Category Archives: dreams/hypnosis

“Good Night, Sophie,” Lino Aldani, 1963

“Good Night, Sophie,” Lino Aldani, 1963 – (trans. from Italian)– In a future in which the superstar, Sophie, is a VR porn star, Sophie must decide if the Anti-Dream League’s claims that “nature and the soul” are being lost due … Continue reading

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“The Hated,” Paul Flehr (Frederik Pohl), 1958

“The Hated,” Paul Flehr (Frederik Pohl), 1958 — Byron, an astronaut, has returned from his mission to Mars and is attempting to re-acclimate to civilian life.  One of the restrictions on his pension stipulates that he must stay out of … Continue reading

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“The Man Who Lost the Sea,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1959

“The Man Who Lost the Sea,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1959 – A dying astronaut reviews his life, beginning with childhood. Comments: Inspired Clarke’s “Transit of Earth.”  Read in Great Tales of SF.   The collection by the same name contains a forward … Continue reading

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“The Tunnel Under the World,” Frederik Pohl, 1955

“The Tunnel Under the World,” Frederik Pohl, 1955 – Jingles intrude everywhere, saturating a community’s homes and dreams.  The denizens of a town assisted by robots eventually realize they are living advertisements, built in miniature by a media executive after … Continue reading

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“Dreaming is a Private Thing,” Isaac Asimov , 1955

“Dreaming is a Private Thing,” Isaac Asimov , 1955 – Jessie Weill, is the manager of a firm specializing in private dreamies (similar to films or DVDs) that can be viewed at home by individual users.  He encourages a ten-year … Continue reading

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“Bulkhead,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1955

“Bulkhead,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1955 – A cadet and captain-in-training endures an extended “test run” simulation in a facsimile of a typical ship.  He’s been told that if he presses a button, he can communicate with another cadet, but he resists … Continue reading

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“Starting from Scratch,” Robert Sheckley, 1970

“Starting from Scratch,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 – (short short) With a little prodding from mind-bending drugs, the universe is revealed to be a dream within a universe within a dream. Comments: A form of open-ended story, a recursive reality.  Read … Continue reading

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“Disappearing Act,” Alfred Bester, 1953

“Disappearing Act,” Alfred Bester, 1953 – America is caught up in the rhetoric of General Carpenter, who appears to be waging a war to save Culture:  “We must dig in against the hordes of barbarism,” he intones to potential donors.  … Continue reading

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“Asylum,” A. E. van Vogt, 1942

“Asylum,” A. E. van Vogt, 1942 – Two energy vampires arrive on Earth and outwit the relatively IQ-challenged man sent to stop them.  A female alien with an even higher IQ arrives to save him. Comments: Themes include femininity, IQ, … Continue reading

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“Interpretation of a Dream,” John Collier, 1951

“Interpretation of a Dream,” John Collier, 1951 — A young man bursts into a psychiatrist’s office, demanding his assistance.  Every night, he dreams that he falls from the top of the psychiatrist’s building, and every night he peers into the … Continue reading

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“Dreams are Sacred,” Peter Phillips, 1948

“Dreams are Sacred,” Peter Philips, 1948 – A reporter is asked by a psychiatrist to enter a fantasy writer’s dreams to save him from losing himself in his imagination.  A “rapport” is created between two dreaming people through a machine, … Continue reading

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“The Storm,” A. E. van Vogt, 1943

“The Storm,” A. E. van Vogt, 1943 – “Mixed Men” descended from robots are of “two minds.”  They must defend their culture, and that of yet another type of cybernetic mixing, from the imperialist humans, ancient enemies who are rapidly … Continue reading

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“Dream’s End,” Henry Kuttner, 1947

“Dream’s End,” Henry Kuttner, 1947 — (with C. L. Moore) Dr. Robert Bruno, Chief of Staff in an asylum, attempts to reach Gregson, a patient in a state of deep psychosis.  Bruno, a man who must be “certain” before undertaking … Continue reading

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“The Circular Ruins,” Jorge Luis Borges, 1940

“The Circular Ruins,” Jorge Luis Borges, 1940 –A wizard constructs a son from his dreams.  Through a long, painstaking process, he creates him, part by part, and calls upon Fire to give him life.  But, as the son ages, he … Continue reading

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“A Friend to Alexander,” James Thurber, 1942

“A Friend to Alexander,” James Thurber, 1942 — Every night, a man is harassed by Aaron Burr in his dreams.  Burr challenges him to a duel, with a chilling conclusion. Comments: Read in Perchance to Dream.  Elements of humor and … Continue reading

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“Omega,” Amelia Reynolds Long, 1932

“Omega,” Amelia Reynolds Long, 1932 – A scientist discovers that mental time and physical time can be altered through hypnosis. He hypnotizes a volunteer (a murderer) and sends him tens of thousands of years into the future.  The man provides … Continue reading

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“The End of the Party,” Graham Greene, 1932

“The End of the Party,” Graham Greene, 1932 — Peter Morton and his twin, Francis, have been invited to a birthday party, at which a number of games will be played, including hide-and-seek. Although they have a close bond, Peter … Continue reading

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“A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” Edgar Allan Poe, 1844

“A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” Edgar Allan Poe, 1844 — The narrator makes the acquaintance of the curious Mr. Augustus Bedloe, a man of peculiar appearance and great attachmen to his physician and constant companion, Doctor Templeton.  Templeton is … Continue reading

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“Mr. Arcularis,” Conrad Aiken, 1931

“Mr. Arcularis,” Conrad Aiken, 1931 — A demure man, in every way slight of personality and form, appears to be going on an exciting voyage.  There he meets his long-dead mother and uncle, whose bodies he found as a child, … Continue reading

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The Great Dark, Mark Twain

The Great Dark, Mark Twain — (unfinished, published in 1962 as part of the formerly suppressed, Letters from the Earth) “A pleasant bourgeois chap peers through the microscope he has just bought for his daughter into a drop of water … Continue reading

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