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WHEN DREAMS COLLIDE

by Wm. Mark Simmons

The Second Book of the DREAMLAND CHRONICLES

 

Reviews

"Dreamworld, a cross between a life-size computer game and a deluxe theme park, has been closed ever since one of its complexes "locked up," trapping Dreamwalkers inside (Dreamwalkers park their bodies and occupy personalized avatars in a computer-generated fantasy world). The machine's superego has escaped, hijacking the body of Senator Walter Hanson. Robert Remington Ripley the Third, whose novels inspired Dreamworld, must sneak inside and rescue the real Hanson before the fake one becomes president and "does something Freudian with all of those missiles." When Ripley enters the game he-for unknown reasons-splits into multiple avatars, which themselves undergo shapeshifting. The Fantasyworld sector is also inhabited by avatars of his ex-wife, an old flame and some hackers, as well as enough Computer Constructs (machine-generated characters) to fill a Hollywood blockbuster. Simmons (In the Net of Dreams) doesn't throw in a rule book for his computer game, so readers have to pick things up on the fly. The off-the-wall result is something frenetic and undisciplined but frequently fun. Just watch out for groaningly bad puns."

--Publisher's Weekly, January 13, 1992

 

 

"When Dreams Collide manages to combine enough wacky hilarity to satisfy a Terry Pratchett fan, and a plethora of puns guaranteed to make a Piers Anthony buff groan, with a serious consideration of Artificial Intelligence and the consequences of creating it, Mark might have even created himself a new genre-CyberLaff."

--Mercedes Lackey
 

 

...A roller-coaster of a ride that combines fantasy gaming and computers to bring about a stimulating read. A remarkable combination of fantasy and science fiction. Do read this one!

--PULSAR #314

 

 

PREVIEW CHAPTERS:

Chapter Four / Ripley Gamma

Chapter Four / Ripley Delta

Chapter Four / Ripley Sigma

The DREAMLAND CHRONICLES

The DREAMLAND CHRONICLES were first published as as IN THE NET OF DREAMS and WHEN DREAMS COLLIDE by Warner Books in 1990 and 1992 respectively.

In 2002 Meisha Merlin published revised editions of the first two titles along with the third installment in the Dreamland Saga: THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS.

All three titles have been translated and published in the Czech Republic.  See here, here, and here...

...And are currently being translated for publication in Russia.  Check back for updates.

IN THE NET OF DREAMS