Farmer is one of the most celebrated SF writers, a massive cult figure whose work inspired Jimi Hendrixs Purple Haze. His 1st book, The Lovers won the 53 Hugo Award for Most Promising New Author. He went on to break barriers & taboos withMoreFarmer is one of the most celebrated SF writers, a massive cult figure whose work inspired Jimi Hendrixs Purple Haze.
His 1st book, The Lovers won the 53 Hugo Award for Most Promising New Author. He went on to break barriers & taboos with equal aplomb. He was, in short, already an author of some status when porn publishers Essex House approached him in the late-60s to write an SF sex trilogy. It was an interesting proposition characteristic of the times. The liberalization of the 60s was opening the possibility of erotica moving into the mainstream, & Essex House were anxious to break the standard image of the porn novel.
This may explain why they went out of business soon afterwards. However, the 1st two volumes of Farmers trilogy were published in 68-69 (a 3rd emerged as Traitor to the Living in 73), & received their 1st British publication under Futuras Quartet imprint in 75. A handsome pair of volumes they are, which is perhaps sufficient reason for possessing them. Unfortunately, its also the only reason. Because theyre not really very good at all. As the sleeve notes indicate, theyre a free-wheeling mix of detective, horror & science fictions with a helping of sex thrown in for good measure. They fail on every single level.
The parody of Chandlers hard-boiled style is pointless, the horror & the SF dont gel or make sense, the sex isnt erotic. Interesting in theory, deadly dull in reality.