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Live! from Planet Earth

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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 c ...more
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Golden Gryphon Press
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Richard
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting and unusual book. It is a collection of short Science Fiction stories by Effinger with each one introduced by a noted author. The introducing authors tell stories about George Alec Effinger, their relationship to him, and something about the story you are about to read.

Prior to this book I was not familiar with Effinger. Apparently, while a very gifted author he was plagued through his life by debilitating illnesses. In addition, as his illnesses were all listed as "pr
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Stef
I have been a huge fan of When Gravity Fails since it came out, and I recently read and enjoyed the other Marîd Audran books. So I wanted to find out if Effinger's short fiction was as good as those novels.

My overall impression was "mostly not." But even though I disliked a number of the stories for one reason or another, I found it interesting to read a set of stories that had been written over such a long period of time (between 1971 and 1997).

This book was published after Effinger's unfortu
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David
Jan 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Live from Planet Earth by George Alec Effinger came pretty highly regarded - this is a posthumous collection of his short stories, introduced by other authors. I did not like it very much. The stories tended to drag, and seemed to me to have the JG Ballard-style affliction of the author being convinced of his own cleverness. Many of the introductions by other authors went on at length about Effinger's humor and brilliance, but it didn't come through to me. ...more
Darren
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
The story about aliens who knew, like, everything was pretty good, but I didn't like the next few (World War 2 with cars was just stupid, and the chess game had no plot and no story - total grey goo). I just don't like much 70s scifi. Abandoned. ...more
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