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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/

Pulp Crazy – Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/080.mp3

This weeks featured story is not really a pulp tale, although it was written by a breakout pulp writer, who later became a well known science fiction writer. The story is Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer. The story first appeared in the May 1954 issue of Fantastic Universe, a digest sized Science Fiction magazine. The story is now readily available online as it is has fallen into the public domain.

Rastignac the Devil takes place in the same shared universe as Farmer’s groundbreaking science fiction story The Lovers, as well as Moth & Rust. Both The Lovers and Moth & Rust appeared in Startling Stories, a science fiction pulp magazine. Rastignac the Devil acts as a prequel to The Lovers.

Links:

Rastignac the Devil eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31262

Rastignac the Devil Audio Book: https://librivox.org/rastignac-the-devil-by-philip-jose-farmer/

The Official Philip Jose Farmer Web Page: http://pjfarmer.com/

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

PulpFest 2014 – Christopher Paul Carey, The Goddess Equation

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

Christopher Paul Carey reads from “The Goddess Equation” available now in The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 4: Voyages to Strange Days from Meteor House Press.

Links:

Worlds of PJF Volume 4: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-4/

Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com

Christopher Paul Carey at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Paul-Carey/e/B002BMMFH6

Christopher Paul Carey Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpcarey

Pulp Crazy – Ignition City

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Ignition City. It is a alternate history science fiction comic book mini series that was published in 2009 by Avatar Press. The five issue mini series was written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Gianluca Pagliarani, inked by Chris Dier and colored by Digikore Studios. The series is also available in trade paperback, hardcover or digital.

The series is set in 1956, in Ignition City, the last space port on Earth on an island located along the equator. Pulp fans will be interested in the series due to the cast being analogues of the great science fiction characters of yesterday. Analogues for Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Doctor Hans Zarkov and Ming the Merciless are present, as well as Buck Rogers, an antagonist wearing Commando Cody’s rocket pack and helmet, and a former Lensman

There are also real life characters such as Lionel Kenneth Crabb, also known as Buster. Also making an appearance is Yuri Gagarin.

Despite many intergalactic adventures in the past, in this series personal spaceflight is starting to become outlawed by governments all over the world. Ignition City is the final haven for the space faring heroes of the 30s and 40s. Think of Ignition City as Deadwood, but populated by classic science fiction characters who all have their best years behind them. The star of the series is Mary Raven, the daughter of famed pilot Rock Raven who seems to be based on British Science Fiction hero Dan Dare. She travels to Ignition City to investigate her fathers recent death. She is a pilot herself and slings a mean ray gun. She is the POV character you experience Ignition City through.

Links:

Ignition City Trade paperback :http://tinyurl.com/lhgz7hz

Ignition City Hardcover: http://tinyurl.com/onjbxod

Ignition City at Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Ignition-City-Vol-1/comics-series/2642

Ignition City Website: http://ignitioncity.com/

Warren Ellis Website: http://www.warrenellis.com/

Lionel “Buster” Crabb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Crabb

Yuri Gagarin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Pulpfest 2012 – Barsoom and Beyond

A panel presentation from Pulpfest 2012 on Mars in the pulps with a focus on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury and Otis Adelbert Kline. Panelists are Ed Hulse, Henry Franke, Stephen Haffner, Garyn Roberts and Will Murray.

Ed Hulse: http://muraniapress.com/
Henry Franke: http://www.burroughsbibliophiles.com/
Stephen Haffner: http://www.haffnerpress.com/
Garyn Roberts: http://tinyurl.com/klcnebt
Will Murray: http://www.adventuresinbronze.com/

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