I Dream in Science Fiction!

By Kathryn Lane

writers take ideas from everywhere, the reason a saying says, “Be careful what
you say around me – I’m a fiction writer.”
To prove the point, I’ll paraphrase one of T.S. Eliot’s
quotes: “Good writers borrow; great writers steal.”

offer me a favorite reservoir of ideas to borrow. I dream in full technicolor,
and in Spanish and English. Several short stories have come directly from stuff
obtained during my REM sleep.

I was shocked when I had a science fiction dream, complete with language from
an Orwellian future. I read sci-fi, but I’ve never attempted to write it. I do
not have the grasp of physics, astrophysics, astronomy, chemistry, and artificial
intelligence to write convincing sci-fi, so I limit myself to simply reading

ago, I’d read a lot of Ray Bradbury, who said, “Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science; therefore, the whole history of
humankind is nothing but science fiction.”

Now back to my sci-fi
I was at a
party, complete with fireworks, set in futuristic
 surroundings. An older couple
left the party and drove away in a self-driving car. In the amorphous
environment of dreaming, I was concerned about them so I called to make sure
they were okay.

I heard an automated voice inform me
through my implanted earphone that “Public driver 00Z1921 was detained by a
squadron of public protectors for bypassing the self-driving controls of
00Z1921’s auto.”

the accusation,” I asked.

speeding and endangering the disciples,” the automated voice responded
. The voice further instructed me to
locate 00Z1921 at the hostile crisis center.

Still dreaming, I arrived at the center and found the small
self-driving car surrounded by ten hostile-looking storm trooper types.

Then I woke up! Unfortunately,
the dream ended before I learned the outcome of poor old 00Z1921.

Guess I’ve been reading too many futuristic articles
on the speeding up of technological advances resulting from our lockdown, and
those ideas zoomed me into a future time zone!

maybe, as Ray Bradbury might have said, we are all living in a science
fictional world.


Do you dream in technicolor?
Do you have dreams set in a sci-fi future?

Kathryn Lane started out as a starving
artist. To earn a living, she became a certified public accountant and embarked
on a career in international finance with a major multinational corporation.
After two decades, she left the corporate world to plunge into writing mystery
and suspense thrillers. In her stories, Kathryn draws deeply from
her Mexican background as well as her travels
in over ninety countries.



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Photo Credits:

Fireworks: “Looks like the Sky will
bleed with Colors tonight. Wishing everyone a wonderful evening of fun &
 by williamcho –
licensed under 
CC BY-SA 2.0

self-driving car front view
by Grendelkhan – licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

at Oxford by Sheng P. – licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Kathryn’s books – designs by Bobbye

6 replies
  1. Saralyn
    Saralyn says:

    Great topic for a blogpost! I dream about my characters all the time–old characters, new characters, and characters yet-to-be. Thanks for sharing, Kathryn.

  2. Kathryn Lane
    Kathryn Lane says:

    Thanks, Saralyn! It's so much fun being an author! Other people may not understand why we dream about our characters, etc., but they live in our minds all the time, so it only makes sense we would dream about them!

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