Behind the Eyes of Dreamers: and Other Short Novels

By Pamela Sargent

In an untamed backyard, a girl discovers the cost of freedom
Aniya is an ideal creature. utilizing the facility of the internet, she has banished all of her painful stories, permitting herself to reside in a nation of ideal contentment on a far-future Earth. to be able to have partners, she creates eidolons—living beings imprinted with all of Aniya's strategies, emotions, and wishes. Of the 2 creatures, Orielna is worked up to dwell in her creator's shadow, yet Josef isn't. whilst the ache within him turns into overwhelming, he commits a homicide and flees into the tangle of the backyard, a spot the place demise has now not been conquered. To rescue him, Orielna follows him to the backyard and discovers that at the back of its partitions lie most unlikely dangers—and unknown joys.

during this bewitching assortment, Pamela Sargent explores what turns into of humanity while all its pains are stripped away.

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