Persistence of Vision - John Varley These stories are from the early Varley, circa the Gaia series ([b:Titan|49838|Titan (Gaea, #1)|John Varley|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309283641s/49838.jpg|2777504] being one of them), way before the more recent Thunder and Mars books, with the author at the peak of his creative genius (IMHO). I like his work primarily for the way he paints striking and memorable images: the explorers trapped in the bowl, the blind-deaf-mutes having a meal. The title story is worth the effort if you only have time or patience to read just one. But then, like cinnamon licorice sticks, you won't be able to stop at just one.