WINE OF THE DREAMERS is my selection this week, one of John D. MacDonald’s three science fiction novels, which was published in 1950. Only a few short years after WWII and during the Korean War, this was a novel that said we were not responsible. Aliens interfering in our affairs was the real agent of all our problems.
Set in 1975, humanity’s space program seemed to take a step backwards every time a new advance happened. Mysterious attackers would sabotage it.
You see, there are a group of alien dreamers who used their influence to affect events on Earth, not believing it was anything but real dreams. And how can dreams affect the real world?
Their one rule in using the dream machines was that if one dreamed of beings creating devices that helped one leave the planet into space, one must dream destruction of the same. It was all dreams anyway, right?
Raul Kinson is the one willing to risk his own life to prove different though.
This novel was written at the height of the Communist paranoia of post WWII. You know, someone trying to destroy us from within. It’s been a good many years since I read this one, so maybe it’s time to dip into it once more.