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    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 »