Enjoyable sci fi author on the order of Edgar Rice Burroughs but with a little more realism. Penned the Riverworld and World of Tiers series. Fond of puns and writing under the pseudonyms of fictional authors such as Kilgore Trout. Of the characters in his novels one will usually have his initials and birthdate. From this I'm guessing he was born in 1918 and rarely leaves Peoria. But what do I know. I rarely leave Cedar Rapids.

Part of Farmer's body of work is the Tarzan works. He has a fascination with The Lord of the Jungle.

His Tarzan books that I know of are --

  1. Lord Tyger, in which a rich man decides to create his own Tarzan. This works until Ras Tyger decides to face his creator...
  2. a fictional biography, in which he ties all the classic characters of the time into a convoluted two-family tree. His thesis is that strange radiation from a meteorite altered the genetics of these families, giving their progeny superhuman strength, endurance, and intellect.
  3. A Feast Unknown, Volume 9 of the Memoirs of Lord Grandrith, in which it is revealed that Tarzan is linked to a mysterious group of immortals whe secretly rule the world. Tarzan and his relative Doc Caliban, the Man of Bronze, are pitted against each other in a savage battle that turns into a rebellion against The Nine. (The title is based on William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch)
  4. Lord of the Trees/The Mad Goblin (Ace Double (c)1970). In a very interesting move, LotT, Volume 10 of the Memoirs of Lord Grandrith tells the story of the fruition of the rebellion begun in A Feast Unknown, while TMG tells the same story through the eyes of Doc Caliban.

I would love to believe that the immortal Tarzan is still swinging through the trees...
Farmer has many themes he continually returns to.
Farmer was one of the first science fiction authors to look unflinchingly at sex, human, alien, and human/alien. In A Feast Unknown, Tarzan has sex with Jane, a friendly leopard, and there are deep sexual overtones to his immortality. In Image Of The Beast and Blown, Farmer has written what may be the most significant piece of sf/horror/porn ever.

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