How far would you go to save the love of your life? Through a portal to another world?
Sebastian, that quiet tax examiner at the corner desk in the IRS service center, carries a dark secret: once upon a time he and his high school sweetheart Gina found a rip in the universe and stepped... read more
Who is that strange man sitting at the corner desk, the one they call the Professor, who keeps to himself, working the graveyard shift at the I.R.S. Service Center? Playboy-wannabe Michael and Michael’s crush, the bimbo-esque Tammy, the Professor’s co-workers, speculate about his mysterious... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Who is that strange man sitting at the corner desk, the one they call the Professor, who keeps to himself, working the graveyard shift at the I.R.S. Service Center? Playboy-wannabe Michael and Michael’s crush, the bimbo-esque Tammy, the Professor’s co-workers, speculate about his mysterious background. He must be some kind of drug pusher; it’s the ’80s, after all. Michael gets the idea of breaking into the Professor’s apartment to see what they can find. Instead, they discover a strange brown beverage that ignites their sexual fury.
The Professor is a middle-aged man named Sebastian Talbot who meets with a court-appointed psychologist because his version of reality often falls short as he adjusts to a post-traumatic life. The I.R.S. service center is the perfect place for him to hide from an unkind world. Sebastian longs for his former life, yet also fears it. Then, just when his co-workers start messing with him, he experiences powerful flashes of memory and a strange pull from another world: the world that exists on the other side of an invisible doorway that he and his high school girlfriend, Gina Parton, discovered years before.
In that summer of ’75, the geeky high school sweethearts, Sebastian and Gina, searching for a good place to make-out stumbled upon an abandoned quarry. There they discovered a tear in the fabric of the universe. Pushing themselves through the invisible portal to the other side, they discover first a variety of bizarre and challenging landscapes, then a new civilization full of cities and people and wonderful inventions: the planet Ghoupallesz. After many days of adventure, Sebastian worries they will not be able to return to Earth, but Gina doesn’t care: she welcomes the opportunities Ghoupallesz offers, including a relationship with a new gentleman friend she meets there. Feeling abandoned, Sebastian finds the route back through the portal to the quarry, and is amazed to learn their year on another world cost him only a weekend on Earth.
As Sebastian goes through college, he slips away for quick visits to his vacation world. He escorts new girlfriends there with varying degrees of success. He stumbles into a war and fights in battles, earning the moniker “Set-d’Elous” which he adopts for use whenever he visits Ghoupallesz. He trips into battles, meets alien women, always seeking adventure, and occasionally crosses paths with Gina in her various lives spent in different places and time zones. They are soul mates, Sebastian insists, and should be together, no matter how many lives, how many loves he and Gina has on that world. Eventually, she marries a prince who becomes the king, making her a queen who can help Sebastian.
The Professor/Sebastian returns home from his reminiscing and is surprised to find Michael and Tammy copulating on the kitchen floor. Seeing the empty bottle on the counter, however, it is easy for him to determine what happened. Now there is another reason for him to return through the portal: to help his wayward co-workers. He can help Gina, too; that is the reason for his hallucination and headaches: she is in trouble again. So many times he has returned to rescue her from her misadventures, and frequently she ends up saving him.
As Sebastian plans the trip back to Ghoupallesz with Michael and Tammy, awaiting the best alignment of the “tangents,” we learn of his further adventures there, telling his story to Michael. He starts a gemstone business and meets a sexy neighbor, Zaura, who he eventually marries and sweeps off to an idyllic northern isle only to be forced to rush back to Earth for an emergency that evaporates. Back on Ghoupallesz he finds that ten years have passed instead of only a few weeks, and Zaura has left the island with their daughter. He finds her eventually, remarried and with a son, but their reunion is interrupted by her brother, forcing Sebastian/Set-d’Elous to flee again, back to Earth, heartbroken.
Of course, Sebastian cannot simply embark on a career as a high school history teacher. No, he must follow his curiosity and check on Gina. He remeets Gina who invites him to attend the wedding of her son and his bride—who turns out to be his daughter with Zaura. Reunited with the now older Zaura, he settles into the full life of the cavalry commander and military academy professor in Selauê, a major city of the nation of Sekuate on Ghoupallesz. But all is not well: there is revolution afoot and Zaura is ailing. He must ride off with his regiment to put down rebellion but he is allowed to return in time for Zaura’s death. Again heartbroken, he returns to Earth for the last time, vowing never to visit Ghoupallesz again.
Sebastian/Set-d’Elous is quite reluctant to return and face yet another difficult situation—and yet he must save Gina from captivity before she will be executed. With Michael and Tammy in tow, he is unaware of how the gossipy women of the I.R.S. service center follow them, hoping to witness the “orgy” they expect. Once on the other side, Michael and Tammy are out of place and the Professor tries to ease their discomfort, arranging for all of the necessary medical treatment.
Sebastian/Set-d’Elous finds his old war buddies, and the team of mercenaries sail across the sea, cross the mountains, and enter the castle of Ut’r-Bkann, the Zetin ambassador. Disguised as a Zetin guard, Set-d’Elous bursts in to free Gina and they make their way up through the castle, fighting Zetin guards and killing the pursuing ambassador, going to the top floor. They escape using a hang-glider and Gina finally welcomes her high school sweetheart in couplehood, until—
Sebastian is rudely awakened from his lunchtime nap at the I.R.S. service center, arrested in the disappearance of Michael and Tammy and the women from the I.R.S. service center. But they’re on Ghoupallesz, Sebastian insists; they refused to return. On his way to the criminal asylum, he is “rescued” by the son of Ut’r-Bkann, who wants to take him back to avenge his father’s death. They arrive at the quarry and, chased by police, they pass through the portal to Ghoupallesz. On the other side await a team of Ghoupallean soldiers sent by Queen Tammy—because he, the Professor, a.k.a. Set-d’Elous and Sebastian Talbot, had once upon a time foretold that he would be standing there at that time and at that place, needing assistance.
THE DREAM LAND - Long Distance Voyager - BOOK I OF THE DREAM LAND TRILOGY
by Stephen Swartz
Chapter 1 - Threshold
Chapter 2 - White Collar Workers in Blue Jeans
Chapter 3 - Methods and Procedures
Chapter 4 - Sines, Cosines, and Tangents
Chapter 5 - The Tearing of the Universe
Chapter 6 - Eternity Road
Chapter 7 - Elixir of Love
Chapter 8 - Lost in a Lost World
Chapter 9 - Interdimensional Voyagers
Chapter 10 - The Dissolution of Reality
Chapter 11 - Lovers and Friends
Chapter 12 - The Balance
Chapter 13 - Travel Agents
Chapter 14 - Reality 101
Chapter 15 - Shaman and Storyteller
Chapter 16 - Patient Virtues
Chapter 17 - Prophets and Sages
Chapter 18 - Love on the Rocks
Chapter 19 - Idyll
Chapter 20 - Brother and Sister
Chapter 21 - Sins Yet to be Confessed
Chapter 22 - Return of the Native
Chapter 23 - An Officer and a Gentleman
Chapter 24 - Righting Wrongs
Chapter 25 - The Council of Five and the Death of Millions
Chapter 26 - Baptism
Chapter 27 - Conversion of Faith
Chapter 28 - When the Gods Played Handball With Human Heads
Chapter 29 - Love
Chapter 30 - Service
Chapter 31 - Match Point
Chapter 32 - The End of Reality
Chapter 33 - Mythology
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