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Young, wealthy, and good-looking, Jan Palmer leads the kind of life most of us would die for. He has it all - except for one thing: happiness. Trapped under the weight of his responsibilities to his family, his business, and his life, he wishes only to escape to another world. 

But you have to be careful what you wish for. Waking out of a deep sleep, Jan finally finds escape - into a living nightmare. 

He surprises a prowler who has broken into his mansion, attempting to steal from his priceless collection of antiques. There is a scuffle. An ancient copper jar is opened...and all hell breaks loose. For not just any copper jar, it has long imprisoned a powerful and ruthless Jinni, whose anger has been bottled up for centuries. The Jinni kills the thief and curses Jan to eternal wakefulness. 

Jan finds himself straddling two parallel dimensions. On earth he is his mild-mannered self, falsely imprisoned for murder. But in the world beyond, where the sleep-souls of humans are enslaved by the Jinn, he is a swashbuckling warrior facing death at every turn. 

In an exotic world of dark arts, deadly secrets, and dangerous dancing girls, he is drawn into the great battle between the Masters of Sleep and the Slaves of Sleep. He will uncover clues to the magic at the heart of history - and discover that the destiny of all humankind lies in his hands. Abounding in untold mystery and revelation, this eye-opening tale may just wake you out of a dead sleep. 

“I stayed up all night finishing it. The yarn scintillated.” (Ray Bradbury)

©1993 L. Ron Hubbard Library (P)1993 L. Ron Hubbard LIbrary

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"I stayed up all night finishing it. The yarn scintillated." (Ray Bradbury)
" Slaves of Sleep became a sort of buzz word. There are bits and pieces from Ron's work that became part of the language in ways that very few other writers imagined." (Frederik Pohl)

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  • Freddie Ulan
  • 22-07-18

Incredible. Spellbinding. Hubbard is a genius!

Incredible. Spellbinding. Non-stop. Hubbard is a genius! It’s an ingenious mixture of fantasy, sci fi, love, adventure and social commentary that hits every target’s bulls eye.

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  • Carlos
  • 27-06-20


This is such a great story can't wait to get the next from this author.

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  • Kadeen
  • 14-03-12


What did you like best about 'Slaves of Sleep' and 'The Masters of Sleep'? What did you like least?

I like the characters, but the story was so unbelievable my suspense was not held for very long.

What could L. Ron Hubbard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Provide more transition when switching into different worlds and develop the dream world more

What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought the Characters alive and made a dull story interesting.

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