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Wake Up and Dream

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
Winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History

All failed actor and unlicensed private eye Clark Gable has to do is impersonate a wealthy scriptwriter for a few hours, and sign a contract for the biopic of the inventor of a device which has transformed the world of entertainment. What could go wrong? True, he's seeing ghosts, but so's everyone else these days, at least when they go to the Feelies. And Europe is devastated by war, and America in sleep-walking toward Fascism. But what's that got to do with him? A great deal, it turns out, as he stumbles into a world of glamour, danger, preternatural forces and political intrigue.

A dazzling blend of mystery, fantasy and history, and by turns witty, eerie and romantic, Wake Up and Dream is film noir with Technicolor wraiths.

Praise for Wake Up and Dream:

"It's 1940 and Hollywood is dominated by the feelies, movies that use the mysterious Bechmeir Field to transmit emotions into the minds of viewers. Clark Gable, a movie star turned private detective, is hired by April Lamotte to briefly impersonate her reclusive screenwriter husband, who's about to sell a biopic based on the inventor of the Bechmeir Field. After everything is signed, someone tries to kill Gable and pass it off as suicide. Gable's investigation into the incident draws him into a sordid conspiracy involving Hollywood's elite, far too many of whom are turning up dead. It all leads back to something called Thrasis, and a secret worth killing for. MacLeod (Journeys) expertly hits all the hard-boiled beats, delivering the creepy, fascinating, strange, and wholly enjoyable story with a noir melancholy, a keen eye for detail, and plenty of snappy dialogue." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Set in an antisemitic US drifting towards collusion with Nazi Germany, Wake Up and Dream slowly picks at the artifice of Hollywood to reveal its morally rotten core. MacLeod won the Arthur C Clarke award in 2009, and on the strength of this novel should do so again." - The Guardian

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wake Up And Dream [jhc]
Author(s): Ian R MacLeod
ISBN: 1-84863-194-4 / 978-1-84863-194-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: PS Publishing
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January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wake Up And Dream [signed jhc]
Author(s): Ian R MacLeod
ISBN: 1-84863-195-2 / 978-1-84863-195-3 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Wake Up And Dream
Author(s): Ian R MacLeod
ISBN: 1-5318-4492-8 / 978-1-5318-4492-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio edition
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November 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Wake Up And Dream
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November 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wake Up And Dream
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November 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Wake Up And Dream
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Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wake Up and Dream
Author(s): Ian R MacLeod
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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