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  • Sending Prayers to the Cosmos

    March 4, 2021 John was discharged from the hospital February 28 with many instructions, one being that has to sit in the backseat. Since our PT Cruiser’s backseat hardly accommodates 6’ 5” John under the best of circumstances, his wonderful family came to the rescue yet again. (Kerry, Francine and Jerry gathered together and delivered all the things he needed at home.) We picked him up in ... Read more »

  • Most Important Books

    Along with my upcoming reprint editions from Open Road, they are running a feature asking SF writers what the most important book or books in their lives was. One is from our friend Joe Haldeman. The rest I don’t know well. Interesting choices, all of them. The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors You Love Recommend Their Favorite Books. Vancouver, WA August 17, 2020 … Read more » Read more »

  • An Experiment

    I really hate the big New York publishing houses. I started off here with two pages going into all the reasons I hate them, listing all the ways they screw authors these days. Then I read it and decided that I was sounding like a whiny little bitch, so I tossed all that. Suffice it to say that, what with the mergers where big companies became even bigger and other factors, everything that has ... Read more »

  • Ezvid Wiki, the World’s First Video Wiki

    A few days ago an email arrived at the website from Caroline Eliasson. Subject: You’ve been chosen for a Wiki: 9 Phenomenal Sci-Fi Novels by Contemporary Authors. See it here. Ophiuchi Hotline is number one. I’m honored. She wrote: “Some background: Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki was the world’s first video wiki, and is now among the top 3,000 websites in the United States. Our ... Read more »

  • Open Road

    August is the month with no holidays (in the U.S., anyway). But it is the month of birthdays in my family. Mine is coming up on the 9th. I will be 73. Lee’s is on the 22nd. She will be mumblety-mumble years old. My sister Kerry’s is on the 16th. My mother’s is on the 21st . She would have been 94, but she died on the Ides of March. Only my sister Francine avoided the August rush. Hers is on ... Read more »

  • An Interview with John Varley

    I recently was interviewed by email by Kermit Woodall, of Amazing Stories. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I hadn’t known it was still being published, if only online. But now there is actually a print edition, starting in Fall 2018! That’s a span of 92 years (with some interruptions) since Hugo Gernsback published the first issue, in April of 1926. You can read the ... Read more »

  • And the Hugo Goes to … Introduction

    I grew up in the little town of Nederland, Texas, squeezed between Beaumont and Port Arthur like a pimple full of petroleum. I hated it. (Sorry, Nederland, it’s the truth.) The main attractions of that area, known as the Golden Triangle (Orange is the third point), were humidity, hurricanes, mosquitoes the size of Nazi dive bombers, and a perpetual petrochemical stink from the five giant ... Read more »


    Since I learned that Penguin House did not intend to print a hardcover first edition of my latest book, Irontown Blues, we have been hoping to find a small press publisher willing to do a limited edition. So far, we have not found one. When I asked you folks on the mailing list if you would be interested in such a book, I got over 100 replies, all of them eager to get one. There have been so ... Read more »

  • Cory Doctorow’s review of Irontown Blues

    Irontown Blues arrived in bookstores yesterday, August 28th. And I’ve been sitting on this review since May 7th: John Varley’s “Irontown Blues” – noir doggy science fiction from one of the field’s all-time greats. … Read more » Read more »

  • Irontown Blues Advance Copies

    I just received seven advance reading copies of my upcoming new novel, Irontown Blues. I immediately put one copy on my shelf, as I always do. The other six are up for grabs. There are six only. When they are gone, there will be no more signed copies from me. As always, I will personalize the book to you if you so desire. These are what used to be called bound galleys, uncorrected proofs, ... Read more »


    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 next to STEEL BEACH and GOLDEN ... Read more »

  • Irontown Blues Advance Copies Sold Out

    All six of the advance reading copies of Irontown Blues went fast. March 15, 2018 Vancouver, WA … Read more » Read more »


    Penguin House has just informed me of a new publication date for Irontown Blues. It is now scheduled to appear in August 28, 2018. Fifteen months away. I’m very sorry to have to tell you all this, but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Vancouver, WA May 31, 2017 … Read more » Read more »


    I am pleased to announce that on April 30th at 3 PM I submitted the final draft of my novel Irontown Blues, a full six hours ahead of the deadline! Irontown Blues is the third, and final, installment of what I call my “Metal Trilogy.” This began with Steel Beach in 1992, the story of Hildy Johnson, a reporter in my Eight Worlds universe. It continued in 1998 with The Golden Globe, which ... Read more »

  • eBay Auction Update

    We recently held an eBay auction to sell four signed and inscribed books by Robert A. Heinlein. We am happy to report that the final prices for these items were way beyond what I had expected! I was not going to quote just how much they went for, but then I realized that anyone who wanted to know could just look them up on eBay, so what the heck. Here’s what we got: Job: A Comedy of Justice: ... Read more »

  • eBay Auction

    I know many of you have asked when my next novel, Irontown Blues, will be published. The answer is that I’m pretty sure it will be in the Fall, September or October. Which means I have to hand it in by April 30. Since it’s not finished yet, this has been a cause of quite a bit of anxiety for us. I am working hard every day. I am pleased to say it’s coming along well. But I am way over the ... Read more »


    It’s six years after I was included on io9’s list of 12 Unfinished SF Novels We Wish We Could Read, and I am finally at work on IRONTOWN BLUES! I hope to have it finished by the end of the year, and it should see print sometime in 2016. July 11, 2015 Vancouver, WA … Read more » Read more »

  • 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 for sale? Maybe you want to replace ... Read more »

  • Christmas shopping

    Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again. Whatever you call it, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, or just “The Holidays” like we do, it’s a time of giving gifts. And what better gift for your loved ones than a signed and inscribed (if you wish) copy of a John Varley book? Okay, I can think of several, including a Tesla automobile, a house shaped like the Space Shuttle, and a trip on ... Read more »

  • Bullies at Amazon

    You may have heard of the current dispute between Hachette Book Group and Amazon. I won’t go into the details, which are complicated, but what’s been happening is that Amazon has been playing “hardball,” as they call it. They have unilaterally decided to delay shipment of all Hachette titles, from two to four weeks. Just how much of the total book market Amazon controls varies depending on ... Read more »

  • Dark Lightning complete

    I have completed and sent in my newest novel, Dark Lightning, and it has been accepted by my editor at Penguin House Books. This will be my fourth and (probably) last book in my Heinlein Juvenile tribute series which we are now calling the Thunder and Lightning series. July 19, 2013 Vancouver, WA … Read more » Read more »

  • Slow Apocalypse now in paperback

    My most recent novel, Slow Apocalypse, is now available in paperback. July 19, 2013 Vancouver, WA … Read more » Read more »

  • The 2009 Robert A. Heinlein Award

    Two months ago I was named the co-winner, with my friend Joe Haldeman, of the 2009 Robert A. Heinlein Award for “outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” The people who give the award were a little slow getting everything in the mail, but it all recently arrived: A plaque, a medallion I can wear, and two lapel pins, all with the image of Mr. Heinlein. I’m no ... Read more »


    IRONTOWN BLUES by John Varley is #3 on io9’s list of 12 Unfinished SF Novels We Wish We Could Read. October 27, 2009 Hollywood, CA … Read more » Read more »