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Titan 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

John Varley (1947 - )

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judygreeneyes April 4th, 2008 03:37 PM PST

John Varley has long been one of my very favorite writers of science fiction. My first encounter with him was the Gaea trilogy (Titan, Demon, and Wizard), which I have read several times since the eighties. I can recommend any of his novels or short stories. Aside from the trilogy, I strongly recommend The Persistence of Vision.


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(From Wikipedia) Varley 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 Cala (now 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. For more info: http://www.varley.net/

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