The twenty short stories in “Dream Sequence and other Tales from Beyond” will task your mind, your emotions, the very way you see the universe. Steve Lazarowitz superbly blends fantasy and sci-fi into a seamless tapestry that will leave you breathless.
Inside you’ll experience a magical duel between nineteenth century sorcerers; a princess who must find a way to lose her virginity to circumvent her dark destiny; a computer technician who stumbles upon the most ingenious invasion of all time; a University on a world of sentient insects, and much, much more. Dream Sequence...think at right angles to reality.
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Here’s what the critics have to say about Steve Lazarowitz’s short stories...
Imaginations don't come more fertile than Steve Lazarowitz'. Long after his contemporaries have run out of ideas, he will still be going strong, creating fantasies that enthrall.
--Lisa Dumond, SFSITE, Meviews
"Vibrant, original, refreshing, enticing fantasy. Steve Lazarowitz has a
poetic eye, and a way of combining natural imagery with real people and cutting-edge human emotion. I enjoy his every word, and highly recommend them."
-- Paul Levinson
author of The Silk Code; The Consciousness Plague; and The Pixel Eye
I always enjoy Steve Lazarowitz's fiction -- he's a writer who takes chances and, more importantly, knows how to make sure they pay off. His plotting is careful, and he doesn't pull any punches. Give him a try.
--John O’Neil, Blackgate Magazine
"Dream Sequence and other Tales from Beyond" ...think at right
angles to reality.
It seems many ages have passed since the original publication of this volume and much has happened during that period. I have moved through time, space and knowledge in the same way a cloud moves through the sky. I feel as if I’ve been propelled by the forces of nature, completely out of control of my destiny, unlike many of the characters in the stories you are about to read.
It is a challenge to analyze a volume of your own work as an outsider might, looking for a common thread explaining how each idea has managed to find its way into your consciousness. It’s even harder when the body of work encompasses multiple genres, time periods and styles of writing. I suppose, if nothing else, the restless nature of my soul might be evident from the range of tales contained in this volume.
Yet, there are two themes that do tend to occur throughout my fiction. Much of my work centers on duality; more than one reality in a single tale. At times, it takes the form of perception (as in Dream Sequence), while at others, the world is physically divided (as in Worlds Apart).
The second theme that runs through my writing involves my protagonists, who tend to have their adventures forced upon them by circumstance. Seldom do my characters set out to accomplish something. In most cases, the world requires from them a specific reaction, which they must perform in order to be true to themselves.
In this, many of my characters are like me, for surely in my life, I have been motivated by circumstance rather than my own needs. I see nothing particularly noble in this, but rather only seek to understand myself through analysis of the tales that spring forth from my rather non-pedestrian imagination.
So why am I bothering you with this? Because when I read a book, upon occasion, I’d like to know just how an author views his words, apart from the sort of questions you might find in interviews.
Here is what I think of my work... I like it or I wouldn’t have written it. That said, I like some stories more than others, though each story is an attempt for me to say something about my life, my condition, my philosophy or, in some cases, my past.
The stories in this book are, as indicated in the title, much like a sequence of dreams. They've all sprouted from a single, unconventional mind. Yet like a dream, no matter how they might diverge, on some level, each story must contain just a little bit of me. And if you like a particular story, perhaps it will call to a little bit of you. Is it not conceivable you will recognize a piece of yourself in the characters and events that have emerged from my own skewed vision?
It is entirely possible, for I recognize bits of me in the works of other writers. I’m not sure what conclusions might be drawn from such an observation, except perhaps in many ways we are more alike than we care to consider. And yet, no matter how many authors write the same story, each is as different as night and day, a duality that permeates the very world in which we dwell.
It is my greatest hope that within the pages to come, you will recognize something you share with me; that you might, from my words, understand your own circumstance better; that you might see these stories as more than just a bit of random entertainment; that the images they place in your mind might dwell for a time with others that have already spent some time there.
At the very least, I hope these tales offer you some small amount of pleasure; that they may for a time, help brighten your existence as you travel your own roads to destinations I can not begin to imagine.
One final note, I highly recommend these stories be read in order. At least two are sequels and would make no sense without reading the first installment and one makes reference to an earlier tale.
I wish you well on your journey.