Philip José is a farmer who lives in Alberta. On 3 April 2145 he was interviewed by FTL Newsfeed about the uncanny ability of the dandefox to thrive anywhere, even under the most extreme conditions. The Martian import grew in many places where it was not wanted – including lawns and vegetable gardens, in grasslands and on farms. He commented:

Weed killer don't touch them, so I go out and rip them out by the roots. The next morning I has twice as many of those damn things. I'm going to buy myself a laser pistol and fry them to bits!


The character is named for celebrated science-fiction author, Philip José Farmer.