Synopses & Reviews
David Grant has a singular talent--he can affect the course of his dreams.
Quite by chance, he discovers the existence of the Trans-Humanist Institute and their lucid dreaming lessons. He discovers that under the tutelage of Dr. Thotmoses he has more control over his dreams. However, his talent soon runs away with him and he visits dreamplaces while awake. The waking world and the dreaming world collide. Grant ends up sedated in a hellish mental institution . . . but escapes through his lucid dreams, which he is beginning to control--though the control is far from perfect.
Grant discovers, to his horror, that Dr. Thotmoses belongs to the Caucasus Synod Western Orthodox Church, and that they have been grooming him because of his fantastic dreaming talents. Only someone with his talent at manipulating reality and dream can bring their prayer to the Divine Presence in the universe. Many have tried this journey, few have succeeded. Those who have returned successful are rewarded beyond their wildest dreams.
"Nasir (Tower of Dreams) combines lucid dreaming, unconscious desires and the search for God in this lugubrious exploration of different layers of reality. Aging, skirt-chasing lawyer David Grant studies lucid dreaming with Dr. Thotmoses at the Trans-Humanist Institute, hoping to dream up 'the most perfect woman possible' and incidentally discover the underlying truth of life. When Grant falls in love with Thotmoses's daughter, Kat, he chases her through multiple dream worlds until he learns to control his dreams and propel himself into other realities. Soon he learns that Kat's family wants to use his abilities to plead on their behalf before God. As multiple realities flood his life, Grant believes himself insane and must choose whether to accept the godlike gifts he has been offered or live as a crazy person in a damaged body. Though Grant trudges toward enlightenment, his misogynistic attitudes and lengthy disbelief in his talents soon make for tedious reading." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A fresh and intriguing science fiction voice."--Denver Post
"[Nasir is] a writer who loves words and can turn them into the vital stuff of experience....You'll see a world through new eyes."--Jack Dann
"A dazzling achievement that heralds Nasir as a bright new voice in science fiction."--Booklist on Quasar
"An interesting new writer."--The Washington Post Book World "The overall effect of the novel is that of a disturbing vivid dream. Recommend this great book to Neal Stephenson and William Gibson fans ready for a cultural cyberpunk twist."--Voice of Youth Advocates on Tower of Dreams
About the Author
Jamil Nasir has won great recognition and a large readership through the publication of his short stories in Asimov's, Universe, Interzone and Aboriginal SF. He is the author of four novels: Distance Haze, Tower of Dreams, Quasar, and The Higher Space.