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The Planet with No Nightmare   By: (1933-2010)

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In The Planet with No Nightmare by Jim Harmon, readers are transported to a mesmerizing and thought-provoking world of dreams and exploration. Harmon skillfully weaves a captivating story that tickles the imagination and immerses readers in a richly detailed and beautifully crafted universe.

Set on the mysterious planet of Aleria, the narrative follows the journey of a young astronaut named David, who embarks on a mission to investigate a peculiar anomaly. As he delves deeper into the enigmatic planet, he discovers a fascinating truth – Aleria is a realm untouched by nightmares. Instead, its inhabitants experience an uninterrupted blissful state of sleep, where dreams are nothing short of magical.

The author's vivid descriptions and meticulous attention to detail bring Aleria to life, painting a picture of an enchanting world that feels both familiar and alien. Harmon's imaginative prowess shines through every page, as he invites readers to join David in unraveling mysteries and discovering the underlying secrets of this idyllic realm.

The characters in The Planet with No Nightmare are well-developed and relatable, each with their own motivations and quirks. Readers find themselves connecting with David and his sense of wonder as he experiences the awe-inspiring wonders of Aleria. Additionally, the supporting characters add depth to the story, providing a perfect balance of camaraderie and intrigue.

One of the book's strongest aspects is the exploration of dreams as a central theme. Harmon delves into the power of dreams, highlighting their ability to inspire, heal, and unlock hidden truths. Through his lyrical prose, he explores the essence of imagination and the importance of embracing one's dreams.

The pacing of the story is handled skillfully, allowing readers to absorb the mesmerizing world of Aleria without feeling rushed. Harmon artfully combines moments of action, self-reflection, and discovery, creating a balanced narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

While The Planet with No Nightmare is primarily a work of science fiction, the underlying themes of hope, self-discovery, and the pursuit of happiness transcend genres. It serves as a reminder of the beauty and complexity of our world, prompting readers to reflect on their own dreams, aspirations, and the harmony they seek in their lives.

Overall, The Planet with No Nightmare is a captivating and enchanting read that transports readers to a realm where dreams become reality. Jim Harmon's vivid storytelling, memorable characters, and profound exploration of dreams make this novel an absolute joy to read. Whether you are a fan of science fiction or simply someone who enjoys a beautifully wrought tale, this book is sure to captivate and leave you yearning for more.

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The creatures on the little planet were real bafflers. The first puzzler about them was that they died so easily. The second was that they didn't die at all.


Tension eased away as the spaceship settled down on its metallic haunches and they savored a safe planetfall.

Ekstrohm fingered loose the cinches of his deceleration couch. He sighed. An exploration camp would mean things would be simpler for him. He could hide his problem from the others more easily. Trying to keep secret what he did alone at night was very difficult under the close conditions on board a ship in space.

Ryan hefted his bulk up and supported it on one elbow. He rubbed his eyes sleepily with one huge paw. "Ekstrohm, Nogol, you guys okay?"

"Nothing wrong with me that couldn't be cured," Nogol said. He didn't say what would cure him; he had been explaining all during the trip what he needed to make him feel like himself. His small black eyes darted inside the olive oval of his face.

"Ekstrohm?" Ryan insisted.


"Well, let's take a ground level look at the country around here."

The facsiport rolled open on the landscape. A range of bluffs hugged the horizon, the color of decaying moss. Above them, the sky was the black of space, or the almost equal black of the winter sky above Minneapolis, seen against neon lit snow... Continue reading book >>

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