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J. S. Bailey writer of "Vapors"

Title:  Vapors
Author:  J.S. Bailey                                                             
Pages:  32 estimated
Year: 2012
Publisher:  J.S. Bailey
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J.S. Bailey’s short story Vapors is a curious look into the future when two archeologists with the power to bring human remains from a bygone time back to life in order to find what life was like before the cataclysmic events brought about a nuclear holocaust.  
After bringing a woman, Miriam, back from the dead, the man responsible, and archaeologist named Hugh, does not understand why the woman is so distraught and angry to have returned from the dead.  Hugh does not understand anything the woman is referring to although he claims to want to know about her and her life and times.  She tries to explain that what he has done is wrong, regardless of his intentions, but Hugh has his agenda to fulfill even if it violates ethical boundaries.  Kerry, Hughes assistant, is more sympathetic to Miriam and her desire to be where she was before her resurrection.  Miriam tells Hugh and Kerry that what they have done and the knowledge they desire is nothing but vapors.
After reading Vapors, I can imagine how difficult knowledge of the past would be sought after to understand what life might have been like and what may have led to an apocalyptic event when no written records survived.  Although the story takes place at some undetermined time in the future, it is easy to see how so much knowledge could be lost, especially when the destruction comes about because much of the world wants to destroy any reference to spiritual and theological viewpoints as Bailey alludes to in Vapors.  The archeologists apparently have no knowledge of, or at least no strong belief in, the existence of a human soul or any sort of afterlife.  Miriam clearly indicates that she was while “dead,” she was indeed in a beautiful place where everything was perfection in the presence of Elohim.  Bailey’s vision of the future, although dismal, creates an atmosphere to cause people to think about spiritual and ethical issues as well as the ignorance of humankind about the past, present, and potential future.
  My rating is 5+.
Guest review by Cleve Johnson
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