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Myths for the Modern Age: Wold Newton Universe (Wold Newton Reference)

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An introduction to a new mythological pantheon of classic fictional characters.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Monkeybrain
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Leonard Pierce
May 22, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it
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Whether or not you like this thing will be 100% defined by your interest in pulp fiction and your tolerance for nerdy universe-building and continuity geekery. I like that stuff, so I found this to be a decent read. I can't imagine many other people would, though.
Jan 12, 2009 Rick rated it liked it
Interesting read, but need to read other works to really appreciate it
Observant and regular readers will have probably noticed by this point that one of the things I look for in my fiction is coherent (or at least interesting) world-building. The acknowledged grandmaster of this, of course, is J.R.R. Tolkien; he even coined some of the terminology associated with this, such as "Secondary World" and "sub-creation".

Some authors and other scholars take this one step farther - treating their favorite stories as the lightly-fictionalized records of real events, analyzi
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Jan 25, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
In literature, some pursuits acquire strange titles. The idea that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson had been real persons, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been acting as the "literary" manager of Dr. Watson, is called "the game". This idea, no matter how trivial it might appear to some, has resulted in truly impressive scholarship, and has made Sherlock Holmes more real than imaginary, and hence it has now ceased to be just a "game". Similarly, a basic idea of Philip J Farmer [which might have orig ...more
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Jan 25, 2012 Charles Prepolec rated it really liked it
While many Sherlockians engage in the mental gymnastics of “Playing the Game”, their efforts pale in comparison to the contortionists who have embraced the connect-the-dots style of game playing inspired by Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe concept. Taking his cue from the Sherlockian approach to dealing with Holmes as a real life personage, Farmer wrote his fictional biographies TARZAN ALIVE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE creating a unified family tree connecting most pop fiction ...more
J. Kevin
Jul 14, 2013 J. Kevin rated it it was amazing
It's sort of like fantasy football for literature buffs: Trying to fit all your favorite fictional characters into one gigantic family tree, a Unified Field Theory of heroic fiction. Sci-fi author Philip Jose Farmer laid the groundwork, postulating that the real-life crash of a meteor in the English town of Wold Newton in 1795 gave off radiation that altered the DNA of those nearby, creating a strain of nearly-superhuman geniuses and physical marvels who then became the great heroes and villains ...more
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Mar 09, 2015 Jose Vidal rated it really liked it
Recopilación de algunos de los mejores artículos presentes en la página de wold Newton universe hace unos años.
Algo que se hecha de menos desde el abandono de la página web de wold newton universe son estos artículos, mezcla de investigación, deducción e imaginación que van de lo genial a lo absurdo. Lamentablemente ahora parece que, con la profesionalización de algunos de estos escritores, la escritura de artículos amateurs y la dedicación general a Wold Newton ha decaído.
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WIN SCOTT ECKERT is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel The Evil in Pemberley House (Subterranean Press, 2009), about Patricia Wildman, the daughter of pulp hero Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice. Pat Wildman’s adventures continue in Eckert’s sequel, The Scarlet Jaguar (Meteor House). In 1997, Win launched the first Wold Newton website, The Wold Newton Universe. ...more
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