Up From the House of Meteor

Jul 13, 2020 by

Like everyone else, the folks at Meteor House — the organizers of the annual FarmerCon — are devastated that PulpFest 2020 has been canceled. However, we very much agree with the decision made by the PulpFest organizing committee to emphasize the safety and well-being of convention attendees and postpone this year’s PulpFest until August 2021.

Every year since 2011, Meteor House has debuted our new books at PulpFest. From THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series to novellas like THE SCARLET JAGUAR and MAN OF WAR, novels such as THE SONG OF KWASIN and DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY, collections like THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE and THE PHILIP JOSÉ CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, and even reference books such as CROSSOVERS EXPANDED Volumes 1 and 2, they’ve all premiered at PulpFest.

While Meteor House always takes preorders for our latest books through our website, every year we have copies of our books available at PulpFest for walk-up sales. We want all of our PulpFest friends to know that while we are sure to have trade paperback versions of our new books — UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT and A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN (both written by Philip José Farmer) — available in 2021, we may not have copies of the signed hardcover limited edition of A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN by the summer of 2021. The print run for the four-signature hardcover is only 150 copies. With more than half of them already spoken for, PulpFest fans of Meteor House may want to consider placing a preorder, before they’ve all been allocated. To preorder the signed hardcover limited edition of A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN, please click here.

Meteor House also has package deal discounts if you want to get both UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT and A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN. Please click here is you’d like to take advantage of one of these special offers available from Meteor House.

The FarmerCon organizing committee of Meteor House wishes you all a safe and peaceful 2020. We look forward to seeing you in August 2021 for next year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon XVI.

(Meteor House is very much looking forward to PulpFest 2021 and FarmerCon XVI, scheduled for August 18 – 21, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We hope to see you in Mars, Pennsylvania for these two AMAZING conventions.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll fill your craving for the work of the late Philip José Farmer by considering our two newest books from the Science Fiction Grand Master — UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, featuring cover art by Keith Howell, and A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN, featuring cover art by Charles Berlin.)


Flattening the Curve with Meteor House

Apr 8, 2020 by

As those of you who have attended PulpFest over the years know, one of its strongest backers has been Meteor House. From running full-page ads in THE PULPSTER to helping sponsor the hospitality suite and the PulpFest welcome banner, Meteor House has been there for the convention.

They’ve been joining PulpFest every year since 2011. That’s when they helped to bring FarmerCon VI to Columbus, Ohio and the PulpFest community. So PulpFest is honored to give Meteor House this opportunity to tell how they are trying to help out during these dark days.

One of the things we love here at Meteor House is the opportunity to allow other writers to create new stories based in Philip José Farmer‘s worlds. Here we spotlight MAN OF WAR: A TWO HAWKS ADVENTURE, written by the very talented Heidi Ruby Miller. We’ve included a link to her website here, but do us a favor and order the MAN OF WAR ebook before you go down that rabbit hole!

In Philip José Farmer’s novel, TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH, Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first “gate” while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each stranger than the last.

In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 3 and included in MAN OF WAR as a prelude), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake — the fate of an entire world is in his hands.

Heidi’s short novel is one of many ways to get through these hard times. As of April 5, 2020, more than 300 million people in 41 U. S. states are under stay-at-home orders. And more of our loyal readers around the world are under similar conditions.

During these difficult days — literally unprecedented in our lifetimes — we at Meteor House want to do what little we can to help flatten the curve. We and our families are all self-isolating in our homes, doing our part to protect not only ourselves, but also the vulnerable — and we know our readers are also doing the right thing.

It’s not easy, for any of us. But please, continue to self-isolate and stay the course. As our thanks to you for doing your part, Meteor House has put all of our ebooks on sale, setting them to the minimum prices allowed by Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble NOOK.

All Meteor House novels, normally $4.99, are now only $2.99 — that’s 40% off! (Prices adjusted for local currencies in non-U. S. locations.)

All novellas, normally $3.99 are now also only $2.99 — that’s 25% off! (Prices adjusted for local currencies.)

We value each and every one of you, we thank you, and we hope this helps, in some small way, in these trying times.

(Mark Wheatley painted the cover for Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR, which debuted at PulpFest 2011 and FarmerCon VI. Like Meteor House before them, both Mark and Heidi have been very strong PulpFest supporters since its move to Pittsburgh, PA. We thank them and their families during these difficult days.)