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Europe, 2049. Nulight, a Tibetan refugee and notorious underground record company owner, emerges from an obscure Berlin night club realising that an alien invasion is imminent. Or is he hallucinating? Contacting his ex-lover Kappa and the invisible man Master Sengel, he begins an investigation. Then he is abducted. Released. And soon the aliens invade.

To save humanity, Nulight and his motley group of friends must decide if the aliens are real or not – and if they are, what to do about them. For Britain has become a land of pagan communities and wilderness, where the strength and resolve for the forthcoming struggle may not exist. Can music save Britain? Can it save the world?

Short film about Hallucinating here.


I finished Hallucinating a couple of weeks ago, and my memory of it is already fading; so before it falls away completely, I’ll add some notes here.

Having read most of Stephen’s other books, this definitely felt like a S. Palmer book. Good character development, good combination of alternative realities with human reactions to it, etc. Oh, and mushrooms. 🙂 If you like his others, you’ll like this one.

But this one is definitely cut from a slightly different cloth. As he mentioned elsewhere, it seems targeted at a slightly different audience than the normal SciFi audience – though the latter will still enjoy it for sure.

It also has a couple of unusual aspects that were fun:
– The organizational structure was a smidgen unusual, with title-type sentences introducing story segments at a level short of a chapter. Interesting, and helpful.
– It’s also clear this book was written for music lovers, and his mention of various – mostly obscure – musicians was fun. I’m partial to Toby Marks, and so was pleased to see him included, though Toby’s music does strike me as a bit more like the music the book was faulting (vs. favoring).

The fun thing about Stephen is that he has a distinct style in how he bends reality. Though most SciFi authors do this, Stephen’s reality-changing methods are not just simply playing with time, or FTL travel; he changes the way ecosystems work, but still anchors them in enough of what we are, or know, that we feel “this is possible.” It’s less about the “Science” in SciFi, and more about the system, the people, and way they interact.

So now my decision is whether I can handle going back to reading paper so I can read the rest of his books. I’m so Kindle-oriented now…. Most of the paper books I buy just don’t get read. But maybe Stephen’s stuff will motivate me. Maybe if I first nibble on some appropriate mushrooms before I start reading, I’ll be able to hold it up to read it….

Anyway, I recommend Hallucinating. – Goodreads, Jay Batson.