In the near future, Dream broadcasting has become the latest entertainment medium. Wearing a Dreamcap while you sleep enables broadcasters to send Dreams directly into your unconscious mind, giving you an entertainment experience as intensely real as though you'd been there yourself.
Wayne Corrigan is a performer at Dramatic Dreams, one of the smaller broadcast studios in the Los Angeles area. Janet Meyers, the lady Wayne's in love with but is too shy to tell her, is another. A third colleague is Vince Rondel, a genius of the art, a so-called Master Dreamer with enough imagination to create and populate entire worlds within their minds and project them to the audience. Vince is the superstar of the studio, though he doesn't seem pretentious about it. He does have other problems, though, like a domineering mother who's a religious zealot.
When a mysterious malfunction occurs, Wayne is called on to enter a Dream started by Vince. Once inside, he finds a situation run wild and people enslaved by Vince, who seems bent on self-destruction. Now, tens of thousands of people--including Janet, who's in the audience that night--are in danger of dying or going insane unless Wayne can find some way to wrest control of the Dream away from Vince.
And Not Make Dreams Your Master is a wild, inventive ride through the nightmare mind of a madman.
About the Author
STEPHEN GOLDIN is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy writer who was born in 1947 in the city of Philadelphia. When he was 13, his parents moved to California and, upon reflection, he decided to accompany them. It was a lucky thing he did, too; otherwise, when he went to college, the commute to UCLA would have been quite difficult. He eventually graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy. His first job out of college was as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy. The urge to write was strong, though, and after several years he left to try writing full time. He only regretted the move every other Thursday, when he would have gotten paid. After several years of genteel poverty, he took a job as writer/editor for a pornographic humor paper, the San Francisco Ball. In retrospect, this was a great crucible; because of deadline pressure, he had to learn to make his writing dirty, funny, and one draft. At about this time, too, he began selling novels on a regular basis. While he has, from time to time, held down other full-time employment (he helped design the Star Trek: The Next Generation computer game "A Final Unity" for Spectrum HoloByte and has also written manuals and game design documents for Maxis), his real love is fiction writing and he continues to pursue it. His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky. Their medieval-style wedding was a Saturday morning program item at the 1972 World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles. In the 10+ years of their marriage, in addition to their individual works, they collaborated on a pair of stories ("Painting the Roses Red" and "The Devil Behind the Leaves") about the diMedicis, a family of interstellar swindlers. Mr. Goldin's current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. Their wedding took place the night before EclectiCon 1 in Sacramento, at which Mr. Goldin was the Guest of Honor. They currently live in the San Francisco East Bay area. So far they have co-authored two books in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series: Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor and Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates. More books in this series are planned. Mr. Goldin is an atheist whose interests include Broadway show albums and surrealist art. He has lived with cats virtually all his adult life. Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as SFWA's Western Regional Director.