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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765313546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313546
  • ASIN: 0765313545
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Living up to its title, THIS SHARED DREAM is ultimately a novel about connectedness,and the possibility of greater harmony in what used to be called
the family of man. Little wonder that Goonan's overarching metaphor for earthly felicity is improvisational jazz, the true music of the spheres." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Packed with provocative ideas . . . a rare novel that combines a darkly realistic vision of history with a dose of classic SF optimism about the fixability of the future" -- Gary K. Wolfe, LOCUS

"The book is generous and hopeful in the face of all the evidence of humankind's capacity for folly, tribalism, violence, (and) destruction . . . and I would like to
live there, too." --Russell Letson, LOCUS

"A tough-minded, kind-hearted, fiercely intelligent novel."
--Ursula K. Le Guin

"Kathleen Ann Goonan's THIS SHARED DREAM is a richly imagined tale of gypsies and jazz, Nazis and nanotechnology, war and assassination and the Summer of Love. As elegant and complicated as the ever-changing time streams that wind through it, THIS SHARED DREAM is a must-read in this or any world." --Connie Willis

Praise for In War Times:


One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2007
The American Library Association’s Best Genre Novel of the Year

“While This Shared Dream is plenty exciting and expertly paced, there’s a quietness, a gentleness, throughout. Its characters talk far more than they act. They aren’t just action figures; they’re real people, damaged yet striving, and we come to care deeply about them. Such is the power of art — the real, not imaginary, empathy-creating device. Living up to its title, “This Shared Dream” is ultimately a novel about connectedness, in every sense, and the possibility of greater harmony in what used to be called the family of man. Little wonder that Goonan’s overarching metaphor for earthly felicity is improvisational jazz, the true music of the spheres.”
— The Washington Post

“A complex…thoughtful and often dazzling journey through worlds that might, and perhaps should, have been.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[Goonan] can take all the credit for a narrative that has hardly a single flaw of pacing, setting, or characterization, and will be intelligible, not to say fascinating, to readers far beyond the ranks of World War II buffs. An authentic classic.”
—Booklist, starred review

From the Inside Flap

"A complex . . . thoughtful and often dazzling journey through worlds that might, and perhaps should, have been."  -- Kirkus Review (starred review) on In War Times

"Kathleen An Goonan goes against the grain of a lot of twenty-first-century SF by using sci-fi tools to create serious novels of ideas, and she's done it again:  this is a truly humanist, and feminist, take on what's important for our future."  --Gwynneth Jones


"In War Times is an intense labor of love.  The historical elements are beautifully researhed, the characters unfold with well-timed eagerness, and everything dovetails with comments on the developing art of jazz.  Although adventurous, this isn't a cold shower of testosterone.  In War Times
is a warm glass of fine, intoxicating whiskey that should be savored as thoroughly as possible."  -- Starlog

"A wild ride through alternate histories.  Brilliant."  --Jack McDevitt

More About the Author

Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer, critic, and, presently, a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Creative Writing and Literature.

Her 2007 novel IN WAR TIMES won the prestigious Campbell Award for Best Novel of 2007. Her first novel, QUEEN CITY JAZZ, was a New York Times Notable Book and a British Science Fiction Award finalist, and her second, THE BONES OF TIME, was an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist. CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY and LIGHT MUSIC were Nebula Award finalists.

Well-known for her Nanotech Quartet, Goonan's speaking engagements include appearances at Utopiales in Nantes, Kosmopolis in Barcelona, and at many universities. She has published over forty short stories, some of which are collected in ANGELS AND YOU DOGS, which will be released from PS Publishing in the fall of 2011.

She has this to say about THIS SHARED DREAM:

THIS SHARED DREAM evolved, as do most of my novels, from a variety of currents and influences. Chief among these were Eric Kandel's IN SEARCH OF MEMORY. Kandel, a Nobel laureate, has done extensive research on the biological roots and pathways of memory--how it is created, how it is stored, and how it re-emerges in certain conditions. In his book, his memories of his family's flight from Vienna following Krystallnacht in 1938 are interspersed with his growing appreciation of the mysteries of memory.

But THIS SHARED DREAM is in the main a family saga about lost and unevenly distributed information, and about how differing memories among siblings create their present. It is also about retrieving lost memories, lost parts of the self, and re-integrating them into one's present being.

It is about the nature of time and consciousness, and identity. It is about music, communication, and the potential of children when they have a science-based educational environment that meshes with and enhances their natural developmental.

Mostly, though, it is about the tenacity of love, and the power of love to heal.

Kathleen Ann Goonan can be reached for interviews via kathleen@goonan.com, www.goonan.com, and www.goonan.com/blog.

This Shared Dream website is www.thisshareddream.com

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The fourth instructor was Dr. Hadntz, an exile from Budapest.
Arthur W. Jordin
Kathleen Goonan hit her stride several novels back, but This Shared Dream really showcases her imagination and writing ability.
William A Click
I highly recommend it as a foray into alternate histories of mindbending fun.
elle moss

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elle moss on August 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Though This Shared Dream can be read on its own, I read it precourser, In War Times, and loved it. loved them both for their conceptual brilliance most of all. The Dance family, parents and now grown children, have suffered because of the self-replicating, timestreaming Device. Traveling through different time zones and historic dimensions from the 1930's through the 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond, they plunge into adventures that may change human history for the better or worse...it's a wild ride. It's scientifically plausible and emotionally exciting. I highly recommend it as a foray into alternate histories of mindbending fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on April 30, 2013
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This Shared Dream (2011) is the second SF novel in this series, following In War Times. In the previous volume, Sam had tried to volunteer in 1940, but was rejected because of his poor eyesight. A year later, he found an aspiring recruiter and was accepted into the US Army.

He was pulled out of Camp Sutton and sent to Washington, DC, for special training. The course met in a hastily erected structure on the roof of a War Department building and covered a range of esoteric subjects. The fourth instructor was Dr. Hadntz, an exile from Budapest.

On December 6, 1941, Hadntz seduced Sam so that she could give him the plans for an exotic device. According to her, the apparatus would promote world peace. It communicated with human brains to change attitudes, but it obviously was not yet perfected. Hadntz also told him that it was a time machine of sorts.

In this novel, Jill Dance is the oldest daughter of Sam and Bette. She is married to Elmore and has a son, Steven.

Brian Dance is the younger brother of Jill. He is an engineer and owns a construction company. He is married to Cindy and they have two daughters, Zoe and Bitsy.

Megan is the youngest child of Sam and Bette. She has a doctorate in molecular biology and does memory research for the National Institute of Health. She is married to Jim and they have a five year old daughter, Abbie.

Sam Dance was an Army engineer during World War II, working on development of the M-9 fire director. He also worked with Wink on the Device.

Elani Hadntz is part Magyar Gypsy. She had trained as a physician, but later became a physicist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William A Click on October 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Goonan hit her stride several novels back, but This Shared Dream really showcases her imagination and writing ability. Building on her last book "In War Times", this story follows the fascinating lives of the family directly affected by the mysterious device, as they struggle to understand what is happening to them and their surroundings.

Goonan's fascination with nanotechnology is evident but in this book she spends more time with character development than technical details, making the characters more accesible. The main overarching theme is the proposition that education in general and Montessori in particular, can end war, hunger & strife. And in this world the end does justify the means, through some very familiar methods.

I have read all her novels and recommend them all, but This Shared Dream is quite superb.
* (psst - read In War Times first)
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I really like her writing style. I is very expressive and the characters (if not the plot) are so well done that I can easily imagine and empathize with them as the story slowly unfolds. Don't tell me the ending because I want to savor the book until it happens.
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