Monday, April 16, 2012

Reminder for Philip José Farmer fans!

Just a reminder that Titan Books kicks off it's Wold Newton Series of Philip José Farmer reissues in two short weeks with the elder steampunk novel The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, due in bookstores on May 8!

I'm also pleased to announce that this edition contains the original interior illustrations by Rick J. Bryant found in the 1982 Tor Books edition.

Of course, H.W. Starr's addendum entitled "A Submersible Subterfuge, or Proof Impositve" is also included.

The Titan edition also includes two new pieces:

  • Afterword by Win Scott Eckert: "Only a Coincidence: Phileas Fogg, Philip José Farmer, and the Wold Newton Family"
(Family tree fans take note--this afterword has a new chart which is an extension of the Wold Newton Family tree charts found in Farmer's Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life!)
  • Chronology by Win Scott Eckert: "A Chronology of Major Events Pertinent to The Other Log of Phileas Fogg 
And if you already own a copy of the book, I can't put if better than my friend Mike Croteau, webmaster of the Official Philip José Farmer Home Page:

Let's face it, if you already own a copy (or several) of any of these titles, the bonus materials are why you are buying these books. The real key will be if new readers are attracted to the books and buy them (yea again for the great covers). If so, these bonus materials, most with an emphasis on the Wold Newton Universe and how the books are related to each other, should help make it so new readers don't stop at just one. How about this: Do Phil's memory a big favor and buy at least one of these titles just to give it to someone who has never read Farmer. See if you can't set the hook and reel them in. You know you would be doing them a great favor in the long run.

Order your copy now--and put the next book in the series, Time's Last Gift, on your list as well!

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