At the request of many families* I’m uploading here my favorite short story ever. I first came to know it through Donna Haraway’s work. The Persistence of Vision. This is Varley’s first story collection — a multiple award winner. It won the Locus Award and the Prix Apollo for Best Single Author. John Varley. The Persistence of Vision. All wrtters go through an apprenticeship, a time when they learn about the world and develop their points of view and.

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Of course it isn’t, but think how wonderful that talk is even when you’re not primarily tactile-oriented. I varleey berating myself for being unable to keep sexual responses out of it, for not being able to operate on the same intellectual plane I thought they w were on, when I realized with some shock that the couple next to me was making love.

The Persistence of Vision (short story)

She felt my face, crying all the time, then wiped her nose and got up. Their arms were-extended now; they were touching: Then he was off again. Budrys was an uncommonly astute critic. I learned the basic alphabet and practiced hard at it. Abandoning his urban life and hitting the road, the man sets himself the goal of tramping to San Francisco to catch a steamer to Japan, leaving the S behind. Persistene ask other readers questions about The Persistence of Visionplease sign up.

This is not to say they were all successful. She wanted no part of that. Two men and a small girl were killed when a sprinkler system malfunctioned. Then he went on. peristence

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I had been at them before, in other communes, and they looked pretty much like this. Naturally, I didn’t know it then. Varley writes in his signature plan and unpretentious style, which adds credence to the seemingly preposterous idea I speak as someone persistnece actually is deafblind. Most of these are set in Varley’s “Eight Worlds” setting that would be the human-colonized solar system, minus Earth and Jupiter, plus the moon.


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There was one among them who might have been President but for the fact that she was blind, deaf, and a woman. Thi; time I decided to use my freedom from the time clock to see the world. A hearing was scheduled. To my surprise, so was I. Books by John Varley. They read about communes in New Mexico, and instruct.

What I wanted to know was what were they saying? So we talked a lot. He took my hand persiztence felt my face. But for as fascinating as it may be, the concept presented is utopianism, garley any story which purports to have achieved a perfect scenario is, of course, suspect.

In these five thousand potential Helen Kellers were all six years old. She understood it as perfectly natural that the result of her talking to my penis with her hands might be another sort of conversation. They learned to strip down and repair anything on the farm.

There were two windmills turning lazily in the breeze.

I put off going into the mess hall persistencce whatever it was. I had thought they were eating in solitude, but soon saw that lively conversation was flowing around the table. Sex is part of their communication language. Oct 25, Kat Hooper rated it really liked it Shelves: I couldn’t do anything around Keller until I learned their very specific ways of doing things.

These ended up, for the most part, warehoused in the hundreds of anonymous nursing homes and institutes for “special” children. Do you dispute this? Then I saw something coming down the road in my direction. There were ten or twelve of them. You learn the alphabet and you have all the tools you need to spell any word that exists.


Mostly they told me to keep moving, but didn’t seem upset about it. I stopped and waited. They were pansexual; they could not separate sex from the rest of their lives. The best analogy I could think of was the sensation a blind person might feel from the sun on a cloudy day. So when spring came I headed west over the hills.

It was the year of the fourth non-depression. Finally they were not touching at all. Notify me of new posts via email. I had thought Chicago was inevitable, like diarrhea. He decides to hitchhike his way from Chicago to California, passing through the famous communes of New Mexico.

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I would kneel to Mecca, burp after my meals, toast anything that was proposed, eat organic rice and compliment the cook; but to do it right, you have to know the customs. Never more than one at a time; they were constantly aware of what was going on and were waiting -a their turn to talk to me.

Overall a great collection, and Petsistence would heartily recommend this collection to fans of hard sci-fi who like their characters to have lots of interactions with one another, and are not all focused on the tech. Many communes and cooperatives were set up in the surrounding hills during that time. They fed themselves and each other, sometimes getting-up and going clear around the table to offer a choice morsel to a friend on the other side.

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