How the mighty fall. The SF/fantasy field has lost another great. Philip Jose Farmer died yesterday, at the age of 91.
I first came across Farmerâ€™s works in the early 1970s when I read the firstÂ World of TiersÂ series,Â The Maker of UniversesÂ (originally published in 1965). But he is perhaps best known for theÂ RiverworldÂ series, which started with the novelÂ To Your Scattered Bodies GoÂ (1971). Farmer also courted controversy with sexual themes in such books asÂ Image of the Beast. He has won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. Along with contemporary writers of his, such as Roger Zelazny and Samuel Delany, Farmer created a frisson in the field â€“ at least for this reader. Visit hisÂ websiteÂ for information on the great man.