In his classic "biographies" of fictional characters (Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life), Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author Philip José Farmer introduced the Wold Newton family, a collection of heroes and villains whose family-tree includes Sherlock Holmes, Fu Manchu, Philip Marlowe, and James Bond. In books, stories, and essays he expanded the concept even further, adding more branches to the Wold Newton family-tree. MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE collects for the first time those rarely-seen essays. Expanding the family even farther are contributions from Farmer’s successors—scholars, writers, and pop-culture historians—who bring even more fictional characters into the fold. In addition to Win Scott Eckert and Philip Jose Farmer, contributors to this volume include Matthew Baugh, Christopher Paul Carey, Peter M. Coogan, Rick Lai, Chuck Loridans, Jess Nevins, Dennis E. Power, and John A. Small.
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Win Scott Eckert is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel The Evil in Pemberley House, about Patricia Wildman, the daughter of a certain bronze-skinned pulp hero. Pat Wildman's adventures continue in Eckert's sequel, The Scarlet Jaguar (the 2014 New Pulp Award winner for best novella). He is the editor of and contributor to Myths for the Modern Age: Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe, a 2007 Locus Awards finalist. His critically acclaimed, two-volume Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World 1 & 2 was released by Black Coat Press in 2010. He has coedited three Green Hornet anthologies for Moonstone Books (the third, The Green Hornet: Still at Large, was the 2013 PulpArk Award winner for best anthology), and his tales of Zorro, The Green Hornet, The Avenger, The Phantom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Captain Midnight, Hareton Ironcastle, Doc Ardan, The Domino Lady, and Sherlock Holmes, can be found in the pages of various character-themed anthologies from Moonstone Books, as well as anthologies such as The Worlds of Philip José Farmer (Meteor House), Tales of the Shadowmen (Black Coat Press), and Tales of the Wold Newton Universe (Titan Books). A Girl and Her Cat (coauthored with Matthew Baugh), the first new Honey West novel in over forty years, was published by Moonstone in early 2014. He is hard at work on the third Pat Wildman adventure. Find him online at winscotteckert.com and @woldnewton (Twitter).From Booklist:
On December 13, 1795, a small meteorite plunged to the ground near the Yorkshire village of Wold Newton. According to veteran sf author Philip Jose Farmer, the crash produced a radiation shower that blanketed two horsedrawn carriages carrying some extraordinary witnesses. The meteorite was very real (a memorial marks where it struck); the witnesses were entirely fictional. As delineated in a series of papers spanning several decades of his career, Farmer's "researches" identified among the witnesses an impressive roster of celebrities, including everyone from Captain Blood, Sherlock Holmes, and Allan Quatermain to Tarzan, Doc Savage, and James Bond--often along with their offspring--just to name a few. Editor Eckert collects all of Farmer's so-called essays as well as others by several fans to fill out Farmer's fanciful scholarship. Although the volume appeals primarily to Farmer fans, anyone interested in "secret" biographical tidbits on Holmes and his popular-literary ilk may enjoy at least taking a peek. Carl Hays
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