The AL-EX Project (ALternative EXistence) Testing the limits of dream control is my first foray into light science fiction, written under the name of C M Donaldson, with a tale wherein the main character aims to explore the dream state and maybe manipulate his dreams and control them. Unethical and possibly dangerous, pushing the boundaries, Alex means to explore this other realm in his search for answers!
I want it noted that the dreams described in the story-telling are dreams I've actually had, so it made it easier not having to make them up. It adds to the fun-factor of the tale.
The interpretation of dreams has been an enigma since time began.
What if there was a means to fully understand your dreams? What if you could re-enter your dreams at will?
And what if you could manipulate them? Alex, has suffered nightmares all his life, ever since he lost his parents at the tender age of 11. Now an adult, and married to Kayj, his university sweetheart, still puzzled by his dreams and night-terror experiences, along with his scientist mentor, they have discovered a way to travel through dreams, feeling that answers can be found in the dream state.
Desperate to explore this other realm, is Alex exposing himself to something deep, dark and dangerous?
Received its first two 5* reviews already and it's only been published a month. See below what readers say about this trip into unknown territory
One of the large flat screen computer monitors showed recorded, slowly-fading, moving pictures, like people on documentaries who are ‘fuzzed out’ when they don’t wish to be identified. The shapes swam and undulated in a haze.
“Tell me, can you remember what you saw”, was the second thing he heard as The scientist shot the question over his shoulder while analysing the data.
“I saw my grandma again” said Alex. “Happy and smiling as usual” A far cry from the shriveled and ravaged figure she became when she was alive, he privately thought. “I like seeing her like that”, he continued. “I like seeing her fit and healthy and looking ten years younger but I’ve not had a chance to speak to her though”. He grimaced slightly and a brief shadow of sadness showed on his rugged features.
Then he shrugged his shoulders and started peeling the probes from his forehead. “Better luck next time, eh?” he declared and went over to join The Scientist in front of the multiple computer screens.
It had been a long night. It was now nearing dawn and the sleeping drug was beginning to wear off, although Alex still felt slightly groggy. In order to get into a deep sleep conducive to dreaming, Alex had been taking an experimental drug similar to a sleeping tablet, but infinitely stronger, and subject to the strictest rules regarding its use. Too much and basically it was all over! Exact doses meticulously monitored made sure there was never a ‘worst-case-scenario’. “We’re making great progress”, said The Scientist, still scrutinising the screen and making notes. “We’re getting clearer pictures every time.
We couldn’t control how long you slept before waking before, and now we can wake you with an alarm at any given point in any half hour after you’ve fallen asleep, and we can pin-point where you are in any given dream. We still can’t control who you can conjure up while you’re ‘out of it’ as such, but that will come and I’m truly amazed! And if it wasn’t for the recordings, you wouldn’t remember a thing” He was beaming as he continued. “This result goes straight to the board of directors as soon as possible, I’ll arrange a meeting, as soon as…and we can then start the next phase of the experiment with these findings and hopefully receive a big fat cheque in the way of badly-needed additional funding”.
Alex, still a little unsteady on his feet, nodded in agreement. He stared up at the screens, watching the hazy figures moving across on an equally hazy background, and immediately started to remember. Watching himself helped his recall enormously. It felt like when you’ve seen an old film but you can’t remember the ending until a few minutes in and then it all comes back to you.
Curious about your dreams?
If you have ever been curious about the power of the subconscious mind, how it works and how it plays a part in our dreams, this is the book for you. CM Donaldson is the author of a new way of seeing the existence of an alternate world in this story of a man who made his life’s work an investigation of the meanings of dreams and how they can serve him no matter how weird or impossible his visions became while in a dream state.
Ever wondered about your dreams?
I couldn't put the book down until I'd read it from cover to cover -- a fantastic read especially if you ever wonder about your dreams. I was laughing, sad, pitying and willing things to happen -- very well researched, and loved the Author's comical additions. Enough said, - READ IT - you will love it.
An Excellent read, i could'nt put the book down untill id read it from cover to cover -- a fantastic read especially if you ever wonder about your dreams. I was laughing, sad, pitying and willing things to happen -- very well researched, and loved the Author's comical additions. Enough said, - READ IT - you will love it. It's a totally different book the Author has written in comparison to the first two. That, in my case, is why i think how versatile the Author is. Very refreshing in that we really don't know what the next one will bring -- which keeps things fresh every time. Well done on a Fantastic piece of work