Wizard by John Varley (1980)

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by John Varley

Publisher:  Berkley Publishing Corporation / G. P. Putnam's Sons
Copyright:  1980

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God was the world, the world was a wheel, and the wheel was Gaea.

Welcome to Gaea, the alien that is itself a world as varied, as magnificent, as surprising as our own.  Hundreds of thousands of readers have pronounced John Varley's last novel, Titan, one of the most remarkable books of the 1970s.  Fellow professionals have hastened into print with praise:  Isaac Asimov has compared John Varley to the young Robert A. Heinlein; Roger Zelazny calls him a "mind-grabber"; Michael Bishop simply says, "Wow!"; Richard Lupoff calls him "without question the most important new talent to emerge in years"; Poul Anderson tips in with "Awesome"; and George R. R. Martin calls him "the wildest and most original science fictional mind of the decade."  Now with the publication of Wizard, John Varley's monumental sequel to Titan, readers are bound to react as strongly as before to the continuing story of Cirocco Jones, Gaby, and the alien that is a world.

Former Captain Cirocco "Rocky" Jones is the Wizard.  Seventy-five years after the events of Titan, Rocky has an odd, almost symbiotic relationship with the planet-sized alien she calls home.  But Gaea is three-million years old, a supreme ruler, a god, whose body is failing and whose mind is swiftly deteriorating.  Signs, portents and warnings from every quarter of the living hint at one devastating conclusion:  Gaea has gone insane.  Rocky is not in much better shape herself.  The once-proud commander is little more than a drunken bum, trying to wash away with gin the knowledge that she needs Gaea, and Gaea needs her, and that someday they must struggle.

In Wizard, John Varley has written a novel every bit as compelling as TitanWizard is more than an adventure novel, however; it is a thoughtful and humane examination of free will taken to its most profound and frightening extremes.  Wizard is speculative fiction of the first rank and a novel of extraordinary power.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover is discolored and shows shelf wear and scuffing. Pages may be tanning from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.


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