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Night of delusions epub ebook

by Keith Laumer

Night of delusions epub ebook

Author: Keith Laumer
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam; First Edition edition (1972)
Pages: 190 pages
ISBN: 0399110119
ISBN13: 978-0399110115
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 738
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Night of Delusions book. The front and back cover of this 1972 paperback are for Keith Laumer's 'Night of Delusions', but the contents are a pretty good Cold War spy story. Some printer's mistake? Well, I really enjoyed this.

Night of Delusions book.

Keith Laumer (1925-1993) John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force

Keith Laumer (1925-1993) John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author born in Syracuse, New York. Prior to his career as a writer, Laumer was an officer in the United States Air Force. After war service, he spent a year at the University of Stockholm, and then took two bachelor's degrees in science and architecture at the University of Illinois. His first story, Greylorn, was published in 1959, but he returned to the Air Force the following year, only becoming a full-time writer in 1965

Knight of Delusions (Night of Delusions plus two short stories) (1982). Keith Laumer books at the Baen Free Library.

Knight of Delusions (Night of Delusions plus two short stories) (1982). Chrestomathy (1984) (collection including many excerpts). Once There Was a Giant (1984) (collection of two novellas plus an appreciation by Sandra Miesel; not related to the 1971 collection of the same name). Works by Keith Laumer at Project Gutenberg. Works by or about Keith Laumer at Internet Archive. Some of Laumer's model airplane designs. Keith Laumer: SF Author (fansite) with biography, bibliography, and fun stuff. John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the . His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time). Keith Laumer (aka . Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his sa John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author.

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1972) A novel by Keith Laumer. 1974 : USA Mass Market Paperback.

1972) A novel by Keith Laumer. It starts out as a weird but seemingly understandable assignment, bodyguarding a mad politician whose keepers have decided to let him "escape" as a sort of reality therapy. But to understand the Senator, Florin must enter the Machine, an reality will never be the same. From now on he's a Knight of Delusions. Genre: Science Fiction. Used availability for Keith Laumer's Night Of Delusions.

Reviews (3)
Xangeo
Night of Delusions (1972) is a standalone short SF story. It is set in the mid-future. It starts out like a film noir detective story and then turns into a nightmare.

In this novel, Florin is hired to bodyguard an insane Senator while his associates use technological illusions to shock him into reality. But suddenly he finds himself in a dingy bar across from a nice looking young woman. Then he goes out into the night and finds things have changed.

Florin keeps waking up, only to discover that he is still in a dream world. A pink lizard named Diss shows up time and again and gives him a very convincing spiel on his present condition. Unfortunately, the gecko is mostly lying.

Florin learns that the Senator is an actor named Bardell. He also learns the real names of Big Nose, Lardface and other associates of the Senator. Then he wakes up in the dream machine.

In this story, Florin has his perceived reality change over and over again. The structures move and change shape. Only the characters stay the same, but not their roles in his life. And the color Nile green seems to appear frequently.

The young woman is named Curia Regis. She is always sitting across from him when he recovers consciousness. Her relation to him changes with each recurrence. Somehow, Florin believes that she is not associated with Big Nose and the other players.

Florin is rendered unconscious by various means. Sometimes he is attacked and knocked out. Other times, the lights just go off and he floats around for a while. But he always reappears in the bar across from Curia.

This tale goes into some deep philosophic pits. Florin cannot tell if he is dreaming or awake until he awakes in the bar. He is told that the machine is responding to his unconscious desires. So he tries to gain conscious control of the device.

This novel is the most confusing work by the author. I have read it several times and still get confused. The only consistent element is the hero's stubborn resistance to surrendering control of his own fate.

This novel is not among the greatest works of the author. Yet it is entertaining in a demented sort of a way. Enjoy!

Recommended for Laumer fans and anyone else who enjoys tales of dream manipulation, persevering heroes, and sheer confusion.

-Arthur W. Jordin

allegro
I read this work on the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend who was really crazy about this science-fiction psychological space thriller. My friend was comparing it to Stranger in a Strange Land, a fine ground-breaking work with which I was already very familiar so I considered that I might be okay in reading Laumer's book on that basis.

I should say up front that I'm a pretty discriminating and critical reader, delving into all genres with equal enthusiasm. And I should also know better by now than to take book recommendations from others at face value without researching the title myself before committing to obtaining and reading such offerings -- but that's what I did here and as a result I was somewhat disappointed.

Here's a pretty good representative quotation from page 60 of Laumer's 1972 book:

"We're not on Earth. We're on Greyfell, the fourth planet of the Wolf 9 system, twenty-eight light years from Sol."

A surprise, I did run across a reference to the Floyd Collins Cave Tragedy on page 65 which is a fascinating, if little-known, account. Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins. Laumer casually mentions this work as his own book clearly shares some parallels with the Collins incident but in very different ways.

But overall, I detected nothing special in Laumer's rather difficult-to-follow story. Really rabid sci-fi fans might rate it somewhat higher than I did but I really didn't see that this book was either an epic work or that it met the criteria of "literature".

So basically, I'll summarize by saying this is just an okay read for sci-fi fans and I'll leave it at that.

Jorad
The protagonist is either trapped in a dream machine that keeps him hallucinating, or accidentally involved in inventing a machine that moves him between parallel universes, or is being manipulated by aliens intent on invading earth. He keeps "waking up" from the last scenario, each time in a new setting that offers yet another variant of those three reasons as the explanation for what has been happening to him. The reader starts to feel that the story should thus offer something entirely different and more creative as an ending to wrap up the loose ends. But unfortunately in the end it seems as if the author just got tired of writing, and instead of building to an even more fantastic climax, the story punts, and reverts to one of the less imaginative previous explanations, then ends.

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