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John Varley (1947- ) is an American Science Fiction writer.

Some of his works, such as Millennium (1983) and Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, have been adapted for the screen. However, he's best known for his Hugo and Nebula award winning short story The Persistence of Vision (from the collection of the same name), The Gaea Trilogy, which takes place inside a moon-sized rotating insane alien, and for short stories and novels set in the Eight Worlds 'verse, a Heinleinian-style future history in which humanity spreads across the solar system after being forcibly ejected from earth by hostile aliens.

  • The Gaea Trilogy includes:
    • Titan (1979)
    • Wizard (1980)
    • Demon (1984)
  • The Eight Worlds setting includes:
    • The Barbie Murders (1980) a short story collection (republished as Picnic on Nearside in 1984)
    • Blue Champagne (stories)
    • The Opiuchi Hotline (1977)
    • Steel Beach (1992)
    • The Golden Globe (1998)
    • Irontown Blues (2018)
  • The Thunder and Lightning series. The first book was essentially a re-envisioning of Robert A. Heinlein's Rocketship Gallileo for the 21st Century, the later books pursue what happens to subsequent generations but it's still in many ways on big homage to Heinlein. One character is even named Podkayne.
  • Red Thunder (2003)
  • Red Lightning (2006)
  • Rolling Thunder (2008)
  • Dark Lightning (2017)
  • Mammoth (2005)
  • Slow Apocalypse (2012)