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by James T. Downey   

Special Announcement:  Following the successful Kickstarter for St. Cybi's Well we are now accepting orders for a very limited edition version of Communion of Dreams.  The edition is limited to only 53 signed & numbered copies, custom printed and all to be hand-bound by James Downey personally.  Full information is available here.  In addition, advance orders for a companion edition of St. Cybi's Well, limited to only 101 signed & numbered copies, are available here.

The year is 2052, and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously.  When an independent prospector on Saturn’s moon Titan discovers an alien artifact, assumptions that we are alone in the universe are called into question.  Knowing that news of such a discovery could prompt chaos on Earth, a small team is sent to investigate and hopefully manage the situation.  What they find is that there's more to human history, and human abilities, than any of them ever imagined.  And that they will need all those insights, and all those abilities, to face the greatest threat yet to human survival.

Welcome to Communion of Dreams.  You'll probably find that it is closest in flavor to the works of Arthur C. Clarke and the late Carl Sagan, two authors from whom I draw inspiration.  Others have compared it favorably to the work of David Brin or Kim Stanley Robinson.  At a surface level it is classic science fiction, in that a new discovery leads to a reevaluation of what it means to be human.  Beyond that are levels of human psychological development and religious allegory, giving the text a depth which will appeal to a wide range of readers.  Or so I hope.

As I was shopping the book around to conventional publishers, I made an earlier version of the book available as a free download in .pdf format.  That was downloaded some 35,000 times.  The current version of the book is much the same in terms of the story, though it has been completely edited and properly formatted for both the Kindle and paperback editions.  Consequently, the reading experience is greatly improved – if you enjoyed the .pdf version, you’ll love this version.

Communion of Dreams is available in Kindle format (will work on non-Kindle devices, so long as you download the free Kindle emulator for your device) and as a paperback.  If you would like a signed copy, those are also available.  And if you've previously read the book for free and just want to make a small donation in appreciation, such will be gleefully accepted.  The links for all those are there on the side.

You may also download audio (MP3) files of the unabridged earlier version of the book, professionally produced by Scot Wilcox of Own Made Audio Books, which run a total of about 16 hours.  Those are available through the audio link in the column on the right.

I maintain a blog relating to Communion of Dreams, wherein I talk about life, news items pertinent to the 'future history' of the novel, and aspects of writing and self-publishing.  And of course you can find me on facebook and Twitter, if you'd like to keep up with other news and promotions.

But regardless, I hope you enjoy Communion of Dreams.

Fast paced but with some VERY profound themes... it's a keeper!
Very enjoyable book. At once both fast-paced and rich, full of very colorfully complex and provocative themes.
Read more                               published by Johann in Elk Grove, CA, 4 December 2014

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