In the year 2001, most of the human race will be coping with an endless procession of new and as yet unheard-of environmental crises and grisly immunological disasters. But the members of UNARIUS--UNiversal ARticulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science--"countless thousands of advanced spiritual beings" (mostly Californians) will not despair, for they'll be confident of the impending arrival of the 32 saucer ships of the Space Brothers from the 32 confederated planets. These space aliens will come to the Earth world to invite us to join the Interplanetary Confederation of Worlds, and of course we'll accept the invitation, becoming the 33rd confederated world. Thereafter all of the problems on Earth will be solved.
As Ruth E. Norman, better known as "Archangel Uriel" put it (before her earthly demise in 1994) "Higher Beings, living on higher physical worlds, have been building the 33 spacecraft that will form a gigantic city when attached one atop the other! The Star Center, a gigantic college or city, will descend and remain on Earth! These Starships will land on large acreage, purchased for this purpose in Southern California, and will serve as a gigantic university, where people can come all over the world to visit and study!" This landing site was prepared on orders from the Space Brothers themselves in 1967. The large sign on the site reads, "WELCOME SPACE BROTHERS!"
Unarians believe that Earth's spiritual vibrational frequencies are presently below what they should be; we all must follow Unarian teachings in order to raise these frequencies, summoning the Space Brothers to our aid. "Earth people, as a whole, are affected with what is known as psychic amnesia -- meaning that certain portions of the mind (the energy body) have been blocked off! This damage was done many thousands of years ago on the planet called Tyron, in the Orion Constellation... The leader of Tyron was an egotistical, evil one, and kept the entire population under his electronic controls! This is a fact! Now comes UNARIUS to help free you of these invisible, but very real, inhibiting and blocking energies. Man alone is helpless to break these strong electronic bonds under which he has, for so long been bound!"
The Space Brothers will have to stay here to instruct us in remedial spiritual skills, until we're as advanced as they are, until we're all wearing the clothing that everybody wears in The Future: silver mylar uniforms. Meanwhile, with the aid of the Confederation, we will have wiped out war, poverty, mental illness, disease, pollution and the energy crisis.
By the way, that despot on the planet Tyron shouldn't be a bother to us any longer. He's none other than SATAN himself, but has been overcome and is now a light-bearer: "Satan (who was a very real human being with an exaggerated ego) and his many helpers, taught his people erroneous and detrimental concepts while on planet Tyron... he too, has been changed! ... the Devil is now a Way Shower, a true Bearer of the Light! ... IF SATAN CAN BE CHANGED SO CAN ANY SOUL!!"
Jaap Drupsteen (born 1942 in Hasselt (Overijssel)) is a Dutch graphic designer.
Drupsteen worked as a graphic designer for NOS and VPRO; he specialized in making leaders, music videos, and other video and television productions.
His best known work are his designs for a series of banknotes for De Nederlandsche Bank. In 1999, Drupsteen was assigned by the Dutch government to design a new passport. He also designed several stamps for PTT. Recently, he designed the exterior of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum.
PBS' rights to rebroadcast the film expired in 1988, and it became the most-requested program in PBS history. Fans were extremely critical of WNET's supposed "warehousing" of the film, but the budgetary barriers to rebroadcast were high: the station needed to pay for and clear rights with all participants in the original program; negotiate a special agreement with the composer of the film's score; and deal with theBeatles recording excerpted in the original soundtrack, "With a Little Help from My Friends", which is an integral plot point in both the novel and the film. A cover version replaces the Beatles' own recording in the home video release.
The home video release is remastered from a video tape of the original broadcast; PBS, thinking the rights issues would dog the production forever, did not save a copy of the production in their archives. ______
The book is set in Portland, Oregon in the year 2002. Portland has three million inhabitants and continuous rain. It is deprived enough for the poorer inhabitants to have kwashiorkor, or protein deprivation. The culture is much the same as the 1970s in the United States, though impoverished. There is also a massive war in the Middle East, with Egypt and Israelallied against Iran.
George Orr, a draftsman, has long been abusing drugs to prevent himself from having "effective" dreams, which retroactively change reality. After having one of these dreams, the new reality is the only reality for everyone else, but George retains memory of the previous reality. Under threat of being placed in an asylum, Orr is forced to undergo "voluntary" psychiatric care for his drug abuse.
George begins attending therapy sessions with an ambitiouspsychiatrist and sleep researcher named William Haber. Orr claims that he has the power to dream "effectively" and Haber, gradually coming to believe it, seeks to use George's power to change the world. His experiments with a biofeedback/EEGmachine, nicknamed the Augmentor, enhance Orr's abilities and produce a series of increasingly intolerable alternative worlds, based on an assortment of utopian (and dystopian) premises familiar from other science fiction works:
When Haber directs George to dream a world without racism, the skin of everyone on the planet becomes a uniform light gray.
An attempt to solve the problem of overpopulation proves disastrous when George dreams a devastating plague which wipes out much of humanity and gives the current world a population of one billion rather than seven billion.
George attempts to dream into existence "peace on Earth" – resulting in an alien invasion of the Moon which unites all the nations of Earth against the threat.
Each effective dream gives Haber more wealth and status, until late in the book where he is effectively ruler of the world. Orr's economic status also improves, but he is unhappy with Haber's meddling and just wants to let things be. Increasingly frightened by Haber's lust for power and delusions of Godhood, Orr seeks out a lawyer named Heather to represent him against Haber. Heather is present at one therapeutic session, and comes to understand George's situation. He falls in love with Heather, and even marries her in one reality; however, he is unsuccessful in getting out of therapy.
George tells Heather that the "real world" had been destroyed in a nuclear war in April 1998. George dreamed it back into existence as he lay dying in the ruins. He doubts the reality of what now exists, hence his fear of Haber's efforts to improve it.
Portland and Mount Hood play a central role in the setting of the novel
Heather has seen one change of reality and has a multiple memory – remembering that her pilot husband either died early in the Middle East War or else died just before the truce that ended the war in the face of the alien threat. She tries to help George but also tries to improve the world, saying that the aliens should no longer be on the Moon. George dreams this, but the result is that they have invaded the Earth instead. In the resultant fighting, Mount Hood is bombed and the dormant volcano starts to erupt again.
They go back to Haber, who has George dream another dream in which the aliens are actually peaceful. For a time there is stability, but Haber goes on changing things. His suggestion that George dream away racism results in everyone becoming gray; Heather, whose parents were of different races, never existed in this new reality. George manages to dream up a gray version of her, married to him and with a less prickly personality. Mount Hood continues to erupt and he fears the world is losing coherence.
Orr has a conversation with one of the aliens, suddenly comes to understand his situation, and thereby gains the courage to stand up to Haber. Haber, frustrated with Orr's resistance, uses what he has learned from studying George's brain during his sessions of hypnosis and controlled dreaming, and decides to take on effective dreaming himself. Haber's first effective dream represents a significant break with the realities created by Orr, and threatens to destroy reality altogether. Orr is able to shut off the Augmentor – even as coherent existence is dissolving into undifferentiated chaos – reaching the "off" switch through pure force of will. The world is saved, but random bits of the various recent realities are now jumbled together. Haber's mind is left broken. Heather, presumably her original self, exists, though with only a slight memory of George.
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