I read a book in the late 80s about a man travelling from one dimension to another through portals that are "right around the corner". He ends up in a place where mind control is prevalent and people wear a number on their clothes based on their level of ability (like 1 through 10 or 12). He is woefully out of place and shielded by one of these people, but he is dominated by a child who gives him nightmares when his protector is asleep. This is all I can remember.

  • You've put "right around the corner" into quotes. Is this a specific phrase that was used in the book? Were they referred to as 'portals'?
    – Valorum
    Feb 16 at 20:33
  • This reminds me of a short story by Larry Niven: "For a Foggy Night" but it couldn't be, based on the description of numbers and levels of ability. Feb 16 at 20:43
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    Possible dupe scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/129270/…
    – Danny Mc G
    Feb 16 at 20:47
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    Yeah, I think this is Mind Traders
    – Andrew
    Feb 16 at 21:59
  • The child given nightmares are a feature in Mind Traders, btw
    – Andrew
    Feb 17 at 2:18


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