverworld  - series starts wonderfully, first books recommended
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971) - Hugo Award winner, best novel
The Fabulous Riverboat (1971) 
The Dark Design (1977) - slower and rather weaker 
The Magic Labyrinth (1980) 
Gods of Riverworld (1983)    

Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke (1972) 
Time's Last Gift (1972) 
The Adventure of the Peerless Peer (1974) 
The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan Novel (1999)    
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973)    

Doc Savage 
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973) 
Escape From Loki (1991)     

Hadon of Ancient Opar (1974) 
Flight to Opar (1976)    

Venus on the Half-Shell (1975) (writing as Kilgore Trout)
Ironcastle (1976) 
Jesus on Mars (1979) 
Dark Is the Sun (1979) - I have very fond memories of this novel
The Unreasoning Mask (1981) 
Stations of the Nightmare (1982) 
Greatheart Silver (1982) 
A Barnstormer in Oz (1982)    

Dayworld (1985) - enjoyable book & a nice concept behind this series
Dayworld Rebel (1987) 
Dayworld Breakup (1990) 
Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday (2016) (with Danny Adams) - posthumous prequel    

The Caterpillar's Question (1992) (with Piers Anthony) 
Naked Came The Farmer (1998) (multiple co-authors) 
Nothing Burns in Hell (1998) 
The City Beyond Play (2007) (with Danny Adams) 
The Evil in Pemberley House (2009) (with Win Scott Eckert)    

Story collections 
Strange Relations (1960) 
The Alley God (1962) 
The Celestial Blueprint: And Other Stories (1962) 
Down in the Black Gang (1971) 
The Book of Philip José Farmer (1973) 
Riverworld and Other Stories (1979) 
Riverworld War: The Suppressed Fiction of Philip José Farmer (1980) 
The Cache (1981) 
Father to the Stars (1981) 
The Purple Book (1982) 
The Classic Philip José Farmer, 1952–1964 (1984) 
The Classic Philip José Farmer, 1964–1973 (1984) 
The Grand Adventure (1984) 
Riders of the Purple Wage (1992) 
The Best of Philip José Farmer (2006) 
Pearls from Peoria (2006) 
Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories (2007) 
Venus on the Half-Shell and Others (2008) 
The Other in the Mirror (2009) 
Up the Bright River (2010) 
The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions (2010) 
The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul (2011) 
The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster (2012) 
The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection (2018)
Greatheart Silver and Other Pulp Heroes (2019)