American science fiction author, winner of 1999 Prometheus Award
John Varley (author) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"John Herbert Varley (born August 9, 1947 in Austin, Texas) is a science fiction author. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, moved to Port Arthur in 1957, and graduated from Nederland High School. He went to Michigan State University on a National Merit Scholarship, because of the schools that he could afford, it was the farthest from Texas. He started as a physics major, switched to English, then left school before his 20th birthday and arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury just in time for the 'Summer of Love' in 1967. There he worked at various unskilled jobs, depended on St. Anthony's Mission for meals, and panhandled outside the Lucky Market on Stanyan Street before deciding that writing had to be a better way to make a living. He was serendipitously present at Woodstock in 1969 when his car ran out of gas a half-mile away. He also has lived at various times in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, New York, San Francisco again, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. ..."