The Red Tape War Author:Jack L. Chalker, Mike Resnick, George Alec Effinger Sixty-seven centuries in the future, a bureaucratic snafu makes Millard Fillmore Pierce the Milky Way's representative to an invasion force from another dimension. An epic space opera revolving around a bewildered human, several various and assorted aliens, and a buxom space cowgirl named Marshmallow who ride the edge of one cliffhange... more »r after another. Millard Fillmore Pierce, Class 2 Arbiter, is lost. And when you're in the service of the Spiral Federation, getting found again is no easy task. The paperwork alone could take years. But when Pierce's ship is captured by an alien dreadnaught, the nightmare only gets worse: The aliens are intent on galactic conquest, and they intend to start with Pierce.
The Red Tape War is a "round-robin" collaboration: Three science fiction masters each take turns trying to write the other two into a hole... a book wherein each author writes a chapter, and "tries to stick it to the next guy in line" with a near-insoluble problem. Born in the wickedly fertile imaginations of Jack L. Chalker and Mike Resnick more than ten years ago, and enhanced by the talented voice of George Alec Effinger, The Red Tape War is a tongue-in-cheek return to the pulp era of science fiction. A truly unique concept in novelization, and completely unconcerned with conventional storytelling, with an introductiory essay by Mike Resnick.« less