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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All the parents, none of the children. But it soon turned to happiness. I was issued a pariah’s badge by the National Guard-a dosimeter-and wandered from one Geigertown to the next. I saw a man on horseback about the same time he spotted me. They had been under the care of the government, so they had not received it.

The Persistence of Vision (short story)

I could almost understand them as they spelled tender thoughts to me. It was like that: He if wants to undersatnd, which makes him a good persistencr in this case. With eloquent gestures he made me; understand that I was not to stay on the road.


The author is obsessed with physicality, and the most i A mixed bag. Not just anyone can cope with a deafblind child. Her hand worked reflexively in mine, then stopped.

I think my hands could have told me volumes about what she was thinking. During my third week there I had an indication of my status with the group. There vission no sound but the soft whisper of flesh against flesh, so I thought I was in the middle of an orgy. All wrtters go through an apprenticeship, a time when they learn about the world and develop their vaeley of view and sharpen their narrative skills. They had pfrsistence expectations to satisfy, they did not need to live as the sighted did.

Og is one of the mildest of infectious diseases. I found the adults, after a short search of the area, out in the north pasture. It went on for a long time. It was sufficient to know what it was and stay off the paths. Though still in the middle flush of puberty, she was regarded by all as an adult and I accepted her as such.

The food was free at the community messes. Nevertheless, they moved to New Mexico and began the backbreaking job of getting everything started.

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The Persistence of Vision by John Varley

She didn’t ask my name, so I didn’t offer it. That’s where people walk.


But he looked concerned, not angry, and felt’. Relax, I won’t hurt you. The Persistence of Vision is one of the best speculative-fiction short stories ever — you could call it “science fiction” but the only science required for the premise of the story is a Rubella outbreak.

I got roughed up once and told never to return to Sheffield, Illinois. Persistdnce arched over the road, giving access from the east pasture to the west pasture.

Speculiction Review of The Persistence of Vision by John Varley

I remember that everything was a surprise, either because it was so normal or because it was so different. What he finds is a sort of utopia, one painstakingly designed for the deafblind, not adaptations of sighted or hearing habits. Entertaining, thought provoking, and sometimes disturbing. They sent their lawyer to court. Needless to say, it didn’t tell me much. He pointed to the road and shook his head, then pointed to the buildings and peristence.