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I'm looking for the title of a book about a group of dream warriors who fight a "demon" with psychic abilities that hides in peoples dreams

I read a book in the early- to mid-eighties that I have not been able to recall the title to. The story was set in roughly the present day. A small group of people were able to enter the dream world ...
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Fantasy YA novel from at least 10-15 years ago about kids who can enter a dream world when they fall asleep

So I read this book 10-15 years ago, but I'm not sure when it was published. It's a YA novel with a young male protagonist, I think, who finds out he can enter a different world when he goes to sleep. ...
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Classic short story about a recurring dream of approaching death

In this story, a man relates a recurring dream of Middle Eastern swordsmen on horseback riding hard toward him along a curve of sandy shore. They approach closer and closer each night, and he is ...
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Short story about lucid dreaming and a gun that protects the protagonist in his sleep

I read this decades ago—probably in the 1960s—and am pretty sure it was from an anthology. It was English language. As a boy, our hero had nightmares, and his father taught him how to mentally bring ...
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Have professional dreamers been explored in the Alien franchise?

In the Alan Dean Foster novelisation of the film Alien, the book starts off with: Seven dreamers. You must understand that they were not professional dreamers. Professional dreamers are highly paid, ...
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Short story where alien pills or medication are used as a way of teaching

I feel like the story starts out with a guy in a bar and an alien or some other sort of advanced lifeform. I seem to recall a part in the story where the alien gives this guy a tablet or medication (...
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Children's book about a kid traveling out of his body during sleep in New York city

Children's book about a kid traveling out of his body during sleep in New York city while visiting his grandfather. Then meets Babe Ruth, etc.
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Trying to find a movie about a dad who goes to a fantasy universe to find kids

Hey so I tried to find this movie but I couldn't. I only remember vague details but it was about a white family with a dad who I think was estranged to his kids (a son and a younger daughter) and he ...
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Book set in a dream-world type setting with a female protagonist

I'm looking for a book series I read as a teen. Within the past 10-12 years. I want to say it was a trilogy but I could have just read all books available at the time. It had to do with a dreamscape ...
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Book about a live reality tv show where money depends on viewers but they were really harvesting dreams

There's a book I checked out of the library a couple years ago and I'd like to get my sister to read it but I don't remember what it's called. I actually don't remember if you got money or not but I ...
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Identify a story about a man who pays to dream that he is successful

Can anyone help me identify some science/speculative fiction plot I remember from the 1980s? I'm pretty sure it was a short story I read in a book, though it's possible that I have gotten it confused ...
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Short story: dream machines and androids

A boy sets off on a quest and eventually learns from an oracle/librarian/sentient machine/? that he is an android, and so is everyone in his city, without being aware of it; there are no more real ...
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An old children's series about a wizard and dreams?

I was born in 1992 and live in a country where most cartoons might have probably aired years after their original time but the one I'm talking about is certainly before 2002. I remember it being about ...
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A man enters a comatose author's dreams to wake him up

This is a short story, I think, but I might be wrong. A man is recruited to enter an authors' dreams to try & bring him out of a coma & finds himself in a hackneyed barsoom type world where ...
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90s cartoon about guardians against nightmares

In the 1990s, I saw an animated show about some guardians of dreams that protect children’s dreams against nightmares. I dont remeber much, only that they travel in pillow-like space ship and there ...
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Short story about aliens that took the deer

I could be wrong, it was so long ago, but I thought the premise of it was that aliens had come to Earth and were communicating with people in their dreams, telling everyone they were judging to bring ...
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Older book: similar to Avatar with tribal plot

Older book title is something like "tribe of" or " people of" with a pre-colonial name after that. I can't remember more details probably written in the '80's. A man crashes his car wakes up among ...
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What movie had a John Stamos-like character dreaming on a medical spaceship?

I saw this movie about 6 or 7 years ago, it was definitely older than that though. It takes place on a medical transport spaceship that crash lands on an alien world while the ship was on its way to ...
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ID Sci Fi short story: Earth soon to burn in Sun, apartment setting, juice cans, she sleeps, wakes to reality of Earth freezing

I could have sworn this was Bradbury. Definitely published pre-1980. I feel like I should know this. The female (?) protagonist is in an apartment suffering in the heat. Earth is moving toward the ...
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Tv movie about man living parallel life in dreams

This was something I saw on TV a long time ago, I'm pretty sure it would have been in the 1970s. I came in partway through so I don't know the whole plot, and I don't know if it was a movie or an ...
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Short-lived TV series about group that enters other people's dreams

This was the mid 90's. It revolved around a group of scientists who had the technology to enter a sleeping person's mind. When interacting in the sleeper's dreams they solved mysteries or helped the ...
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Novel about Dreams and Mages in it who can travel to real worlds

I am trying to find a novel that I read a long time back. Must be in young adult genre. It was about a realm which we can enter only through dreams. The world is composed entirely of things which we ...
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Supernaturally Smooth Riding: A dream or the reality of Shadowfax's power?

At the end of Book III, chapter 11: "The Palantír," in The Two Towers, Tolkien narrates the following (bold added):     [Gandalf speaking:] 'Away now, Shadowfax! Run, greatheart,...
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Colonist tracks monster that has abducted his wife

I read a short story back in the 60s or 70s where a planetary colonist is tracking a monster that has taken his wife. The twist is that he wakes up to find that it is all an enforced hallucination to ...
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Science fiction story commercialized dreams

I am looking about a story, where dreams where commercialized. The protagonist is a professional dreamer, who basically chooses what he dreams and sells the dream, like a TV show. The antagonist works ...
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Oneiric travel to Mars in rocket ship made from scrap

This was possibly published in Omni, or some other magazine, about 1979. A group of boys build a rocket ship from scrap in their backyard. They enter into it for playing, and when they get out they ...
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Story about man unable to wake up from dream

I am looking for a story which I read a long time back but cannot recall the name. The plot line was: In a futuristic world, there are dream parlors which provide sleep with dream services. The ...
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Schrodinger's butterfly style story about an office worker and gunpowder

I've been trying to remember the name of this story and author for days. The story is Walter Mittyish type about a man who lives a mundane Earthbound office job life during the day, but at night ...
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How can Anakin's dream about Padme have been precognitive?

It's pretty clear that Anakin has precognitive abilities. Qui-gon says as much as the only explanation for how Anakin is able to be the only human capable of racing. He also very clearly saw his ...
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Why did 10 year old Harry dream about a flying motorcycle?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 10-year old Harry dreams of Sirus/Hagrid's motorbike the night before Dudley's birthday. He rolled onto his back and tried to remember the dream he had ...
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Why was Cobb so afraid to go into limbo, if he had already gone there and knows that he can use his totem to get out?

1.) When Cobb and Saito were in limbo, Cobb realized he was in Limbo because of the spinning totem. But how did Cobb realized he was in limbo, when he and Mal were stuck there? 2.) And in case it was ...
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Extinction/resurrection story

Please help me identify this story. A woman wakes up in the wilderness, with no one else around. She has no idea why. That night, the answer comes to her in a dream: Humanity is extinct, but she ...
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Does the Doctor waking up in a volcano have any reference to his earlier (physical) appearance?

In Last Christmas the Doctor wakes up twice in a volcanic place that is very similar to the volcano in Fires of Pompeii. Coincidentally, Capaldi also starred in Fires of Pompeii. Is there any (...
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Short story about a wizard and a child

I believe I read this story in a fantasy anthology in the early nineties. It was about a child who is the only other human being in a tiny world created by a wizard who is all-powerful within their ...
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Old movie like Inception where hero entered dreams?

I remember an old movie (might have been a TV show, but I doubt it), which I only caught the end of: A man (the president) is dreaming that he's on a train, looking out on a nuclear wasteland, and ...
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Sci-Fi poem in iambic pentameter about a little person who became normal size within days involving Elvis Presley

OK experts, here goes nothing. On my 14th birthday (just over 33 years ago) I was visiting the school library and I picked up a book of poems. While I do not remember the author (the book was an ...
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Was the Ice King Dreaming too?

In King Worm we see that...King Worm has trapped Finn and Jake in their dreams. In their dreams, if they aren't careful they might summon their worst fear. Along the way they find the Ice King, being ...
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Sci-Fi Book about Dream Addiction

The book starts off normally. The protagonist is a young man. The protagonist eventually starts and/or watches a fire in a rich neighborhood in California. The protagonist eventually meets up with ...
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