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Squid dreams. Oh, I know it says 'Mollusks', and there are a few snail-, slug- and clam-dreams here (and a starfish or two, since 'echinoderm dreams' is getting too esoteric even for me), but it's mostly octopi and squid. Why? Because among the big-brained creatures of Earth, giant squid are the great unknowns. A century of trying, yet we've never met! Not one of them. Just bodies washed up. Are they merely cunning animals, or are they the people of the deeps, as cetaceans are of the shallows--with the added advantage of hands? They share the whales' bad luck to be in an environment where they can't easily devise tools, let alone discover fire and metal, but still... name me another tribe, human or not, that's so clever and elusive not one member has ever been captured alive... not ONE.

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BANANA SLUG: by Wayan; 1994/6/9, an absurd dream on a petty issue.
After a day of enduring reverse sexism, a silly dream about giant banana slugs turns out to be psychic...
BLUE BRAINS: by Wayan, 2017/12/11, a false-waking, self-flagging predictive dream
Our brains are really squid stuffed in a skulljar. I wake, see the image on TV. "So it's predictive!" I think.
Then I wake to find that too was a dream. "Not predictive!" I think. Until my friend turns on the TV, and...
THE CONCHES: by Wayan; 1996/5/23, a dream on how dreams view the waking mind.
A visit to the Conches, a strange race of molluscs who are people only seasonally...
DEVANGELS: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a numinous but ambivalent dream
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of powerful yet obedient devil-angels;
quiet for now, but I fear they'll decide shamans like me are abominations...
FREEDOM THROUGH BOXES: by Wayan; an experiment in art & pain, Jan 2005
I've always loved curves, color, dreams, sex, texture... and planning, too.
So one day I drew 100 black boxes in ink--no color, no curves, no erasure! And then I began to seek...
GODEVILLE: by Wayan; 2013/9/1, a nightmare of that Old-Time Religion
I'm at a vaudeville for gods. They strut onstage. Cthulhu the squid-god nearly tramples me! Then Cthulhu gets horny...
THE HEIDEGGARIAN BARBARIAN: by Jo, 2007/02/02, a dream of hopping between two characters
I was two-thirds of a love triangle, but I always lost out. Flying was some consolation...
JEAN ARP'S OCTOPUS: by Wayan; 2001/2/26; a surreal dream of my surreal reaction to a surrealist and his... lunch
A library shows me surrealist Jean Arp's sketchbook. One Eschery sketch with repeated focal points is hypnotic.
But they also show me his lunch, and I try to eat it! I fail. Head & gut disagree. Stuck Arp-way...
LESBOY: by Wayan; 1996/5/20, a dream on one's identity and place.
My Aunt Squid advises me to join a lesbian artists' co-op. But I'm a man! Not for long, though...
LYR: by Wayan; 7MB, 2005, 80 pages w/200+ drawings and maps; a virtual planet
A vast sea-world with 7 times Earth's mass, whose isles are home to at least 19 intelligent species...
OCTOPIA: by Wayan; 1996/3/21, a spiritual dream-comic on play; ill. text version
I'm a stratospheric bat who finds a flying swastika. Is it creeping fascism?
Or a Hindu blessing? Neither! It's an Octopian frisbee. I return it...
OLD AND IN THE WAY: by Wayan; 1999/5/3, a veiled predictive dream.
On the street called Old And In The Way, I meet a psychic I crushed on as a kid,
and then, in a hearth, fight the tentacled alien who's been stalking me...
THE PRIMEVAL ANIMAL and the Survival of the Earth: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1999/4/28; an epic dream
A huge spiral nautilus needs healing; its coils are coming undone, and if it dies, all on earth may die with it...
SERRANA: by Wayan; Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour; 60 maps, photos & sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species
and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia,
"The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
SIPHONIAN QUARTET: by Wayan; 2010/4/10, four baffling parallel-world dreams
1: Purple squid saboteurs flood our cliffhouse. 2: My oyster-ranching girlfriend has a snobby aunt.
3: I wake in a stranger's bondage fantasy--ugh! 4: Shepherds on the sea-floor watch for gliderwolves...
SLUG ETHICS: by Wayan; 1974/10/7, an undream tale.
A man who wants to love and respect all life has unwanted kitchen guests: a wave of slugs...
SLUGS: by Patagia; 2010/11/24, a molluscan dream poem
My friend and I are banana slugs on the forest floor. We wander out into chaparral, and across a bike path...
A SQUID STRATEGY: by Wayan; 1997/10/7, a dream warning.
Giant squid start surfacing at popular beaches and eating people. Not the form of first contact we'd hoped...
STARFISH: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a multileveled, doubly predictive dream
A sacred starfish piloting a Cessna plane survives a crash. But can it survive a boy's clumsy rescue efforts?
SWIMMER: by Wayan; 1992/4/15, a digital sketch of a daydream.
Swimming down among the tentacles didn't bother me. I wanted that ball. But I didn't see the BIG eye...
THE TAO OF DENNIS THE MENACE: by Wayan; 1986/4/17, a dream of a wise mentor.
Chased by purple squid from Jupiter, I seek refuge with a guru the Goddess recommends for me...
THEY DON'T BELIEVE ME: by Wayan; 1989/10/4, an unbelievable dream with 15 illus.
My dog and I are abducted by aliens who turn us into cats. We escape & go feral to survive.
How we got back, and what happened along the way, even my own shrink refuses to believe...
UNCLE JUPITER: by Wayan; 1998/9/3, a dreamtale.
My uncle is Jupiter. Not the god, the planet. All my relatives are planets. So am I. And I'm invaded...
VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; a virtual world with c.200 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!
THE VERDURE IS ACCOMPLISHED: by Jenny Badger Sultan; dreamed 1996/4/21 and 5/11
A dream voice announced "The verdure is accomplished." Green is a healing color for me...
In the next dream we sat round a green pool, talking of healing. But the snails troubled me...
WINTER SNAIL: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1994/1/22, twin dreams of renewal fuse in a painting
At the beach, a barrel of huge snails somehow heal my legs.
In the next dream, back on the beach, I give birth to our son...

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