Books by George Alec Effinger

THE EXILE KISS by George Alec Effinger
Released: May 1, 1991

Third of Effinger's yarns set in the Budayeen, an Arab ghetto in a balkanized future Earth (When Gravity Fails, 1986; A Fire in the Sun, not seen). Hero Marid Audran has risen from small-time street-hustler to become the right-hand man of old power-broker Friedlander Bey. Now, an enemy arranges for them both to be falsely accused of murder, tried, convicted, sentenced, and spirited away to die in the middle of the Saudi desert. Marid, who carries a range of useful drugs as well as various plug-in computer enhancements, must keep both of them alive, find a way out of the desert, track down, and then wreak vengeance upon...the Budayeen's holiest imam, who signed the indictments? or a longstanding rival of Friedlander Bey, invulnerable thanks to an oath the old man swore long ago? Pleasantly supple and mildly inventive while remaining lightweight and sophomoric: just the formula that series fans prefer. Read full book review >
THE RED TAPE WAR by Jack L. Chalker
Released: April 24, 1991

Just what the sf literary establishment has been waiting for: a round-robin novel wherein the author of one particular chapter endeavors to confound the author due up next with an insoluble cliffhanger. Apparently the original intention was a parody of bureaucracies grinding into diplomatic inaction, but that soon got lost amid a welter of invading aliens, reduplicated characters, love-lorn computers, southern belles, and what-all. Just to get you started, 67th-century Earth diplomat Millard Fillmore Pierce is intercepted by an invading alien fleet whose reptilian leader is also called Millard Fillmore Pierce and is also from (an other-dimensional) Earth. Meanwhile, a teeny-weeny alien invader creeps up on the pair of them; the newcomer is also guessed it...and hails from yet another parallel dimension. Thereafter, things grow more absurd and confused, but not, alas, either funny or provocative. Silly idea, predictable outcome. Read full book review >