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A Dream of Wessex

(1977)
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The western democracies are disintegrating, scarred by violence and gripped with fear of terrorist attacks. Trying to find solutions to today's problems, Julia Stretton and other specialists at the Wessex Project have created a virtual reality projection of a utopian future where all current issues have been resolved - how did they achieve it? But on entering Wessex, they lose all memory of their 'real' lives outside, and as they move back and forth the lines between dream and reality become obscured. When Julia's ex-lover, the sadistic Paul Mason, joins the project, he has a sinister plan to take the Wessex projection to a new and terrifying level ...

Christopher Priest's fifth novel, A Dream of Wessex (1977), is a classic of science fiction that will keep readers guessing until the startling, mind-bending conclusion. Priest's novels The Space Machine, The Affirmation, and The Separation are also available from Valancourt.

'[An] excellent and intriguing novel ... the characters and their emotions are real, the concepts fascinating, and the sense of foreboding almost unbearable.' - Library Journal

'This fine novel about time-unravellers has hallucinatory powers ... Priest is a novelist of real distinction.' - The Times (London)

'Christopher Priest is one of our most gifted young writers of science fiction. I recommend A Dream of Wessex. I can best convey its quality by saying that I think not only H.G. Wells but Thomas Hardy himself would have enjoyed and approved of it.' - John Fowles, author of The Magus

'It is a strange novel, technically very assured in its shifts of time and handling of place-in-time, sketching in the edges of the dream with considerable vividness. A fine, exciting novel - SF if you want a label, but an enrichment not only of the sub-genre, but the whole genre too.' - The Guardian

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"I can best convey its quality by saying that I think not only H. G. Wells but Hardy himself would have enjoyed and approved of it." - John Fowles


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Hardback Editions

October 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Dream of Wessex
Author(s): Christopher Priest
ISBN: 0-571-11118-1 / 978-0-571-11118-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

February 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Dream of Wessex (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): Christopher Priest
ISBN: 1-943910-23-5 / 978-1-943910-23-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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November 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Dream of Wessex
Author(s): Christopher Priest
ISBN: 0-575-12153-X / 978-0-575-12153-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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July 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Dream of Wessex (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Christopher Priest
ISBN: 0-349-12811-1 / 978-0-349-12811-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dream of Wessex (Pan science fiction)
Author(s): Christopher Priest
ISBN: 0-330-25543-6 / 978-0-330-25543-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Dream of Wessex, A
Author(s): Christopher Priest
ISBN: 1-5318-3972-X / 978-1-5318-3972-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Dream of Wessex (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): Christopher Priest
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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November 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Dream of Wessex
Author(s): Christopher Priest
Publisher: Gollancz
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