Heroics by George Alec Effinger

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In HEROICS, Irene--like everyone in the future--struggles with boredom. Food, clothing, and all the necessities of human life have been taken care of. But, what does that leave of life itself? At eighty-two, Irene sets out on a pilgrimage across America hoping to find the answer. Along the way, she becomes transformed, both physically and by her interactions with other civilians all trying to cope with this new world.

Filled with wry humor and fantastic symbolism, HEROICS mixes adventure and philosophy in a way both engrossing and entertaining. Of this book, friend and fellow writer Harlan Ellsion said, “It is the best Effinger yet…and for those of us who have been watching with amazement that is about as rich a compliment as you can expect from other envious authors. Damn him, he’s good!”

George Alec Effinger was a true master of satirical Science Fiction. Before his death in 2002, Effinger was a prolific novelist and short story writer, earning acclaim from his fans and peers, including a Nebula Award nomination for his first book WHAT ENTROPHY MEANS TO ME. In HEROICS, he revisits some of the themes and characters of that first book for startling, funny and poignant results. 

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George Alec Effinger contributed regularly to the top science fiction and fantasy magazines including "Orbit," "New Dimensions," and "Universe,""" His novelette "Schrodinger's Kitten" won the Hugo, Japanese Seiun, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards. He published several novels including "The Exile Kiss," "A Fire in the Sun," "What Entropy Means to Me," and "When Gravity Fails,"""
Published January 1, 1979 by Doubleday. 181 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whimsical, allusive Effinger (Death in Florence, 1978) verges on downright silliness in this engaging but ultimately wearying quest-novel parody, which takes 82-year-old Irene of Louisville, Ky., on a mind/body journey into a variety of dimensions.

Sep 28 1979 | Read Full Review of Heroics

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