Item description for George Alec Effinger Live! from Planet Earth by George Alec Effinger & Jr. Barrett Neal...
Originally intended to be a collaboration with the author, this collection of the most memorable short stories of the late George Alec Effinger is a tribute from those who best knew his work---his friends, fellow writers, and editors. In addition to handpicking their favorite pieces, Michael Bishop, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Mike Resnick, Howard Waldrop, and others have contributed a personal introduction or afterword to accompany each selection that reveals their deep respect for and insights into the author. The short stories "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything" and "Everything but Honor," both Hugo Award finalists, are among those included. Of special interest are seven previously uncollected short stories and a poem written under the author's pen name, O. Niemand. Introduced by Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov Science Fiction Magazine, these stories are uniquely written in the style of other authors including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, James Thurber, and Mark Twain. Considered by Effinger to be "sympathetic homage" rather than parody or caricature, they present his perspective on how these noted authors would have tackled science fiction, such as "The Man Outside," the John Steinbeck-inspired story about a loner in a domed city on an asteroid deep in space.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Golden Gryphon Press
ISBN 1930846320 ISBN13 9781930846326
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More About George Alec Effinger & Jr. Barrett Neal
George Alec Effinger contributed regularly to the top science fiction and fantasy magazines including "Orbit," "New Dimensions," and "Universe,""" His novelette "Schrodinger's Kitten" won the Hugo, Japanese Seiun, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards. He published several novels including "The Exile Kiss," "A Fire in the Sun," "What Entropy Means to Me," and "When Gravity Fails,"""
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A Genius Live! May 10, 2005
I'd read very little George Alec Effinger before I picked up this book, and what little I had read -- correct me if I am wrong -- was a novelization of the short lived "Planet of the Apes" TV series that I found down at the library in seventh grade. Little did I know that the man's original works -- the copyrights for which, bizarrely, a Louisiana hospital tried to claim as its own when Effinger owed them for medical bills -- far outstripped the tie-in work he accepted (as it turns out, he did tie-in work to frustrate creditors like the hospital, who could not try to repo the copyrights of others).
In the roughly two dozen tales that comprise "George Alec Effinger Live! From Planet Earth" (Effinger had suggested something shorter but just as snazzy -- "The White Album," for example), this brilliant satirical writer takes on war, racism, politics -- all the usual oxen fit for a goring, and not only does he roast them to a turn on the barb of his tremendous wit, he marinates them with a delicious blend of compassion and ruthlessness. The collection even gathers his "O. Niemand" stories, in which he imitates --faultlessly -- the themes and styles of a half-dozen great American writers, from Mark Twain to James Thurber to Flannery O'Connor. These tales are set in a domed city called Springfield, located on an asteroid in deep space, and one can only wonder whether, if he had lived long enough, the man who tracked Don Marquis' Archy (of the Archy and Mehitabel adventures, told by a cockroach in vers libre) to his asteroidal Springfield, might not also have paid a visit to some futuristic, but still crude and humorous, version of The Simpsons. Now -that- would have been sci-fi heaven, and a satire lover's dream come true, and if anybody would have had the flat-out red-pepper gumption to write such a tale it would have been George Alec Effinger.