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Subject: Story - Press Enter
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:31 PM ET
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I read this story in a collection of short stories and haven't been able to find it since. Any others here remember it or have a copy to share?

 

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 2:23 PM ET
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The story Press Enter is listed as a novella, by author John Varley.  It's available in the short story collection The John Varley Reader.

The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction is another listing for the same title.  Neither are available in the system at the moment.  I'm sure it might be available in another of his collections or on its own, but I figured this was at least a start.  Hope it helps :)

edited to add:   I don't know why this didn't come up when I looked the first time, but second time around I found this: Press Enter (Science Fiction Book Club Collection) so there ya go!

 



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I read that a long time ago and couldn't remember the author, but I thought it was an awesome story.  I don't remember where I read it, but I think it was probably in a collection from the library.  Thanks for the reminder!

Subject: Thanks guys :)
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 12:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the swift and informative replies. Its great to find such a wonderful resource for sci-fi too :)

Katcha

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Date Posted: 10/4/2008 6:26 PM ET
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That SFBC edition James mentioned is on my Bookshelf, if you're still interested.  It's hardcover, about the size of a small paperback. 

Also, if you like John Varley, I'd highly recommend The Golden Globe.  (And no, that one's not on my shelf... that's definitely a keeper for me!)

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 3:33 PM ET
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I like John Varley too.  My favorite is his novella, The Persistence of Vision.  It's in the John Varley Reader.  I sure liked The Golden Globe as well, it was reminiscent of Heinlein's Double Star, for which he won a Hugo.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 6:15 PM ET
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Double Star is a Heinlien I've never read.  I'll have to check it out!

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 7:28 PM ET
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Heinlein is my favorite author, but I think Double Star was my least favorite of his YA novels.

Subject: Tor Double #26
Date Posted: 10/10/2008 8:27 PM ET
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John Varley's Press Enter was also published back-to-back and upside down with Robert Silverberg's Hawksbill Station, in Tor Double #26, in 1990.

Both are good novellas.

For John Varley fans, I also enjoyed Mammoth.

-Tom Hl.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 12:14 PM ET
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This story is also include in the Varley collection titled 'Blue Champagne", which is available on PBS as I type this. If you haven't found a copy, there it is :)

Great story. Gives me the creeps a bit every time I read it.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 1:34 PM ET
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It's really an awesome coincidence that this thread has made a return to the top.  I have been reading posts here and discovering authors of which I had never heard, figuring I would make a point to get there eventually.  This time I managed it quite by accident, as John Varley's "Persistence of Vision" is part of the DAW Annual Best - 1979 collection I've been reading.  Laura, you've got good taste!  Wollenheim introduces it by questioning its status as a true Science Ficiton story, but I have no idea why he would: it fits the bill easily enough for me.  It's an amazing story (once the ball gets rolling along) and I just had to throw in my two cents now that I know who John Varley is.  To be honest I almost see the word "vision" in the title as a reference to the author's fascinating view of the potential of human communication and interaction.  It really has been one of the most enjoyable works in this collection (and they've ALL been great so far).