Varley Vade mecum

Ready Reference for John Varley Fans

Note

This bibliography is tailored to my own preference. I have grouped the Eight-Worlds stories together in series order, because that is the order in which they should be read. Please refer to "The Eight Worlds Essay" for the reasons behind the order. The dates are also listed if that is necessary to you. The independant stories are listed in the order of publication. Everything else is listed wherever it seemed to best fit. I believe this bibliography to contain more John Varley titles than any other posted.  I try to make it complete in that regard. I have not attempted to list all the appearances of every title. Thanks to Bruce Chrumka for the "Beyond Bedford Falls" information.

Doug Eigsti 06/25/2007 

John Varley Bibliography 4.4 01/07/16

John Varley Bibliography

 

The 8-Worlds series 

Arranged preferred reading order based on internal textual dating cues.


Anna-Louise Bach Stories [Pre-Invasion, circa 2073+25 AD (C3 p57.-3)]


Blue Champagne, (62p, C3 Blue Champagne* & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) New Voices 4*, Berkley 1982. Police Cadet Bach (C3 p44.-5, 75.-3)

Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo, (73p, C3 Blue Champagne*; C4 The John Varley Reader) 1985. Corporal Bach (C3 p81.-5)

The Bellman, (16p, C4* The John Varley Reader) (Asimov's June, 2003),

The Barbie Murders, (29p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside & C4* The John Varley Reader) Isaac Asimov’s*, Jan 1978. Lieutenant Bach

Bagatelle(25p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) Galaxy, Oct 1976*. Police Chief Bach

 

Eight Worlds Occupied Earth

Options, (28p, C3* Blue Champagne & C4*The John Varley Reader) Universe 9, 1979, Circa O.E. 100 (p155.-1. Dove Audio, 2005, Narrated by Claudia Christian (Available on Audible.com in the collection More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Picnic on Nearside, (24p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside & C4* The John Varley Reader) F&SF, Aug 1974, O.E. 214 (p241.-6)

The Black Hole Passes, (28p, C1* The Persistence of Vision & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) F&SF*, June 1975

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, (34p, C1* The Persistence of Vision & C4* The John Varley Reader) Galaxy, May 1976

Goodbye Robinson Crusoe, (30p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) Isaac Asmiov’s*, Spring 1977(185.4, Circa O.E. 200;IP war with Pluto)

Her Girl Friday, (54p) Isaac Asimov’s*, Aug 1992 (Steel Beach excerpt. Chronicles the exploits of Brenda.)

STEEL BEACH, (566p) Ace / Putnam* 1992 [Metal Trilogy - Reporter]

THE GOLDEN GLOBE, (425p) Ace* 1998 [Metal Trilogy - Actor]

The Phantom of Kansas, (42p, C1* The Persistence of Vision& C4* The John Varley Reader) Galaxy, Feb 1976 (C1, 4.6, O.E. 342)

Retrograde Summer, (22p, C1* The Persistence of Vision & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) F&SF*, Feb 1975

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, (42p, C1* The Persistence of Vision & C4* The John Varley Reader) Galaxy, July 1976*

Amputee, (6p) Unpublished*, 197x?

The Funhouse Effect(25p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside) F&SF*, Dec 1976, O.E. 300 (p50.3) 

Lollipop and the Tar Baby, (22p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside, C3* Blue Champagne & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) Orbit 19 1977 (229.6, O.E. 300+)O.E. 100s ? (C2, p225.6)

Beatnik Bayou(35p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside & C4* The John Varley Reader) New Voices 3*, Berkley 1980

Equinoctial, (49p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) Ascents of Wonder*, Popular Library 1977(95.-3, O.E. 200+)

In the Bowl, (35p, C1* The Persistence of Vision & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) F&SF*, Dec 1975

THE OPHIUCHI HOTLINE, (237p) Dial Press* 1977. Audible.com (7:55), September 2008, Narrated by Gabra Zackman

 

Independent Stories (in chronological order)


Scoreboard (16p) (Vertex*, August 1974)

A Choice of Enemies, (Vertex*, June 1975, Vol. 3 No. 2)

Manikins(13p, C2* The Barbie Murders / Picnic on Nearside) Amazing, Jan 1976

In the Hall of the Martian Kings, (47p, C1* The Persistence of Vision; C4* The John Varley Reader) F&SF*, Feb 1976

The Psi Olympics, (4p, Scintillation 11, Volume 3 Number 5, December 1976*)

The M&M Seen as a Low Yield Thermonuclear Device, (15p) Orbit 18*, Harper 1976

Air Raid, (15p, C1* The Persistence of Vision; C4* The John Varley Reader) Isaac Asimov’s*, Spring 1977 (as Herb Boehm)

The Persistence of Vision(53p) C1* The Persistence of Vision, C4* The John Varley Reader) F&SF, March. Audible.com (2 hours and 29 minutes), September 2008, Narrated by Peter Ganim

The Pusher, (15p, C3* Blue Champagne; C4* The John Varley Reader) F&SF*, 1981

Press Enter ,  (60p, C3* Blue Champagne; C4)* The John Varley Reader Isaac Asimov’s*, May 1984. Audible.com (2 hours and 53 minutes), September 2008, Narrated by Peter Ganim

The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged), (4p, C3* Blue Champagne & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) Westercon 37, 1985

The Unprocessed Word, (18p, C3* Blue Champagne & C5* Goodbye Robinson Crusoe) 1985

A Valentine, (With P.J. Beese), Moscon X Program Book*, Ed. Jon Gusftason 1988

Just Another Perfect Day (12p; C4* The John Varley reader) The Twilight Zone*, June 1989; Dozois' 7th Annual Best SF*, St. Martin’s

Good Intentions, Playboy*, Nov. 1992, (15p, C4* The John Varley Reader)

Truth, Justice and the Politically Correct Socialist Path, (25p) Superheroes*, Ace 1995

The Flying Dutchman, (18p; C4* The John Varley Reader) Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny* (1998) 

A Twistmas Carol, Infinite Matrix* (5p, infinitematrix.net) (2001)

Beyond Bedford Falls, Infinite Matrix* (5p, infinitematrix.net) (2002)

A Christmas Story, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2003*

In Fading Suns and Dying Moons, (C4* The John Varley Reader) (Stars*; Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian, 2003, p72-73)


 

The Gaea Trilogy

TITAN (309p) Dial Press* 1978. Serialized in Analog*, Jan - April 1978. Audible.com (10:25), September 2008, Narrated by Allyson Johnson

WIZARD (372p) Berkley Putnam* 1980. Audible.com (15:01), September 2008, Narrated by Allyson Johnson

DEMON (464p) Putnam* 1984. Audible.com (19:36), September 2008, Narrated by Allyson Johnson




Thunder and Lightning Series

RED THUNDER (416p) Ace*, Apr 2004 

RED LIGHTNING (330p) Ace*, Apr 2006

ROLLING THUNDER (344p) Ace*, Mar 2008

DARK LIGHTNING (352p) Ace*, Aug 2014

 

 
Independent Novels

MILLENNIUM (247p) Berkley* 1983 (novelization of Air Raid)

MAMMOTH (364p) Ace*, June 2005

SLOW APOCALYPSE (448p) Ace*, September 2012

 

 

Manuscripts

 The Gate Movie Treatment, (64p) Unpublished Manuscript*. 197x (movie treatment of Air Raid)

THE GATE Novelization, (80p) Unpublished Manuscript*. 197x (novelization of Air Raid)

The Phantom of Kansas, Screenplay. (124 pages) (June, 1980) Unpublished Manuscript*

 

John Varley on Film

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank. Made for TV movie. WNET Channel 13 New York, 1983*. (Released on LaserDisc* October 10, 1992 Image Entertainment, Color. Run time: 83 minutes.)

Options. Episode of the New Zealand TV series Welcome to Paradox, Gibson Group, 1985*. Run time 30 minutes.

Blue Champagne, Episode of the New Zealand TV series Welcome to Paradox, Gibson Group, 1985*. Run time 30 minutes.

Millennium. Motion picture based on Varley’s short story “Air Raid” and his novel Millennium. First Millennium Partnership, 1989*. Run time 108 minutes.

 

Articles

1955SFWA Bulletin*, (7p, Fall 1979, Volume 14, Number 3) 

Introduction, (Superheroes*, and Ricia Mainhardt) (1995)

 

Interviews

An Interview with John Varley, conducted by Daniel Deprez on January 10, 1977, Science Fiction Review*. (August, 1977, pp 8-18)

Interview: John VarleyFuture Life*. September, 1979

Interview: John Varley, by Darrell Schweitzer, Paragon*, May 1980, (Recorded at Philcon, Jan. 1977)

A Conversation with John Varley, by Pascal Thomas. (Article trimmed. Title: ***Fiction TiÙ**, Science Fiction Times? Complete periodical title unknown) August 1979*, Volume One, Number Four

John Varley: Thoughts about the future, by Dorothy Velasco and Kent Patterson. Northwest, The Sunday Oregonian Magazine*, March 19, 1978

 

Unpublished Works—Wish List


GAS GIANT (Early, circa 1973, handwritten manuscript, unavailable, not published) (This is the fabled first Varley novel; reportedly hand written, and considered by Varley to be unpublishable. It is listed in Megavore 12 in a bibliography, by Fred Isajenko. The title was confirmed in a private letter from Thomas M. Whitehead of the Special Collections department of Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA, This same Temple University collection has copies of Amputee, The Gate novel, The Gate screenplay, and The Phantom of Kansas screenplay, among other Varley items we mere mortals may never see.)


IRONTOWN BLUES [Metal Trilogy - Cop] (Not yet published. July 11, 2015 Varley.net press release announces that John Varley is working on the novel with 2016 as an expected release date.)

GalaxyOriginal Screenplay Listed on varley.net


Have Spacesuit, Will Travel—Original Screenplay. Based on a Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same name. Listed on varley.net

 


Key:
 
Varley Book Collections
 
C1 -
 The Persistence of Vision (Various Title, U.K.: In The Hall Of The Martian Kings), Dial Press* 1978 
C2 -
 The Barbie Murders, Berkley* 1980 (V.T.: Picnic on Nearside) 
C3 -
 Blue Champagne, Dark Harvest* 1986 
C4 -
 The John Varley ReaderAce* 2004 

C5 – Goodbye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories, Subterranean Press*, 2013

 

NOVELS ARE IN ALL CAPS

RedScarce items in the collection of Doug Eigsti

BlueNot in Doug's collection (yet)

*—Item validated by DDE


Compiled by DDE 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016

Rev 4.4