“In the Year 2889,” Jules Verne (or his son, Michel Verne), 1889 – The editor of Earth Chronicle (a master information and access) controls the world. A day in his life. Separated from his wife, a professional beauty, he sees her at meals via telephote. Everything is big, including the population, and fast. The clouds are used for advertisements; energy is extracted by accumulators; solar and other eco-power is used; there is the possibility of creating a human machine from atoms; distance and biological warfare are discussed.
Comments: On first reading, reminded me of Citizen Kane. Brisk, prescient, highly readable story. The story critiques how writers should “create” characters, hypnotize themselves to act like others, get inside their minds and not merely relate their actions. A person is made up of a thousand thoughts, rushes through his day, gives orders, then reviews pitches, and says he wants to sleep. Can be found in The Phoenix Pick of Classic Science Fiction, Great Tales of SF, and the Classic Book of Science Fiction by Conklin. Some debate as to whether or not Verne or his son is actual author.
Author: Wikipedia: “Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre.”