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John Varley
John Varley

John Herbert Varley (born August 9, 1947 in Austin, Texas) is a Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Seiun Award and Prometheus Award Winning science fiction author. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (623x691, 91 KB)Photo of John Varley (author) Source: Official Website of the author This work is a copyrighted publicity photograph. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (623x691, 91 KB)Photo of John Varley (author) Source: Official Website of the author This work is a copyrighted publicity photograph. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Government County Travis County Mayor Will Wynn Geographical characteristics Area 669. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... The Seiun Award is a famous Japanese science fiction award for writers. ... The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given out annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society (which also publishes a quarterly journal, Prometheus). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ...


He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, moved to Port Arthur in 1957, and graduated from Nederland High School. He went to Michigan State University on a National Merit Scholarship, because of the schools that he could afford, it was the farthest from Texas. He started as a physics major, switched to English, then left school before his 20th birthday and arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury just in time for the "Summer of Love" in 1967. There he worked at various unskilled jobs, depended on St. Anthony's Mission for meals, and panhandled outside the Lucky Market on Stanyan Street before deciding that writing had to be a better way to make a living. He was serendipitously present at Woodstock in 1969 when his car ran out of gas a half-mile away. He also has lived at various times in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, New York, San Francisco again, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... Port Arthur is a city in Jefferson County within the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area and is situated in southeast Texas. ... Nederland is a city located in Jefferson County, Texas. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a multiple choice standardized test generally taken by high school juniors, sophomores, and freshmen in the United States. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... Categories: US geography stubs | San Francisco neighborhoods ... The Summer of Love is a phrase given to the summer of 1967 to try to describe the feeling of being in San Francisco that summer, when the so-called hippie movement came to full fruition. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Woodstock may refer to: Woodstock Music and Art Festival, a 1969 U.S. rock festival which inspired a 1970 Warner Bros. ... Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, PDX Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Mayor Tom Potter Area    - City 376. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Motto: Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Lane Founded 1846 Incorporated 1862 Mayor Kitty Piercy Area    - City 105. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ...


He has written several novels (his first attempt, Gas Giant, was, he admits, "pretty bad") and numerous short stories, many of them in a future history ("The Eight Worlds") where a century or two before a race of mysterious and omnipotent aliens almost completely eradicated humans from the Earth (they regard whales and dolphins to be the superior Terran lifeforms and humans only an infestation), but humans have inhabited virtually every other corner of the solar system, often through the use of wild biological modifications partially learned from eavesdropping on alien communications. His detailed speculations on the ways humans might use advances in biological science were revelatory in the 1970s when his story collection The Persistence of Vision was released. The title story in that collection won the Hugo and Nebula awards, and it has been suggested that "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank", which was adapted and televised for PBS in 1985, may have inspired some portions of the movie Total Recall (although the primary inspiration was clearly the credited source, the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember it for you Wholesale"). Has a cousin, Dann Varley, of Munhall, Pennsylvania, who is an up and coming young author on the horror scene. A future history is a postulated history of the future that some science fiction authors construct as a common background for fiction. ... A series of novels and short stories by John Varley, in which the solar system has been colonized by human refugees fleeing an alien invasion of the earth. ... The term whale is ambiguous: it can refer to all cetaceans, to just the larger ones, or only to members of particular families within the order Cetacea. ... Genera See article below. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... Total Recall is an American science fiction film released on June 1, 1990, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Ronald Shusett, Dan OBannon, Jon Povill and Gary Goldman. ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American science fiction writer. ... Munhall is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ...


Varley spent some years in Hollywood but the only tangible result of this stint was the film Millennium. Of his Millennium experience Varley said: The film Millennium came out in 1989, and starred Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd (formerly of the 1970s action show, Charlies Angels), Robert Joy, Al Waxman, and Daniel J. Travanti as Dr. Arnold Mayer. ...

"We had the first meeting on Millennium in 1979. I ended up writing it six times. There were four different directors, and each time a new director came in I went over the whole thing with him and rewrote it. Each new director had his own ideas, and sometimes you'd gain something from that, but each time something's always lost in the process, so that by the time it went in front of the cameras, a lot of the vision was lost." (Interview in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday, July 20, 1992)

Varley is often compared to Robert A. Heinlein. In addition to a similarly descriptive writing style, similarities include free societies and free love. Two of his connected novels, Steel Beach and The Golden Globe, posit a sub-society of Heinleiners. The Golden Globe also contains a society evolved from a prison colony on Pluto and a second society evolved from it on Pluto's moon, Charon — a situation most notably found in Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Unlike Heinlein's lunar society, Varley's convict society is a cross between the mafia and the yakuza, only more so. This could be construed as a critique of Heinlein's novel and the ideas within it. This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... Libertarianism is a political philosophy advocating that individuals should be free to do whatever they wish with their person or property, as long as they do not infringe on the same liberty of others. ... The term free love has been used since at least the nineteenth century to describe a social movement that rejects marriage, which is seen as a form of social bondage, especially for women. ... The Golden Globe is a novel by John Varley a science fiction writer, and winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards multiple times. ... The Golden Globe is a novel by John Varley a science fiction writer, and winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards multiple times. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 0. ... Media:Example. ... The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress cover The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar penal colonys revolt against rule from Earth. ... For other uses, see Mafia (disambiguation). ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ...


Varley is noteworthy for the frequent prominence of female characters, unusual in science fiction, and especially so among male authors of hard science fiction. This prominence is visible not only in his Eight Worlds history where sex changes are routine, but in his other works as well. The idea of routine sex changes is also an example of the sexual themes that color his works without dominating them. Hard science fiction, or hard SF, is a subgenre of science fiction characterized by an interest in scientific detail or accuracy, being the opposite of soft science fiction. ... Modern science fiction frequently involves themes of sex, gender and sexuality. ...


John Varley has also written a trilogy of novels set in a hollow world reminiscent in structure to a very large Stanford torus space habitat, but with a distinctly different personality. They are: Artists conception of the interior of a Stanford torus The Stanford torus is a proposed design for a space habitat capable of housing approximately 10,000 permanent residents. ... Artists conception of a space habitat called the Stanford torus, by Don Davis Space colonization, also called space settlement and space humanization, is the possible permanent autonomous (self-sufficient) human habitation of locations outside Earth. ...

  • Titan
  • Wizard
  • Demon

Contents

Bibliography

Novels

The Ophiuchi Hotline is a science-fiction novel by John Varley. ... Titan is a 1979 science fiction novel by John Varley. ... Wizard is a science fiction novel by John Varley, the second book in his Gaea Trilogy. ... Millennium is a 1983 science fiction novel by John Varley, featuring a civilization from a far-future Earth using time travel to rescue passengers from airplanes destined to crash. ... Demon is a science fiction novel by John Varley, the third book in his Gaea Trilogy. ... The Golden Globe is a novel by John Varley a science fiction writer, and winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards multiple times. ... The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given out annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society (which also publishes a quarterly journal, Prometheus). ... Red Thunder is a 2003 science fiction novel written by John Varley. ... The Endeavour Award announced annually at OryCon in Portland, Oregon is awarded to a distinguished SCIENCE FICTION or FANTASY BOOK written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year. ...

Short story collections

A collection of 18 science fiction stories by John Varley, first published in paperback in September 2004. ...

Other

The film Millennium came out in 1989, and starred Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd (formerly of the 1970s action show, Charlies Angels), Robert Joy, Al Waxman, and Daniel J. Travanti as Dr. Arnold Mayer. ... Millennium is a 1983 science fiction novel by John Varley, featuring a civilization from a far-future Earth using time travel to rescue passengers from airplanes destined to crash. ...

Awards

Varley has won the Hugo Award three times: The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ...

  • 1979 - Novella – "The Persistence of Vision"
  • 1982 - Short Story – "The Pusher"
  • 1985 - Novella – "Press Enter■"

and has been nominated a further twelve times.


He has won the Nebula Award twice: The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ...

  • 1979 - Novella – "The Persistence of Vision"
  • 1985 - Novella - "Press Enter■"

and has been nominated a further six times.


He has won the Locus Award ten times: The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ...

  • 1976 - Special Locus Award – four novelettes in Top 10 ("Bagatelle", "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance", "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank", "The Phantom of Kansas")
  • 1979 - Novella – "The Persistence of Vision"
  • 1979 - Novelette – "The Barbie Murders"
  • 1979 - Single Author Collection – The Persistence of Vision
  • 1980 - SF Novel – Titan
  • 1981 - Single Author Collection – The Barbie Murders
  • 1982 - Novella – "Blue Champagne"
  • 1982 - Short Story – "The Pusher"
  • 1985 - Novella - "Press Enter■"
  • 1987 - Collection – Blue Champagne

Varley has also won the Jupiter Award, the Prix Apollo, several Seiun Awards, Endeavour Award and others. The Seiun Award is a famous Japanese science fiction award for writers. ... The Endeavour Award announced annually at OryCon in Portland, Oregon is awarded to a distinguished SCIENCE FICTION or FANTASY BOOK written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year. ...


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