Monday, January 26, 2009

Subterranean Press to reprint Jesus on Mars, a novel by Philip José Farmer

Author Philip José Farmer announced recently that Subterranean Press will reprint his classic novel Jesus on Mars (1979) as part of a Farmer omnibus titled The Other in the Mirror. The omnibus will be released in March 2009. Bob Eggleton is doing the cover art and Christopher Paul Carey is writing the introduction.

Here’s a description of Jesus on Mars, taken from the website of Subterranean Press: “Richard Orme and the crew of the Barsoom embark on the first manned mission to the Red Planet, intent on investigating what seemed to be evidence of life beamed back to Earth by a robotic survey satellite. But Orme discovers in the hollowed-out Martian caverns what he and the scientists back home least expect: a group of aliens, as well as humans transplanted from first century A.D. Earth, led by a being who claims to be Jesus of Nazareth Himself. Soon Orme and his crew are shocked to find that The Other they face is made all that more alien because of its similarity to humanity’s past.”

Note that Bob Eggleton has just completed the artwork for The Other in the Mirror. It’s a scene from the surface of Mars and it looks much better than the advance uncorrected proof pictured above!

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