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When Gravity Fails
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When Gravity Fails (1987)

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."… (mere)
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When Gravity Fails af George Alec Effinger (1987)

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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 18, 2021 |
At first, I thought it felt a bit facile and less than gripping, but the book became more and more engrossing as I continued to read. By the end of it, I was entirely invested, and while the climactic scenes and denouement did not exactly check the standard checkboxes for being thoroughly absorbing and satisfying (respectively) they managed to actually be thoroughly absorbing and satisfying anyway. The denouement was beautifully cynical, in a manner that suits a disappointed idealist like me.

The setting is interestingly distinct from a lot of what was being written at the time in science fiction generally and, to some extent, from what was being written in cyberpunk as well. These days, it's not quite as surprisingly fresh to typical readers as it must have been in the 1980s. I first heard of this book sometime in 1992 or 1993 when I picked up the Cyberpunk 2020 supplement based on this novel, and the idea of reading the novel has rested in the back of my brain ever since but, somehow, I never got around to it until 2020 (fittingly, I guess). I'm glad I finally read it. It's entirely enjoyable, and is the most enjoyable new-to-me cyberpunk novel I've read this year so far. I plan to read a few more by the end of the year, so I guess I'll see if that remains true.

It acquired a reputation as an instant classic when it was initially published. While it's incredibly enjoyable, I feel that its reputation as a cyberpunk classic was mostly acquired by making use of its seedy middle eastern neighborhood/enclave setting being a little ahead of its time for many American science fiction readers and simply being chronologically close to the beginning of the beginning of the cyberpunk movement in literature. Perhaps some cultural aspects played into it at the time -- cultural aspects that actually fly in the face of middle eastern culture, but present a forward-looking sense of how things might change given the forward march of scientific and (human) engineering progress in the midst of corruption, desperate conditions, and squalor. That definitely contributes to its status as a classic now, looking back at it with historical hindsight, because that represented an opening of the way for a lot of subsequent work to explore areas that must have been less comfortable for an author to address without knowing how the average reader would react. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
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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.
tilføjet af PhoenixFalls | RedigerTor.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.
tilføjet af PhoenixFalls | RedigerSF 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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