The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction

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From the moment John Varley burst onto the scene in 1974, his short fiction was like nothing anyone else was writing. His stories won every award the science fiction field had to offer, many times over. His first collection, The Persistence of Vision, published in 1978, was the most important collection of the decade, and changed what fans would come to expect from science fiction.

Now, The John Varley Reader gathers his best stories, many out of print for years. This is the ...

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Overview

From the moment John Varley burst onto the scene in 1974, his short fiction was like nothing anyone else was writing. His stories won every award the science fiction field had to offer, many times over. His first collection, The Persistence of Vision, published in 1978, was the most important collection of the decade, and changed what fans would come to expect from science fiction.

Now, The John Varley Reader gathers his best stories, many out of print for years. This is the volume no Varley fan-or science fiction reader-can do without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441011957
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2004
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,310,717
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, and Mammoth. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.

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Table of Contents

The John Varley Reader Introdcuction

Picnic on Nearside

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

In the Hall of the Martian Kings

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

The Barbie Murders

The Phantom of Kansas

Beatnik Bayou

Air Raid

The Persistence of Vision

Press Enter

The Pusher

Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo

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Just Another Perfect Day

In Fading Suns and Dying Moons

The Flying Dutchmen

Good Intentions

The Bellman

Afterword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Great collection with author commentary

    This is a big book with a great variety of stories - from mysteries, to sense-of-wonder SF, to social commentary. Each one is introduced by the author with appropriate anecdotes that help place the story in context over the last 30 years of his career. I can't say I liked all of the stories, but there are some that I loved. The shining examples for me were 'In the Halls of the Martian Kings' about astonishing life discovered on Mars; 'Press Enter' describing paranoia about computer networks circa 1986; and 'The Bellman' a previously unpublished short with recurring character Anna-Louise Bach, Lunar detective. This book is worth reading even if you've read most of the stories before. For those that have never read a Varley story, expect well-imagined and expertly-crafted science fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Radar

    I HAVE READ ALL OF JOHN VARLEY'S WORKS, AND THIS GROUP OF STORIES WERE EVERY BIT AS AMAZING AS ALL THE OTHERS. ...RADAR...

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