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Life After Sleep

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It is the day after tomorrow, and a device has been invented that immediately induces REM sleep, otherwise known as "Sleep" with a capital S. Society has been transformed. The average person now only needs two hours of rest a night. The work day is officially sixteen hours long. Americans party at clubs until daybreak, then log into virtual worlds and party in a reunified ...more
ebook, 120 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by CCLaP Publishing (first published March 2nd 2011)
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Jason Pettus
Mar 07, 2011 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
FTC DISCLOSURE: I am the publisher of this book.

(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Apologia: A biased and deliberately all-positive analytical essay, designed to persuade people to like a certain thing as much as the author does

Why I Signed Life After Sleep: An Apologia

It's no secret that I'm a passionate fan of science-fiction, and that I'
Victor Giron
Jun 29, 2011 Victor Giron rated it really liked it
Mark R. Brand's Life After Sleep is a sleek peak into a not so distant future where we humans use machines to control our sleep. They put us instantly into REM and wake us up after 3 hours, maximizing our rest and allowing us to work longer. Sounds like something most of would like, certainly me. But the ramifications are interesting, and this novella explores them. You find characters such as the war veteran who dreads using the machines because by entering REM and waking directly from it he fa ...more
Delphine Pontvieux
Mar 20, 2011 Delphine Pontvieux rated it really liked it
Sci fi is not usually the genre i read the most, but i always admire the ideas that collide in Sci-fi writers's brains to imagine visions of a future that could be. In this instance, i felt compelled to read the book because the subject it revolves around is SLEEP. I love sleeping. besides, it is absolutely necessary to our survival. we spend a lot of time sleeping, and yet we don't really hear much about sleep studies, and what goes on behind the actual science of sleeping. In "life after sleep ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Lou rated it it was ok
Following lives of four people who are part of an era were they only get so much sleep, and that sleep is undertaken by a High tech device you have to activate on a all new bed, is this something of the future? With all this time on their hands what exactly are they going to do? With stress and other psychological deficiencies it could be quite a hard life.
The story idea is inventive and starts of good and i felt i wanted to see how these four characters go through their paces but story never re
Nina Sankovitch
May 31, 2011 Nina Sankovitch rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and very funny science fiction novella about what life in the future could be like -- without sleep. Due to the amazing regiment offered by the especially manufactured Beds, humans no longer need more than a few hours of sleep at a time to function and even thrive in their daily lives. But wait just a moment -- the side effects are starting to kick in and life gets very interesting for the cast of characters in this wonderful new novella from Mark Brand.
Mar 08, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing
A comment on who we are now and where we might be, that still remains grounded in all things recognizable as real, work stress, PTSD, family dynamics, and mostly, finally, sleep, how we get it, why we need it, and what happens when we can't find it
M. Cornelis van der Weele IV
Jan 10, 2012 M. Cornelis van der Weele IV rated it really liked it
In a world full of assholes, only a man with the power of the catnap can save us.
Oct 06, 2013 Monika rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall:

Whoa, what a world Brand has created in Life After Sleep! In many ways, its society is similar to ours, but working long hours, being busy, and socializing via technology has gone to extremes. Glimpses into our own culture's habits and behaviors are stark, moving, and sometimes distressing.

How Sleep and the Beds work are slowly revealed over the course of the novella. This left me content with the science, without ever feeling bogged d
April (The Steadfast Reader)
I was a little disappointed in 'Life After Sleep'. I wanted to be totally blown away by it and I first, I totally was. It's a fascinating exploration into the not-so-far-out premise on what American society would do if technology was developed only requiring us to Sleep for a few hours a night. The technical aspects of the book were spread out enough that I didn't feel overwhelmed by them and there wasn't a whole lot of world building to be done - though the music promoter visiting virtual bars ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Tammy added it
Loved it! Very good premise and a different perspective for all of us in this 'hurry-up-and-do-more' society we live in.
Ray Charbonneau
(Proofreading pre-publication copy) Great idea, well worked out. More like separate stories within a single underlying framework than a single novel.
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