Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Sci-fi

From: Brian Lindenmuth (
Date: 26 Oct 2007

George Alec Effinger wrote three books that were a noir/hard-boiled/PI
& sci-fi mix. They are:

When Gravity Fails (1987)

A Fire in the Sun (1989)

The Exile Kiss (1991)

When Gravity Fails is a GREAT book and is by far the best of the bunch. The epigraph is an extended quote from from The Simple Art of Murder. All three were re-issued recently by Orb in 2005 & 2006.

Effinger had health problems his whole life that resulted in high dollar medical bills. He wasnt able to pay them and declared bankruptcy. Here's where it gets interesting. Louisiana's system of law descends from the Napoleonic Code instead of English Common Law. This meant that the copyrights to his works could have reverted to his creditors but at the bankruptcy hearing the hospital did not show up so Effinger was able to retain his copyrights.

Re: Moorcock - All of the major New Worlds writers: Michael Moorcock; M John Harrison; J G Ballard & of course James Sallis all have spoken at length of their admiration for Hammett and Chandler.

--Brian Lindenmuith

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