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George Alec Effinger

USA (1947 - 2002)
Husband of Barbara Hambly

George Alec Effinger was an American science fiction author, born in Cleveland, Ohio.

He was a part of the Clarion class of 1970 and had three stories in the first Clarion anthology. His first published story was "The Eight-Thirty to Nine Slot" in Fantastic in 1971. During his early period, he also published under a variety of pseudonyms. Throughout his life, Effinger suffered from health problems. These resulted in enormous medical bills which he was unable to pay, resulting in a declaration of bankruptcy. Effinger died in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Series contributed to
Man the FugitiveEscape to TomorrowJourney into TerrorLord of the Apes
Anthologies containing stories by George Alec Effinger
Universe 1The Best Science Fiction of the YearUniverse 3Worlds Far and Near
Fellowship of the StarsUniverse 5Universe 7The Best of New Dimensions
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to ForeverIsaac Asimov's FantasyTerry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year 14Nebula Awards 20
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12Masters of Darkness 2Nebula Awards 24Book of Dreams
The Night FantasticInside the Funhouse: 17 SF Stories About SFConfederacy of the DeadAlternate Warriors
Betcha Can't Read Just OneBy Any Other FameAlien Pregnant by ElvisDeals with the Devil
Sherlock Holmes in OrbitNew LegendsChicks in ChainmailSisters of the Night
Tales from Jabba's PalaceAdventures of the BatmanWar of the Worlds: Global DispatchesDon't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear
Modern Classics of FantasyTarot FantasticThe Playboy Book of Science FictionThe Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy
Short stories
All the Last Wars at Once (1971)Hugo (nominee)
f(x)=(11/15/67) x=her, f(x)!=0 (1972)
The City on the Sand (1973)Hugo (nominee)
The Ghost Writer (1973)
Two Sadnesses (1973)
Ashes All My Lust (1974)
Heartstop (1974)
The Horse with One Leg (1974)
How It Felt (1974)
Ibid. (1977)
The Pinch-Hitters (1979)
The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything (1984)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
How F Scott Fitzgerald Became Beloved in Springfield (1984)
Inferno (1985)
Glimmer, Glimmer (1987)
The Man Who Devoured Literature (1987)
Schrodinger's Kitten [short story] (1988)Hugo
Slow, Slow Burn (1988)
Everything But Honor (1989)Hugo (nominee)
Marid Changes his Mind (1989)Nebula (nominee)
The Origin of the Polarizer (1989)
Albert Schweitzer and the Treasures of Atlantis (1993)
Beast (1993)
The Fifteen-Minute Falcon (1993)
The Wicked Old Witch (1993)
Good Night, Duane Allman (1994)
Martian Memorial to Elvis Sighted (1994)
The Great God Quay: The Tale of Barada and the Weequays (1995)
MarÓd and the Trail of Blood (1995)
Maureen Birnbaum in the MUD (1995)
The Musgrave Version (1995)
One (1995)
Mars: The Home Front (1996)
Maureen Birnbaum Pokes an Eye Out (1996)
Seven Nights in Slumberland (1996)
Solo in the Spotlight (1997)

Hugo Best Short story nominee (1972) : All the Last Wars at Once
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1973) : What Entropy Means to Me
Hugo nominee (1974) : The City on the Sand
Hugo Best Short story nominee (1985) : The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1985) : The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1988) : When Gravity Fails
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1988) : When Gravity Fails
Hugo winner (1989) : Schrodinger's Kitten [short story]
Nebula winner (1989) : Schrodinger's Kitten [short story]
Hugo nominee (1990) : Everything But Honor
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1990) : A Fire in the Sun
Nebula nominee (1990) : Marid Changes his Mind

Books about George Alec Effinger
George Alec Effinger recommends
Songsmith (1992)
(Witch World : High Halleck Cycle, book 10)
A C Crispin and Andre Norton
"Andre Nortton and A C Crispin are giants in the field of fantasy, and SONGSMITH combined the best of their strengths."
Bone Music
Bone Music (1995)
Alan Rodgers
"The highest praise one writer can give another is to say 'I wish I'd written that book.' I would cheerfully trade my younger brother Rick, my collection of original Beatles cards, and any hope that my beloved Cleveland Indians will ever win a World Series to have written Alan Rodgers' Bone Music."

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