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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Philip Jose Farmer  

Pen Name: Kilgore Trout, Jonathan Swift Somers III, Cordwainer Bird

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1918 in North Terre Haute, Indiana


Illinois Connection

Farmer moved to Peoria when he was four years old. He grew up there and attended Peoria High School. In 1950, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bradley University. After 17 years of traveling as a technical writer for the space industry, he moved back to Peoria in the early 70's.

Biographical and Professional Information

Philip Jose Farmer was an author, principally known for his award-winning science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. While he is best known for his Riverworld series and World of Tiers series, from 1946–2008 Farmer published almost 60 novels, over 100 short stories and novellas, two “fictional biographies” and numerous essays and articles.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Lovers''''' *Hugo Award for Most Promising New Talent, 1953 '''''Riders of the Purple Wage''''' *Hugo Award for Best Novella, 1968 '''''To Your Scattered Bodies Go''''' *Hugo for Best Novel, 1972 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, Lifetime Achievement, 2000 World Fantasy Award, Life Achievement, 2001 Forry Award, Lifetime Achievement, 2003