Traitor to the Living

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Traitor to the Living
First edition cover
Author Philip José Farmer
Cover artist Hans Ulrich & Ute Osterwalder
Country United States
Language English
Series Herald Childe
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 0-345-23613-0
OCLC 2210396
Preceded by Blown: or Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind
Followed by Image of the Beast (Playboy, 1979) (omnibus edition)

Traitor to the Living (1973) is a science fiction novel by Philip José Farmer. The story follows Herald Childe, a private detective. Childe is also the lead character in two prior Farmer novels published as pornography by Essex House.[1] In this non-erotic novel, the lead character is clearly Herald Childe, but it follows the events of a never-written third book which left Childe amnesiac.


Lester del Rey found the novel to be "fascinating, and a good adventure thriller."[2] Edgar L. Chapman described it as "a novel of serious intrigue, quite conventional in its treatment of sex," but faulted it because it "not only lacks humor, but does not create much suspense either."[3]


  1. ^ "Farmer, Philip Jose", The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, St. Martin's, 1995
  2. ^ "Reading Room", If, April 1974, p.42
  3. ^ Edgar L. Chapman, The Magic Labyrinth of Philip Jose Farmer, Whitehall, 1984, p.29