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Subject: Help me ID this short story
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 10:45 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2008
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I've asked this a few different forums and haven't found an answer, and Goolgle is completely useless. I figured there are enough seasoned readers here that maybe someone can help. I'm trying to find a short story I read back in high school. It's a very Ray Bradbury-like story, but it could have been another author. I mention Bradbury since the ending to "The Illustrated Man" really reminded me of this old story. I'm fairly certain (but not positive, at least not anymore) that the title is "Mason's Dream". It's about lucid dreaming. When the main character realizes he's having a lucid dream, he go around and asks the characters in his dream for contact information and such, trying to figure out if people in his dream are real people who are also dreaming. It's a really neat story that I'd love to go back and read, but I can't find any info about it. Google only gives me stuff about freemasons and lucid dreaming in general. To make it worse, the book I had in school had its cover ripped off so I don't even know the name of the text. Any ideas?
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 5:14 AM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2007
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I don't recognize the story, but it might help to try the SciFan site, where you can look up books by theme.  (Sorry i don't know how to import a link, but searching for Scifan will find it.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 2:39 PM ET
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Perhaps "A Dream Sequence" by Herman Hesse?  It was included in a paperback titled "Strange News From Another Star"  (0374510180) in 1972 which might be the right timeframe (don't know when you would have been in high school).   It is also in "The Complete Fairy Tales of Herman Hesse"

Note that I haven't read it, but google tends to work well for me, which is how I found this.  Probably would be a good read regardless.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 10:22 AM ET
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I don't recognize it but I can tell you where else to ask.  Go to Usenet (or Google Groups, it will get to the same place) and ask in rec.arts.sf.written.

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 1:10 AM ET
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From what I can find of "A Dream Sequence", I don't think that's it. But I'll check it out anyway and thanks a lot for posting that Usenet group. I'll go there next.