The Dream Master Author:Roger Zelazny In the last unexplored frontier of knowledge, a 21st century invention enables "psychology engineers" to actually enter patients' minds: experience thoughts, live with their dreams, and redirect and control those soaring, universe-creating visions which come to all of us during our repose. Charles Render is a shaper, one of a... more » small number of psychotherapists qualified, by his granite will and ultra-stability, to use the extraordinary device that enables him to to participate in, and control, his patients' dreams. But this is a dangerous therapy for the therapist and only his armour-plated integrity protects Render from too deep an involvement in the mental worlds of the damaged people he seeks to help. Her name is Eileen Shallot, a resident in psychiatry. She wants desperately to become a Shaper, though she has been blind from birth. She asks him to help her 'see' by transferring from his mind to hers a world of colour and light. Render agrees but suddenly finds himself obsessed with Eileen and drawn into fantasies which she controls. Together, they will explore the depths of the human mind -- and the terrors that lurk therein.
A shorter version, published in Amazing Stories as "He Who Shapes", won a Nebula Award in 1965.« less