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THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION
(Introduction by Algis Budrys)
These first appeared from 1975 to 1978 - in Magazine of F&SF (5), Galaxy (3), Isaac Asimov's.
Varley's first collection - collecting many of the stories he made a "big splash" with in the SF magazines. Some of these are part of his "Eight Worlds" series. "In the Bowl" and "Retrograde Summer" were Nebula award nominees (1977,1976); "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance" and "The Phantom of Kansas" were both Hugo nominees (1977); "Air Raid" (basis for the movie MILLENIUM) was nominted for both Hugo & Nebula awards (1978); "In the Hall of the Martian Kings" was a Hugo-nominee (1978); the title story was winner of both Hugo & Nebula awards (1979.) As a reader at the time, "The Phantom of Kansas" and "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank" both impressed me and made me seek out more by Varley. This collection makes my "top-5" SF collection list - I strongly recommend it.
Just to show I am not alone with my high opinion of this book, here's a short review by Charles N. Brown (of LOCUS fame):
A word of advice to collectors: this SFBC edition follows the appearance of the 1978 Dial Press/Quantum first edition, but is standard-size (shorter than the first) - and with MUCH better paper quality. When I saw the poor paper-quality of the first edition (it tends to brown easily), I avoided buying it, and got my SFBC copy autographed in preference.
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