Philip Jose Farmer Dies in Peoria

Prolific science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer died yesterday in Peoria, Illinois.

I grew up in Peoria, and I had no idea Farmer had lived there since 1969. Apparently, I was not alone in my ignorance. The Chicago Tribune reports, “Farmer’s celebrity in the science fiction world did not translate to Peoria, where he grew up and attended college. ‘I am obscure in Peoria,’ Farmer told The Associated Press in 1988. ‘I guess they don’t read much around here.'” The full story is here.

And check out for more famous Peorians, including Betty Friedan and Susan G Komen.–David E