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By John Varley

A selection of technological know-how fiction tales from "the top author in America" (Tom Clancy)—Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer John Varley.

John Varley's detailed combination of startling know-how and surely human characters has received him each significant technology fiction award numerous instances over for either his novels and his brief fiction.

Blue Champagne collects 8 thought-provoking tales from one of many genre's undisputed masters, together with the Hugo Award-winner "The Pusher," and the Hugo and Nebula award-winner "Press Enter."

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And this is because my mother had terrified me with the lie that killed children who lied. I think that what I blame books for, in general, is that they are not free. One can see it in the writing: they are fabricated, organized, regulated; one could say they conform. A function of the revision that the writer often wants to impose on himself. At that moment, the writer becomes his own cop. By being concerned with good form, in other words the most banal form, the clearest and most inoffensive. There are still dead generations 23 / WRITING that produce prim books.

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I believe this: I believe that a person left to her * Bérégovoy was finance minister, then prime minister under Mitterrand. —trans . 27 / WRITING own devices is already stricken by madness, because nothing keeps her from the sudden emergence of her personal delirium. One is never alone. One is never physically alone. Anywhere. One is always somewhere. One hears noises in the kitchen, noises from the television, or the radio, or the neighboring apartments, throughout the building. Especially when one has never demanded silence, as I always have.

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