The John Varley Reader

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The John Varley Reader
Author John Varley
Cover artist Ralph Mercer and Ian McKinnell
Country United States
Language English
Series Eight Worlds
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date
September 2004
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 532 pp
ISBN 0-441-01195-0
OCLC 55105932

The John Varley Reader is a representative collection of 18 of the science fiction short stories by John Varley, first published in paperback in September 2004. It features 5 new stories. Each story is preceded by an autobiographical introduction; until this book Varley had avoided discussing himself, or his works, in print.


  • Introduction
  • "Picnic on Nearside"
  • "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank"
  • "In the Hall of the Martian Kings"
  • "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance"
  • "The Barbie Murders"
  • "The Phantom of Kansas"
  • "Beatnik Bayou"
  • "Air Raid"
  • "The Persistence of Vision"
  • "Press Enter"
  • "The Pusher"
  • "Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo"
  • "Options"
  • "Just Another Perfect Day"
  • "In Fading Suns and Dying Moons"
  • "The Flying Dutchman"
  • "Good Intentions"
  • "The Bellman"

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