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Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980 The Dreaming Dragons : A Time Opera
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'Aboriginal anthropologist Alf Dean Djanyagirnji, with his autistic nephew Mouse, seek evidence that the Rainbow Serpent is a desert myth sprung from the ancient skeleton of a dinosaur. Instead, they find a gate that teleports them into a vault miles beneath sacred Uluruh, the huge eroded monolith once dubbed Ayers Rock by the white invaders. They are not alone. American and Russian scientists and military personnel have drilled into the Vault, and only Mouse's damaged brain can communicate with the Vault intelligence.

'Elsewhere, in California's Big Sur, former hippie physicist and student of the occult Dr. Bill DelFord is commissioned to explain an equally ancient ruin on the far side of the moon. A non-human, extraterrestrial intelligence? A long forgotten intelligent dinosaur species destroyed at the apex of their civilization by the cataclysmic asteroid impact 66 million years ago? Or something worse?

'What these researchers and explorers find, step by incredible step, is a bond between that vanished species and human consciousness, mortal and post-mortem. The Dreaming (originally published under the misleading title The Dreaming Dragons) is a headlong cascade of mythology and advanced physics, hurtling toward an unexpected apotheosis.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Gateway edition)

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    The melodramatic imagination is, then, perhaps a way of perceiving and imagining the spiritual in a world where there is no longer any clear idea of the sacred, no generally accepted societal moral imperatives, where the body of the ethical has become a sort of deus absconditus which must be sought for, posited, brought into man's existence through exercise of the spiritualist imagination ... The melodramatic mode of utterance is a victory over the repression and censorship of the social reality principle, a release of psychic energy by the articulation of the unsayable. One might say that the gothic quest for renewed contact with the numinous, the supernatural, the occult forces in the universe, leads into the moral self.

    Peter Brooks

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Pocket Books ,
      1980 .
      image of person or book cover 1435645813509357910.jpg
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    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1981 .
      Extent: 245p.
      ISBN: 0140058230
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Fictionwise ,
      2001 .
      Alternative title: The Dreaming
      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 1930936931, 9781930936935
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Orion ,
      2020 .
      image of person or book cover 4453143584971431634.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Alternative title: The Dreaming
      Extent: 276p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 5 May 2020.
      ISBN: 9781473230156
      Series: y separately published work icon Gateway London : Orion , 2011- 19458199 2011 series - publisher novel science fiction

      Inaugurated by Orion in 2011, Gateway originally republished significant works of science fiction. By 2015, it had a catalogue of nearly three thousand titles, by over two hundred authors. Latterly, it has extended its catalogue to classic works of fantasy, horror, and crime, as well as science fiction.

      It is a companion series to SF Masterworks.

      Only works on the list by Australian authors are included on AustLit.

      Sources include https://www.thebookseller.com/news/more-hachette-authors-join-gateway.

Alternative title: Die träumenden Drachen: Science Fiction Roman
Language: German
    • Bergisch Gladbach,
      c
      Germany,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Bastei Lübbe ,
      1983 .
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      Extent: 268 p. ; 18 cmp.
      ISBN: 3404220595

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