26 February 2009

Philip Jose Farmer, RIP

I loved his Riverworld books and all of the short stories I read. He will be missed.
Philip Jose Farmer, one of the most
celebrated science fiction, fantasy and short story writers of the
1960s and '70s, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Farmer died "peacefully" in his sleep, according to a message
posted on his official Web site.

The longtime Peoria resident wrote more than 75 novels,
including the Riverworld and World of Tiers series. He won the Hugo
Award three times and the Grand Master Award for Science Fiction in
Farmer's celebrity in the science fiction world did not
translate to Peoria, where he grew up and attended college.

"I am obscure in Peoria," Farmer told The Associated Press in
1988. "I guess they don't read much around here."
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