Science Fiction in the News Articles
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John Varley

John Herbert Varley (b. 1947) is an American sf writer. He went to MSU on a National Merit Scholarship, started out in physics, switched to English and then dropped out at 20. After trying panhandling, he decided that writing might be better. He has collected three Hugos and two Nebula Awards.

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Digital Press Corps Gadget Freaks
   The New York Times today published a story on how wireless laptops and digital tape recorders and other high tech gadgets are quickening the pace of news reporting.
Weather As Art
   In the aftermath of Katrina, many of us wish that we had greater control over the weather; sf writer John Varley wrote a great story about it.
Dattoo Personal Skinprint Technology Concept
   Dattoos are a concept now, but they could be implemented with technologies we have now.
Skin Cells Genetically Modified To Fight Infection
   This medical advance will help burn patients, who face lethal infection in skin graft procedures.
Doomsday Vault Design Now Final
   My only question, which no one seems to be asking, is 'Why don't the humans get a vault?'
Tattoo Display Fueled By Blood
   Ever misplaced your cell phone, or forgotten to charge it? If this concept becomes reality, your problems are solved.
Hackers Induce Epileptic Seizure Like 'Press Enter'
   John Varley suggested this idea a quarter-century ago. I can't believe that people would actually try this.
AutoFish Sorter Now, People Sorter Later
   Nevermind why you need to be able to sort people at an incredibly high rate of speed; here's a start on it.
NASA iShoe Insole Could Prevent Falls On Earth
   Interesting advance is a NASA spinoff; this researcher realized that the device might be able to help his grandmother - or yours.
Make Way For The Padloids
   Sure, we've been shown the high-concept version of news on a tablet computer. But what about bringing the real news stand into the digital age?
Skinput Uses Your Skin As An Input Device
   Nifty input technology takes advantage of your biggest organ to provide you with easy input.
Stretchable Electronic Skin Input Device Video
   Let your fingers do the walking - on your own skin.
Mammoths In Five Years?
   The plan to create living mammoths using mammoth DNA is apparently back on track.
'The Daily' iPad App Is A Padloid
   Slick, understandable user interface, lots of content and (finally) an aggressive price model makes this app worth a look.
Army Seizure Ray Inspired By Pikachu (Updated)
   A deliberately-induced epileptic seizure.
Survival Seed Vault Low Cost Life Bank
   'They existed in the Life Bank, as did virtually every plant...'- John Varley, 1977.
Leia Display System - Our Only Hope?
   'Lilo and Vaffa moved through a maze of floating advertisements of ghostsmoke and holomist...'- John Varley, 1977.
Brand Killer Helmet Blocks Real-Life Ads
   'Some merely held the holos [ads] at arm's length.'- John Varley, 1977.
iSkin On-Body Touch Sensors
   'Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand.'- John Varley, 1992.
NailO Thumb-Mounted Mouse Needs John Varley's Help
   I think that NailO needs a display and a keyboard.
Cicret Interactive Skin Display Prototype
   'A strip of readout skin on my wrist...'- John Varley, 1992.
Organic Photonic Skin Display
   'A strip of readout skin on my wrist...' - John Varley, 1992.
MIT's Second Skin Enhances Original Skin
   'I must care, or I wouldn't live in this lying skin suit...' - John Varley, 1983.
Cicret Makes Your Skin Into A Display
   'On the translucent mica-like coverings over the orifices, appeared reddish characters...' - Schachner and Zagat, 1931.
Duoskin Control Tattoo
   'Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand.'- John Varley, 1992.
Svalbard Seed Vault (aka Doomsday Vault) Gets Upgrades
   'But they existed in the Life Bank, as did virtually every plant and animal that existed on Old Earth.' - John Varley, 1977.
Burner Generates Temporary Phone Numbers
   'Interesting phone system he's got, by the way...' - John Varley, 1984.
IRL Glasses Block Screens, Limit Vision To Real Life
   'If you couldn't see the ads, how would you know what was fashionable?' - John Varley, 1977.
Rise Of Skywalker Could Trigger Epileptic Seizures
   '... then the screen started to flicker. I stared at it for a while.' - John Varley, 1984.
Augmented Reality Palm Keyboard
   'Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand.'- John Varley, 1992.
Electric Yak Quadruped China Robot
   'They're modern science's answer to the backpack.' - John Varley, 1976.



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