Does anyone remember a short story about a hollow sphere containing alien atmosphere that crashes on earth and the earth's atmosphere fights back? There were no people or aliens in it, just atmospheres.
This imaginative story is "Storm Warning" by Donald A. Wollheim, first published in 1942 and anthologized several times from 1949 to 1979, then not again till 2012 and 2016. Trent Walters provided this description in the APB-SAL blog in 2014:
The narrator and Ed, meteorologists, head out to Wyoming to check out a meteor and unusual storms, one after another. The researchers discover glass globes instead of a meteor and strange, vegetative air you'd smell on a warm day... except it was cold. They spy something glassy a ways away.
Spoiler The meteors are glass bubbles, leaking alien air. Aliens are converting our atmosphere into something more comfortable for them.
Funky fun speculation: The tale proposes water as a source of life, rather than an excellent solvent and transport medium. Earth's air and this alien air duke it out for supremacy. Perhaps this is the source of storms, epic battles waged without our knowing. The science is a little wonky although maybe less so when it was published.
The story ends on "That's what I think." which is either a blemished ending or calls into question what's been said, which makes sense for the odd science hypotheses, but then it's hard to tell what occurred otherwise. If there's an unreliable narrator, some alternate theory (theories) should be supplied.
You can read the story in the Internet Archive here, though under the pseudonym Millard Verne Gordon.
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