Perilous Dreams

~ A Collection of Short Stories by Andre Norton

Seventh DAW printing has title as “Perilous Dream”



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Synopsis ~

Write-up from the back of paperback edition ~

Would you like to dream high adventure – and have the dream become reality?
This is a novel of one who did. She was Tamisen the Dreamer – trained to explore other worlds through her genetic ability to transfer herself through dream to their actualities. To a dreamer all worlds, all times, were open.
But there were risks. There were perils such as no landbound explorer could conceive. For in an infinity of worlds, there must be an infinity of enemies, of beasts, of personal peril – as well as an infinity of rewards and pleasures.
Here is Andre Norton’s imaginative best, taking Tamisen through a series of worlds as real as her own towards an ultimate destiny none could suspect.


Write-up from a fan ~

Perilous Indeed!  The dreamers of TyKry have the power to create dream worlds and take their clients on exciting adventures. The first two stories concern Tamisen (Later Tam-sim) a powerful dreamer and her client the ultra-wealthy Lord Starrex. Starrex wants an exciting and Dangerous experience and gets more than he bargained for as a saboteur adds his own deadly twists to try and make sure Starrex' dream is his last.
In the third story, a federal agent goes into a dream looking to return the Client to the real world. He doesn't want to go and the agent discovers a startling fact about the Dreamscape and Reality.
In the last story, the title "Nightmare" pretty much sums it up. In the past 6 months, five clients and a dreamer have died and one Dreamer is in vegetative state. Into this powder keg come two federal agents to investigate. They enter into the last dream of the most recently deceased Client, and need all their wits just to survive much less solve the mystery. ~ PG 


Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles Over the Years

1976 in Publishers Weekly, May 10
1976 by W. McPherson in Science Fiction Review Monthly #16 (fnz), June
1976 by I. Slater in Fantasiae (fnz), July
1976 by E. Boatner in Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, November
1977 by Mary Kay Jackson in Delap's F & SF Review, March


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1976) Published by DAW, PB, 0-451-UY1237, $1.25 US, $1.95 Canadian, 199pg ~ cover and illustrated by George Barr ~ #97405-2 UE1405 1978 $1.75 US $1.95 Canadian ~ cover by Kevin Johnson, ~ #97749-3 1982, $2.50, [7th printing] #77248-6 1987 $2.95, ~ covers by Ken W. Kelly


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1981) Published in Rastatt, Germany; by Pabel, Terra TB 339, 160pg, 4.80DM ~ translation by Lore Strabl ~ (abridged - does not include "Get Out of My Dream" or "Nightmare") ~ German title Traum ohne Wiederkehr
  • (1991) Published in Milan, Italy; by Mondadori, Urania n. 1165, 176pg ~ translation by Maura Arduini ~ illustrated by Vicente Segrelles ~ Italian title Mondi pericolosi
  • (1995) Published in Poland; by Zysk i S-ka, 83-715-0003-3, 202pg ~ translation by Bogumiła Kaniewska ~ cover by Enrique Paretti ~ Polish title Senne Manowce [Sleepy astray]
  • (1992) Combined with "Forerunner" and "Yurth Burden" ~ Published in Novosibirsk, by Timur, 5-766-40905-2, HC, 432pg ~ Russian title Опасные сны [Perilous Dreams]
  • (1993) Combined with "Changeling Earth" by Fred Saberhagen and "Good-bye, Miss Paterson" by Phillis McLennan ~ Published by Arkanar, no ISBN, HC, 336pg ~ cover by K. Ahilleosa ~ Russian title Земля во власти волшебства [Land in the Power of Magic]
  • (1993) Combined with "Night of Masks" translation by A. Probes and I. Golovschikova and "Wheel of Stars" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Published in Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books and Angarsk, by Amber, 5-863-14017-8, HC, 448pg ~ "Perilous Dreams" translation by K. Prilipko ~ Russian title Космические бродяги [Night of Masks]
  • (1993) Combined with "Redline the Stars" translation by D. Arseniev and "Horn Crown" translation by K. Prilpko ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14020-8, HC 448pg ~ "Perilous Dreams" translation by K. Prilpko ~ Russian title Королева Солнца 2 [Solor Queen 2]
  • (1993) Included in "City of Illusions; writings of Leigh Brackett, Andre Norton and Ursula K. LeGuinn" ~ Published in Irkutsk, by East Siberian Publishing House, 5-742-40559-6, HC, 464pg ~ "Perilous Dreams" translation by Burtseva ~ cover by A. Ladyanov ~ Russian title Город иллюзий
  • (2003) Combined with "Iron Cage" ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-03009-3, HC, 384pg ~ translation by Oleg Kolesnikov ~ Russian title Железная клетка [Iron Cage]


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