Vincent Rosamond Rice
At 1:30 P.M. I found the world I have been a citizen of – and didn’t know it – and the identity of Kilgore Trout, one of my heroes. Four months ago I suggested my friend, Spooky Noodles, come in as Kilgore Trout. I had a fight with Charles Shields over Vonnegut’s relationship with the Jeferson Starship who wanted him to be in their ‘Blows Against The Universe’. Was Grace Slick aware of the work Phillip Jose’ Farmer who wrote Tarzan books? Farmer did a genealogy of James Bond?
Christine Wandel called me last night and wanted me to listen in on a radio show about computer chips put in the back of people’s head. I told her I wrote about Ruby Blaze meeting Old Lima Bean, a new-age Rip Van Winkle. Together they produce an elixur (made of Lima bean pods) that protects folks from Chem-Trails. I asked Spooky if her read Kurt’s ‘Cats Cradle’. I am the first author to employ real Rock Groups in science fiction and Grail legend. Will Sanatana come in contact with Rosamond Greystoke? Will the Charlatans discover a Time Machine in the desert? Will Ludwig Wittenstein become enamored of Kilgore Trout the same way he was of Norbert Davis who camped on a island with Black Mask authors, friends of The Rosamond Family? I have been set free of my natal family! Hurrah! I cam be as creative as I can be. My unlimited imagination – knows no bounds! I will pen a series….
JESUS ON MARS
Farmer wrote Venus on the Half-Shell (1975) under the name Kilgore Trout, a fictional author who appears in the works of Kurt Vonnegut. He had planned to write more of Trout’s fictional books (notably Son of Jimmy Valentine), but Vonnegut put an end to those plans. Farmer’s use of the pseudonym had caused confusion among many readers, who for some time assumed that Vonnegut was behind it; when the truth of Venus on the Half-Shell’s authorship came out, Vonnegut was reported as being “not amused.” In an issue of the semi-prozine The Alien Critic/Science Fiction Review, published by Richard E. Geis, Farmer claimed to have received an angry, obscenity-laden telephone call from Vonnegut about it. Thereafter Farmer wrote a number of pseudonymous “fictional author” stories, mostly for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. These were stories whose “authors” are characters in other stories. The first such story was “by” Jonathan Swift Somers III (invented by Farmer himself in Venus on the Half-Shell but inspired by one of the dead voices of Spoon River Anthology). Later Farmer used the “Cordwainer Bird” byline, a pseudonym invented by Harlan Ellison for film and television projects from which he wished to disassociate himself, and perhaps related to the name Cordwainer Smith, a pseudonym used by Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger.
The Wold Newton Universe (or WNU) is a term coined by Win Scott Eckert to denote an expansion of Philip José Farmer’s original Wold Newton Family concept (introduced in Tarzan Alive ). Eckert introduced the term in 1997 on his website, An Expansion of Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe. Eckert and others use Farmer’s concept of the Wold Newton Family as a unifying device and to expand the universe that the Wold Newton Family inhabits by including essays in the vein of the Sherlockian “Game,” in which theories are proposed and supported by supplying contextual background information and persuasive argument; by writing fiction authorized by Farmer and Farmer’s Estate which adds elements and characters to the Wold Newton Family and/or the WNU; by writing other fiction which contains “Easter egg” references to the Wold Newton Family or the WNU, or which otherwise expands the overall mythos; and by documenting crossovers between fictional characters from various media and genres.
Introduction To The WOLD NEWTON FAMILY
The Wold Newton Family is a group of heroic and villainous literary figures that science fiction author Philip JosÃ© Farmer postulated belonged to the same genetic family. Some of these characters are adventurers, some are detectives, some explorers and scientists, some espionage agents, and some are evil geniuses.
According to Mr. Farmer, the Wold Newton family originated when a radioactive meteor landed in Wold Newton, England, in the year 1795 (click here to see a monument to the event). The radiation caused a genetic mutation in those present, which endowed many of their descendants with extremely high intelligence and strength, as well as an exceptional capacity and drive to perform good, or, as the case may be, evil deeds.
Popular characters that Philip JosÃ© Farmer concluded were members of the Wold Newton mutant family include: Solomon Kane; Captain Blood; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Harry Flashman; Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty (aka Captain Nemo); Phileas Fogg; The Time Traveler; Allan Quatermain; Tarzan and his son Korak; A.J. Raffles; Professor Challenger; Richard Hannay; Bulldog Drummond; the evil Fu Manchu and his adversary, Sir Denis Nayland Smith; G-8; The Shadow; Sam Spade; Doc Savage, his cousin Pat Savage, and one of his five assistants, Monk Mayfair; The Spider; Nero Wolfe; Mr. Moto; The Avenger; Philip Marlowe; James Bond; Lew Archer; and Travis McGee.
His work also sometimes contains religious themes. Jesus shows up as a character in both the Riverworld series (in the novelette “Riverworld” but not in the novels, except for the mentioning of him dying early in The Magic Labyrinth) and Jesus on Mars. Night of Light (1957, expanded 1966) takes the rather unholy Father John Carmody on an odyssey on an alien world where spiritual forces are made manifest in the material world. In Flesh (1960) astronauts return to an Earth 800 years in their future dominated by a pagan goddess-worshiping religion. Other examples include the short stories “J.C. on the Dude Ranch”, “The God Business”, “The Making of Revelation, Part I”, and the novels Inside, Outside (1964) (which may or may not be set in Hell) and Traitor to the Living (1973), among many others.
The expedition learns that, in previous millennia, the technologically advanced Krsh were won over to the religion of the humans. This society practices Judaism but accepts Jesus as their Messiah. Included in their Bible is the Book of Matthias which is the testament written by Judas Iscariot. However, unlike mainstream Christianity, this society views Jesus as a man and not as God (see Nicene Creed).
Originally, the Krsh had arrived at Earth on an exploratory mission. To study humans, the Krsh had offered to bring injured humans to their spaceship for medical treatment. Then, the ship was attacked by another alien species which is especially hostile and xenophobic. Even though the attack was repelled and the ship of the xenophobic aliens was destroyed, the Krsh’s own ship was damaged. So they landed on Mars to hide from more potential hostility which never arrived. During the years of camouflage, the Krsh and humans crew joined together into a unified society.