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When Gravity Fails (1987)

av George Alec Effinger

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Serier: Marid Audran (1)

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In a futuristic Middle East, plug-ins can turn anyone into a killer in this "wry and black and savage" Nebula and Hugo award finalist (George R. R. Martin).   Set in a high-tech near future featuring an ascendant Muslim world and divided Western superpowers, this cult classic takes us into a world with mind- or mood-altering drugs for any purpose, brains enhanced by electronic hardware with plug-in memory additions and modules offering the wearer new personalities, and bodies shaped to perfection by surgery. Marid Audran, an unmodified and fairly honest street hustler, lives in a decadent Arab ghetto, the Budayeen, and holds on tight to his cherished independence.   Then, against his best instincts, he becomes involved in a series of inexplicable murders. Some seem like routine assassinations, carried out with an old-fashioned handgun by a man wearing a plug-in James Bond persona; others, involving whores, feature prolonged torture and horrible mutilations. Soon the problem comes to the attention of Budayeen godfather Friedlander Bey--who makes Audran an offer he can't refuse.   Nominated for the Nebula and Hugo awards, the highest honors in the genre, When Gravity Fails, which introduced the cyberpunk Budayeen Cycle, is a pioneering work the Denver Post called "superior science fiction" and Harlan Ellison described as "crazy as a spider on ice skates . . . plain old terrific."… (mer)
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Pseudo-Middle-Eastern Cyberpunk Detective Noir. Certainly a unique combination. A dismal mess throughout, but I think that was the author's intention. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
Realized I had read this before many years ago when I was on a cyberpunk kick. It was still good enough to read again, and worth the time to get a different angle on cyberpunk. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
Maybe I came into this expecting too much after everyone said it was "must-read cyberpunk", but I have to say I was kind of unimpressed. The future in William Gibson's novels or Dick's Do Androids Dream... (not really cyberpunk, but kind of I guess) felt like a very lived-in place, but Effinger's future-Middle-East feels more like a stage set than anything else. There are little glimmers of something better here and there, though, and the ending feels like it could be the lead-in to something even better, so I'm willing to give Marid Audran another shot. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Alright. Bit dated. Couldn’t be bothered finishing it. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
I'll cut this one a good deal of slack in the rating because it was written in 1987 and it is a good read with a real mystery, and the setting is a falafel flavored distillation of all the mean streets. You have to be willing to accept a version of the stumbles into a solution detective and to a good number of arbitrary juxtapositions. What it gains in acceptance of LGBT life paths, in my feelings it loses in the so male I fuck ex-males subtext of the protagonist. Nor can I find much fellow feeling with his max drugs as a first resort, head blind to consequences, approach to life's little stresses. Still, I glad I read this after a few years of getting used to our brave new world rather than when it was first released. ( )
  quondame | Jan 17, 2021 |
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This was a book that couldn’t have happened without cyberpunk, but which itself isn’t cyberpunk. There are no hackers here, and almost no computers—though it feels reasonable for the Budayeen that there wouldn’t be. Holoporn, yes, drugs to get you up or down, prostitutes of all genders and some in between, personality modules of anything from salesmen to serial killers via sex kittens, but no computers. The street is what comes from cyberpunk, and perhaps the neural wiring, a little. But what Effinger does with it, making it a North African street that really feels like something out of the future of another culture, is entirely his own.
tillagd av PhoenixFalls | ändraTor.com, Jo Walton (Jun 4, 2010)
 
George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails, nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, is a 1987 cyberpunk thriller that is a perfect example of how exciting the subgenre can and should be.
tillagd av PhoenixFalls | ändraSF Signal, John DeNardo (Nov 13, 2005)
 
Marid Audran, the protagonist in the series of novels which begin with When Gravity Fails, has many things in common with Sam Spade. Both are down and out detectives making their way in the seedy underside of the city. Instead of Los Angeles, however, Audran works in the Budayeen, the rough part of a future, unnamed North African city.

Although a Muslim, Audran is anything but devout, spending the majority of his time popping pills and downing them with alcohol as he mingles with the prostitutes and strippers of the Budayeen.
 

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In a futuristic Middle East, plug-ins can turn anyone into a killer in this "wry and black and savage" Nebula and Hugo award finalist (George R. R. Martin).   Set in a high-tech near future featuring an ascendant Muslim world and divided Western superpowers, this cult classic takes us into a world with mind- or mood-altering drugs for any purpose, brains enhanced by electronic hardware with plug-in memory additions and modules offering the wearer new personalities, and bodies shaped to perfection by surgery. Marid Audran, an unmodified and fairly honest street hustler, lives in a decadent Arab ghetto, the Budayeen, and holds on tight to his cherished independence.   Then, against his best instincts, he becomes involved in a series of inexplicable murders. Some seem like routine assassinations, carried out with an old-fashioned handgun by a man wearing a plug-in James Bond persona; others, involving whores, feature prolonged torture and horrible mutilations. Soon the problem comes to the attention of Budayeen godfather Friedlander Bey--who makes Audran an offer he can't refuse.   Nominated for the Nebula and Hugo awards, the highest honors in the genre, When Gravity Fails, which introduced the cyberpunk Budayeen Cycle, is a pioneering work the Denver Post called "superior science fiction" and Harlan Ellison described as "crazy as a spider on ice skates . . . plain old terrific."

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