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Pulp Crazy – The World of Tiers by Philip José Farmer

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/106.mp3

In this week episode I’m going to be discussing the World of Tiers series written by Philip José Farmer. I finished reading this series a few weeks back and I thought it would be a good time to do an episode on the series while it was still fresh in my memory. Besides the novels written by Philip José Farmer, I’ll also be discussing World of Tiers fiction written by other authors since Farmer passed away.

I’m not going to be giving away any spoilers in this episode. I’m going to give you a nice idea of what the World of Tiers series is about, though.

First I’ll start off with an overview and give some background information on the series. The theme of the series revolves around an advanced race of beings known as Lords. They are also called the Thoan, and Farmer refers to them early on as the Vaernirn. He abandons the term Vaernirn, though and sticks with calling them either Lords or Thoan in the rest of the books. In this episode I will just be calling them Lords to make it easier.

The Lords are advanced beings who are human in appearance. However, they have at their fingertips vastly advanced technology. This includes immortality without aging past their prime, being able to construct artificial pocket universes, traveling between universes via gates, bio engineering, terraforming, gravity manipulation, the list goes on. It should be noted that within each Pocket Universe there is only one planet, but the planet can have orbiting satellites.

Links:

World of Tiers Reading Order: http://pulpcrazy.com/wotro.png

A Map of the World of Tiers: http://pulpcrazy.com/wotmap.jpg

Phileas Fogg Family Tree: http://pulpcrazy.com/foggtree.png

The World of Tiers Series on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/wotamazon

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

Meteor House ( For Worlds of Philip José Farmer Anthologies with World of Tiers Short Stories): http://meteorhousepress.com

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files (For Devil’s Dark Heart by Christopher Paul Carey): http://tinyurl.com/avengeramazon

The Other Log of Phileas Fogg: http://tinyurl.com/foggamazon

Philip José Farmer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Jos%C3%A9_Farmer

William Blake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blake

Urizen:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urizen

Robert Bloch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bloch

The Thoan French RPG: http://thoan.chez.com/