Some Dreams Are Nightmares

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"The ideal length for science fiction is the novelette," proclaims SFWA Grand Master James Gunn, in the introduction to this long out-of-print volume. To prove this now widely accepted assertion, this collection includes the original short fiction that would form the basis for three of his most acclaimed novels.

"The Cave of Night" formed the heart of the novel Station in Space. It has been dramatized on radio and was chosen for inclusion in Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg's The Great SF Stories: 1955.

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Overview

"The ideal length for science fiction is the novelette," proclaims SFWA Grand Master James Gunn, in the introduction to this long out-of-print volume. To prove this now widely accepted assertion, this collection includes the original short fiction that would form the basis for three of his most acclaimed novels.

"The Cave of Night" formed the heart of the novel Station in Space. It has been dramatized on radio and was chosen for inclusion in Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg's The Great SF Stories: 1955.

"The Hedonist" became part of the highly acclaimed The Joy Makers.

"New Blood" and "Medic" became sections of perhaps his most famous novel, The Immortals. The book was made into a movie, from which the ABC TV series The Immortal was made.

These novels began as the short fiction represented herein, and deal respectively with the conquest of space and the ordeals and sacrifices it will require; the science of happiness—what if universal happiness is required?; and the implications of immortality. Thought-provoking and disturbing, these speculations into the mind and heart of humanity reveal why James Gunn's fiction deserves its rightful place among some of the best the field has to offer.

James Gunn is a retired professor emeritus of English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship and non-fiction, including the prestigious Hugo award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617203596
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,070,930
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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THE CAVE OF NIGHT

The phrase was first used by a poet disguised in the cynical hide of a newspaper reporter. It appeared on the first day and was widely reprinted. He wrote:

"At eight o'clock, after the Sun has set and the sky is darkening, look up! There's a man up there where no man has ever been.

"He is lost in the cave of night..."

The headlines demanded something short, vigorous and descriptive. That was it. It was inaccurate, but it stuck.

If anybody was in a cave, it was the rest of humanity. Painfully, triumphantly, one man had climbed out. Now he couldn't find his way back into the cave with the rest of us.

What goes up doesn't always come back down.

That was the first day. After it came twenty-nine days of agonized suspense.

The cave of night. I wish the phrase had been mine.

That was it, the tag, the symbol. It was the first thing a man saw when he glanced at the newspaper. It was the way people talked about it: "What's the latest about the cave?" It summed it all up, the drama, the anxiety, the hope.

Maybe it was the Floyd Collins influence. The papers dug up their files on that old tragedy, reminiscing, comparing; and they remembered the little girl--Kathy Fiscus, wasn't it?--who was trapped in that abandoned, California drain pipe; and a number of others.

Periodically, it happens, a sequence of events so accidentally dramatic that men lose their hatreds, their terrors, their shynesses, their inadequacies, and the human race momentarily recognizes its kinship.

The essential ingredients are these: A person must be in unusual and desperate peril. The peril must haveduration. There must be proof that the person is still alive. Rescue attempts must be made. Publicity must be widespread.

One could probably be constructed artificially, but if the world ever discovered the fraud, it would never forgive.

Like many others, I have tried to analyze what makes a niggling, squabbling, callous race of beings suddenly share that most human emotion of sympathy, and, like them, I have not succeeded. Suddenly a distant stranger will mean more than their own comfort. Every waking moment, they pray: Live, Floyd! Live, Kathy! Live, Rev!

We pass on the street, we who would not have nodded, and ask, "Will they get there in time?"

Optimists and pessimists alike, we hope so. We all hope so.

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