Here are three stories that will make you chuckle and shiver at the same time. Spirits can be funny when they turn out to have issues and problems of their own, and the authors of these stories, John Kendrick Bangs and H. G. Wells, have a fine time putting smiles on our faces - and wiping them off again!
2008: Earth is over-populated and recovering from mass pollution caused by excessive de-forestation. The result is an unreliable climate, leading to droughts that has caused food shortages not seen since the 1940s. Energy use has been restricted to preserve stocks. This has caused Arab states to become disgruntled. With UN funding, Russia and the USA have succeeded in building Earth-orbiting and moon-orbiting stations and colonized the moon. Next stop, Mars.
With her ability to see people's auras marking her out as something of a medical phenomenon, Jenny Smith's nursing career begins to take a sizeable upswing under the veteran eye of hospital seniors George Obotto and Tim Ogboifo. Training as a witch doctor and acing exams may be one thing, yet with the chance meeting of space man Dan Johnson, Chief of the United Nations Frontier Service - Space Division, the adventure really begins as Jenny is wrapped up in the heady world of cosmos exploration.
Having built a thriving colony on Mars, a team of six pioneers venture out to discover the origins of the humanoids whose skeletal remains and artifacts, including a scout ship, have been discovered first on the Moon and then on Mars itself. For Ken, Ivan, Jack, Jane, Michelle, and Wendy, this journey will take half a lifetime, hence the name of their transport - the Generation ship.
"I really thought I would enjoy the story"
"How Samsung Botched Its Galaxy Note 7 Recall" is from the September 15, 2016 Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Georgia Wells , John D. McKinnon and Yun-Hee Kim and narrated by Alexander Quincy.