Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson

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Maureen Birnbaum,
Barbarian Swordsperson
Author George Alec Effinger
Publisher Doubleday Books
Publication date
June 1993
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 978-1-56865-101-9 (hc)
OCLC 31129110

Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson is a 1993 anthology by George Alec Effinger, with cover and interior illustrations by Ken Kelly. They collect all of his stories about Maureen 'Muffy' Birnbaum, a Jewish American Princess who is magically teleported to various fantasy and science fiction universes, and later recounts the tales to her best friend, 'Bitsy' Spiegelman. Originally written on his own initiative, the character proved popular enough for Effinger to gain several requests from authors to have versions of their work visited by Muffy.

In addition to satirizing and spoofing the various stories, they had a feminist undertone, as Maureen dealt with the often sexist reactions of the inhabitants of the worlds she met, struggled to find the Martian prince she had fallen in love with, and contrasted her adventures with Bitsy, a housewife with an increasingly unhappy marriage.

Table of contents[edit]

Title Story mocked Original publication Notes
A Few Words from Muffy Birnbaum's Most Passionate Admirer ––   This volume Introduction by Mike Resnick
Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson Barsoom The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1982
Maureen Birnbaum at the Earth's Core Pellucidar The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1986
Maureen Birnbaum on the Art of War Horseclans Friends of the Horseclans, 1987
Maureen Birnbaum After Dark "Nightfall" Foundation's Friends, 1989
Maureen Birnbaum Goes Shopynge Robin Hood The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood, 1991
Maureen Birnbaum and the Saint Graal Grail legend This volume Written for an anthology of Holy Grail stories
Maureen Birnbaum and the Looming Awfulness Cthulhu Mythos This volume
Maureen Birnbaum's Lunar Adventure Feghoot This volume Revised from an earlier version written for a science fiction convention booklet

Other stories[edit]

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