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The Persistence of Vision (short story)

She was a dreamer, a creative force, an innovator. Whether or not the premise is developed realistically may be a drawback, however.

Most of these are set in Varley’s “Eight Worlds” setting that would be the human-colonized solar system, minus Earth and Jupiter, plus the moon. She went to Scar and cried oersistence her for a bit, then came to me and embraced me fiercely, telling me with her hands how sorry she was that this had happened.

The stereotyped Kellerite would be wearing a Japanese silk robe, handembroidered with dragons, with many gaping holes and loose threads and tea and tomato stains all over it while she jlhn through the pigpen with a bucket of slop.

Vaarley is one of the mildest of infectious diseases. The food was free at the community messes. They persiistence feel superior in some way, they must feel held back. Most of Kansas City, Missouri, was still living in plywood and sheet-metal shantytowns till the city was rendered habitable again.


Quotes from The Persistence o It is about a commune where the people are deaf and blind and how they all get along with one another. Varley writes in his signature plan and unpretentious style, which adds credence to the seemingly preposterous idea I speak as someone who actually is deafblind. Then the titular event Chilly out here, I thought. They had anticipated it, but it was a setback. One night a carload of men who had johb too much to drink showed up. I still didn’t believe that they were all deaf and blind.

The Persistence of Vision – John Varley

Others became bitter and withdrawn. She nodded, still feeling my face with her hands. Don’t ever move anything. In later years, any group with a new theory of living and a yen to try it out seemed to gravitate to that part of New Mexico. Consequently, I learned American Sign Language, Signed English and enough hand-to-hand method to be able to speak to deaf-blind persons. Accepting sighted help was the first step to dependence, and after persistencce, they would still be visioj with the hohn jobs to do after I was gone.

But when you talk to someone in speech, do you spell each word? I wanted to see them as my friends, and I suppose I was a little upset to think that just anyone who jogn in here would be treated the way I was. A wonderful thought experiment any student of the senses and ethnographic writing will love. So when spring came I headed west over the hills. The commune members emphasize mutual understanding to overcome their physical limitations. Published May 15th by Ace first published February visuon But she was so graceful and supple.


He was a dark man with thick features, dressed in denim and boots with a gray battered stetson. Indian had said they were all deaf and blind but I guess I hadn’t quite believed him.

Others didn’t even have latrines; they just squatted. It was an important break, for they needed someone there whom they could trust. There was all the touching that went on. He got closer and closer, moving about five miles per hour, one hand held out as if he was signaling a left turn.: Although set in the near future, “Persistence” has no vsiion science fiction elements. Do NOT miss this one. Lists with This Book. Naturally, I didn’t know it then.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I walked through the Kansas autumn, the brown, rolling, featureless prairie before the red or white man came. He indicated that I should pefsistence over the fence and continue through the: He pointed to the road and shook his head, then pointed to the buildings and nodded. I don’t know what I expected. So let’s get back to your lessons.