The Ophiuchi Hotline

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THE BRILLIANT NOVEL THAT LAUNCHED THE VARLEY PHENOMENON

The invaders came in 2050…They did not kill anyone outright. hey said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth—dolphins and whales. The Invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting seeds. In the next two years, ten billion humans starved to death. 

The remnants of humanity that survived ...

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Overview

THE BRILLIANT NOVEL THAT LAUNCHED THE VARLEY PHENOMENON

The invaders came in 2050…They did not kill anyone outright. hey said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth—dolphins and whales. The Invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting seeds. In the next two years, ten billion humans starved to death. 

The remnants of humanity that survived relocated to the moon and other planets. But they are not alone in their struggle—someone or something, somewhere in deep space, is sending them advanced scientific data via the Ophiuchi Hotline. And by the twenty-fifth century, the technological gifts from the Hotline—especially its biological and medical solutions—have created a world unlike any ever known or imagined…

From the award-winning author of Steel Beach. Humans have settled on moon colonies called the Eight Worlds after being exiled from Earth by the Invaders. But a group calling itself the Free Earth Party is experimenting with weapons in an effort to reclaim their home planet--an effort that could end in the destruction of all humanity. Reissue.

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John Varley's debut novel, 1977's The Ophiuchi Hotline (a science fiction masterpiece that has been called his finest work ever) has been repackaged and reissued in paperback by Ace Books, along with his classic Gaean trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon).

After a race of supremely advanced aliens invade Earth to liberate the planet's intelligent species -- whales and dolphins! -- the majority of humankind is exiled into space, where, through the magic of bioengineering, they begin to adapt to and thrive in their unforgiving environments. Cutting-edge tech means that humans can modify any body part, regularly store their memories for cloning purposes, and even merge with seemingly benevolent alien beings (known as symbs) to create another entity altogether. The discovery of a steady -- and mostly indecipherable -- stream of data originating from a star system 17 light-years away offers humankind some kind of hope of advancing the species and retaking their homeworld. But when the novel's protagonist (a series of successive clones named Lilo-Alexandr-Calypso) travels out to 70 Ophiuchi, what she finds may not be salvation for the human race but its damnation….

Almost 30 years after it was first released, Varley's first novel -- like Joan Rivers's face -- has barely shown any signs of aging at all. Just as thematically cutting-edge and wildly entertaining as it was back in 1977, The Ophiuchi Hotline is a must-read for anyone claiming to be a science fiction fan. (You know you're an undeniably hard-core genre fan, by the way, if you can properly pronounce this title.) Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441634842
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 800,787
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.66 (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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