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Keep it in the fam­ily

in 1972, award-win­ning sci-fi au­thor and mas­sive tarzan fan­boy Philip josé Farmer re­leased an in­cred­i­bly am­bi­tious book en­ti­tled Tarzan Alive, which de­tailed tarzan’s “de­fin­i­tive bi­og­ra­phy” of tarzan as though he were a real per­son. Farmer’s most in­trigu­ing con­cept was what he called the Wold new­ton fam­ily: an ex­tended fam­ily tree cov­er­ing dozens of “su­per­hu­man” lit­er­ary char­ac­ters in­clud­ing (among oth­ers) sher­lock Holmes, Doc savage, james bond – and tarzan. ac­cord­ing to Farmer, the ex­is­tence of such char­ac­ters could be traced to a me­te­orite which landed in york­shire in 1795: im­bu­ing passers-by with a va­ri­ety of ge­netic mu­ta­tions. these in­cluded ex­treme in­tel­li­gence and strength, plus a pen­chant for heroic or vil­lain­ous goals. it’s all ut­terly mad stuff – but so, so worth check­ing out!

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