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Maureen Birnbaum: Barbarian Swordsperson: The Complete Stories (1993)

by George Alec Effinger

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It's funny. It's a romping frolic through the bastions of science fiction, from Mars to under the earth to Robin Hood to Chthulu. It's also got the ongoing storyline of Muffy (Maureen Birnbaum the said title character) bursting into the life of her prep school friend, Bitsy Spiegelman, at the most inopportune times. Bitsy's life seems to go on and follow the familiar pattern of growing up, while Muffy stays an eternal 18 year old woman who kicks some serious butt. Effinger does have Muffy confront old style sexism: what makes you think I as a woman can't kick some serious butt? Do you see my sword and what I can do with it?? I kept being turned off by the eternal chainmail bra and skimpy metallic G-string as Muffy's outfit, though. At some point early on the metallic G-string part is going to cause serious damage, not to mention the lack of defensive armor that a warrior woman should wear. But that's Effinger's Boris Valleje thing, not mine. The originality of this set of short stories is great fun and will be most interesting to those with a background in real classic sci-fi stories from Amazing Stories and that time period. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
Trite but cute series of short stories in which valley girl turned barbarian swordsperson, Maureen Birnbaum, invades the worlds of other established authors in search of her true love, Prince Van.

Parodied stories include [Nightfall] by [[Isaac Asimov]] and [At the Earth's Core] by [[Edgar Rice Burroughs]] among others. ( )
  charongra | Nov 17, 2007 |
Amusing spoof for fans of classic fantasy/sci-fi. ( )
  szarka | Mar 15, 2006 |
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