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Planet of Dreams

James McKimmey

Book Overview: 

The climate was perfect, the sky was always blue, and—best of all—nobody had to work. What more could anyone want?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A whole small world was before his eyes, set there upon his direction, maintained by himself with the help of a dozen complex machines which lay locked and sealed in the Maintenance Room for only his fingers to touch.

It was a busy life for Loveral, up at dawn to work until deep night, keeping his flock happy and free from spirit-killing labor. But it was a perfect plan, one which had been tested and turned in his mind for years. If he had to work hard to keep it running smoothly, that was all right. In fact, he had never been happier.

Now, however, there was this business about Atkinson. Loveral was disturbed about that.

He walked on, over the quiet path which would lead to the house where Atkinson and his wife lived. Loveral smiled, in readiness for any happy face that might appear before him, to greet him, to show with thankful eyes appreciation for his wonderful world. But that, too, brought thoughts that were a bit disturbing. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This review is not of the exact version of the story listed on Goodreads, but rather on the story as it appeaed originally in the September, 1953 issue of the magazine If: Worlds of Science Fiction. My comments are excerpted from my review of that issue.

In "Planet of Dreams" by James McKimmey, Jr.,

If you are given a life in which you had all the time you wanted for meditation, rest and no more reason to work what would you do? How would you feel? How would you react? This story answers those questions.

What do you think would happen if a group of people labored away to scrape up enough money to find a new life? The perfect life that they always wanted. A life where everything is given to them on a silver platter, and where every day has no obstacles for one to overcome. A life where doing any work