9 Works of Science Fiction That Were Conceived in Nightmares

    October 31, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Nightmares get a bad rap 364 days of the year. For many authors, a nightmare has turned into an incredible work of science fiction:

    1. Frankenstein

    One of the most popular monsters of all time, author Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein in a dream. In this nightmare, a mad scientist created new life, but was horrified with what he had made. We’re pretty sure that dream was a metaphor for Shelley’s biological clock, but we’ll take it.

    2. Space Invaders

    Arguably the most successful arcade game, ever, Space Invaders abducted quarters and even caused a coin shortage in Japan. The hit game was designed by Tomohiro Nishikado, after he was inspired by a dream where children waiting for Santa Claus are attacked by aliens. We wonder if

    3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    While napping one afternoon, Robert Louis Stevenson’s wife heard him screaming. Shaking him awake, she was immediately chastised for interrupting his awesome nightmare. That dream contained the first scene where the Dr. transforms into Mr. Hyde. Stevenson probably just stayed up too late watching werewolf movies.

    4. The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath


    This defining work of H.P. Lovecraft’s impressive body of work was also first thought of during sleep. It makes perfect sense that a story about hopping in and out of dreams would be inspired by a dream. Fortunately, Lovecraft’s dreams were never terrorized by Freddy Kreuger

    5-7. Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive

    David Lynch is one of the most eccentric filmmakers to never get arrested for having sex with a minor. Three of his key works were first inspired by nightmares. We’ll take a dream about the erotic parts of Blue Velvet or Mulholland Drive, but we never want to know what an Eraserhead dream looks like.

    8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    It’s no surprise this sci-fi romance was conceived in a nightmare, as dream sequences factor heavily into the story. At first, we were jealous that all these writers have awesome movie dreams, but then we realized that’s probably like working all night for them.

    9. Inception

    In addition to writing some Batman movies, Christopher Nolan uses lucid dreaming to come up with complex films such as Memento and Inception. We wonder if he is obsessed with trying to wake up all the time.



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