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Baarp
January 13th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Hello all,

I'm hoping some of you well read scifi people can help me out !

Many years ago I read a great scifi story that I am trying to find the author and title of.

From what I can recall the story is told from the perspective of a case report filed by a police officer. The report begins with a brief introduction saying that they went to the house of a man who had been reported missing and they found a note on his floor. The rest of the case report and story was a copy of that note. The note went something like this:

"Please do not be alarmed by this note appearing on your lap. In a few seconds, you will be transported to another dimension, where you will take part in events of increasing difficulty.

The first event will consist of you running down a long tunnel as the tunnel closes in behind you. Upon reaching the end of the tunnel, there will be a door which you will go through, and that will lead you to another tunnel. This tunnel will close in behind you faster than the last, and at the end of the tunnel, there will be two doors. One door leads nowhere, while the other leads to another tunnel, which will in turn close in behind you at a faster rate, and will contain three doors at its end. This process will continue until the 50th tunnel.

After exiting the last tunnel, you will be transported to the edge of a great ravine. Above this ravine will be floating disks of various colors. Some are safe to stand on. Others are merely holograms, and others yet, while safe to stand on, will amputate your foot. You will have to cross this ravine through a process of trial and error.

After crossing the ravine, you will be transported to a black place. In this place, your body will be held in stasis, meaning your will not need to eat, drink, or sleep, but your mind will still be perfectly active. You will need to wait in this place for a random length of time, varying anywhere between one-half of one second to several million years. How long exactly, not even We know..."

I also remember that at the start of each new event the instructions
state something like "you are the 2,364th of your kind to reach this level" - this number gets smaller and smaller as the feats become more deadly !

The story continues on like this through perhaps a dozen of these horrible sounding scenarios.

The last part of the story goes something like this.

"Upon completing this final event, you will be transported to a peaceful realm with all of the other survivors of this event. Your safety in this realm is not guaranteed, as you will need to coexist with species from other worlds and universes from your own, and they may be hostile after all that they have endured. You do have a choice though. If you wish to return to your home world you may do so, but you must go back the way you came."

This is just a rough adaptation of the story from memory. Does anyone have any idea at all? If not an idea about this story specifically, does this sound like any authors that you are familiar with? I'd love to find this story and give it a good read through again. If anyone has any ideas, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Many thanks !

Ropie
January 14th, 2007, 04:16 AM
Well, it sounds brilliant and I'd like to read it too!

At a guess it might be by Philip K Dick or Robert Silverberg, but that's just drawn from what I know of their writing. Was it a short story or a novel?

Baarp
January 14th, 2007, 06:34 AM
It was definitely a short story.

I can't remember if I read it in a compilation book or whether it was actually re-produced in Omni magazine !

Would love to track it down again !

Randy M.
January 16th, 2007, 11:47 AM
I believe that was "Instructions" by Bob Leman.

If not, Leman's story is a lot like that.


Randy M.

Baarp
January 17th, 2007, 04:37 PM
I believe that was "Instructions" by Bob Leman.

If not, Leman's story is a lot like that.

Randy M.

Randy,

I googled my fingers raw trying to find a synopsis for "Instructions" by Bob Leman but amazingly couldn't find a thing !

So I don't know if this is actually the story I am after !

Thank you for the lead though - I will try and track it down.

Ropie
January 18th, 2007, 04:05 AM
I found this:

"A pamphlet with a strangely compelling symbol leads you on the adventure of a lifetime. Read very carefuly... "

on this (http://www.tachyonpublications.com/book/Instructions.html) site.

Baarp
January 18th, 2007, 06:59 AM
Yea - I found the same site.

Plus numerous other book sites with the same brief descriptions but nothing else about it's content.

Maybe I need to set foot in a real, physical library (shock ! horror !) to confirm it.

Randy M.
January 20th, 2007, 11:45 AM
Yea - I found the same site.

Plus numerous other book sites with the same brief descriptions but nothing else about it's content.

Maybe I need to set foot in a real, physical library (shock ! horror !) to confirm it.

More likely you'll have to go to the interlibrary loan dept. and ask to borrow a copy of Feesters in the Lake and Other Stories from another library. (Auntie Pam and I both mention this book in the Horror group. I give a review in the "Reading in October 2005" thread there.) I believe there were only a few hundred copies produced -- Leman was known by many fans and writers, but never wrote a novel and so never had the clout to get his work in book form. Jim Rockhill and John Pelan, the former the editor of Feesters..., the latter the owner of Midnight House, produced the small press book.

I would say it was well worth the effort to find, though "Instructions" is quite a bit different from the other stories in the book.

Randy M.

Baarp
September 1st, 2008, 06:07 PM
More likely you'll have to go to the interlibrary loan dept. and ask to borrow a copy of Feesters in the Lake and Other Stories from another library. (Auntie Pam and I both mention this book in the Horror group. I give a review in the "Reading in October 2005" thread there.) I believe there were only a few hundred copies produced -- Leman was known by many fans and writers, but never wrote a novel and so never had the clout to get his work in book form. Jim Rockhill and John Pelan, the former the editor of Feesters..., the latter the owner of Midnight House, produced the small press book.

I would say it was well worth the effort to find, though "Instructions" is quite a bit different from the other stories in the book.

Randy M.

Well - still no luck in trying to track this story down !!

Would still appreciate any info from anyone on this !!!!

Randy - you wouldn't happen to have a synposis of Leman's Instructions would you ? Something that would confirm/refute whether it is the story I am looking for ? Maybe even a snippet from the text ?

Randy M.
September 3rd, 2008, 06:15 AM
Well - still no luck in trying to track this story down !!

Would still appreciate any info from anyone on this !!!!

Randy - you wouldn't happen to have a synposis of Leman's Instructions would you ? Something that would confirm/refute whether it is the story I am looking for ? Maybe even a snippet from the text ?

Here are the first few paragraphs of the story, Baarp:


This is the only notice you will receive. You will follow the instructions set out below.

1.
Dress warmly and leave your house. Do not tell your family you are leaving. Do not talk to them at all. Do not listen if they talk to you. Dress warmly and leave your house.

2.
Proceed at a brisk clip to the center of town. Do not speak to anyone in the street. Do not -- do not -- become involved in any conversations. Step right along. Do not tarry.

3.
At the center of town, in the little park across from the courthouse, is a building that was not there the last time you were downtown. It will strike you as a very ugly building, and its appearance will make you feel apprehensive. Pay no attention to such feelings. Do not look right or left. Enter the building. It has only one doorway and no visible door. Go right in.

4.
You will find yourself standing in a cold gray mist, with no visibility whatever. This will cause you to feel great fear. Despite the fear, you will follow instructions. Advance six steps.

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The story proceeds from there, the object of the instructions told to go through increasingly difficult steps. I'm afraid more of a synopsis would risk telling too much.

Randy M.