Future Dreams and Nightmares

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Book Cover of Future Dreams and NightmaresFuture Dreams and Nightmares is an anthology of science fiction short stories for those who enjoyed episodes of the TV series The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, , then this book is for you.

An oligarch’s deathbed confession leads to one last crime. A woman’s multiple resurrections point to a serial killer. A man’s latest upgrade results in the last of his original equipment. A successful operation unexpectedly violates the neurosurgeon’s Hippocratic oath. A man must deal with the unintended consequences of jumping between timelines to fight terrorists. A lonely spacer’s visit to an alien brothel turns out to be exactly what he needed. An exobiologist studies an alien species’ strange reproductive biology. A successful medical procedure without informed consent has deadly consequences. Government-approved history lessons hide a forbidden truth.


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  1. Memories: Who among us doesn’t had terrible memories they would like to permanently delete from their memories? However, some memories just aren’t meant to be forgotten.
  2. Mind Trap: What might happen when the ability to download one’s mind into a cloned or robotic body is abused.
  3. A Mind Full of Memories: Sometimes, healing a patient can violate a doctor’s oath to do no harm.
  4. Everlife: Many stories have included the idea of increasing longevity by downloading one’s mind into a clone when one is old or sick. But how would such an ability interact with the crime of murder when the victim can return from the dead?
  5. Original Equipment: Medical technology meets the ancient Greek legend, The Ship of Theseus.
  6. A Jump Too Far: The unexpected danger of jumping between timelines instead of time travel within a single timeline.
  7. We Service All: A lonely spacer’s visit to an alien brothel turns out to be exactly what he needed.
  8. Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Unexpected pregnancies result from first contact with an alien species having an unexpected means of mating.
  9. History is Written: A boy learns the truth about the government-approved history he learned in school.


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Publisher: Magical Wand Press
Edition: First edition
Publication Date: TBD 2023
Pages: TBD
Words: TBD
Size: 5×8
Language: English
Formats: Paperback, ebook (epub, mobi, and pdf), and audiobook

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Name: Firesmith, Donald.
Title: Future Dreams and Nightmares / by Donald Firesmith.
Description: First edition. | Pittsburgh : Magical Wand Press, 2023.
Summary: An anthology of science fiction short stories. | Audience: Adult. | Language: English
Identifiers: ISBN: TBD (Amazon paperback) | TBD (Amazon ebook) | TBD (audiobook)
Subjects: BISAC: FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies. | GSAFD: Science fiction.

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