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Ecological dreams. This list below is a bit skewed--I have lots of eco-dreams full of ideas leading to political, scientific, or personal insights... but without vivid characters, plots, or drama, they usually aren't entertaining enough to make the editorial cut and get posted! What you see are the oddball dreams that mix weird passions with ecological ideas.

That's what happens to the environment all the time, isn't it? The human dramas get all our attention! The species in supporting roles are as expendable as crewmen on Star Trek. And the poor old bacterial stagehands, doing all that work unseen... hell, the poor old stage...

I included a few non-dream virtual planets focused on the same theme: how land and climate shape life and culture. In real life, the actors have no script... but the scenery prompts us more than we know.

RELATED TOPICS: a set of virtual worlds foregrounding ecology: Planetocopia - climate change - energy - population and ecological crashes - evolution - animal rights - economics - capitalism - world's end: apocalyptic dreams - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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BEETLE: by Daniel Quinn; spring 1941; a life-defining shamanic dream
A black beetle points out I'm not needed or at home in the human world, and insists my lifework is elsewhere...
BERNAL ISLET IN 2250: by Wayan; 2007/4/2, an epic undream painting
My neighborhood becomes a Huck Finn Eden after global warming turns it into a tropical island...
BETRAY MY ANIMAL FRIENDS: by Wayan; 1999/11/12, a dream of brainwashing .
As humans settle infospace, will we cheat other species trying to evolve into people?
IN THE BIG BURN: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a postnuclear dream.
I love a girl who wants to settle in a radioactive jungle, a scar from an ancient war. Stay or go?
THE BIOSPHERE VARIATIONS: by Wayan; 2004-6, a set of sculpture-photo-drawing-travelog-webmazes:
Tour beautiful, bizarre worlds most exobiologists would write off as hopeless for life, and meet the natives...
BUFFALO PERSON: by Plenty Coups, summer 1857; a child's time-traveling, tribe-saving dream
I was led into the future, where all the buffalo disappeared, to meet a frail old man by a ranch house...
BUTTERFLY HABITAT: by Wayan; 2000/3/3, a dream about amnesia.
'You always hurt the one you love', but this girl seems unaware she's proving it's true for ecology too...
THE CHANGED RIVER: by E.M. Martin; 1914/11/25, the quietest apocalyptic dream on record
Humanity improves a river to death, so the river just disappears. Ominous since itís the river of nature, time and God...
COEURL: by Wayan; 1980/2/26, a dream of surprise transcendence
I'm trapped in an alien hotel, my true love has gone radioactive, and the only way out is to turn into...
THE COST OF ECO-REGULATIONS: by Wayan; 1997/2/14, a dream edict.
I dream an economist admits not only that eco-regs pay off, but that economic theory is faulty. Dream on!
CUTE-STUPIDS: by Wayan; 1974/1/15, poem & cartoon of a nightmare about a Tragedy of the Commons
Happy beer drinkers from the Now invade the Tower of the Future. Eggheads find idiots as lovable as kittens, and just can't eject them...
DESERT EYES: by Wayan; 1984/3/4, a dream of doors.
We desert-hobbits break through to a world of jungle giants. But will they believe us about the UFOs?
DEVILMENT: by Wayan, 2017/8/13, a harsh take-charge dream about Queen Bee syndrome
A bee-like devil-queen kidnaps my grandniece; I have to kill her to free the child. I expect retaliation, but even high-level devils are glad she's gone...
Oops. In a follow-up dream she reincarnates as a satanic real estate developer. Slicker cover this time, but just as crooked. Will I have to kill her again?
THE DIADEM RATIO: by Wayan; 1994/8/14, an absurdist dream.
I stumble into the middle of a bizarre dream, and struggle to figure out what what on earth we're talking about...
DRAGON BANNERS: by Wayan; 1987/3/19, a dream on the value of inner emptiness.
A dragon's daughter seeking her inheritance defies a sneaky dragon-realtor out to own the world...
DUBIA: by Wayan; summer 2003, a nondream sculpture/prophecy/travelog.
What Earth will look like 1000 years from now, with doubled CO2, flooded coasts and melted poles...
EAR TO THE, UH, WALL: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/10/10
Granny's magic nipple helps me foil the yuppies dumping toxic waste. But does it count if I did it just to save my own...
EARTH'S BEING MURDERED: by Wayan; 1996/7/13, a nightmare.
Mute, paired images, contrasting life with the death we're spreading. And then finally the dream speaks:
AN ELECTORAL DRAGON: by Wayan; 1998/10/21, a virtual-reality-campaign-ad dream
In a world of bad haircuts, I meet a dragon running for office. But is this real, or a dream? Both/neither! It's...
ELF RANGERS? NO WAY!: by Wayan; 1995/3/25, a dream on repression.
A logging war in the northern forests is confused by subjective realities. Am I sure what I see is real?
THE EUCALYPTUS WARNING: by Wayan; 1993/8/6, a punning health-advice dream.
Bad puns link an ecological dream of a forest being murdered by inches, and a dental exam...
THE EXPOSURE OF HUMANITY TO THE VACUUM OF SPACE; 1999/6/5 by Anonymous #37; a brief apocalyptic nightmare
One patch of the night sky had a huge number of stars compared to the rest; there was no atmosphere in that portion of the sky...
FIGURE AND FIELD: by Wayan; May 1990, a poem on the dark side of a human ability
We see patterns everywhere... but that also means we relegate nonpatterns to the background...
FIREBOWL: by Wayan; 2013/9/14; a diagnostic/climatological/futurological dream
I'm at a huge Native American powwow on climate change in the prairie states. They could become not a new dustbowl, but a firebowl! As I wake wondering about the fire hazard I find I'm running a fever! And the dream hints what caused it...
FISHERGIRLS: by Wayan; 2.6M, 42 illus.; 1996/7/15; a sexy dream epic.
I had a spectacular dream one night, that lasted many days in dream-time--a true other life. It wasn't Earth, and we weren't human.
I was a teenage lemur, sailing with two friends into unknown waters--a rite of passage. I woke on deck deep in the night, my friends curled around me, and realized I didn't WANT to pass the test, be declared a grown woman, marry and have pups. I loved my girl friends. In a world lacking the very word, I was groping toward queerdom. Sailing into unknown waters! "Here be dragons," the old maps say. And they were right...
If 2600K is too big to load, try it in parts: 1: HOME, 650K, 2: VOYAGE, 1200K, 3: BACK 750K.
FLYING BED, TALKING BIRDS: by Wayan; 2015/1/6, a one-word shamanic advisory dream
My bed floats high over southwest Morocco. Giant birds come fly lazily with me, croaking "Faster, faster!" But I'm busy with eco-planning...
FORGET THE FLEURS DU MAL: by Wayan; 1983/1/1?, a poem on nightmares.
In the richest regions of the sea, dead stuff wells up to meet the light. Do we have similar zones?
FUTURES: by Wayan; 2003/9/22, a nondream ecological sculpture series
A set of travelogs (with orbital photos) of Earth, Mars and Venus on the same day--as they are 1000 years from now...
GREEN ANGELS: by Wayan; 1985/9/2, a dream-idyll seething with politics.
I stalk a platoon of levitating surf-bunnies who may be out to bomb a Greenpeace submarine...
GUIDE IN THE RUINS: by Wayan; 1996/11/20, a hopeful dream of ruin.
Through vast Soviet ruins to the modest rooms where the new Russia lives. As I fall in love with my guide...
HILLBILLY ECO-REVOLT: by Wayan; 1985/6/12, a diagnostic eco-dream.
A poor planet with one city. Urban technocrats and hick ecologists have conflicting development models...
I TURNED OFF JESUS: by Chris Baker; 2011/2/18; an "oops!" dream
Playing Mario Kart, I stray into a darkness where Earth floats, burning. And then Jesus speaks up! But I carelessly hit the OFF button...
INDUSTRY'S SHORE: by Wayan; 2008/9/24, a dream poem; Dreamverse #30
In the hills above a polluted shore, I find hidden valleys with huge rare trees, and realize it's my choice...
JAREDIA: by Wayan; 770K, 26 illus, early 2003, a nondream sculpture/photoessay/travelog.
I tilted the Earth to create a tropical supercontinent from Bali to Tierra del Fuego. What will evolve there--and on the new tropical Antarctica?
THE LEAD HAZARD OF WITCHES: by Wayan; 2008/11/21; an alternate-world dream
I was in an America where witches are burned and used as landfill, and abused women grow on trees. Yet three of us heal...
LET'S PLEASE THE RICH: by Wayan; 1998/6/24, a disgusting proposal
The rich block reform. So let's offer the rich what they really want: ranking and attention...
LUNAR WEDDING: by Wayan; 1987/2/5, a poem of a surreal futuristic dream
I'm at a fancy wedding on Mars, I think, but slowly realize the black sky and huge blue ball mean this lawn is on...
...the Moon. In the open. What are we breathing? Well... old money, I think.
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...
MARY MCBRIDE AND THE SPIRITUAL EARTH MOVEMENT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2011/11/26, dream of a kindred artist
I met a woman whose art (and her love for the Earth) inspired me to start a series of paintings with creatures hidden in landscapes...
MOVING IN THE LANDSCAPES OF MY DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; an epic canvas hiding over a dozen dreamscenes (mostly Jan-Mar 2011)
Inspired by a dream, I painted a big canvas landscape with movable (magnetic) dream figures and flaps revealing hidden dream scenes...
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: by Wayan; 1992/9/5-6, a diagnostic dream.
I'm in a tribe of post-Crash kids with psychic powers, trying to keep nukes from rising again...
MORAL FIBER: by Wayan; 1997/11/10, a dream of trouble in Ecotopia.
We hippies won, but now we're backward and isolated; it's time we joined the rest of our alternate Earth...
MUIR ON MARS: by Wayan; 1994/5/14, a dreamtale.
I'm John Muir reborn on Mars, supporting Mars First against tree-cutters, who poison their enemies...
MY TREE: by Wayan; 170K, 12/12/2007, 2-page comic of a persistent delusion.
I keep feeling I'm a reincarnated rainforest creature just passing for human. When all I want is...
OISIN: by Wayan; 2005-2013, 32 maps and images; a nondream virtual world
A model of a moon, half-Europa, half-Mars, with (intelligent?) life in seas under a skin of ice...
PEGASIA: by Wayan; 10MB mini-site (200 maps & images), spring 2006 to present (ongoing); tours of an alien moon.
A contest! Here's a wide, fertile world full of empty ecological niches for intelligent creatures. Design one!
PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 19 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
THE PLANETOCOPIA INTERVIEW: David Cole of "Whose Fault is That?" questions Wayan; summer 2009, updated 2012
The roots and reasons and back-stories for the nineteen virtual worlds making up Planetocopia...
PRAYER (WE SHALL BE REBORN): by Wayan; 1997-2000 digital picture-poem.
Be a web junkie. Instead of driving around in a gas-hog, you'll save the planet by staying in, passive...
PRECAMBRIAN SLEUTH, or, MURDER BY ATMOSPHERE: by Wayan; 2013/6/2, a shamanic warning dream.
I'm a detective in a research station two billion years ago. No one warns me the ancient atmosphere isn't just anoxic, but deadly...
THE PRIMEVAL ANIMAL and the Survival of the Earth: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1999/4/28; an epic dream-painting
A huge spiral nautilus needs healing; its coils are coming undone, and if it dies, all on earth may die with it...
WHAT THE PTEROS TELL: by Wayan; 1995/9/11, an archeometeorological rant.
The size of ancient flying creatures implies that Earth may lose more atmosphere over time than we think...
RINGSHADOWS: by Wayan; 1985/3/7, an otherworldly ecodream with subtle advice.
Earth has rainbow rings. They're braided like Saturn's, so their shadows create tinted microclimates...
THE RINGMAN'S SQUIRREL: by Wayan; 13K, 1982/9/17, a dream of a time after us.
One day, in the ruins of an American city whose name was lost, I met a Ringman under an oak...
THE ROSA PARKS EFFECT: by Wayan; 1997/7/21, a political dream.
The mayor declares war on bikers, blames us for gridlock! I dream of Rosa Parks' influence and realize...
SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and 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...
SHASTA STANDARDS: by Wayan; 1998/9/19, a dream of social change.
In a future where we gengineer ourselves instead of others, we no longer have to choose lesser evils...
SIPHONIA: by Wayan; 30 p, 2006-14, a nondream virtual world, in progress; maps, tours
First, suck up 90% of Earth's seas. Now wait 90,000 years for life to adapt. Tibetan plateaus above steamy new Deeps ruled by giant parrots, ravens and otters...
SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
SOULS IN THE MUD: by Wayan; 1981/1/14, a thoughtful dream.
I'm being hunted in Reincarnation Swamp, as I worry--the human population boom means experienced souls are scarce. Are most folks you meet really dogs, cats... rats?
THE STAGMAN: by Wayan; 2000/4/7, waking landscape with dream figure.
A slightly surrealized San Francisco landscape--not that it needed much help...
STANDING UP CITY: by Wayan; 1970? childhood imaginary world
As a kid, my Ecotopian fantasy city was hollowed out of living rock, with hanging gardens and terraces...
THE SUPERCELLS; 2005/3/4 by Anonymous #37; nightmare of a pointless eco-coverup
Multiple tornadoes touched down in the fields, but the farmer's wife sewed in a rocking chair, oblivious. I moved to warn her but my lieutenant said...
THARN: by Wayan; 8.3MB (45 p, 200+ ill.), 2006, a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, spectacular moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
THEA'S HOUSE: by Wayan; 1987/3/23, a life-changing dream.
I dreamed the Earth Goddess invited me to live with her. She was lonely to be seen for who she was...
THREE DREAMS: by Robley Wilson; July 4, 1975?; a dream-poem
Dead fish in a poisoned stream, dead kittens in a pit... and advice from the woman who revives them with a touch.
TILT!: by Wayan; 2002-3, a nondream study of four alternate Earths
I drilled new poles in my globe and tilted the Earth. Ice Age or Carboniferous? Flood or drought? Come visit tropical Antarctica, the Thai Desert, the Hawaiian glaciers, the jungles of France!
TIME-BUBBLE: by Wayan; 2008/9/1, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #19
In a city crawling across a marshy world, I find a detonating bomb frozen in a time-ball. Why do they bear this risk?
UFOLUTION: by Wayan; 1997/12/19, a comic science rant
Okay, say evolution is driven by things (I don't care what) besides natural selection. How could you tell?
VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; 4.5MB; a virtual world with 130 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!
WELLS'S QUEST: by Wayan; 1992/7/14, a benevolent dream.
I'm on a world inhabited by hobbits when H.G. Wells shows up, looking for a Ring of Power...
WERE-TROUT: by Wayan; 1997/8/2, a dating-advisory dream.
I'm a one-legged hopping hermit in the ruins of LA, and my only hope for love is to conjure a girl from a...
WINGS by Nancy Price; 1948, two bird-people dreams, one psychic
I have a long chat with two talking songbirds. Next I'm a parrot, living in rainforest. And then the mail comes...
XANADU: by Wayan; 600K, 2006/6/6, a nondream virtual world
An alternate Titan, Titan as it should have been, with ethane seas full of life...
YEATS: by Wayan; 1990/1/1, a poem wrestling with Yeats's visions.
Our dilemma is, now that we have the power to get what we want... what exactly was it we wanted?

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