Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Philip Jose Farmer Dies/ slight page re-model

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.

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.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, this looks good! I have the code snippet to hide the blogger bar along the top if you want it. :)

Christopher Fletcher said...

Yeah that would be cool. Is that a simple thing to do, or do I need to know something about editing the innards of the template?

Anonymous said...

Nah, very simple... I will get it to you with some simple directions.


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