This Shared Dream
Kathleen Ann Goonan
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THIS SHARED DREAM
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Ann Goonan introduced Sam Dance and his wife, Bette, and their quest to alter
our present reality for the better in her novel In War Times (winner of the John
W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and ALA's Best Science Fiction Novel
of 2008). Now, in This Shared Dream, she tells the story of the next generation.
Kathleen Ann Goonan's Description:
THIS SHARED DREAM evolved,
as do most of my novels, from a variety of currents and influences.
Chief among these were Eric Kandel’s IN SEARCH OF MEMORY.
Kandel, a Nobel laureate, has done extensive research on the biological
roots and pathways of memory—how it is created, how it is stored, and how it
re-emerges in certain conditions. In
his book, his memories of his family’s flight from Vienna following
Krystallnacht in 1938 are interspersed with his growing appreciation of the
mysteries of memory.
But THIS SHARED DREAM is in the main a family saga about lost and unevenly distributed information, and about how differing memories among siblings create their present. It is also about retrieving lost memories, lost parts of the self, and re-integrating them into one’s present being.
It is about the nature of time and consciousness, and identity. It is about music, communication, and the potential of children when they have an science-based educational environment that meshes with and enhances their natural developmental.
But mostly it is about the tenacity of love, and the power of love to heal.
Praise for This Shared Dream
“A tough-minded, kind-hearted, fiercely intelligent novel.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin
"The urgent necessity for our species to master its worst impulses and take charge of its own destiny–a core tenet of the SF genre–has seldom been conveyed with such emotional and intellectual force."
“What if you could travel through time to fix what is wrong with the world? The world would resist, and the very act of trying would create parallel worlds with their own problems. This wondrous book, the story of a handful of people who seek to alter the twentieth century to create a better future, acknowledges the inhumanity of war and yet celebrates the joys of music, art, friendship, and family. And it reminds us that the future is made by the children of the present. I loved this book, and I heartily recommend it.”
“A wild ride through alternate histories. Brilliant.”
"THIS SHARED DREAM is an intensely rich, original and provocative novel that is worth checking out."
—INTERZONE Book Zone book review 11th Jul, 2011 (Interzone 235)
Appearing for the first time on the cover of THIS SHARED DREAM, praise from Joe Haldeman and Kelly Link for IN WAR TIMES:
“In War Times is an engaging and elegant extrapolation.”
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