Monday, February 07, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: John Varley - Blue Tyson

John Varley is a
science fiction author whose talent and even worse, production, fell of the same cliff that Larry Niven's did in the 1980s. Before then he was a talented writer of short fiction and occasional novelist. Of some interest are his Eight Worlds stories - with aliens in the solar system and humans on other planets, with the novel The Ophiuchi Hotline coming later. The Gaea trilogy is a bizarre planetary romance based on a small living artificial world. In 2003 he returned with Red Thunder, a throwback style novel with a couple of youths and a crazy inventor and his friend the washed up astronaut knocking up a spaceship in the back yard. The Story In the Hall of the Martian Kings may also appeal, with its exploration surprise.