Philip Jose Farmer, RIP

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 Farmer’s works in the early 1970s when I read the first World of Tiers series, The Maker of Universes (originally published in 1965). But he is perhaps best known for the Riverworld series, which started with the novel To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). Farmer also courted controversy with sexual themes in such books as 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 – at least for this reader. Visit his website for information on the great man.