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In 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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Hardback Editions

March 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: The Red Tape War
Author(s): Jack L Chalker, Mike Resnick, George Alec Effinger
ISBN: 0-312-85151-0 / 978-0-312-85151-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

December 1991 : USA Paperback
Title: Red Tape War
Author(s): Jack L Chalker, Mike Resnick, George Alec Effinger
ISBN: 0-8125-1282-0 / 978-0-8125-1282-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
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