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Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

That’s the title of a story I wrote in 1976. Good lord, that’s almost 42 years ago! It was published in the July 1976 issue of Galaxy.

I can’t possibly tell you just how thrilled I was to be appearing in a magazine I read faithfully every month. I mean, this was where Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, Alfred Bester, Cordwainer Smith, and ...

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Latest Novel

Irontown Blues

A new noir science fiction novel from a master of science fiction set in the Eight Worlds series about a detective on the hunt for biohackers who have created a dangerous new disease.

Christopher Bach was a policeman in one of the largest Lunar cities when the A.I. Lunar Central Computer had a breakdown, known as the Big Glitch, but it turned out to be a larger war than ...

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Latest Movie Review

Cyrano de Bergerac

In 1990 Gérard Depardieu made a damn good version of this in the original French, and I sure wish I understood French. But I don’t, so the next best thing is the Brian Hooker translation. Jose Ferrer won a Tony in this role, and then went on to win the Oscar in this film. How one translates a play written in French, in a formal mode known as an Alexandrine, and preserve the beauty of the ...

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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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Some good news for Varley readers who were looking forward to a hardback IRONTOWN BLUES on your bookshelf. My agent, Christine Cohen, is working on getting a limited edition hardback. The best news: The hardback is going to be a “writer’s cut,” which means it’s going to have scenes that I was forced to cut. Let me know if you want a hardback on your bookshelf ...

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Featured Short Fiction

In the Bowl

What is costly and what is of value? It might take a trip to Venus to truly understand.

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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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