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Wold Newton Day 12/13/2015 – The Adventure of the Peerless Peer by Philip José Farmer

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/133.mp3

Today, December 13, 2015 is the 220th anniversary of the Wold Newton event. On December 13, 1795, a meteorite struck outside the hamlet of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England. According to Philip José Farmer, when the meteorite crashed into the countryside, two carriages were passing by. The drivers and passengers, who were already of heroic stock, were exposed to the ionization of the meteorite and were further enhanced by it.

These passengers include Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as well as Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. Ancestors of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Avenger, the Shadow, the Spider, and others were present as well. The passengers included several married couples, with some of the women already being pregnant at the time. Their children would later marry each other, thus the enriched genes would not become recessive. Due to the families becoming interconnected, they are referred to as one family, the Wold Newton Family.

Today also marks the day of the launch of WOLDNEWTONFAMILY.COM. A website devoted to the canonical Wold Newton Family works by Philip José Farmer and authorized continuations. Be sure to take some time and give it a peek on Wold Newton Day, it has several articles, and is a great introduction and resource to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Family.

In this week’s episode, I look at a seminal Wold Newton tale, “The Adventure of the Peerless Peer” by Philip José Farmer himself. This story features Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Tarzan, with several cameos by other pulp heroes.

Links:

Wold Newton Family.com: http://woldnewtonfamily.com

The Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Purchase The Adventure of the Peerless Peer on Amazon (hardcopy and ebook): http://www.amazon.com/Further-Adventures-Sherlock-Holmes-Peerless/dp/0857681206/

Purchase The Adventure of the Peerless Peer on B&N.com (paperback and ebook):  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/further-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes-philip-jose-farmer/1100310919?ean=9780857681201

Dennis Powers’ essay: “Jungle Brothers, or, Secrets of the Jungle Lords”:  http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles4.htm#JUNGLE

Pulp Crazy – King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a story that has had a huge influence on pulp and popular literature. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard. The novel was first published in September 1885. Haggard wrote King Solomon’s Mines following a bet with his brother. The wager was whether or not Haggard could write a novel half as good as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

According to wikipedia it took him between six and sixteen weeks to complete the novel between January and April 21st 1885. The book had a hard time finding a publisher, it was overlooked as a novelty. When it saw print, it became the year’s best seller, and proved difficult to keep in print given the great demand for copies.

King Solomon’s Mines stars Allan Quatermain. A character that has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last ten years.

 

Links:

King Solomon’s Mines eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2166

King Solomon’s Mines Audiobook: https://librivox.org/king-solomons-mines-by-haggard/

The Works of H. Rider Haggard on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/480919408707583/

The Rider Haggard Society on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/theriderhaggardsociety

The Rider Haggard Society: http://riderhaggardsociety.org.uk/

King Solomon’s Mines @ Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Solomon%27s_Mines