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"What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Dream Console  
  Device allows a therapist to enter and create dreams in patients.  

Charles Render is a neuroparticipant therapist - a Shaper.

Charles Render sat before the ninety white buttons and the two red ones, not really looking at any of them. His right arm moved in its soundless sling, across the lap-surface of the console - pushing some of the buttons, skipping over others, moving on, retracing its path to press the next in the order of the Recall series.

Sensations throttled, emotions reduced to nothing, Representative Erikson knew the oblivion of the womb...

Render freed his arm and lifted off his crown of Medusa-hair leads and microminiature circuitry. He slid from behind his desk-couch and raised the hood.

"Neuroparticipation is based upon the fact that two nervous systems can share the same impulses, the same fantasies…"

"When the therapist is in-phase with a patient he is narco-electrically removed from most of his own bodily sensations."

From The Dream Master, by Roger Zelazny.
Published by Ace Books in 1966
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Take a look at an anime treatment of this idea - the DC mini from Satoshi Kon's Paprika. Also, compare with the Lucid Dreamer device from Starfish (1999) by Peter Watts.

Here are several artist's conceptions of the Dream Console.


(A Dream Console)


(From A Dream Console)

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