1. You can read about this all over the web today, but I wanted to quickly mention that Philip Jose Farmer has died at age 91. His story "The Lovers," involving a human having a sexual relationship with an alien--described in terms quite startling for the time it was published--broke the ice on having frank talk of sex and depictions of sexual situations in sf, a genre that was largely devoid of such things before writers Farmer.
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He was also a great bender and blender of genres, creating stories with elements of sf, fantasy, historical and mainstream literary fiction. Even if you haven't read any of his stuff--or even if you have read it and didn't like it--you have still been living in the world as it is post-Farmer if you are a reader or writer of sf. It is hard to overstate his influence on his contemporaries and then their descendants, on and on to the present. He's one of those writers--like perhaps and Heinlein and Van Vogt and Dick are--without whom things would probably be a lot different in the genre.
2. Uh, yeah the page looks different. It's purely cosmetic. Everything is as it was otherwise. I was just getting tired of looking at the other one, but don't have time right now to eff around with making something really custom and cool.Related Articles :