Biography[ edit ] Varley was born in Austin, Texas. He started as a physics major, switched to English, then left school before his 20th birthday and arrived in Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco just in time for the " Summer of Love " in There he worked at various unskilled jobs, depended on St. He was serendipitously present at Woodstock in when his car ran out of gas a half-mile away.
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Biography[ edit ] Varley was born in Austin, Texas. He started as a physics major, switched to English, then left school before his 20th birthday and arrived in Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco just in time for the " Summer of Love " in There he worked at various unskilled jobs, depended on St. He was serendipitously present at Woodstock in when his car ran out of gas a half-mile away. Varley has written several novels his first attempt, Gas Giant, was, he admits, "pretty bad" and numerous short stories, many of them in a future history , "The Eight Worlds".
These stories are set a century or two after a race of mysterious and omnipotent aliens, the Invaders, have almost completely eradicated humans from the Earth they regard whales and dolphins to be the superior Terran lifeforms and humans as only a dangerous infestation.
But humans have inhabited virtually every other corner of the solar system, often through the use of biological modifications learned, in part, by eavesdropping on alien communications. Varley spent some years in Hollywood but the only tangible result of this stint was the film Millennium. Of his Millennium experience Varley said: We had the first meeting on Millennium in I ended up writing it six times.
There were four different directors, and each time a new director came in I went over the whole thing with him and rewrote it. In addition to a similarly descriptive writing style, similarities include free societies and free love. Early in his career Varley wrote a trilogy of novels set in a sentient hollow world reminiscent in structure to a very large Stanford torus space habitat , but with a distinctly different personality.
The three volumes are titled Titan , Wizard , and Demon.
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Plot[ edit ] A scientific expedition to the planet Saturn in , aboard the ship Ringmaster, discovers a strange satellite in orbit around the planet. As they reach the satellite they realize it is a huge hollow torus, a Stanford torus habitat. Before they can report this the ship is entangled in cables from the object. The crew is rendered unconscious and later wake up inside the habitat. Initially separated, Cirroco and Gaby find each other and travel together through the world inside the torus to find the rest of the crew. As the story progresses, they find Calvin living as a companion inside a Blimp, an intelligent gasbag a kilometer long, one of many that swim forever in the air inside the habitat. Calvin can speak to the blimp and understand its responses, which consist of whistles.