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"After King Kong Fell"
© Omega, ed. R. Elwood, 1973
The Classic Philip Jose Farmer, 1964-1973, 1984
--short story : 1975 Nebula
--/ cool sf story

"The Alley God" (coll)
© Ballantine Books, 1962
--/ cool sf collection

"The Alley Man"
© F&SF, Jun 1959
The Alley God, 1962
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award

"Blown"
(also as "Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind")
© 1975, Quartet Books
Nova # 3, 1974
-- novella: Locus Award 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ shock value


"The Captain's Daughter"
(also as "Strange Compulsion")
© Science Fiction Plus, Oct 1953
The Alley God, 1962
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award: alien parasites
--/ shock value
--/ style award

"Dark Is the Sun" (nv)
© 1979, Ballantine Del Rey
--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale


"The Day Of The Great Shout"
© Worlds Of Tomorrow, Jan 1965

"The Fabulous Riverboat" (nv)
(Riverworld)
© IF, May 1971
book: Berkley Medallion, 1972
--novel : 1972 Locus /8
--/ cool sf novel
--/ idea award

"A Feast Unknown" (nv)
(Doc Caliban 1)
© 1980, Playboy Press
Berkley Books, 1981
--/ cool f novel
--/ shock value

"The Felled Star"
© IF, Aug 1967
--/ cool sf story

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"The Gate Of Time" (nv)
(also as "Two Hawks From Earth")
© 1966, Belmont Books
Two Hawks From Earth, 1979

An alternative timeline novel. A pilot shot over Romania, discovers that the world in which he landed.. does not have America. The ancestors of the various Native American tribes did not cross the non-existent Bering Strait but wandered westward into Europe, taking place of Slavs. Hmm... makes for interesting history. The novel is very fast-paced in action but did not leave a lasting impression.
review: 10-Jul-06 (read in 2004)

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"The God Business"
© Beyond Fantasy Fiction, Mar 1954
The Alley God, 1962
--/ cool sf novella

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"The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod"
© 1968, 1970, New Worlds
Riverworld and Other Stories, 1979

Tarzan on crack, with wild politics and some hardcore stuff mixed with incomprehensible "new wave" William Burroughs-style word tsunami. Some will like it, some will simply skip it. But it is a side of Philip Jose Farmer which is playful, whimsical, mischievous and so forth. It exists, so deal with it.

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"The King of the Beasts"
© Galaxy, Jun 1964
--/ cool sf story short

"The Lovers"
© Startling Stories, Aug 1952
novel: Ballantine Books, 1961
--/ third place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ romance award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"Mother"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1953
Strange Relations, 1960
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award


"The Night of Light"
(Father John Carmody)
© F&SF, Jun 1957
novel : Berkley Medallion, 1969
--/ third place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


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"Osiris on Crutches"
© New Dimensions # 6, 1976
Stations of the Nightmare, 1982
--/ cool f story
--/ shock value

This is a "tongue-in-cheek" story with some unspeakable subject matter and taboo elements. But in some ways it is no more explicit than some Greek / Egyptian mythology, in fact based upon one such myth, and ridiculing the bizarre excesses of ancient world's collective imagination. In breaking many conventions, this original gem embodies the value of whole "New Dimensions" anthology series: wilder, weirder, edgier - building upon "Dangerous Visions" tradition. Respect.
review: 18-Jul-06 (read in 1987)

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"Riders of the Purple Wage"
© Dangerous Visions, 1967
The Purple Book, 1982
--novella : 1968 Hugo W (tie)
--novella : 1968 Nebula

--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Riverworld" (nv)
(Riverworld)
© Worlds of Tomorrow, Jan 1966
Down in the Black Gang and Other Stories, 1971
Riverworld and Other Stories, 1979
--/ cool sf novel
--/ idea award

"Sail On! Sail On!"
© Startling Stories, Dec 1952
The Classic Philip Jose Farmer, 1952-1964, 1984
--/ cool sf story

"Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind"
(also as "Blown")
© 1975, Quartet Books
Nova # 3, 1974
-- novella: Locus Award 1974
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Sliced-Crosswise
Only-On-Tuesdays World"
© New Dimensions # 1, 1971
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award
--/ rare find


"Some Fabulous Yonder"
© Fantastic, Apr 1963
Strange Fantasy, Aug 1969
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea: ghost/energy universes
--/ rare find

"Stations of the Nightmare"
© Continuum # 1-4, Roger Elwood, 1974
Stations of the Nightmare, 1982
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Strange Compulsion"
(also as "The Captain's Daughter")
© Science Fiction Plus, Oct 1953
The Alley God, 1962
--/ cool space sf story
--/ wonder award: alien parasites
--/ shock value
--/ style award

"To Your Scattered Bodies Go"
(Riverworld)
© Berkley Medallion, 1969
--novel : 1972 Hugo W
--novel : 1972 Locus /2
--international sf : 1972 Ditmar
--all time novel : 1975 Locus All-Time Poll /17 (tie)
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /27

--/ cool sf novel
--/ idea award

"Tongues of the Moon" (nv)
© 1964, Pyramid Books
--/ third place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Two Hawks From Earth" (nv)
(also as "The Gate Of Time")
© 1966, Belmont Books
Two Hawks From Earth, 1979

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