This is a short story reprinted from Book of Dreams Second Edition: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories and Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories (C) 2014 by Victor D. López.
A mysterious visitor from another world wakes a young, ambitious woman in the middle of the night to deliver an intriguing offer after nearly frightening her to death. He explains that his race is dying as women in his distant world are no longer able to carry embryos of their species to term. If she is willing to serve as a surrogate mother for an embryo for an accelerated gestation period of a few weeks, he promises to return to take away the child and to bestow upon her the gift of telepathy for the remainder of her life in exchange for her service. As an added bonus, the embryo will provide a boost to her immune system that will make her virtual impervious to all disease for the rest of her life. If she accepts, will her dreams finally be realized, or will she live to regret her choice?
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About the Author
Victor D. López is a tenured Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar. His professional affiliations include membership in the New York State Bar Association, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (NEALSB), and he serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is a past president of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2011-2012) and has served as the organization's vice-president (2009-2010) and program chair of the 2011 NEALSB Academic Conference. Professor López published several textbooks in the areas of business law and the legal environment of business that have been used in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. since 1993. His past publishers include Irwin/Mirror Press and Prentice Hall, and in 2010-2011 he published two revised and expanded business law/legal environment textbooks with his new publisher, Textbooks Media, that are available in inexpensive print and electronic versions. He has presented articles at conferences and published scholarly articles in refereed journals in recent years in a range of subjects that include immigration law, bankruptcy law, unauthorized practice of law, state and federal efforts to regulate the high cost of college textbooks, and ethics. Since 1990, he has served as a Professor of Business for 12 years at SUNY Delhi and more recently as the dean of the business division at Broome Community College for four years immediately prior to joining the Hofstra University faculty. He has also served as a professor and dean at other higher education institutions since 1987. He has published law-related textbooks for Irwin/Mirror Press, McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall and Textbook Media Publishing. Since 2011 he has also published short story collections, a book of poetry and a general reference book on intellectual property in paperback and eBook versions through CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) and Smashwords.