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Publisher's Summary

At first glance, George Alec Effinger's "Schrodinger's Kitten" would seem an odd choice for an audio production. True, this is of the exceedingly rare breed of short stories to win both the Hugo (1989) and Nebula (1988) awards, and Effinger is a writer who's accumulated his share of well-deserved critical acclaim over the years. But Effinger, as a writer, is a stylist. It's his skill with the written word, that elusive knack for putting not just the right two words together on the page, but the exactly right two words that has always been his signature. Whether it's the brooding, Arabic cyberpunk future of When Gravity Fails, the absurdist failure of "Who Dat?" or the outrageous farce of the Maureen Birnbaum tales, it's the deft wordplay that sets these works apart rather than cutting-edge ideas or intricate plotting. "Schrodinger's Kitten," certainly, shares the trademark wordplay of Effinger's other work: starting with the insufferably coy title. Right away the listener is plunged into a non-linear narrative, which eventually is revealed to be very linear: at least from the perspective of the viewpoint character, Jehan. It's immediately apparent that 12-year-old Jehan is the kitten of the title, a frightened girl tormented by unsettling visions in the Islamic slum of Budayeen. It is here, during the festival marking the end of Ramadan, that she must kill a boy she has never met. A boy that her visions show her may one day do her great harm.
©1988 George Alec Effinger; (P)2004 AudioText
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Critic Reviews



Nebula Award Winner, Best Novelette, 1988


Hugo Award Winner, Best Novelette, 1989
"This complex narrative structure not only translates well to audio, it translates very well." (sfsite.com)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 09-28-13

Fine but Light

This is a fine short story stretched into a novelette with a modestly interesting structure and story, but the characters are weak. The narration is good but does not add much. For the SciFi genre this is a good novelette, but I did not find it engaging. I think it would have been better as a shorter story, but it was still worth the listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MICHAEL G MATTOCK on 02-15-15

Right on target

This is a man who understands the history of physics, and the deep insight of Heisenberg. The text accurately reflects what was going on in the community thinking about these things. It is odd to reflect that while Heisenberg was coming to his insight as to the limits of human knowledge, people not so many miles away thought they had ultimate knowledge and certainty. You can see the results of their ignorance, their dogma, their superstition at Auschwitz-Birkenau. A story not to be missed, in spite of the poor Arabic pronunciation.

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