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God willing, reviews of _The Eyes of Heisenberg_ (Herbert) and
_Mortal Fear_ (Cook), along with a short intro to genetic engineering
will appear on my website in the near future. My _Eyes_ notes indicate
that it embellishes a story titled "Do I Sleep Or Wake," which
supposedly appears in a 1965 _Galaxy_. 
Other evidence  suggests that _Destination: Void_ expanded the
short. The August 1965 issue from my incomplete collection of _Galaxy_
contains a Herbert called "Do I Wake or Dream?" A quick perusal of a
_Void_ synopsis and the short convinces me that they share story
elements. _Void_, rather than _Eyes_, seems like the apropos expansion
of "Do I Wake or Dream?"
Does anyone know anything about the elusive "Do I Sleep Or Wake?"
Or, is the whole thing a big old sfnal SNAFU?
*** Addendum ***
Allow me to further note that this excerpt appears on the copyright page
/A different version of this novel appeared in GALAXY,/
/under the title "Do I Sleep or Wake"/
/Copyright © 1965, by Galaxy Publishing Corp./
The book referenced in  is the 1976 edition, which indicates that
the "Do I Sleep or Wake" reference is not a mistake nor typo. Perhaps
it's a standalone novel published by Galaxy?
Expanded as "Destination: Void"
Those four links pertain to the _Do I Wake or Dream?_ /
_ Destination: Void_ nexus.
The dead tree _Eyes_ copyright page references a different story named
"Do I Sleep or Wake." This latter story alleged appears as a Galaxy
publication from 1965. But no traces of it seem to exist. It's beginning
to look a lot like a print media SNAFU carried down through the years.
"Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades
Past the near meadows, over the still stream,
Up the hill-side; and now 'tis buried deep
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music? do I wake or sleep?"
I hesitate to say that "many" (515, in Google)
who "should know better", misquote the last line
or half line on its own as "Do I wake or dream?"
which does that one paragraph after quoting the
entire poem up down to "wake or sleep".
So an alternative interpretation is that an
alternative version of the poem is circulating.
I'll ask there... "This comment is awaiting
Well then - to multiply infuriation -
A belated note; you quoted the last line as "Do I wake or dream?" but the
poem is shown ending (and rhyming) "Do I wake or sleep?" It's much the same
thing - "dream" is in the previous line - but I'm curious if another version
of the poem is about. A select group of people are remembering it, at least,
as "Do I wake or dream?"
I'm going to infuriate fans of late science fiction writer Frank Herbert, in
particular, by mentioning that a "complete novel" by him evidently appeared
in magazine "Galaxy", August 1965, titled "Do I Wake Or Dream?" It's on the cover.
In 1966, "Galaxy" serialised his novel "Heisenberg's Eyes" across two issues,
which also appeared in book form that year as "The Eyes of Heisenberg", while
the other "Galaxy" story also appeared solo, with or without further editing,
as "Destination: Void". But 1966 and 1976 editions of "Eyes Of" state in
copyright - I'm told - that "A different version of this novel appeared in
GALAXY, under the title 'Do I Sleep or Wake'." Oops. And that was "Void",
And anyone who searches for this information will find it here, with no cited
references at all. However... the "ISFDB" catalogue web site provides another
credible by looking up title "Do I Sleep Or Wake".
Coda: is any of this quoted by John Keats from any other work? Shakespeare
or Chaucer or something. I'm wondering if people have been muddled for just
two hundred years, or even longer than that. Lead on, Macduff. :-)
Good question. Even odds says the Keats quote originates elsewhere.
Galaxy serialize _Eyes_ under the title of _Heisenberg's Eyes_. Not only
also munge Keats in the process.
review. It's an Easter egg for those in the know.