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Publication Order of The Budayeen Cycle Books

When Gravity Fails (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fire in the Sun (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exile Kiss (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
This series is also known as the Marid Audrian series.

Publication Order of The Nick of Time Books

The Nick of Time (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bird of Time (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Planet of the Apes Books

Man the Fugitive (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape to Tomorrow (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journey Into Terror (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of the Apes (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

What Entropy Means to Me (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Relatives (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Blue (With: Gardner Dozois) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Those Gentle Voices (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Felicia (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Florence / Utopia 3 (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroics (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wolves Of Memory (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Money (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look Away (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Tape War (With: Mike Resnick,Jack L. Chalker) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trinity: Hope-Sacrifice-Unity (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Schrödinger's Kitten (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything But Honor (in Asimov's) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything & Target (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Mixed Feelings (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Irrational Numbers (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dirty Tricks (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Idle Pleasures (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Budayeen Nights (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Live! from Planet Earth (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Thousand Deaths (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bliss-Bestowing Hands (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heroes in Hell Books

Heroes in Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Gregory Benford,David Drake,Janet Morris) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gates of Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Janet Morris) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kings in Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Janet Morris) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crusaders in Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Gregory Benford,David Drake,Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris,Michael Amstrong,Bill Kerby) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels in Hell (By: Janet Morris) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Helliad (By: Janet Morris,Chris Morris) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
War in Hell (By: Janet Morris) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prophets in Hell (With: C.J. Cherryh,Robert Sheckley,David Drake,Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris,Brad Miner,Bill Kerby,Richard Groller) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lawyers in Hell (By: Janet Morris,Chris Morris,Michael H. Hanson,Jason Cordova,Bruce Durham,Sarah Hulcy,Larry Atchley Jr.,John Manning,Richard Groller) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poets in Hell (By: Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris,Michael H. Hanson,Joe Bonadonna,pdmac,Bruce Durham,Larry Atchley Jr.,Richard Groller,Michael A. Armstrong,Tom Barczak,Matthew Kirshenblatt,Beth W. Patterson,Yelle Hughes,Bill Snider,Deborah Koren,Shebat Legion,Bill Barnhill,Jack William Finley) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Infocom Books

Stationfall (By: Arthur Byron Cover) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wishbringer (By: Craig Shaw Gardner) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planetfall (By: Arthur Byron Cover) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enchanter (By: Robin Wayne Bailey) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Zork Chronicles (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost City of Zork (By: Robin Wayne Bailey) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (By: Isaac Asimov,Tanith Lee,Phyllis Eisenstein,Gene Wolfe,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Arnie Bateman,Alan Dean Foster,Martin Gardner,Randall Garrett,Rob Chilson,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,Richard S. McEnroe,Jeff Duntemann,R.N. Bracewell,K.W. MacAnn,G. Richard Bozarth) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (By: Isaac Asimov,Frederik Pohl,Carter Scholz,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Jack Williamson,Darrell Schweitzer,John Brunner,Juleen Brantingham,Martin Gardner,Richard Wilson,Milton A. Rothman,Elizabeth Anne Hull,Sharon Webb,Somtow Sucharitkul,Lee Weinstein,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,William Tuning,Francis E. Izzo,Paul David Novitski,Lee Russell,Seth S. Horowitz,Tol E. Rant,S. Dale,Julie Flores,Tony Sarowitz) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,Lee Killough,Mary Gentle,Mildred Downey Broxon,Shawna McCarthy,Sharon Webb,Leigh Kennedy,Stephanie A. Smith,Cherie Wilkerson,Julie Stevens,Sydney J. Van Scyoc,Cyn Mason,P.A. Kagan,P.J. MacQuarrie,Janet O. Jeppson,Beverly Grant,Hope Athearn) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (With: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,Ron Goulart,John Kessel,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard,Scott Baker,Lillian Carl,Juleen Brantingham,Lee Killough,Ian McDowell,Daphne Castell,Sharon N. Farber,Richard Kearns,Shawna McCarthy,Leigh Kennedy,Gregg Keizer,Kristi Olesen) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Best Science Fiction of the Year Books

The Best Science Fiction of the Year 1 (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 2 (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 3 (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 4 (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 5 (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 6 (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 7 (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 8 (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 9 (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 10 (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 11 (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 12 (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction of the Year 13 (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction of the Year 14 (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction of the Year 15 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 16 (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Author's Choice Monthly Books

The Old Funny Stuff (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daily Voices (By: Lisa Goldstein) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroines (By: James Patrick Kelly) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy of Fire (By: Nina Kiriki Hoffman) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peripheral Vision (By: Karen Joy Fowler) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swatting at the Cosmos (By: James K. Morrow) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neon Twilight (By: Edward Bryant) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales from a Vanished Country (By: Elizabeth Lynn) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Minds (By: Spider Robinson) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hedgework & Guessery (By: Charles de Lint) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories by Mama Lansdales Youngest Boy (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unthreatened by the Morning Light (By: Karl Edward Wagner) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Hard Questions About the Nature of the Universe (By: Lewis Shiner) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Been Fun (By: Esther M. Friesner) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wong's Lost and Found Emporium and Other Oddities (By: William F. Wu) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Orbit 11(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Study War No More(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alpha 7(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy Science Fiction, September-October 1979(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humor(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 12(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friends of the Horseclans(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert Adams' Book of Alternate Worlds(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barbarians 2(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tropical Chills: Fourteen Tales of Scorching Horror to Make Your Blood Run Cold(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy!(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inside the Funhouse(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
South From Midnight(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

George Alec Effinger is a Cleveland born author of the “Marid Audran” series of novels.

The author went to Yale where he studied medicine but since he could not pass an organic chemistry course, he finally let go of a dream of becoming a doctor. He would then get married to his first wife who introduced him to many of his science fiction idols, as she baby sat some famous babies including Kate Wilhelm and Damon Knight.

Encouraged by meeting his idols, he embarked on a science fiction manuscript writing spree in 1970. He would publish six collections of short fiction including “The Exile Kiss” and “When Gravity Fails” and at least twenty novels. He also penned and published “Shadow Money” and “Felicia” in an attempt to get into crime novels.

With his Budayeen works, many people deem him one of the pioneers of the cyberpunk genre. For his fiction works, he has become a favorite science fiction author for many fans and won the Nebula and Hugo Awards.

Effinger attended the 1970 Clarion class and his three stories made the first Clarion anthology. He made his fiction writing debut when he published “The Eight-Thirty to Nine Slot” short story in the 1971 published anthology “Fantastic.” During his early years, he was known for using all manner of pseudonyms in his works.

“What Entropy Means to Me” was his debut novel that he published in 1972 that earned him several awards. But it was with the “Marid Audrad” trilogy set in the Middle East during the 21st century that he would have the most success as an author. The novels are set in what many critics have argued is the French Quarter in New Orleans.

He has also published award winning novellas such as the 1988 published “Schrodinger’s Kitten” that won the Japanese Seiun, the Nebula and Hugo Award. He has also had some of his works published posthumously that he had written before his death under the pseudonym O. Niemand.

The Niemand stories are something of a pastiche as they tell their stories using the voice of different American authors. George A. Effinger combined horror, fantasy and science fiction in the writing of the Maureen Birnbaum parodies.

George Alec Effinger made his name for picking up a variety of genres and styles and making them his own. George was described as a fabulist and was something of a genre unto himself as he could write a mystery just as well as he could write a pure fantasy work when he was not writing a mish mash of two or more genres.

The “Maureen Birnbaum” stories which featured a shopping crazy teen are perhaps the best known of his genre bending fiction. He wrote some of the most engaging humor right until he fell ill. Sickness had dodged Effinger for much of his life but in the last fifteen years it had gotten worse.
He grew tumors in his intestines and had to be subjected to many surgeries to remove them. He would eventually be overwhelmed by the illness and succumbed to the overuse of prescription drugs and drink which severely offset his brilliance.

George would usually work for several years before the tumors would return and he would have to undergo more surgeries. Some of his works were penned while he was lying in hospital. The illness would eventually be too much for him and he died in New Orleans in 2002..

“When Gravity Fails” by George Alec Effinger is set in a decadent world of easy death and cheap pleasures. The lead is Marid Audrian who has managed to maintain his independence but it has not been easy. Like everything else in Budayeen, he can be bought for a price.

The streets of Budayeen the Arab ghetto that he calls home has a new kind of killer. He is a deranged man whose personality combines that of Khan the sadistic disemboweler and the sinister James Bond.

Audrian has been made an offer any other man would dream of and he cannot help but say yes. The two century old grandfather of Budayeen’s underworld thinks Marid is the best person to carry out his vengeance. But first he needs to be surgically implanted with sophisticated technology.

This would make it possible for him to confront a homicidal maniac that has some of the most vicious qualities of the many psychopaths that came before. Savage and wry, the novel is a classic work that would set off the career of one of the greatest authors of our times.

George Alec Effinger’s “A Fire in the Sun” continues to follow Marid Audran that has morphed into what he previously despised. It was only a few months ago that he was living in an Arabian ghetto named Budayeen and hustling in a Balkanized future Earth.

He never used to have any money for a drink but the best thing was that he always had his independence. He now works for the two century old godfather of the ghetto popularly known as Friedlander Bey. He is a man whose power is feared all over the crumbling and shattered world that he calls his kingdom.
Marid works as a police officer during the day and is also the official link between the police and the godfather. In his new position, he comes into contact with power and money even as all he ever dreams about is a life of independence. But he does not have a choice in the matter as once you work for the godfather there is no going back.

However, something is amiss as there is the threat of chaos over the city. There is someone that sends a killer to take out Marid’s partner and also helps a child mutilator to avoid arrest. The deranged homicidal killer is still killing prostitutes and savaging the bodies.
Investigations point to the one man whose influence and power rivals that of the godfather – Abu Adil.

“The Exile Kiss” by George Alec Effinger continues to follow the life and times of Marid Audran. He has risen from being an ordinary hustler on the streets of a ghetto to become one of the most trusted lieutenants of the most feared men in the Maghreb.

As an enforcer for Friedlander Bey the most powerful man in Budayeen, he has been enjoying his newfound privilege and wealth in recent times. But then he and his boss are accused of murder after they are betrayed by a rival. Bey and Marid soon find themselves exiled and may just meet their deaths in the vast Arabian desert.

But they are determined to survive the hot sands and head to the chaotic Budayeen to get their chance at revenge. In turn philosophical and thrilling, it is one of the greatest works of science fiction by George A. Effinger.

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