Wednesday, 1st Feb 2012

Philip Jose Farmer’s Moby Dick sequel

In amongst the bluster about Warner Brothers’ announcement of another Watchmen cash-in product, Alan Moore was quoted as saying “As far as I know there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to Moby-Dick.” To which Tom Ewing masterfully retorts “HOW SOON WE FORGET!”

It does sound quite… interesting…

In his novel The Wind Whales of Ishmael (1971) the sole survivor of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick falls through time into a future Earth when the oceans have dried up and primitive people have taken to the skies in airships powered by gas-filled animal bladders.

If that description is accurate we can assume the cover artist didn’t go to the trouble of reading the book first. And for that we must be grateful.

On a sidenote, did you know that Philip Jose Farmer wrote a novel under the name Kilgore Trout with the title Venus On The Half-Shell? Fans of Kurt Vonnegut might find that rings a bell.

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