Friday, February 27, 2009

Philip Jose Farmer on his way to Riverworld

Philip José Farmer, Daring Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 91

One of the Greats has died:

...Philip José Farmer, a prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional pieties of the genre with caustic fables set on bizarre worlds of his own devising, died Wednesday. He was 91 and lived in Peoria, Ill...His official Web site,, announced his death, saying he had “passed away peacefully in his sleep.” ...Mr. Farmer’s blend of intellectual daring and pulp-fiction prose found a worldwide audience. His more than 75 books have been translated into 22 languages and published in more than 40 countries. Though he wrote many short stories, he was best known for his many series of multiple novels. These sprawling, episodic works gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action...

Along with many short stories, his Riverworld series is the most famous.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How have I missed this guy? It's an oversight I'll have to correct. Thanks for posting.