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Philip José Farmer (1918 - 2009) was an American author known for his science fiction, fantasy novels and short stories. Farmer is best known for his sequences of novels, especially the World of Tiers (1965-93) and Riverworld (1971-83) series. He is noted for the pioneering use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for, and reworking of, the lore of celebrated pulp heroes and occasional tongue-in-cheek pseudonymous works written as if by fictional characters. Farmer often mixed real and classic fictional characters and worlds and real and fake authors as epitomized by his Wold Newton family group of books. These tie all classic fictional characters together as real people and blood relatives resulting from an alien conspiracy. Such works as The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973) are early examples of literary mashup.
In the tradition of the old "Ace Doubles" two-in-one books (flip one over to read the second title) -- here is the third Wildside Double . . . "Rastignac the Devil," by Philip Jose Farmer and "Despoilers of the Golden Empire," by Randall Garrett. Two oldtime science fiction authors at their Golden Age best!