The Ophiuchi Hotline Author:John Varley "Varley's tight, clean writing, full of wit and good humor, evokes despair, joy, anger, and delight. His Luna is packed with wild inventions, intriguing characters, and stunning scenery."--Publishers Weekly — "It is fast and complex, and it glitters most impressively."--Science Ficiton: The 100 Best Novels — "John Varley is the best ... more »writer in America."--Tom Clancy
"This is a novel rich in societies, settings, and technological wizardry. It's a tough-minded, yet a playful book."--Ian Watson
Gollancz's Science Fiction Collector's series, which offers the finest classics of the genre, now presents a thought-provoking and multiple award-nominated novel by acclaimed author John Varley.
After the effortless capture of Earth by vastly superior aliens, humanity is forced to fight for existence on the Moon and other lumps of airless rock. The invention of the
Hotline--a constant stream of data from a star in the constellation Ophiuchus--facilitates survival and enables the development of amazing new technologies.
Then, after 400 years, humanity's unknown helpers send a bill for their services...and suddenly everything is threatened once again.
The Ophiuchi Hotline was John Varley's first novel, and it received nominations for both the Hugo and Nebula awards; he later won both for his book Persistence of Vision.« less
Set in a future world, Jovian aliens have destroyed human technology on Earth, but humans elsewhere in the solar system have developed very advanced technologies due to an interstellar data feed called the Ophiuchi Hotline. Our heroine has tried to use the Hotline data to adjust human DNA, and is now in deep trouble with the repressive authorities. However, the authorities are more concerned with the possibility that the Ophiuchi Hotline may be becoming threatening.
This book is really pretty lackluster. While there is a narrative arc of sorts, virtually none of the important plot issues get resolved, which makes it seem like it should be a prequel to something else more exciting.