Voyage: A Macroscopic View

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Voyage: A Macroscopic View

Post by Varda » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:20 am

Steve disembarked on Earth 100 years after takeoff. Thanks to the effects of near-lightspeed travel, it’d only been a week for Steve.

Humanity had prospered. Lifespans had doubled, and new genetic engineering techniques eliminated the need for medicine.

During his postflight health checkup, a doctor asked Steve about his sore throat.

“It’s just a touch of strep throat I picked up last week,” said Steve. “I didn’t realize I was sick until a couple days ago.”

Puzzled, the doctor asked, “What’s ‘strep throat’?”

Only a few months later, humanity was destroyed by the ancient bacteria that returned from the stars.
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Re: Voyage: A Macroscopic View

Post by chemistryguy » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:59 pm

This reminds me of a set of three short stories I read decades ago. They all revolved around people voluntarily going into suspended animation as a means to escape problems in their present. All ended with a heaping scoop of irony.

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Re: Voyage: A Macroscopic View

Post by strawman » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:15 am

DC has taught me a lot. Where else can you learn why you should never ask the genie for happiness until the third wish?
Never judge anyone until you have biopsied their brain.

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