Science fiction author John Varley has been seducing readers and boggling their minds since the 1970s, when he began publishing his Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), as well as other novels like The Ophiuchi Hotline, set in his posthuman 8 Worlds universe. His most recent novel, Rolling Thunder, came out last week. It's the third in a trilogy that marks a departure for the author: set in the near future, the books explore what happens when environmental disasters force part of Earth's population to settle on Mars. In Rolling Thunder, a woman born and raised on Mars has to deal with the fallout of the perhaps-final assault on Earth's biosphere from giant, incomprehensible aliens. We caught up with Varley on email to ask him about the new book and what he thinks of contemporary space opera (hint: he hates it).
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