222nd out of 312 books — 138 voters
Myths for the Modern Age: Wold Newton Universe (Wold Newton Reference)
by Win Scott Eckert (Goodreads Author)
An introduction to a new mythological pantheon of classic fictional characters.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Monkeybrain
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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.
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
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
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
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....moreMore about Win Scott Eckert...