John Varley Papers

Collection ID: 
SCRC 97
Date: 
Circa 1970s-2005
Footage: 
20.25 linear feet (32 boxes + 1 flat file)

 

Collection Summary

Title
John Varley Papers

Dates
Circa 1970s-2005       

Collection ID
SCRC 97

Creator
Varley, John, 1947 August 9-

Quantity
20.25 linear feet (32 boxes + 1 flat file)        

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.       

 

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

John Varley was born in Austin, Texas, in 1947 and attended Michigan State University before travelling and settling upon a career in writing. Between 1977 and 1980, Varley published a trilogy, beginning with The Ophiuchi Hotline and concluding with The Titan, and The Wizard. Varley’s  most well-known collections of short stories are The Persistence of Vision, In the Hall of the Martian Kings, and The Barbie Murders and Other Stories. Since 1974 Varley has published dozens of short stories in a variety of science fiction magazines. After years of work, Varley saw his story “Millennium” transformed into a film starring Cheryl Ladd and Kris Kristofferson in 1988. Varley has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards several times each. 

Description of Collection

This collection consists primarily of manuscripts and proofs of stories, novels, and movie screenplays. The manuscripts include typescripts and proofs for novels, stories, and film treatments including “Blue Champagne,” “Entropy,” “Air Raid,” The Gate, Galaxy, Labyrinth, “Millennium,” Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, “Press Enter,” The Master, The Ophiuchi Hotline, Titan, The Phantom of Kansas, “The Persistence of Vision,” “The Pusher,” “Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo,” Steel Beach, and Wizard. Related to Varley’s work as a screenwriter are clippings, memoranda, conceptual drawings, architectural drawings, color negatives, storyboards, scripts, photographs, videotapes, crew lists, production stills, production schedules, typescripts, notes, and a small amount of correspondence, primarily related to the production of Millennium

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 2 series as follows:

Series 1: John Varley Papers, circa 1970s-1990s
           
Series 2: 1990-2005 Additions, circa 1970s-2005

Series 1 is comprised of manuscript and proofs of short stories, novels, and screenplays by Varley, film production records and videotapes from the making of the movie Millennium, and a small number of color photographic negatives.

Series 2 contains later additions to the papers, including manuscripts, proofs, and screenplays, as well as correspondence and ephemera related to Varley’s work.
 

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1621953~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research. Photocopying of more than three pages requires the permission of the author.  Permission to quote from or copy any part of Gas Giant is expressly denied by the author.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The John Varley Papers are  in the custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], John Varley Papers, SCRC 97, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Varley, 1977-2005.

Processing Information

Original accession processed and finding aid prepared in approximately 1993. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards and additional accessions added in December 2014 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.

                      

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:


Subjects:
American fiction--20th century
Authors, American--20th century
Science fiction
Science fiction films

Material Types:
Architectural drawings
Correspondence
Drawings
Manuscripts
Negatives
Photographs
Posters
Press releases
Proofs
Screenplays
VHS (TM)
Video recordings

 

Inventory

Series 1: John Varley Papers, circa 1970s-1990s

Series 1 is comprised of manuscript and proofs of short stories, novels, and screenplays by Varley, film production records and videotapes from the making of the movie Millennium, and a small number of color photographic negatives.


1          1          “Air Raid”          undated
1          2          “Amputee”          undated
1          3          “Bagatelle”          undated
1          4          “Bagatelle”          undated
1          5          “Barbie Murders”          undated
1          6          “Barbie Murders”          undated                                           
1          7           “Beatnik Bayou”          undated
1          8           “Bellman”          undated
1          9           “Black Hole Passes”          undated
1          10          “Blue Champagne”          undated
1          11          ‘”Blue Champagne”          undated
1          12          “Choice of Enemies”          undated
1          13          “Entropy”          undated
1          14          “Equinoctial”          undated
1          15          “Equinoctial          undated
2          1          Demon, first draft          circa 1980s
2          2          Demon, first draft          circa 1980s
2          3          Demon, second draft          circa 1980s
2          4          Demon, second draft          circa 1980s
2          5          Demon, second draft          circa 1980s
2          6          Demon, fragment, typesetting copy          circa 1980s
3          1          “Funhouse Effect”          undated
3          2          “Funhouse Effect”          undated
3          3          Galaxy, first, second drafts, screenplay          undated
3          4          Galaxy, first, second drafts, screenplay          undated
3          5          The Gate, treatment and novel          undated
3          6          The Gate, treatment and novel          undated
3          7          The Gate, treatment and novel          undated
3          8          “Goodbye, Robinson Crusoe,” draft, proofs          undated
3          9          “Goodbye, Robinson Crusoe,” draft, proofs          undated
3          10          “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance,” draft, rewrite          undated
3          11          “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance,” draft, rewrite          undated
4          1          Gas Giant, first draft          undated
4          2          Gas Giant, first draft          undated
4          3          Gas Giant, second draft          undated
4          4          Gas Giant, second draft          undated
4          5          Gas Giant, original typescript          undated
4          6          Gas Giant, original typescript          undated
4          7          Gas Giant, original typescript             undated      
5          1          Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, screenplay          undated
5          2          “In the Bowl”          undated
5          3          “In the Hall of Martian Kings”          undated
5          4          Labyrinth, original treatment          undated
5          5          Labyrinth, screenplay, first draft          undated
5          6          Labyrinth, screenplay, second draft          undated
5          7          “Lollipop and Tar Baby”          undated
5          8          “Lollipop and Tar Baby”          undated
6          1          The Ophiuchi Hotline, draft/notes          circa 1970s
6          2          The Ophiuchi Hotline, additional draft/notes          circa 1970s
6          3          The Ophiuchi Hotline, typesetting draft          circa 1970s
6          4          The Ophiuchi Hotline, typesetting draft          circa 1970s
6          5          The Ophiuchi Hotline, typesetting draft          circa 1970s
6          6          The Ophiuchi Hotline, corrections/proofs          circa 1970s
6          7          The Ophiuchi Hotline, corrections/proofs          circa 1970s
7          1          The Ophiuchi Hotline, first draft          undated
7          2          The Ophiuchi Hotline, draft          undated                  
7          3          The Ophiuchi Hotline, draft          undated
7          4          The Ophiuchi Hotline, revised draft          undated
8          1          Millennium, novel, discarded first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
8          2          Millennium, first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
8          3          Millennium, first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
8          4          Millennium, first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
8          5          Millennium, typesetting draft          circa 1970s-1980s
8          6          Millennium, typesetting draft          circa 1970s-1980s
8          7          Millennium, typesetting draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          1          Millennium, Screenplay Air Raid, treatment          circa 1970s-1980s
9          2          Millennium, treatment, draft 1 and 2          circa 1970s-1980s
9          3          Millennium, treatment, draft 1 and 2          circa 1970s-1980s
9          4          Millennium, research notes          circa 1970s-1980s
9          5          Millennium, first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          6          Millennium, first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          7          Millennium, first draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          8          Millennium, second draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          9          Millennium, third draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          10          Millennium, third draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          11          Millennium, third draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          12          Millennium, third draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          13          Millennium, 4th draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          14          Millennium, 4th draft          circa 1970s-1980s
9          15          Millennium, revisions          circa 1970s-1980s
9          16          Millennium, revisions          circa 1970s-1980s
10          1          Millennium, director’s version          May 1983
10          2          Millennium, revised draft          April 1987
10          3          Millennium, revised draft          April 1987
10          4          Millennium, revised          February 18, 1988
10          5          Millennium, revised          February 18, 1988
10          6          Millennium, revised          February 24, 1988
10          7          Millennium, revised          May 1988
10          8          Millennium, revised          May 1988
10          9          Millennium, revised          May 1988
10          10          Millennium, revised          May 1988
10          11          Millennium, revised scenes          1980s
10          12          Millennium, revised scenes          1980s
11          1          Millennium, film production, memoranda, correspondence          1980s
11          2          Millennium, film production, crew lists          1980s
11          3          Millennium, film production, clippings          1980s
11          4          Millennium, film production, publicity/box office          1980s
11          5          Millennium, film production, critique          November 1982-March 1983
11          6          Millennium, film production, critique          November 1982-March 1983
11          7          Millennium, film production, daily location schedules          June 1988
11          8          Millennium, film production, daily location schedules          June 1988
12          1          Millennium, film production, crew/cast photos          1980s
12          2          Millennium, film production, research/work flow          1980s
12          3          Millennium, film production, production stills          1980s
12          4          Millennium, film production, production stills          1980s
12          5          Millennium, film production, storyboards          March-April 1988
12          6          Millennium, film production, storyboards          March-April 1988
12          7          Millennium, film production, storyboards          March-April 1988
12          8          Millennium, film production, continuity sketches          March 24, 1988
12          9          Millennium, film production, continuity sketches          March 28, May 9 and 16, 1988
13          1          Millennium, Videotapes          1980s
14          1          Millennium, Videotapes/slides          1980s
Flat File 327/3, drawer 6          Millennium, 63 drawings and sketches for sets          circa 1980s
15          1          “Persistence of Vision,” original draft          undated
15          2          “Persistence of Vision,” corrected draft          undated
15          3          “Persistence of Vision,” corrected draft          undated
15          4          “Persistence of Vision,” galleys          undated
15          5          Phantom of Kansas, screenplay, original draft          undated
15          6          Phantom of Kansas, second draft          undated
15          7          “Picnic at Nearside,” draft          undated
15          8          “Picnic at Nearside,” proofs          undated
16          1          “The Manhattan Phone Book,” draft          undated
16          2          “Manikins,” original draft          undated
16          3          “Manikins,” proofs          undated
16          4          The Master, treatment          undated
16          5          The Master, notes          undated
16          6          The Master, screenplay, first, second drafts          undated
16          7          The Master, screenplay, first, second drafts          undated
16          8          “Press Enter,” draft          undated
16          9          “PSI Olympics,” draft          undated
16          10          “The Pusher,” draft          undated
16          11          Published stories, copies          undated
16          12          “Options,” draft          undated
16          13          “Overdrawn at Memory Bank,” draft          undated
16          14          “Retrograde Summer,” draft          undated
16          15          “Scoreboard,” draft          undated
17          1          Steel Beach, first draft          circa 1990s
17          2          Steel Beach, first draft          circa 1990s
17          3          Steel Beach, first draft          circa 1990s
17          4          Steel Beach, first draft          circa 1990s
18          1          Steel Beach, second draft          circa 1990s
18          2          Steel Beach, second draft          circa 1990s
18          3          Steel Beach, second draft          circa 1990s
18          4          Steel Beach, second draft          circa 1990s
19          1          Steel Beach, third draft          circa 1990s
19          2          Steel Beach, third draft          circa 1990s
19          3          Steel Beach, third draft          circa 1990s
19          4          Steel Beach, third draft          circa 1990s
19          5          Steel Beach, research/background info.          circa 1990s
19          6          Steel Beach, chapter 1, critique          circa 1990s
19          7          Steel Beach, pasteups, chapter headings          circa 1990s
20          1          Titan, notes/fragments          circa 1970s
20          2          Titan, original draft          circa 1970s
20          3          Titan, first draft          circa 1970s
20          4          Titan, first draft          circa 1970s
20          5          Titan, second draft          circa 1970s
20          6          Titan, second draft          circa 1970s
20          7          Titan, second draft          circa 1970s
21          1          Titan, revised draft/typesetting copy          circa 1970s
21          2          Titan, revised draft/typesetting copy          circa 1970s
21          3          Titan, revised draft/typesetting copy          circa 1970s
21          4          Titan, First Feature, typesetting copy          circa 1970s
21          5          Titan, Second Feature, typesetting feature          circa 1970s
21          6          Titan, Third Feature, typesetting copy          circa 1970s
22          1          “Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo,” draft          undated
22          2          “The Unprocessed Word,” draft          undated
22          3          Wizard, first draft          circa 1970s
22          4          Wizard, early draft          circa 1970s
22          5          Wizard, early draft          circa 1970s
22          6          Wizard, typesetting copy          circa 1970s
22          7          Wizard, typesetting copy          circa 1970s
22          8          Wizard, typesetting copy          circa 1970s
22          9          “Win Free Sex”          undated
23          1          Wizard, galleys          circa 1970s
23          2          Color negatives, personal          undated

 

Series 2: 1993-2005 Additions, circa 1970s-2005

Series 2 contains later additions to the papers, including manuscripts, proofs, and screenplays, as well as correspondence and ephemera related to Varley’s work.


24          1          Millennium, The Ophiuchi Hotline, Steel Beach, Wizard, Titan, and Demon: Book jacket art and design, photographs and proofs          undated
24          2          The Barbie Murders, version 1, script by Anne Richardson and Mark Ruzzin          undated
24          3          The Barbie Murders, version 2, script by Anne Richardson and Mark Ruzzin          undated
24          4          The Barbie Murders, second draft, script by Anne Richardson and Mark Ruzzin          undated
24          5-7          Super-Hero anthology edited by John Varley, typescript          undated
                                        Includes introduction by Varley, and stories by Steve Antczak, P. J. Beese, Jerry Bingham , Brenda W. Clough, Dwight R. Decker, Laurell K. Hamilton, Gerald Hausman, Alan Dean Foster, Roland J. Green, Richard A. Knaak, Brad Linaweaver, William Marden, Frieda A. Murray, Jody Lynn Nye, Dennis O’Neil, Jonathan V. Post, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Mike Resnick and Schimel, Josepha Sherman, Michael A. Stackpole, Brian M. Thomsen, John Varley (“Truth, Justice, and the Politically-Correct Socialist Path”), Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Roger Zelazny
24          8          Steel Beach, promotional jacket and brochure/poster          circa 1990s
24          9          Steel Beach, page proofs          1993
25          1-3          Steel Beach, page proofs          1993
26          1-2          Red Thunder, page proofs          circa 2000
27          1-3          Red Thunder, typescript          circa 2000
28          1-3          The John Varley Reader, page proofs          circa 2004
29                      Writings: drafts, correspondence, publicity          circa 1970s-1990s
30                      Correspondence and other papers          circa 1970s-1990s
31                      Writings drafts, correspondence, ephemera          circa 1970s-1990s
32          1-2          Mammoth, page proofs          circa 2005