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The stories and introductions in Live! From Planet Earth are a blast from the past and a celebration of one of SF's finest writers, the late, great George Alec Effinger. From "Solo in the Spotlight," in which a U.S. President aboard Air Force One looks to his daughter's Tarot Deck to provide answers during the middle of an international crisis (shades of Ronald Reagan!) to one of Effinger's Hugo nominated tales, "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything" (in which do-gooder, know-it-all ETs drive the human race off the planet), this is one of those must-have collections for completists. Bradley Denton, Howard Waldrop, Mike Resnick and a host of others offer introductions to each short story. Gardner Dozois introduces Effinger's "O. Niemand" stories — collected here in one group for the first time — stories which the author wrote under a pseudonym when he wanted to mimic the styles of literary greats like Hemingway, Twain and Steinbeck. As with everything else he did, Effinger does so with style.
— Dorman T. Shindler, Subterranean Magazine #2, 2005