A Fire in the Sun

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A Fire in the Sun
First edition
AuthorGeorge Alec Effinger
Cover artistSteve Youll and Paul Youll
CountryUnited States
SeriesMarîd Audran series
GenreScience fiction, cyberpunk
Publication date
June 1989
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
813/.54 19
LC ClassPS3555.F4 F5 1989
Preceded byWhen Gravity Fails 
Followed byThe Exile Kiss 

A Fire in the Sun is a cyberpunk science fiction novel by American writer George Alec Effinger, published in 1989.[1] It is the second novel in the three-book Marîd Audran series, following the events of When Gravity Fails, and concentrating on Marîd's experience as he becomes the main lieutenant of Friedlander Bey's business empire while realising that his new master has darker aspects than he suspected.

The title of the novel comes from "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", a song by Bob Dylan: "Yonder stands your orphan with his gun / crying like a fire in the sun".[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

Taking place some months after the events described in When Gravity Fails, Marîd Audran, once a small-time hustler on the streets of the decadent Budayeen, finds himself as one of the lieutenants of Friedlander Bey or "Papa", the most influential man in the city. With his independence taken from him and being stationed as a liaison between Bey and the local law enforcement under the supervision of Sergeant Hajjar, Audran is forced to pair up with his colleague Jirji Shaknahyi in order to track down yet another serial killer who likes to remove some of the internal organs of their victims.

Although Hajjar does not share his theory about the murders being connected, Audran begins to suspect there might be more to the recent killings than meets the eye, and wonders where the so-called Phoenix File fits in.


  1. ^ A Fire in the Sun copyright notes, First Orb Edition: February 2006