Philip Jose Farmer died recently. Upon hearing this news, I reflected on how few of the sci-fi writers that I read as a teenager and admired are still alive. Zelazny, Saberhagen, and Bester, among others, have passed on, and now Farmer’s wothan joins them. He was an agnostic, as am I, but I hope he wakes up on the banks of a very long river, next to Richard Francis Burton.

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