The Red Tape War (1991)

The Red Tape War (1991)

Jack L. Chalker

Jack L. Chalker

A novel by Jack L Chalker, George Alec Effinger and Mike ResnickPublisher's WeeklyIn 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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Priam's Lens

Priam's Lens

Jack L. Chalker

Jack L. Chalker

The survival of the human race, spread throughout the universe in the future, depends on an unlikely team led by naval officer Gene Harker, who must retrieve the only defense against the godlike Titans.
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A War of Shadows

A War of Shadows

Jack L. Chalker

Jack L. Chalker

In California, the victims are blind. In Maine, severely retarded. Small towns across America are being systematically “wiped out” by terrorists and their campaign of germ warfare waged against the U.S. The President’s only option seems to be an equally deadly counterattack.
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The Messiah Choice

The Messiah Choice

Jack L. Chalker

Jack L. Chalker

An ex-detective gets mixed up in a plot to use a revolutionary supercomputer system to provide power for a magic ritual. Of course, such a thing is going to require a virgin, and in this case, the girl is a quadraplegic. However, a computer system of this power can do a lot of things—change people being one of them.
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Kaspar's Box tk-3

Kaspar's Box tk-3

Jack L. Chalker

Jack L. Chalker

For centuries, interstellar prospectors had searched for the fabled worlds of the Three Kings, the lost El Dorado of the galaxy. The mad cyborg Prophet, Ishmael Hand, discovered the mysterious system—and the alien minds behind it—and he will face a decision that may determine the fate of the entire human race.
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