The Good Humor Man is a postmodern Fahrenheit 451, with a dash of Carl Hiaasen, that dares to ask the question: Can Elvis save the world sixty-four years after his death?
Did you know that Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is based on a previously written novella entitled "The Fireman"? So GHM not only pays tribute to Bradbury in terms of its title, but also down to the setting and tone of the book's final scene (which mirrors 451's). Of course, GHM wouldn't even exist -- at least in its present form -- if not for George Alec Effinger. Andy, a long-time resident of New Orleans, was a student of George's, and Andy told me that George had read and critiqued the first half of the novel before his untimely death in 2002. I plan to blog more about my work with, and on behalf of, George Alec Effinger, but for now, just a bit of history . . .
I placed a "letter" in Locus online back in March 2003 requesting recommendations from readers for their favorite George Alec Effinger stories for a collection I was putting together at the time. Andy responded, and that's how he and I first made contact. His favorite Effinger story, "White Hats" (from Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April 1984), didn't make it into the collection, but Andy and I stayed in touch. And when I put together the third (and last) Effinger collection, A Thousand Deaths (Golden Gryphon Press, 2007), I asked Andy to contribute to the book, given his long-time relationship, both professional and as a friend, with George Alec Effinger. Andy wrote a very moving, sincere 10,000-word afterword.
But enough from me, and about George Alec Effinger. Andrew Fox's The Good Humor Man is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powell's Books, and probably from wherever else you purchase your books. So, what are you waiting for? Go!Tweet This