Budayeen Nights

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Orion, Mar 5, 2012 - Fiction - 253 pages
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Long identified as a science fiction writer, except in his own eyes, George Alec Effinger had some of his biggest critical and commercial success with a series even he recognized and characterized as SF. Set in the marvelously realized, imaginary Muslim city of Budayeen, the three novels, When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun and The Exile Kiss garnered rave reviews, award nominations and a wide readership. In addition, Effinger came to be recognized as one of the foundational writers of cyberpunk. Although the novels are perhaps how Budayeen and their hero, Marid Audran, are best known, there are a handful of shorter pieces that add to the vividly drawn and deeply authentic picture of an imagined world and seven short stories, the first part of an uncompleted novel and a story fragment add to the mental images of this exotic and yet somehow completely familiar city and world that Effinger created. This book was originally published by Golden Gryphon Press and comes with a Forword and story notes by Effinger's widow, Barbara Hambly. The lead story in this collection, "Schrodinger's Kitten," won the Hugo, Nebula and Seiun Awards.

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Review: Budayeen Nights (MarÓd Audran Short stories)

User Review  - Dorian DW - Goodreads

What I liked most about Budayeen Nights was the setting: cyberpunk in the Middle East. To me the Budayeen really felt like a foreign city, and I enjoyed exploring a new place. The short stories in ... Read full review

Review: Budayeen Nights (MarÓd Audran Short stories)

User Review  - Ricardo Signes - Goodreads

I'm glad I picked it up, but it's pretty light stuff. Quite a lot of it is a reprint of material from When Gravity Fails. There are a few short stories set in the same world, and some previously ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

George Alec Effinger was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1947. He attended Yale University, where an organic chemistry course disabused him of the notion of becoming a doctor. He had the opportunity to meet many of his SF idols thanks to his first wife, who was Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm's babysitter. With their encouragement, he began writing science fiction in 1970. He published at least 20 novels and 6 collections of short fiction including WHEN GRAVITY FAILS and THE EXILE KISS. As well, he also wrote and published two crime novels, FELICIA and SHADOW MONEY. With his Budayeen novels, Effinger helped to found the Cyberpunk genre. He was a Hugo and Nebula award winner and a favorite amongst fellow SF writers.

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