Philip José Farmer was born on January 26, 1918, in Terre Haute, Indiana, and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. In 1952, he won the first of three Hugo Awards for his novella, "The Lovers," which is notable for its pioneering use of sexual themes in science fiction. He later won Hugo Awards for his novella, "Riders of the Purple Wage," and "To Your Scattered Bodies Go," the first book in his Riverworld Series, which ultimately comprised five novels and numerous short stories. In 1975, "Venus on the Half-Shell" was published under the pseudonym, Kilgore Trout, the fictional writer-protagonist of several Kurt Vonnegut novels. Throughout his career, Farmer wrote nearly 60 novels, and over 100 short stories and novellas. He died on February 25, 2009.
From the description of Philip José Farmer papers, 1954-1984. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 31212969