A Taste of Honey. The small tome feels old, because of that and because I bought it used, very used, in an acceptable condition. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Like most short story collections, this is something of a mixed bag.
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The novella examines disabilities, sexuality, celebrity- and voyeurism, and the manner in which technical advances could affect them all. Blue Champagne is set in a giant swimming pool in space. A low-g aquapark for the rich, amongst its inhabitants are a Baywatch-esque crew of lifeguards preying on the famous and beautiful who vacation there. One of the main characters is QM. A golden boy in the pool, he is a lifeguard constantly on the lookout for fast love.
And he finds it in Megan Galloway, a paraplegic with a sidekick. The sidekick one of the important parts of the story, it is essentially a torso wrap which stimulates the body electrically. Bach still lacking feeling below the waist, she is nevertheless perfectly mobile. Also caught up in video taping and analyzing life with a computer, she and QM traverse the paths of love—her computer perhaps capable of capturing that exact magical moment it first blossoms.
Varley writing counter-culture stories long after the 60s and 70s, Blue Champagne is hippie science fiction written in the 80s. Free love, the elimination of taboos surrounding sex, fun drugs Wacky Dust! Galloway in many ways educating QM to the ways of liberalism, whose character develops in turn, Varley wears his generation on his sleeve as he presents a possible future scenario with poignancy.
In the end, Blue Champagne is an atypical read: non-melodramatic love story set in a massive low-g swimming pool complex in space.
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This book was a good further introduction. The title story, in the first category, is probably my favorite all told. I think Varley really nails the balance that makes good SF work. The settings, physical and social, are interesting, detailed, and well thought out, and what they support are strong, character-driven stories. He has some interesting angles on gender. So far, so good.
John Varley (escritor)