Christopher Priest

Reviews of A DREAM OF WESSEX (1977)

[A group of twentieth-century dreamers create a consensus virtual-reality future. Once they enter this world they are unable to remember who they are, or where they are from.]

A Dream of Wessex

Library Journal:

This excellent and intriguing novel ... Priest tells his story simply and artfully -- the characters and their emotions are real, the concepts fascinating, and the sense of foreboding almost unbearable. A first choice for any collection by one of the best young SF authors today.

Kirkus Reviews:

Priest, a young Britisher with a flair for finding quietly tantalizing hypotheses, works some clever variations. An ingenious premise.

The Times -- London:

This fine novel about time-unravellers has hallucinatory powers. As a future-shocker it is quiet in tone, but what is clearly audible is the way the author marshals today's tendencies to become the received fact of tomorrow. Mr Priest is a novelist of real distinction.

John Fowles:

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.

Metal Hurlant -- Paris:

The best of Priest's novels to date, marvellously thought out and marvellously written, dream and reality are so constructed that one slides from one to the other without noticing.

The Guardian:

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.

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