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The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Wold Newton) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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About the Author
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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If you're a Jules Verne, science fiction, and steampunk fan, definitely give The Other Log of Phileas Fogg a shot. This is also a must read for fans of Farmer's Wold Newton Family. Phileas Fogg is in the Wold Newton Family, as is his nemesis in this book, Professor Moriarty.
If you read this book and enjoy it, be sure to check out the sequel, Phileas Fogg in The War of Shadows by Joshua Reynolds, published by Metoer House Press. A worth follow up adventure.
Farmer's version of the story is based on the damaged remains of Phileas Fogg's personal journal, discovered in 1947 in a house that Fogg once occupied. As in Verne's version, Farmer's version leads the reader around the world in an attempt to win a wager. What Farmer does, and what Verne does not do, is reveal a hidden war between mysterious factions wielding science-fictional instruments. During his journey, Fogg, a member of the Eridanean faction, is attacked by the Capelleans, and miscellaneous adventures ensue.
Consistent with Farmer's habit of inserting famous fictional characters into his stories, such characters have roles in his plot here. But I'll allow you to be surprised by their identities. Another of Farmer's habits is to subtly point out errors in the original famous work, and he does that for AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. I respect that. I do, however, disapprove of Farmer's levity, even though Verne's work is not deadly serious. Levity does not exist in all of Farmer's stories, and it's not as blatant here as it is in Verne's story of Phileas Fogg. Yet, I prefer fantasy and science-fiction adventures with gravity. A more dedicated, serious approach would have earned Farmer five stars.
1. My January 1982 Tor paperback edition has attractive cover art, but do not be misled. Nothing in the story resembles this picture.
2. The interior has seven fine drawings that do resemble the story.
3. Near the end of Chapter Twelve (page 149 in my edition), "Singapore" is an error. Replace it with either "Shantou" or "Shanghai."
I'm a big fan of the author, and I'm curious to see his spin on Around the World in 80 Days.
This book tells the story of Phileas Fogg's trip around the world and what it was really about. An ancient interstellar war.
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Wold Newton) (Wold Newton Novels)