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RIP: Philip José Farmer.

His Riverworld series was one that I read several times since my father introduced the series to me in the early/mid 80's. I also read his Dayworld Trilogy. I didn't really explore the rest of his work but Riverworld was a very enjoyable series (it also got turned into a roleplaying setting with the release of GURPS Riverworld in 1989) and the one that stands out for me.

Farmer had a good run though, he was 91. Might dig out Riverworld again for another read to honour his passing.

RIP: Philip José Farmer.


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Feb. 25th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, man. :(
I'll be pulling out my copy of GURPS Riverworld, myself.

He did have a good run... 91 is a top age.
Feb. 25th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
And hey... maybe he will end up in Riverworld himself.
Feb. 25th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
I read one of his fantasy(/sci-fi!) books once, a long time ago; though I can't remember all the details, it was absorbing enough at the time... not sure I could really enjoy any fantasy(/sci-fi!) books like those thesedays.

Now, the whole genre seems rather stale to me somehow - what about yourself?
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I don't generally read fantasy fiction so can't really comment.

I know one of the reasons that I don't read fantasy these days is because I find 99% of it very generic, poorly written and predictable.

But sometimes I can be surprised, and there is very good fantasy fiction out there.

China Mieville's "Perdido Street Station" and sequels are excellent, but are certainly not "traditional" fantasy in the slightest.

I also really enjoyed Robin Hobbs "Assassin Trilogy" when I read it @ 1999. I've picked up her subsequent series but haven't gotten round to reading it as yet.
Feb. 25th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Was it Dark Is The Sun? I read that one in grade school and thought it was the most awesome thing I had read to date!
Mar. 1st, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Book
No, it was about an old chap who finds a doorway in the back of his garage somewhere and finds himself in another world gradually growing younger and becoming more powerful as he returns to former glory as some kind of demi-god...

... not great sci-fi/fantasy but enjoyable enough at the time.
Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Sounds like an enjoyable read right before bed! :)
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