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If dreams are doorways, where do they take us?

The Deriwelle Institute has millions in funding, Nobel prize-winning scientists, and a mission that could be crazy--or about to change the world....

Science fiction writer Wayne Dolan--his career at a standstill and his life adrift--has just entered the Deriwelle Institute.  Built on sacred Indian ground in southwest Michigan, it's posh, well funded...and perhaps the world's biggest ...

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Overview

If dreams are doorways, where do they take us?

The Deriwelle Institute has millions in funding, Nobel prize-winning scientists, and a mission that could be crazy--or about to change the world....

Science fiction writer Wayne Dolan--his career at a standstill and his life adrift--has just entered the Deriwelle Institute.  Built on sacred Indian ground in southwest Michigan, it's posh, well funded...and perhaps the world's biggest hoax.  At least that's what Wayne thinks.  Using advanced technology, Deriwelle's scientists say they are on a mission to find God.  In reality, one is a grieving father hoping to contact his dead child.  Another has invented a baseball cap to measure unusual brain waves.  Yet another says he has a vaccine to eliminate the genes that program humans to be religious.

Are they all crackpots? Maybe. But from the moment Wayne walks through the Institute's door, eerie events plague him: a recurring dream about a bank account number, visions of an ethereal girl, and the appearance of an old Indian shaman.  Of course, Wayne sees the shaman only when he's asleep.  And what is about to happen when Wayne is awake may be a nightmare of obsession, twisted desire, and secrets no human is ready to know....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Truth proves stranger than fiction at southwestern Michigan's Deriwelle Institute for the Technological Study of Religion, host to highly paid scientists who are building a computer model of the soul. Suffering from writer's block and on the verge of a midlife crisis, 43-year-old science fiction writer Wayne Dolan agrees to his editor's request to boost lagging sales by writing a nonfiction piece about the institute, which has been built on sacred burial grounds. He soon teeters between insanity and enlightenment: the eccentricities around him filter into his own life; vivid dreams of an Indian shaman lead him to deposit thousands of dollars into a mysterious bank account; and he falls for a crippled, dope-addicted prostitute who says her Nobel laureate father made her the guinea pig for a vaccine that eradicates what makes humans religious. In this captivating near-future novel, Nasir (Tower of Dreams) expertly blurs the already vague distinction between Wayne's reality and fantasy. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Wayne Dolan is a blocked writer with a failed marriage, estranged from his children and experiencing mid-life jitters contemplating his mortality. Nearly paralyzed by doubt and fear, he is sent by his editor on an assignment to do a book about a private institute dedicated to using science to prove the existence (or nonexistence) of God. Feeling self-conscious, Wayne goes. One scientist is desperate to prove there is an afterlife, while one is making a computer model of a soul, one is figuring out people's intended fates, and so on. Most disturbing of all is the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Hall, who seeks to neutralize the part of the brain that enables people to have unfounded faith in a higher power. His thought is that a virus that eliminates wishful thinking would stop holy wars, but Wayne fears that reality stripped of hope is too bleak to live with. Wayne himself is undergoing bouts of fuzzy thinking during his sifting of facts and theology. He dreams of a shaman explaining the meaning of life, wonders about his naked super-model neighbors who dance all night, and is inexplicably smitten with a drug-addicted, crippled prostitute. Threads tie tighter into a pattern that continually knots and unravels, leading Wayne through to a poignant climax. The technical explanations and spiritual experiences provide several launching points for discussion for YAs and others who have wondered if there is more to life than a chance arrangement of atoms. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Bantam/Spectra, 278p, 18cm, $5.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Liz LaValley; Mattapoisett, MA, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553579956
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Faith vs. science (fiction)

    Jamil Nasir has crafted a masterful exploration of the boundaries of faith and science in Distance Haze. Within a think tank devoted to proving God's existence, a Nobel laureate creates a vaccine for religion. From this fascinating premise, Nasir takes us on a harrowing expedition into territories that modernity shuns and fears. With great courage and skill, Jamil Nasir uses speculative fiction to scrutinize scientific materialism as relentlessly as he does the very nature of faith. The results are startling and challenging. Nasir's prose style synthesizes the best of lyricism and blunt realism, forging a story that is 'novel' in the purest sense of the word. This is not merely great science fiction, it is great literature and Jamil Nasir is a major new talent. I can't wait to see what comes next.

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