Future Dreams and Nightmares


Book Cover of Future Dreams and NightmaresMulti-award-winning speculative fiction author Donald Firesmith brings you fourteen visionary and thought-provoking science fiction gems that will take you on a faster-than-light journey to future worlds of dreams and nightmares. If you enjoyed episodes of the TV series The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, then these short stories are for you.

1. Memories: Who among us doesn’t have terrible memories we would like to permanently forget? But perhaps some memories just aren’t meant to be erased.
2. Mind Trap: An oligarch’s deathbed confession leads to one last crime.
3. A Mind Full of Memories: A successful operation unexpectedly violates a neurosurgeon’s Hippocratic oath.
4. Everlife: A woman’s multiple resurrections point to a serial killer.
5. Original Equipment: A man’s latest upgrade completes his physical transformation.
6. A Jump Too Far: A man must deal with the unintended consequences of jumping between timelines to fight terrorists.
7. We Service All: A lonely spacer’s visit to an alien brothel turns out to be exactly what he needs.
8. Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: During first contact, an alien species’ strange reproductive biology results in unexpected pregnancies.
9. History is Written: Government-approved history lessons hide a forbidden truth.
10. Ariana: A man uses a time machine to undo his greatest regret.
11. To Serve and Protect: Time travel is used to undo humanity’s extinction.
12. Questioning God: A system tester goes behind his management’s back to ask a god a question.
13. The Warning: Scientists ask a master artificial intelligence how to stop and undo the climate crisis.
14. The Great Dust Storm of 2047: An exceptionally powerful storm threatens the survival of climate refugees living in a former, underground salt mine.


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Praise for Future Dreams and Nightmares

Midwest Book Review (Suzie Housley)

“Get ready to dive into a world of alternate realities with this collection of short stories. Each tale in this captivating collection introduces you to new characters and takes you on a thrilling journey that will leave you craving more.
These thrilling stories will keep you on the edge of your seat. Look no further than this book, which is sure to captivate and excite you with its many twists and turns. Each story in this book presents a strong and compelling offering, delivering a unique and unforgettable reading experience.
Future Dreams and Nightmares is for those that are looking for a break from the mundane or simply want to immerse yourself in a world of excitement and adventure; this book has something for everyone.
Donald Firesmith has an innate gift for storytelling with his impeccable writing style. From thrilling adventures to thought-provoking mysteries, his words have the power to captivate and ignite your imagination. Whether you are a fan of fantasy, science fiction, or suspense, this collection offers something for every reader.” – Original Review


Future Dreams and Nightmares by veteran author Donald Firesmith is a new collection of vastly imaginative short stories… Each offering is a little gem that reflects a future vision where humans continue to forge on: some frightening, others hopeful. The stories are of varying lengths, and the book is a perfect choice to grab when you need an entertaining diversion but have a limited amount of time in which to indulge… I was completely engaged as I read the entire collection, one story after another, during two well-spent evenings… I recommend FUTURE DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES to science fiction, speculative fiction, and horror readers and those looking for a great way to pass some time or spend an evening reading something new.” – Original Review


“Firesmith’s visionary tales infuse timeless themes with renewed energy… This compilation offers a swift journey. I assure you, choosing this adventure is a decision you won’t regret.” – Original Review

Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews (Amy Shannon)

“I am a huge fan of Donald Firesmith. Whatever he writes, I know, without expectation, that it’s going to be interesting, and very intriguing. Some of the stories reminded me of the Twilight Zone television show (yes, I watched the reruns), but it also reminded me of something I watched recently, which was Stephen King’s collection of Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Yes, the stories are that good. I don’t know what inspires Firesmith, but I’m glad he shares his intriguing and magnificent stories with readers. I am always honored to read his work. The author weaves a tangled web of stories and captures the reader. Future Dreams and Nightmares is a definite recommendation by Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews.” – Original Review
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Author Billy Bob Buttons, The 2023 Wishing Shelf Book Awards

“A compelling assortment of sci-fi shorts packed full of oddball characters and exotic, intergalactic settings. The biggest strength of this book is – you never know what’s coming next. In terms of writing style, it’s also excellent, with a balanced mix of descriptive prose… and realistic dialogue.” – Original Review
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Dr. Mel’s Messages (Dr. Melissa Caudle)

Prepare to be spellbound as I introduce you to a literary masterpiece that transcends time and space — Future Dreams and Nightmares by the brilliant Donald Firesmith. This extraordinary collection of 14 science fiction tales will transport you into worlds of dreams and nightmares, and I am thrilled to give it a resounding five-star review!

If you crave the kind of mind-bending storytelling that made “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits” legendary, then this book is a must-read for you. Donald Firesmith’s imagination knows no bounds as he weaves intricate narratives that challenge the very fabric of reality. Each story is a portal to a different dimension, where the boundaries of science, ethics, and morality are put to the test.

Futures Dreams and Nightmares is a mesmerizing collection that showcases Donald Firesmith’s mastery of speculative fiction. With every turn of the page, you’ll find yourself immersed in a new and captivating world. Firesmith’s storytelling prowess is unparalleled, drawing you in with gripping plots, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking themes. These stories will keep you on the edge of your seat, pondering the limitless possibilities of the universe. Firesmith seamlessly blends cutting-edge science with profound human dilemmas, leaving readers both awestruck and contemplative. I wholeheartedly recommend Future Dreams and Nightmares to all science fiction aficionados, dreamers, and seekers of intellectual thrills. This book is a treasure trove of creativity, imagination, and intellectual stimulation. Dive into the depths of science fiction’s finest storytelling today!” – Original Review
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The Avid Reader (Nancy Allen)

“What an interesting set of short stories Future Dreams and Nightmares has. Each one will keep you guessing and a whole lot to think about. There is plenty of suspense and mystery to keep them interesting and very intriguing. Each will blow your mind in many different ways. Each is a blast to read.” – Original Review

K.K.’s Book(Re)Marks

“A wonderful collection of intriguing short stories! Every story was very well written and held my attention from beginning to end. I started this anthology in the morning and had it done by afternoon. A couple of highlights: “Everlife” is my favorite story and “A Jump Too Far” is a story that is still on my mind hours later. I would recommend this collection of stories, especially if you’re looking for something quicker to read. I look forward to reading more from this author!” – Original Review

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Quotes from the Book

“And so, that is when I learned the victors wrote and sanitized the history taught in books and schools, while the stories of the vanquished typically died with them. I wonder. In another hundred years, will anyone even remember the truth?” – from “History is Written”

Author’s Commentary

The inspiration for the stories in this book largely come from two sources: (1) articles in popular science magazines such as Scientific American and Discover, (2) popular science books, and (3) dreams. Each story in the book is followed by a brief description of how I came to write it.

Publishing Information

Publisher: Magical Wand Press
Edition: Second edition
Publication Date: August 2023
Pages: 250
Words: 47,000
Size: 5×8
Language: English


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Name: Firesmith, Donald.
Title: Future Dreams and Nightmares / by Donald Firesmith.
Description: Second edition. | Pittsburgh : Magical Wand Press, 2023.
Summary: An anthology of science fiction short stories. | Audience: Adult. | Language: English
Identifiers: ISBN: 979-8390605646 (Amazon paperback) | ASIN: B0C1W46TYH (Amazon ebook) | TBD (audiobook)
Subjects: BISAC: FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies. | GSAFD: Science fiction.

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