[book filter] Audran, Marîd Audran
February 10, 2011 3:46 AM   Subscribe

Just finished George Alec Effinger's Marîd Audran series, please point me to similar reads.
posted by moody cow to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Jon Courtenay Grimwood's Arabesk series (Pashazade, Effendi, and Felaheen) scratched that particular itch for me.
posted by adipocere at 3:53 AM on February 10, 2011

You might like Ian McDonald, particularly River of Gods and Brasyl. (And possibly his latest, the Dervish House, but I haven't read that yet).

McDonald shares some of the post-cyberpunk feel of Effinger, with settings that are exotic to a UK/US science fiction reader.

On preview - yes, Jon Courtney Grimwood too.
posted by siskin at 3:55 AM on February 10, 2011

The new Gibson novels have the same "post-cybperpunk feel," as the previous poster called it. I'm not convinced it's not sort of still cyber punk in its own weird way, but that's a discussion for another day.

Likewise, Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

Also worth considering, in a more old-school way are:
Richard Paul Russo's novels Destroying Angel, Carlucci's Heart, and Carlucci's edge.
and Wilhemina Baird's novels in the CrashCourse and ClipJoint cycle.
posted by Stagger Lee at 6:21 AM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

For futurism that indicates another world culture coming to power, try David Wingroves Chung Kuo series. It peters out after a while, but the first 5 books were intense.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:49 AM on February 10, 2011

Yeah, I don't know what happened to the Chung Kuo series. It was moving along quite effectively, and then it was as if the author grew bored of his own plotline or became scared that his ambition had overreached itself, and suddenly there's this bizarre Darwinia-style phase shift where we find out what's REALLY going on. And it is...strange, to say the least. But until then, there are a number of interesting concepts being developed.
posted by Midnight Creeper at 8:27 AM on February 10, 2011

Moody Cow, what did you like about the books? It might help narrow down the search a bit.
posted by Stagger Lee at 8:32 AM on February 10, 2011

Ditto Arabesk.
posted by juv3nal at 10:41 AM on February 10, 2011

The Windup Girl

One of the best sci-fi novels I read last year, and very much in the same vein.
posted by lumpenprole at 11:42 AM on February 10, 2011

Maureen F. McHugh's China Mountain Zhang has segments in a future China which sound like they should fit the bill. Some of her other work (specifically Nekropolis) also sounds like it would fit the bill (though I didn't like Nekropolis as much).

Also, did you read just the novels, or have you also read Budayeen Nights? That might stretch out your withdrawal a little bit longer.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 12:22 PM on February 10, 2011

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