A science fiction dream about science fiction people

Last night, I dreamed that Barry Malzberg (who in real life has said some nice things about my latest story, “The Last Science Fiction Writer“), told Ray Bradbury (whom I’ve only met once) about my story. Later in the dream, Barry said, “Look who’s here to see you,” and standing there was Ray Bradbury, holding an old book. He told me he had enjoyed my story and had written a review of it. He then handed me the book and departed. I opened the book (a large, dusty, leather-bound tome), and after some frantic searching, I found the entry where Bradbury praised my story. I can’t remember exactly what he said about it, but I was very excited. And then I got a chill…

The book in which the review appeared had been published in the 1960s, before I was even born. And yet, there in the review was my name as well as the name of my story. During the dream, I didn’t wonder how that could possibly be. Instead, I was amazed at the fact that if I had gotten hold of this book say, ten years earlier, I would have had proof that eventually, I would sell some of my stories, and wouldn’t that have been a boost.

It wasn’t until I woke up that I really wondered about the dream. It’s possible that it was triggered by references to Isaac Asimov’s The End of Eternity, and in particular, the way Asimov got the idea for the story. Still, it was a little bit spooky.

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