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The Congo, and Some Science Fiction Poetry

A weird happened to me last night. I woke up with a poem moving around in my head. “Fat black bucks in a wine-barrel room …” I immediately recognized it as “The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race,” by Vachel Lindsay.

Holy racism! We actually studied this when I was in the seventh grade! Lindsay was a ...

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Latest Novel

Dark Lightning

Dark Lightning is the fourth and last in my Thunder and Lightning series.

Cassandra Ann and Pollyanna Sue are 18-year-old identical twins from an illustrious family. Their great-grandparents were among the first people to land on Mars. Their grandparents fought in the wars to keep Mars free. Their mother, Podkayne, is a famous ...

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Latest Movie Review

Leviathan

Kolya is an ordinary Russian (which means, among other things, that he drinks way too much) who is getting fucked over by a corrupt mayor, and corrupt city council, and a corrupt Church. They want his miserable .66 acre and the house he built that stands on it, and they will bring the whole weight of authority down on his head to get it. And guess what? They get ...

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Latest Collection

Good-Bye, Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories

“This stellar collection by John Varley contains eleven provocative, utterly distinctive stories and novellas. None of them are currently available in any other book. Some have been unavailable in any form for twenty-five years or more. The result is a publishing event that no admirer of Varley—or of first-rate imaginative fiction—can afford to miss.

“The ...

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News

Dark Lightning paperback now available

The official publication date for the paperback edition of my newest novel, Dark Lightning, is March 31st. But we have a limited number of author’s copies that just arrived today! For only $15, you can have a signed copy before anyone else in your town.

And while you’re there, why not browse the virtual shelves for the many other signed books ...

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Featured Short Fiction

The Bellman

Someone once asked Benjamin Franklin “What possible use are balloons?” He answered with a question, “What use is a newborn baby?” Here are many answers…

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Featured Film

A Short Overview of Titan

Here's a very short but quite impressive video made by Jean-Paul Verne, a fly-through of Gaea from my trilogy. M. Verne wants to be involved if a movie ever gets made. Over the years many, many people have written to me wishing these books would be made into a movie. Naturally, I'd like that, too. Let's hope this is not as close as we'll ever get.

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Featured Video

Accidental Hippies

Sometime not long after my high school graduation I was studying at Michigan State University when my long-time girlfriend dumped me. I entered such a state of depression that I could not continue in college. So I dropped out and decided to hit the road with Chris Kingsley, my best friend in the world. Chris had much more experience of life on the road than I did, had actually hitched to ...

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