book review: when gravity fails

When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger was so fucking good. It’s cyberpunk set in an unnamed city on the edge of a desert where everyone speaks different forms of Arabic. Nations have fractured and people switch genders a lot. The story is a classic noir type thing about a drug-addicted guy working for the local crime lord to solve a bunch of killings by someone who’s wearing the personality of James Bond. And another who’s Genghis Khan. It’s gritty and great.

Effinger wrote this in the 80s but it feels completely contemporary like anything from Ian McDonald. I like these SF books that aren’t set in the West. This was my first but he’s got a couple more books in the series. It’s too bad Effinger is dead and not writing anything more.

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