"Beatnik Bayou"

Title"Beatnik Bayou"
Year for Search1980
AuthorsVarley, John [Herbert](b. 1947)
Secondary AuthorsMartin, George R[aymond] R[ichard](b. 1948)
Secondary TitleNew Voices III: The Campbell Award Nominees
Pagination11-45
Date Published1980
PublisherBerkley Books
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

A eutopia on the moon focusing on individualized education which also indicates flaws in the system. For example, there are not enough teachers so that contracts are arranged years before the birth of the child. The teachers are physically the same age as the child and age with them and then revert to an earlier age for the next child. Teachers teach sex. Computerized justice. The “Beatnik Bayou” is a small space recreated as a 1950s Louisiana bayou.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in his The Barbie Murders (New York: Berkley Books, 1980), 146-81 [Book reissued as Picnic on Nearside (New York: Berkley Books, 1984), 146-81]; and in The Best Science Fiction of the Year #10. Ed. Terry Carr (New York: Pocket Books, 1981), 209-45.

Holding Institutions

MoU-St, PSt

Author Note

(b. 1947)

Full Text

1980 Varley, John [Herbert] (b. 1947). “Beatnik Bayou.” New Voices III: The Campbell Award Nominees. Ed. George R[aymond] R[ichard] Martin (New York: Berkley Books, 1980), 11-45. Rpt. in his The Barbie Murders (New York: Berkley Books, 1980), 146-81 [Book reissued as Picnic on Nearside (New York: Berkley Books, 1984), 146-81]; and in The Best Science Fiction of the Year #10. Ed. Terry Carr (New York: Pocket Books, 1981), 209-45. MoU-St, PSt

A eutopia on the moon focusing on individualized education which also indicates flaws in the system. For example, there are not enough teachers so that contracts are arranged years before the birth of the child. The teachers are physically the same age as the child and age with them and then revert to an earlier age for the next child. Teachers teach sex. Computerized justice. The “Beatnik Bayou” is a small space recreated as a 1950s Louisiana bayou.