Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Philip Jose Farmer Passes Away

Philip Jose Farmer died earlier today at the age of 91. I might not have been fond of his Hugo winning works but he did leave a vast legacy. I have had his pulp pastiches on my reading list for some time, for example.

Something I had not realized is that the man who gave one of the most distinctive voices for science fiction's New Wave was nearly fifty when he started experimenting with his narrative. I had always taken his efforts in the late sixties as the work of a young man, full of fire and passion. I can only hope that I'm like that when I reach fifty.