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The Red Tape War

Chalker, Jack L.; Resnick, Mike; Effinger, George Alec

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ISBN 10: 0312851510 / ISBN 13: 9780312851514
Published by Tor Books, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Red Tape War

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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The Red Tape War is a remarkable "round-robin" collaboration, a book wherein each author writes a chapter, and "tries to stick it to the next guy in line" with a near-insoluble problem. Born in the wickedly fertile imaginations of Jack L. halker and Mike Resnick mroe than ten years ago, and enhanced by the talented voice of George Alec Effinger, the Red Tape War is an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek return to the pulp era of science ficiton. "Funny and fluffy and snide, They (Chalker, Resnick, and Effinger) were much less concerned with making The Red Tape War a serious tale than with having a romping good time, and it shows..With a little luck, you'll have nearly as much fun as the authors did.

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In designing their book as a round robin, Chalker ( The Return of Nathan Brazil ), Resnick ( Second Contact ) and Effinger ( When Gravity Fails ) seem to have been more interested in presenting the next author with a challenge ("Write your way out of this!") than they were in continuity, plot or character. Millard Fillmore Pierce (most names are pseudo-significant, such as the battleship Mahatma Gandhi, captain Nathan Bolivia) appears in five different guises, each a member of a different species from a different parallel universe; all of them speak English and most of them intend to take over the human Pierce's galaxy. That none succeeds is largely due to red tape: so many forms must be filled out in order even to fire a shot that battleships carry hundreds of bureaucrats to support each soldier. What could have been light entertainment is defeated by the authors' arch, feckless comments to one another--with discussions on writing the book included as part of the book. Only a blindly dedicated fan will be pleased with this collaboration.
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