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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781163049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781163047
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] jolting conception, brought off with tremendous skill." (The Times)"

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Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best known for his Wold Newton and Riverworld series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Prize and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 2009.

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Sean Levin
I have been a fan of Philip Jose Farmer's for decades, and to have a volume containing all of his 'Wold Newton' Short stories has been a dream of mine.
Charles Loridans
This piece is done in the style of a Victorian detective novel, but with science fiction elements.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2013
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This is a Wold Newton anthology edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey. It features fiction from the legendary science fiction (and pulp writer) Philip Jose Farmer, as well as those who are following in his footsteps.

To my knowledge this is the first collection focused entirely on Wold Newton Fiction. Many of the new stories are making their mass market debut and the older Farmer stories are back in print after many years. It is wonderful to have all of these stories available in one collection for the first time. This is a thick book and you really get a lot of bang for you buck both in quality and quantity of diverse fiction set in the Wold Newton Universe.

You might be wondering what the Wold Newton Universe is and what it has to do with the pulps. I would highly recommend you read the introduction to this collection by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey who explain this very well. Though in brief, I will say Wold Newton gets its name from the real life rural English village. In which on December 17th 1795 a meteorite landed nearby. Philip Jose Farmer discovered two coaches passed by the crash site and the coach drivers and passengers (whom some were already of heroic stock) had their genes further enriched by the ionization of the meteor. Some of these passengers and many of their descendants would go on to be legendary heroes & villains. Their families would later inter marry each other further strengthening these genes so they would become dominant and not recessive. Farmer would call this group the Wold Newton Family. He first discusses them in his biographies
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Levin on November 5, 2013
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For the past 11 years, I have been a huge fan of Philip Jose Farmer's writings, particularly those dealing with the vast family tree of literary, pulp, mystery, and adventure heroes and villains dubbed the Wold Newton Family, after the Yorkshire village where their ancestors were exposed to the radiation accompanying a (very real) meteor that landed there. The Jungle Lord, the Man of Bronze, and Sherlock Holmes are the three most prominent members of this family. Besides his seminal biographies of the first two gentlemen I named, TARZAN ALIVE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, Farmer also wrote a number of books and short stories based in the Wold Newton mythos. In this superb collection, Titan Books and editors and lifelong Farmerphiles Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey have compiled all of Farmer's short fiction set in what Eckert in 1997 dubbed "the Wold Newton Universe," as well as stories by the editors and other Farmer fans set in his milieu. Eckert and Carey also provide introductions for each story, explaining its relevance to Wold Newton continuity. I have been a huge fan of Titan's new editions of many of Farmer's classic works, and this is without a doubt my favorite yet. Below, I will sketch my brief thoughts on each story.

"The Problem of the Sore Bridge - Among Others" is presented as a story written by Harry "Bunny" Manders, sidekick and amanuensis of E.W. Hornung's gentleman thief A.J. Raffles, and edited by Farmer. In this tale, Manders reveals how Raffles solved the three mysteries that were recorded as having stumped Sherlock Holmes in "The Problem of Thor Bridge." Farmer's solution is typically unique, and shows his roots in science fiction. Having read the original stories, I feel he captures Raffles and Bunny's "voices" perfectly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Loridans on October 11, 2013
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I have been a fan of Philip Jose Farmer's for decades, and to have a volume containing all of his 'Wold Newton' Short stories has been a dream of mine.

When you read a story by PJF you are always in for a feast that will delight you, make you laugh and make your mind think in ways it never has before.

Added in are stories written by fan's of his, who over the years became friends with the man himself, and carry on his ideas and concepts.

Love Pulp Heroes?
Love Mind blowing adventures?

Buy and read this BOOK!
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