A Rough Knight for the Queen

A Rough Knight for the Queen


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“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.” —Sir Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton, the protagonist of Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go, had even more adventures in real life than he did in fiction. His exploits include journeying to Mecca in disguise, at a time when Europeans were forbidden access on pain of death; publishing unexpurgated English translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra; and, along with John Hanning Speke, was one of the first Europeans to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Burton was a captain in the army of the East India Company and later served briefly in the Crimean War. He was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa, where he led an expedition guided by locals and was the first European known to have seen Lake Tanganyika. He served as British consul in Fernando Pó, Santos in Brazil, Damascus, and finally in Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood in 1886. This biography by Farmer opens in 1855, when Burton was thirty-four years old and on the expedition searching for the source of the Nile.

Written for a men's magazine in 1953, but not used, the manuscript languished in obscurity until it was finally published in 2006 in the collection Pearls from Peoria, edited by Paul Spiteri.

Published for the first time here in an affordable standalone edition, featuring cover and interior art by Charles Berlin, introductory material by Mick Walton (author of Sir Richard Burton and His Circle), Mark Hodder (author of the Burton and Swinburne novels) and Paul Spiteri (co-author, with Farmer, of “Getting Ready to Write”), A Rough Knight for the Queen is Farmer's loving biography of one of his heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945427183
Publisher: Meteor House
Publication date: 08/31/2020
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Philip José Farmer (1918-2009) was an award-winning science fiction author who wrote more than 70 novels. He is best known for the Riverworld series of books and the fan-favorite The World of Tiers series. Farmer often mixed real and fictional elements in his books, as epitomized by his Wold Newton series. In 2001, he was awarded the Grand Master Prize from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and won a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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