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Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories [NOOK Book]

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Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is a collection of 15 short stories written between 1981 and 2011. The stories are from multiple genres with some common themes, including hope, dreams, light, darkness, perseverance, and spirituality, wrapped up in some novel ideas.

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-- Vichy (1990) tells the story of Jean-Marie Daubert, a spy for the French ...
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Overview

Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is a collection of 15 short stories written between 1981 and 2011. The stories are from multiple genres with some common themes, including hope, dreams, light, darkness, perseverance, and spirituality, wrapped up in some novel ideas.

Story Synopses:

-- Vichy (1990) tells the story of Jean-Marie Daubert, a spy for the French Resistance during World War II who was captured and sent to Gross-Rosen concentration camp. It's a sobering story of love and loss told through letters from Daubert to his wife Corinne.
-- The Ballick Eye (1988) is a ghost story about a delinquent youth sent by his parents to live with an aunt who is determined to straighten him out. Can a cemetery ghost turn his life around?
-- Evil | Live (2011) is a twist on the traditional horror story. Good and evil engage in an epic struggle for the soul of a zombie.
-- The Grandma Conspiracy (2004) tells the story of an elderly woman with the ability to predict the future whose family believes she suffers from mental illness. The story is narrated by one of her grandchildren who struggles to help her.
-- Room G-13 (1993) is a horror story with an ironic twist. Strange sounds emanate from the maintenance man's room at a college dormitory, leading one student to investigate what's really going happening there.
-- The Factory Worker in the Corner Office (2007) is an allegory about a white-collar worker who deals with a difficult boss.
-- Saved by Hope (1988) is a true story based on an encounter I had with an angel during the summer of 1987.
-- Mysterius, Lord of the Unknown (1987) tells the tale of the Greek god of the unknown. The ancient Greeks dedicated some temple altars to an unknown god. Mysterius is an interpretation of this deity.
-- How Little Big Chief Calmed the Mountain (1981) is an allegory inspired by the May 1981 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. A village leader must appease an angry volcano before it erupts and destroys his village.
-- The Emissary's Battle (2005) is a story set in a fantasy world. A human envoy must use diplomacy to diffuse a conflict between elves and dwarves before it leads to war.
-- Kirche and the Mirror (1992) is an allegory of the Church. On the day her bridegroom returns, the bride must confront deception and illusions on her way to reuniting with him.
-- Suits (1989) is a science fiction short with an ironic twist. A child dreams of an alien invasion.
-- Verda (1997) speculates on the existence of a second moon orbiting Earth capable of sustaining life and humanity's efforts to colonize it. The story explores themes ranging from space exploration to environmental preservation.
-- G.I. Ants (1983) is a story about a boy's encounter with a group of superhuman army ants who escape from a military laboratory and move into his closet.
-- High Flying Deutschman (1988) tells the story of a German exchange student's quest to learn baseball and join a championship high school team.

Enjoy these diverse and timeless works three decades in the making.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013489448
  • Publisher: Brilliance Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 495 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Gene Edwards first picked up his pen to write a mystery thriller far beyond the imagination of a typical ten-year-old. A prolific writer in his youth, he poured his passion to write into books and stories that bent the imagination but never saw the light of day. Until now, that is. From mysteries to mythical tales, Edwards let his writing capture dreams spun from his vivid imagination; that is, until life's realities distracted him from his passion and for a time set him on a different course.

As a youth, Edwards dreamed of becoming a diplomat. Majoring in International Studies, Political Science, History, and German at the University of Idaho, he worked briefly in the U.S. Senate before earning his master’s degree in China Studies from the University of Washington. After working at The Boeing Company for seven years, he took a leave of absence to pursue a Master in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He interned at both the Intel Corporation and Microsoft before joining Deloitte & Touche as a full-time consultant.

Fate nudged Edwards to join the U.S. Department of State as a diplomat in 2004. He served as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea. He worked as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay, where he focused on political-military affairs and human rights. As political-economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, he focused on issues related to politics, democracy, governance, human rights, labor, and the environment. He is recipient of several Department of State awards.

Edwards never lost his passion for writing and resolved to rekindle the dream. In 2008 he set about moving into writing, a decision that culminated in his retirement from the diplomatic corps and the launch of his writing career in mid-2011. In May 2011 the author published Alexander the Salamander, a children's e-book he co-wrote with his son Alex. His second e-book, Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories, is a collection of 15 short stories he wrote been 1981 and 2011. His next book will chronicle his quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain, in early 2011.

Edwards writes fiction in the mystery, thriller, science fiction-fantasy genres as well as travel non-fiction. He dusted off reams of books and stories written over the years and will bring many of these stories to life. His diverse background in business, public service, and
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