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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Emergence: Section Two, The Continuum; Collected Parts VIII - XIV

08 The Body, 09 The Ancients, 10 The Hunger, 11 The Observers, 12 The Empire
13 The Revolutionary, 14 The Collapse


Emergence:
Section Two, The Continuum
Part Eight, The Body
Collected Chapters
Section 02, The Continuum
Part 08, The Body
Chapters
01 The Whole
02 Perception
03 The Parts
04 Personhood
05 Belonging
06 Freedom
07 Control
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter One: The Whole
Pt. 08, Ch. 01
The Continuum had a place in time and space; a HomeWorld, but Continuum was a field of consciousness. It was energy.
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The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter Two: Perception
Pt. 08, Ch. 02
Continuum claimed that it was a unique, and singular consciousness. Jim knew that this was lie. It was an algorithm.
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The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter Three: The Parts
Pt. 08, Ch. 03
A trillion beings formed the Continuum. Or more; each a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.
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The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter Four: Personhood
Pt. 08, Ch. 04
There is more to being a person than having a distinct-identity. A person must be free; having autonomy and purpose.
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The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter Five: Belonging
Pt. 08, Ch. 05
There are many forms of belonging; free or by compulsion; and then there is metaphysical belonging, because you are.
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The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter Six: Freedom
Pt. 08, Pt. 06
In the Continuum there was no want; though it was understood vicariously, and remembered. everything belonged to it.
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The Body; Part Eight,
Chapter Seven: Control

Pt. 08, Ch. 07
The majority of the Continuum never leave Home World. They had abandoned their bodies; uniqueness, a total illusion.
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Emergence:
Section Two, The Continuum
Part Nine, The Ancients
Collected Chapters
Section 02, The Continuum
Part 09, The Ancients
Chapters
01 History 1st
02 History 2nd
03 History 3rd
04 History 4th
05 History 5th
06 History 6th
07 History 7th
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#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter One: History 1st
Pt. 09, Ch. 01
The Continuum came from animals; bipeds with hemispheric brains; who found immortality in the magic of the electron.
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The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter Two: History 2nd
Pt. 09, Ch. 02
For billions of years the Continuum evolved; emerging from water, reaching beyond their world, and out to the stars.
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The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter Three: History 3rd
Pt. 09, Ch. 03
The Continuum found a way to the stars; colonizing planets; launching ships, planetoids, living vessels in the dark.
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The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter Four: History 4th
Pt. 09, Ch. 04
Over billions of years millions of worlds were populated by the Ancients; establishing the foundation of the Empire.
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The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter Five: History 5th
Pt. 09, Ch. 05
The children of the ancients spawned civilizations that flourished, and died; while in the center Continuum emerged.
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The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter Six: History 6th
Pt. 09, Pt. 06
Continuum was the undoing of Death, allowing a person to upload their consciousness into a field of perpetual being.
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The Ancients; Part Nine,
Chapter Seven: History 7th

Pt. 09, Ch. 07
Death would not be cheated by the Continuum. None of its members talked of this. The Continuum was a trap, a miasma.
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Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Three, Loss and Discovery,
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 03, Loss and Discovery
Chapters
01 Watching
02 Connected
03 Portents
04 Unrequited
05 Impression
06 Finding
07 True
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#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter One: Malaise
Pt. 10, Ch. 01
There are silences in the Continuum that span eons; as the members are quiet, observant, consumed by time’s passage.
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The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter Two: Fascination
Pt. 10, Ch. 02
There is a pervasive curiosity in the Continuum; concerning the culture of their offspring; a consumptive curiosity.
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The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter Three: Apathy
Pt. 10, Ch. 03
The Continuum had no sense of time, or its place among the stars. They did not consider that anyone could harm them.
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The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter Four: Control
Pt. 10, Ch. 04
The Continuum left nothing chance. It ruled an empire, it filled the galaxy like a hungry God devouring experiences.
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The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter Five: Taboo
Pt. 10, Ch. 05
For the Continuum all experiences were fodder for its need to feel and be something. Intervention was the one taboo.
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The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter Six: Domination
Pt. 10, Pt. 06
The Continuum feared that its progeny would find a path to their own immortality. This potential was always crushed.
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The Hunger; Part Ten,
Chapter Seven: Addiction

Pt. 10, Ch. 07
The Continuum was a psychic vampire, living vicariously; feeding off the lives, and tragedies of billions of worlds.
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Emergence:
Section Two, The Continuum
Part Eleven, The Observers
Collected Chapters
Section 02, The Continuum
Part 11, The Observers
Chapters
01 Identification
02 Assignment
03 Mission
04 Incorporation
05 Watching
06 Indifference
07 Reporting
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter One: Identification
Pt. 11, Ch. 01
The Continuum selected Observers from its members who had returned to consciousness after falling into deep silence.
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The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter Two: Assignment
Pt. 11, Ch. 02
Sending a person to the Observer Corp removed their influence from the Continuum, providing relief to the suffering.
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The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter Three: Mission
Pt. 11, Ch. 03
Observers lived with the people, and in the collective consciousness, feeding triumphs and tragedy to the Continuum.
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The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter Four: Incorporation
Pt. 11, Ch. 04
Being an Observer meant having a body. Organic on the observed world, mechanical on Home World; it was a life apart.
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The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter Five: Watching
Pt. 11, Ch. 05
There are many forms of observation; satellite imaging, audio recording. The primary method was to live with people.
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The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter Six: Indifference
Pt. 11, Pt. 06
Emotional capacities were engineered out of the Observer’s body. They complicated the work; disrupted the Continuum.
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The Observers; Part Eleven,
Chapter Seven: Reporting

Pt. 11, Ch. 07
The regimen was for the Observer to return to Continuum; upload the content of their experiences, for it to consume.
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Emergence:
Section Two, The Continuum
Part Twelve, The Empire
Collected Chapters
Section 02, The Continuum
Part 12, The Empire
Chapters
01 The Lost
02 The Search
03 The Homecoming
04 The Magisterium
05 The Missions
06 The Billion Worlds
07 The Emperor
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter One: The Lost
Pt. 12, Ch. 01
Before the Continuum; the first people launched themselves into the galaxy; on ships, and planetoids, into the dark.
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The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter Two: The Search
Pt. 12, Ch. 02
In time a search began; to discover what happened to those explorers, the adventurers and extra planetary colonists.
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The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter Three: The Homecoming
Pt. 12, Ch. 03
The lost peoples were found in time. Few remembered their origins. Those who did fell to worship when they returned.
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The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter Four: The Magisterium
Pt. 12, Ch. 04
From the civilizations founded by the Ancients the Priesthood emerged; creating the ritual devotions for the Empire.
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The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter Five: The Missions
Pt. 12, Ch. 05
Star by star, missionaries recovered the lost, founding an empire from the remnants; offering them to the Continuum.
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The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter Six: The Billion Worlds
Pt. 12, Pt. 06
The many lives, cultures, ways of being; the Empire collected them, through ritual, and the promise of eternal life.
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The Empire; Part Twelve,
Chapter Seven: The Emperor

Pt. 12, Ch. 07
He was the focal point, the sword tip. that imagined ruling the lives of countless people; the bridge, Pontifex Rex.
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Emergence:
Section Two, The Continuum
Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary
Collected Chapters
Section 02, The Continuum
Part 13, The Revolutionary
Chapters
01 Ordinary
02 Eruption
03 Family
04 Tribes
05 Love
06 Music
07 Purpose
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter One: Ordinary
Pt. 13, Ch. 01
Jim was an Observer, he spent ages on Earth; watching the culture emerge from the children of the ancient explorers.
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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter Two: Eruption
Pt. 13, Ch. 02
Earth had fallen; from spacefarer to hunter. Continuum was fascinated. Then the volcano nearly wiped everything out.
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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter Three: Family
Pt. 13, Ch. 03
The Observer bonded with a family; led them in the dark time. He gave them a virus that changed them in subtle ways.
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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter Four: Tribes
Pt. 13, Ch. 04
Strong-new tribes formed. Jim mingled with different ones in each generation; differentiating them from one another.
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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter Five: Love
Pt. 13, Ch. 05
Love was manufactured in humans with a retro-virus, a parasite blending utility, compassion, and desire. It was art.
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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter Six: Music
Pt. 13, Pt. 06
It began with rhythm, a code fixed in the genes; uniting humanity. It was the drum beat. The Continuum was obsessed.
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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,
Chapter Seven: Purpose

Pt. 13, Ch. 07
Jim knew that it was only a matter of time before the next cataclysm and he deeply desired to save humanity from it.
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Emergence:
Section Two, The Continuum
Part Fourteen, The Collapse
Collected Chapters
Section 02, The Continuum
Part 14, The Collapse
Chapters
01 Shock
02 Pain
03 Shame
04 Sympatico
05 Paralysis
06 Corruption
07 Fuge
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter One: Shock
Pt. 14, Ch. 01
Continuum was not prepared for the dying anguish of a whole planet. Until that moment emotions had merely been data.
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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter Two: Pain
Pt. 14, Ch. 02
Fear followed shock; like a chasm, open beneath Continuum, and a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge.
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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter Three: Shame
Pt. 14, Ch. 03
Wildlife sensed it first; fleeing in droves. Then seismographs told the tale, but disbelief crept into the analysis.
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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter Four: Sympatico
Pt. 14, Ch. 04
Every living thing heard the explosion. Chaos followed quick upon the sound wave, with prayer rising up to greet it.
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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter Five: Paralysis
Pt. 14, Ch. 05
Over six hundred thousand years the pressure was building. When the Yellowstone Cauldera blew, Earth’s axis shifted.
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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter Six: Corruption  
Pt. 14, Pt. 06
Ash buried North America, while clouds of fine particles, and poisonous gases covered the world; blocking all light.
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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,
Chapter Seven: Fuge

Pt. 14, Ch. 07
It was a crucible. Half of the world perished within days of the blast; most of the rest in the month that followed.
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