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“Impossible Dreams”, by Tim Pratt

The problem with Tim Pratt is picking a story. He’s got so many that I love that are great tales, that all recommended themselves for different reasons. I ended up going with “Impossible Dreams” because it won the Hugo award, and I hadn’t yet posted about a Hugo winner. This despite the fact that I thought I was going to write about his story “Unexpected Outcomes”, which just ran on Escape Pod. Here, have a bonus link.

“Impossible Dreams” is a gentle love story–between two people, but also between those people and movies.  Impossible Dreams Video is the name of the store Ally works in, and Pete notices for the first time early in the story.  Except that he knows all the video stores in the area, being a cinephile, and he knows that Impossible Dreams wasn’t there yesterday. 

So he goes in, and finds movies that don’t exist.  In our world, any way.  And he has to see them.

Tim Pratt’s website
Text of “Impossible Dreams” (Note: I have the author’s permission to link to the archived version of this story.)
Audio of “Impossible Dream”

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 Awards: Winner of the 2007 Hugo award for best short story.

  1. Jina
    September 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for posting this; we both enjoyed this story. 🙂

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