Philip José Farmer has died at age 91, according to his official homepage. I never met the man, and am no good at doing eloquent obituary cadences, so will just note that of all the writers I’ve covered so far in my “Yesterday’s Tomorrows” column, he was the one who was most full of surprises. All the weird stuff he loved to pack into his stories—Tarzan, Richard Burton, sex, Joyce, loopy epistemology, historical trivia, flat earths—made it a brew like nothing else. A lot of it’s still in print. If you haven’t read him, you have a treat in store.
- Will F. Jenkins Day
- Philip José Farmer, 1918-2009