The Ophiuchi Hotline
John Varley
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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 unknownAfter 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 servicesd 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 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 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
  • Title: The Ophiuchi Hotline
  • Author: John Varley
  • ISBN: 9780575072831
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback

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Bradley Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
After I finished the Gaia trilogy, I knew I had to keep going through all of John Varley's work. It's not a compulsion. It's a necessity for the sake of my love of SF.John Varley is one of the most impressive authors of the field I've had the pleasure to experience. The imagination and the devotion to pushing all those envelopes is the key to my love. :)This one starts out noir with cloning goodness, moves on pretty quickly to the fate of the Earth and how it had been invaded, very successfully, [...]
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Lyn Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Weird book. Opiuchi Hotline by John Varley, the author of the Gaian trilogy, is about… a lot of stuff – and all rolled up into a hard sci-fi, Bradburyan fantasy mix. I guess if I had to break it down and slap a label on it, I would say this is a first contact story, though a very original one. This is a difficult book to review, it was kind of hard to follow, and yet, strangely compelling, like Dane Cook narrating a children’s book: contextually OK, but edgy and not just a little disconcer [...]
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Stephen Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
4.5 stars. This is a fantastic story and I am surprised I have not heard more about this as I beleive it has all the makings of a CLASSIC SF novel. This is the first novel set in Varley's "Eight World" universe and is full of very interesting, and I imagine at the time, original concepts. Just a few of these include: - The ability to back-up via computer a person's personality at any time and to "download" it into a clone of such individual (a strong parallel can be found in Richard K. Morgan's [...]
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Erik Graff Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
What an excellent book to be written as a first novel! Not only is the story well-plotted and written, but the cloning theme raises serious questions about what we understand as individuality. It has not been often that a novel has caused me to pause, repeatedly, for reflection. I read this outside during warm summer days in the quadrangle of Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
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Charlotte Jones Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
This book has been on my shelf for years and I'm so glad that I finally picked it up. I have been getting into science-fiction a lot more recently and think that I read this novel at the perfect time.I will say, first of all, that this book is extremely confusing at points. Clones and cloning is a huge part of the civilisation in this book and it was difficult to understand what was going on at points but I think that as the story progressed this became much easier.I loved the portrayal of gende [...]
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Wealhtheow Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
This book starts out *wonderfully*, and I love the premise of the book. Generations ago, humanity was cast out of Earth by Invaders who are so much smarter and more powerful, they actually operate on a completely different plain. A tinkerer of genetic structures gets caught, condemned to death, and rescued by various factions of humanity. It follows her story, although along the way she gets killed and cloned a half dozen times. A cool look at identity, and I definitely loved the world Varley cr [...]
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Denis Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
I tend to round up with starsI like debut novels as much as I do debut films made by first time script writer / directors. There is either a certain charm to them or other times it is an urgent desperation. The charming ones tend to be simple straight forward if not a bit quaint or quirky. The desperate ones tend to be crammed packed with a multitude of ideas and scene and issues and are filmed in various stylistic manners It's almost as if the author or film maker believes they may never again [...]
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Henry Avila Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Lilo-Alexandr-Calypso is your typical mad scientist on the moon. Doing illegal human genetic research,that it's proscribed by the state doesn't bother her.What annoys Lilo is the death sentence after being arrested and found guilty by the court!Set in the far future ,when Earthlings have lost the Earth ,to alien invaders.What's left of the human race is scattered all around the solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and even their satellites.Just in time , she's rescued by the Free Earthers.They su [...]
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Alendi Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Un libro correcto pero sin destacar. Tiene alguna idea de fondo que no está mal, pero no las desarrolla lo suficiente para mi gusto.
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Nicolas Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Quelle histoire !Tout commence avec la première mort de Lilo, une ingénieur en biotechnologies qui, pour s'être intéressée d'un peu trop près au génome humain, se retrouve condamnée à mort. Evidement, il ne lui arrivera pas que ça.Et je n'en dirai pas plus sur l'intrigue parce que même si elle est intéressante, elle n'est pas l'intérêt esssentiel de ce roman.Non, ce qui est intéressant, ce sont les voyages que fera Lilo à travers ce système solaire qui n'est plus vraiment aux ma [...]
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Charles Dee Mitchell Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Try not to take this personally. In the year 2050, invaders from another galaxy enter our solar system and take over Jupiter and Earth. They have come to make contact with intelligent species like themselves, which unfortunately does not include the human race. On earth they are interested in only whales and dolphins. Human beings they put in the same category as beavers and muskrats. By plowing under the surface of the planet, they cause most earth life to starve. I suppose the invaders are mea [...]
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Olethros Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
-En su tiempo, innovadora en los contenidos.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Lilo-Alexandr-Calypso cometió uno de los peores crímenes posibles en esta época del futuro, la alteración de material genético fuera de los límites legales, por lo que está condenada a la muerte definitiva. El expresidente Tweed le propone su liberación (dejando un clon para que sea ejecutado en su lugar) a cambio de su colaboración en un proyecto secreto y también ilegal que necesita de su experi [...]
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Peter Tillman Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
My 2002 comments:This was Varley's first novel (published 1978) , and it is *amazingly* good. On my periodic reread list -- I've read it 4 or 5 times by now, with [+/-] equal pleasure each time. FWIW, Hotline [has been] on my personal Top Ten SF Novels list, though I'll cheerfully admit I've never read it critically (nor do I plan to!).I don't think quite as highly of the book now (2016), but if you've never read it, you should. Still his best novel, I think.
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Jim Mcclanahan Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Can't belive this is the first Varley work I've read. Surprisingly fresh and relevant, considering its age. I found it to be an interesting way of affirming the value of the human spirit through a host of adverse circumstances. Some fascinating characters in extraordinary scenarios.
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Fred Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Wild, pioneering sci-fi ideas. Reminds me of a Reynold's hard sci fi approach, but Varley wrote this in the 70ies and that's just something
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prcardi Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Storyline: 3/5Characters: 2/5Writing Style: 3/5World: 5/5This was a work full to the brim with ideas. One the reasons I read science fiction is just for those sorts of ideas, and in that way this was a rewarding experience. Later authors like Kim Stanley Robinson would work similarly, although turning those passing ideas and brief mentions into pages long infodumps and laborious expositions. Varley isn't lecturing, however, and he's not building anything resembling literature. He's getting the i [...]
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Robert 'Rev. Bob' Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Now that's what I call a mindbender.I read this immediately after Clifford Simak's A Heritage of Stars, and the blurbs make the two books seem very similar. Both were published in the same year, and in both cases Something Happened several hundred years ago that wiped out most of the people on Earth. Aside from that, the books could hardly be more different.Simak's book is a post-apocalyptic tale of tribal humans taking their first steps toward rediscovering society and technology. It's very Gol [...]
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Christopher Sutch Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
My five-star rating of this book should not be taken as an indication of its literary merit; Varley's prose in his first novel is not exactly masterful. It does, however, get the job done, and this is a pretty impressive debut. This is the kind of science fiction book I enjoy reading: it's about half a dozen different things that somehow all fit together, it contains a bunch of scientific extrapolation (from a mid-1970s perspective), and the plot is pretty ingeniously worked outd all that in onl [...]
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Bruce Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Audiobook-- which does not play well with Varley's somewhat long winded writing style. I nearly gave up about half way through as Varley gives little reason to care about the fate of one of many clones. This book is definitely a sort of guided tour of his clever world building, and moves along mostly by deus es machina. The world building is very clever if you don't mind the ineffectualizing of the human race.
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Clark Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Great story and innovative style. We follow the heroine through-out the book, but as she is a clone she lives in many differerent places and times and consequently meets with a variety of fates.Head twist.
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Kay Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Totally awesome, landmark book in my science fiction reading career!
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Brian Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Excellent science fiction. Loved it.
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Gwen Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Seems like this is seen as a classic. I got somewhat lost among the various clones and their lives. At least there were women characters, even though it was written in the 1970's.
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Valerie Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
When I first began to read Varley's future history, I didn't realize something that comes through very clearly here: the society as described is based on mass murder. The process of memory recording is not murder (yet). It becomes so when clone bodies are 'grown', and then not allowed to develop naturally. The people they might have been are just destroyed, and their bodies are coopted by the original of the genotype, whose memory is forced into their novice brains. But clones are nothing but ar [...]
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Shane Moore Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
This was a very novel take on post-Earth humanity and human encounters with aliens. There were a few elements I found unsatisfying (mostly the aliens themselves) but I think those weren't really mistakes on the author's part, just stylistic choices that didn't fit my preferences. Most of the drama of the story centers on cloned individuals of the magical memories-retained variety, which I find a little tired. However, the book itself is from the 1970's so when the author wrote it that idea was m [...]
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Rachel Adiyah Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
This was a disappointing tale of a society in which Right to Life is considered the right to clone oneself endlessly and to transfer the personality and memory of a person into a clone, thus "keeping them alive". Being a religious person myself, I have no objection to copying a person, but call it that, not continuing a life. (There's no way to transfer a soul.)The main character is a confused, self-centered person who spreads herself too thin (literally).The entire book was just a feel-bad expe [...]
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Simon Mcleish Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Originally published on my blog here in May 2011.The Ophiuchi Hotline is one of the great idea based novels of the science fiction genre, but was not even nominated for either the Hugo or Nebula awards - clearly 1977 was a strong year for SF. The novel is set in a future where human technology is dominated by ideas derived from a stream of data received from an alien civilization (from the direction of the Ophiuchi constellation), hence the book's title. As the back of this edition says, the sto [...]
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John Ostwald Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
I loved tangled viewpoint of the narration due to (view spoiler)[narration by multiple clones of the same character (hide spoiler)] however I did feel like they tried to do too many things at once, and once it started to get heavily into (view spoiler)[aliens that live beyond the time stream, it sort of undercut the more intricate work with timelines that had happened earlier in the book (hide spoiler)]
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JJ Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
Excellent. I enjoyed this book a whole bunch. The use of multiple clone characters with slightly different personalities but generally the same goals was interesting. I liked the take on this transhumanism. Overall great.
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Mustafa Sep 24, 2020 - 08:55 AM
There are some good ideas in it but ultimately it is unsatisfactory.
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The Ophiuchi Hotline By 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 unknownAfter 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 servicesd 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 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 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

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