Good-Bye, Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories

Good-Bye, Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories

by John Varley

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Publishers Weekly
Eleven long-unavailable science fiction stories showcase Varley’s signature themes of freedom and free love in this literary tour of the odder byways of the solar system. Varley (Slow Apocalypse) loves exotic settings: talking black holes in “Lollipop and the Tar Baby,” a hollowed-out comet turned into a space ship in “The Funhouse Effect,” an orbiting resort shaped like a champagne glass in “Blue Champagne,” a tropical “Disneyland” on Pluto in the title story. The stories themselves are solidly stuck in the 1970s; the twist of “The Funhouse Effect” won’t startle modern readers, and the characters killed in “The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged)” are mere sketches. The female protagonists of “Bagatelle” and “Equinoctial” are steered through their stories by men, while the sexual power games and clone-family issues in several other stories are no longer edgy. The collection serves best as a time capsule of Varley’s less-known work and silver-age science fiction. (May)
Library Journal
From a quirky tale about a space cruise past the sun aboard a remodeled comet ("The Funhouse Effect") to a harsh satire on what happens after the bombs drop ("The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged)"), these 11 stories, which have been unavailable in any form for 25 years, showcase what Varley (Slow Apocalpyse) calls his "Grand Tour of the Solar System," featuring "Retrograde Summer" (Mercury), "Blue Champagne" (near-Earth orbit), and "In the Bowl" (Venus). VERDICT Fans of Varley and of cleanly brilliant storytelling should enjoy this.

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Subterranean Press
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