Friday, February 01, 2019

Everything Is Connected: The Wold Newton Cycle of Win Scott Eckert


While I would prefer that readers discover on their own the deeply interconnected nature of my seemingly unrelated tales, I’ve come to realize that this is not the wisest marketing strategy in terms of enticing new readers to take a chance on my stories, so I’ve created an outline illustrating how my tales are linked, both to each other and to the works of Philip José Farmer (I’ve noted the latter to avoid confusion). 

It should go without saying that all are connected in varying degrees to Farmer’s Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, but there you go, I’ve said it anyway.

Publication info is available on my site’s bibliography.

I’ve tried to keep this relatively spoiler free, but in identifying the connective tissue, there’s no avoiding mild spoilers. The vast majority of readers are not picking up on the links anyway, so really, what do I have to lose by disclosing some high-level spoilers?

Each and every crossover is not listed. That’s what my Crossovers, Volumes 1 & 2, and Sean Lee Levin’s Crossovers Expanded, Volumes 1 & 2, are for.

Following are recurring antagonists and the aliases used in various stories (if a character is unlicensed, aliases or descriptive hints are used):
·         XauXaz / Baron Ulf von Waldman / Baron von Hessel / Doctor Karl Walden  / Doctor Karl Stipier
·         Doctor Natas / Doctor Shan Ming Fu (Doctor Fu Manchu)
·         Lili Bugov, the Countess Idivzhopu / “The Countess” / Lilya Zarov
·         Madame Inga (Fah Lo Suee)
·         Dame Sinestre (Sumuru)

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2070–12,000 BCE–2140

Time’s Last Gift (Farmer)
Protagonist: John Gribardsun
Other: time travel


Approximately 10,000 BCE
The Khokarsa/Ancient Opar cycle by Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey. I won’t recap all the tales here, since Carey has already created a handy checklist.

1795
“Is He in Hell?”
Protagonist: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Sir Percy Blakeney)
Antagonist: Leonox
Other: Eridaneans; the Heart of Ahriman

“Nadine’s Invitation”
Protagonists: the first generation of the Wold Newton Family
Antagonist: Countess Nadine Carody

“The Wild Huntsman”
Protagonist: John Gribardsun
Antagonist: XauXaz
Other: the first generation of the Wold Newton Family; the Eridaneans and Capelleans; distorters; time travel; the Secrets of the Nine series

1798
“Marguerite’s Tears”
Protagonists: Doctor Siger Holmes and the first generation of the Wold Newton Family
Antagonist: Countess Nadine Carody

1815
“Violet’s Lament”
Protagonists: Doctor Siger Holmes and Violet Blakeney
Antagonist: Countess Nadine Carody

1820
“Zorro’s Rival”
Protagonist: Zorro (Don Diego de la Vega)
Antagonist: El Halcón (Violette Durand aka Violet Blakeney)

1872
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Farmer)
Protagonist: Phileas Fogg
Antagonist: Captain Nemo/Professor Moriarty
Other: the Eridaneans and Capelleans; distorters

“Being an Account of the Delay in Green River, Wyoming of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler”
Protagonists: Phileas Fogg and the Lone Ranger
Antagonist: Doctor Shan Ming Fu

1895
“The Problem of the Sore Bridge—Among Others” (Farmer)
Protagonists: A. J. Raffles and Harry “Bunny” Manders
Antagonist: alien shapeshifter (“a worm unknown to science”)

1899
“No Ghosts Need Apply”
Protagonists: The Phantom; Barker and Nash
Antagonist: Colonel Sebastian Moran
Other: John Gribardsun

1916
The Adventure of the Peerless Peer (Farmer)
Protagonists: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson
Antagonist: Von Bork

1917
“The Adventure of the Fallen Stone”
Protagonists: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson
Antagonists: Von Bork and Baron Ulf von Waldman

1918
Escape from Loki: Doc Savage’s First Adventure (Farmer)
Protagonist: Clark Savage (James Clarke Wildman)
Antagonists: Baron von Hessel and Lili Bugov, the Countess Idivzhopu
Other: “a worm unknown to science”
 
Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time (Farmer)
Protagonist: Tarzan
Antagonists: Jelke Helmson and James D. Stonecraft
Other: The Crystal Tree; time travel

1920–1921
Ironcastle (J.-H. Rosny and Farmer)
Protagonist: Hareton Ironcastle

1929
“Iron and Bronze” (with Christopher Paul Carey)
Protagonists: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman) and Hareton Ironcastle
Antagonists: Harry Killer and Antinea

1937
“Captain Midnight at Ultima Thule”
Protagonist: Captain Midnight
Antagonists: Sun Koh and Madame Inga

1941
“Shadows Over Kunlun”
Protagonist: Lance Star
Antagonist: Doctor Natas
Other: Madame Inga

1944
“The Glass Lady” (forthcoming)
Protagonists: Richard Benson (The Avenger) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Werner Conrad, the Iron Skull, and the Iron Skull’s daughter, Lenni Blau-Montag

“Death and the Countess”
Protagonist: Richard Benson (The Avenger)
Antagonist: The Countess

1945
“Happy Death Men”
Protagonist: The Avenger (Richard Benson) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Doctor Karl Walden and the Countess (aka Lilya Zarov)

“According to Plan of a One-Eyed Trickster”
Protagonist: The Avenger (Richard Benson) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Doctor Karl Walden and the Countess (aka Lilya Zarov)
Other: alien shapeshifter/human hybrid (see “Sore Bridge”)

1946
“Toil and Trouble” (forthcoming)
Protagonist: The Avenger (Richard Benson) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: The Iron Skull, Lenni Blau-Montag, and Doctor Karl Walden

“The Eye of Oran”
Protagonists: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman), “Shrinking” Violet Holmes, and Adélaïde Lupin
Antagonist: Doctor Natas

“Les Levres Rouges”
Protagonist: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman) and Adélaïde Lupin
Antagonist: Madame Elisabeth (Countess Erzsébet Báthory)

1948
“Dame Sinestre”
Protagonists: The Green Ghost (George Chance) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Leonox and Dame Sinestre
Other: the Heart of Ahriman

1949
“The Vanishing Devil”
Protagonist: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman)
Antagonist: Doctor Natas
 
1964
“Fang and Sting”
Protagonists: The Green Hornet and Kato
Antagonists: Doctor Shan Ming Fu and his granddaughter, Doctor Isabella Fang


1965
“The Atomos Affair”
Protagonists: Alexander Waverly, Napoleon Solo, and Illya Kuryakin (hinted, not named)
Antagonist: Mme. Atomos
 
1967
A Girl and Her Cat (with Matthew Baugh)
Protagonists: Honey West and T.H.E. Cat
Antagonists: Shan Ming Fu, Isabella Fang, and Doctor Karl Stipier
Other: Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (hinted, not named); distorters

1973
“Progress”
Protagonists: The Green Hornet and Kato
Antagonists: Shan Ming Fu and Isabella Fang
 
1973
The Evil in Pemberley House (Farmer and Eckert)
Protagonist: Patricia Wildman
Antagonists: The Dowager Duchess of Greystoke, Doctor Augustus Moran, other family members
Other: Doctor James Clarke Wildman and Adélaïde Lupin Wildman; Violet Holmes; Helen Benson; Jelke Helmson

1974
The Scarlet Jaguar
Protagonists: Pat Wildman, Parker, and Helen Benson
Antagonist: The Scarlet Jaguar
Other: Doc Wildman and Adélaïde Wildman; Violet Holmes; Doctor von Hessel


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It's Convention Season!

I'll be attending two conventions, two weeks in a row!

First up is PulpFest 2018 / FarmerCon 100, held in Mars/Cranberry, PA, July 26-29, 2018. Not only am I an attendee, I'm also a FarmerCon organizer. And I'll be attending as a dealer, working at the Meteor House table as well as selling my own, non-Meteor House books.

Click here for the full PulpFest 2018 / FarmerCon 100 Programming Schedule


My panels:

Thursday, July 26


10:45 – 11:15 PM — FarmerCon 100: World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity (Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner, moderated by Paul Spiteri)


Friday, July 27

2:30 – 3:05 PM — FarmerCon 100: An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke (Chuck Loridans, Christopher Paul Carey, & Win Scott Eckert)


Saturday, July 28

12:30 – 1:45 PM — FarmerCon 100: Farmer Jam (all members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work)

2:55 – 3:50 PM — FarmerCon 100: Reading Duet (featuring New Fictioneers Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner)


9:10 – 9:50 PM — FarmerCon 100: The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918 (Christopher Paul Carey & Win Scott Eckert, moderated by Paul Spiteri)

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The next weekend is the 2018 Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum Dum & Tarzan Celebration, held in Morgan City, LA, August 2-5, 2018.

Click here to watch video

The Dum Dum event, celebrating 100 years since the 1918 release of the first Tarzan movie, which was filmed in Morgan City, is co-sponsored by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Burroughs Bibliophiles.

I'll have a table in the Dealer's Room at which I'll be selling the new Meteor House edition of Farmer's authorized novel Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time (available for the first time in hardcover!), as well as some of my other books.

My panel:


Friday, August 3

2:00 PM — I'll be giving a talk about Burroughs' influence on another famous science fiction author: From ERB to PJF: How Burroughs Inspired Philip José Farmer






Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum Dum & Tarzan Celebration

Yesterday morning, I was pleased to chat with the fine folks at KNOE 8 News here in Monroe, LA, about the upcoming 2018 Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum Dum & Tarzan Celebration, in Morgan City, LA, August 2-5, 2018.

Click here to watch video

As a part of this television interview, I was given permission by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., to announce that I will be an authorized Burroughs writer! The working title for my novel is Korak at the Earth's Core, and is tentatively slated for late 2019, as I am first working on my collaborative novel with Philip José Farmer, The Monster on Hold. To say I'm over the moon about writing an authorized Burroughs novel is a vast understatement--the world at the Earth's Core is my favorite ERB series, and I'm thrilled that I'll be able to contribute to it. 


The Dum Dum event, celebrating 100 years since the 1918 release of the first Tarzan movie, which was filmed in Morgan City, is co-sponsored by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Burroughs Bibliophiles.

At the Dum Dum, I'll be giving a talk about Burroughs' influence on another famous science fiction author, Philip José Farmer, on Friday, August 3, at 2:00 PM. And I'll have a table in the Dealer's Room at which I'll be selling the new Meteor House edition of Farmer's authorized novel Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time (available for the first time in hardcover!), as well as some of my other books.

It will be a fun time, with guest speakers, dinners, a dealer's room, a swamp tour, and self-guided movie location driving tour. Check it out!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time – Now in Hardcover!

Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time
by Philip José Farmer

Meteor House, as a part of the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Philip José Farmer, is thrilled to announce the first hardcover publication of his authorized Tarzan novel, Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time—a book that takes place in 1918, the year of Farmer’s birth!

One of the most famous heroes in literature is back! Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, returns with a vengeance in this action-packed adventure by Philip José Farmer, Hugo Award winner, Nebula Grand Master, and author of the incredible Riverworld saga.

Tarzan’s beloved mate, Jane, has been kidnapped, and the furious ape-man will let nothing stand in the way of rescuing her—not even a sinister safari whose target is Tarzan himself. With fierce Masai trackers leading the chase, a trio of white hunters are hellbent on capturing the Jungle Lord. But as the pursuers, and their uncanny half-human tracker, close in from behind, Tarzan races toward even greater danger ahead.

For the trail leads to a bizarre, long-forgotten land boasting a multitude of strange and terrifying mysteries: the City Built by God, the Hideous Hunter, the One to Avoid, and most shocking of all, the Crystal Tree of Time—whose seductive powers could ultimately spell Tarzan’s doom . . .

Philip José Farmer, a descendant of the actual Greystoke family, and a recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion Award, bestowed by the Burroughs Bibliophiles at the 1970 Dum-Dum, is famous for his adventure novels starring Tarzanic characters. Now, in Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Farmer lends his vast imagination to the legend of the Lord of the Apes himself!


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In addition, this handsome new edition, which sports a gorgeous painted cover by well known Burroughs artist Mark Wheatley, a new Foreword by longtime Burroughs scholar Robert R. Barrett, and a new Introduction by Farmer expert Win Scott Eckert, will also be released in a trade paperback edition.

Now accepting preorders, the book will be released at FarmerCon 100, held in conjunction with PulpFest 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA, July 26-29, 2018. As always, readers who preorder and attend FarmerCon/PulpFest can pick up their copies there—and as an added bonus, get them signed by Wheatley and Eckert! All other copies will ship immediately after FarmerCon 100.

I will also have copies available at my table at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum Dum 2018 & Tarzan Celebration, in Morgan City, LA, August 2-5, 2018. The event, celebrating 100 years since the release of the first Tarzan movie, which was filmed in Morgan City, is cosponsored by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Burroughs Bibliophiles.



Trademarks TARZAN(R)  and EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS(R) owned by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, INC., and Used By Permission.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 - 100 Years of Philip José Farmer and the Centennial Collection!

To mark Philip José Farmer’s 100th Birthday, Meteor House is proud to present a mammoth collection worthy of the Grand Master. With over fifty pieces spanning seven decades, The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection goes far beyond the typical “best of” anthology by including classic science fiction, poems, articles, tributes, speeches, and more, all from Farmer's magic pen. 

This mammoth collection boasts an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, a foreword by Tracy Knight, and a bibliography by Zacharias L.A. Nuninga, while each decade features a synopsis of the Grand Master's life and career. 

At well over 900 pages, this collection is a must for all science fiction fans and historians, and is available in trade paperback and hardcover, featuring two covers by Mark Wheatley.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
Foreword by Tracy Knight

The 1940s
Bradley Brave Sees New York
O’Brien and Obrenov
Imagination

The 1950s
The Lovers
Sail On! Sail On!
Sestina of the Space Rocket
Mother
Lovers and Otherwise
Attitudes
Totem and Taboo
The Tin Woodman Slams the Door

The 1960s
On a Mountain Upside Down
Uproar in Acheron
The King of the Beasts
Riverworld
The Blind Rowers
Riders of the Purple Wage
The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod
My Father the Ripper (an excerpt from A Feast Unknown)
Kickaha’s Escape (an excerpt from A Private Cosmos)
The Josés From Rio

The 1970s
Only Who Can Make a Tree
The Sliced-Crosswise-Only-On-Tuesday World
An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke
Sketches Among The Ruins of My Mind
After King Kong Fell
Writing Doc’s Biography
Sherlock Holmes & Sufism
The Problem of the Sore Bridge—Among Others
To the Wizard of Sci-Fi
A Fimbulwinter Introduction
Osiris on Crutches
The Last Rise of Nick Adams
The Freshman
Creating Artificial Worlds

The 1980s
The Making of Revelation, Part 1
Buddha Contemplates His Novel
The Long Wet Dream of Rip van Winkle
The Man Who Came for Christmas
Plane Talking (an excerpt from A Barnstormer in Oz)
The Peoria-Colored Writer
Memoir
Why and How I Became Kilgore Trout
St. Francis Kisses His Ass Goodbye

The 1990s
Evil, Be My Good
Wolf, Iron, and Moth
Why Do I Write?
A Hole in Hell
More than Most
Casting Turtles (an excerpt from Nothing Burns in Hell)

The 2000s
The Face That Launched a Thousand Eggs
Keep Your Mouth Shut
The Good of the Land
The First Robot
The Princess of Terra
That Great Spanish Author, Ernesto
The Terminalization of J. G. Ballard
The Light-Hog Incident

Bibliography by Zacharias L.A. Nuninga

Due out in July 2018, Meteor House is now taking preorders for the trade paperback, hardcover, or both.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Writer's Adventures in Northeast Louisiana

See why people have relocated or come back home to Northeast Louisiana to find their opportunity. If you squint, you might catch a fleeting glimpse of me and my better half, Lisa, in the Monroe, Louisiana video.



#FindYourOpportunity

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Lone Ranger: Frontier Justice - Table of Contents

I'm very pleased to announce the Table of Contents for Moonstone Books' forthcoming anthology, The Lone Ranger: Frontier Justice, edited by Matthew Baugh.

  • Introduction—Troy D. Smith
  • Daze of Yesteryear—Lane Adamson 
  • Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler—Win Scott Eckert (1872) 
  • Ghost Flowers—Thom Brannan (1874)
  • Stone Creek Revenge—Joe Gentile (1874–75) 
  • Soul of the East—Frank Schildiner (1876)
  • The Lake Spirit—Troy D. Smith (1878)
  • The Last Uprising—Matthew Baugh (1879)
  • Frozen Hell on the Llano—Chuck Dixon (1880)
  • To the Land of Gold—Richard Dean Starr (1883) 
  • Dead Man’s Gold—Bill Crider (1885) 
  • The Death of the Lone Ranger—Tim Lasiuta (1887) 
  • Tonto, Teddy, and the Ranger—Johnny D. Boggs (1905) 
  • Encounters—Various Authors 
  • Leap of Faith—Thom Brannan 



The masked ex-Texas ranger and the Native warrior Tonto fight injustice in the Wild West, in an anthology of brand new, never before seen stories! Guest starring Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, The Cisco Kid, Phileas Fogg, and more!

The "Encounters" section is a unique idea, with snippets of short-short "what if" tales. My own "encounter" takes place in 1873 and flows from the events of my 1872 story. Fans of Barbara Hambly's Star Trek novel Ishmael might be pleased.



The book is scheduled for a July 2018 release and is available for preorder from Amazon. Hopefully I'll have copies on hand in time for PulpFest 2018 in late July.