Venus on the Half-Shell and Others collects for the first time the best of the best from Philip Jos? Farmer's scintillating "fictional-author period." In the mid-1970s a fever-pitched furor was created when an actual novel purported to be by Kilgore Trout -- the sadsack science fiction writer who appears as a character in the works of Kurt Vonnegut -- materialized on the bookracks, complete with a mysterious back cover photo of the author looking like a bearded vagabond sage. Debate raged as to who had truly written Venus on the Half-Shell. Was it Vonnegut himself, or perhaps Theodore Sturgeon, rumored to have been the inspiration for Trout? Or did Kilgore Trout really exist? Just as one respected newspaper published an article "proving" that Vonnegut had written the book, the Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer announced he was the true author. The controversial Kilgore Trout episode was neither the first nor the last time Farmer would impishly slip out of hFarmer, Philip José is the author of 'Venus on the Half-Shell and Others', published 2008 under ISBN 9781596061422 and ISBN 1596061421.