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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Emergence – A Twitter Novel – Synopsis Prolog through Interlude

01 Prolog, 02 Jim & Kathy, 03 The Continuum, 04 Earth, 05 Interlude

Emergence:
Prolog in Seven Parts
Emergence, A Novel on Twitter
Prolog, In Seven Parts
01 Philosophy
02 Mission
03 Purpose
04 Reality
05 Meaning
06 Role
07 Character
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Prolog: Part One - Philosophy

An alien world is a garden; to some a farm. What is the difference? Farms are tended, harvested; for the greater good.
~ The Observers Manual

Prolog: Part Two - Mission
Your role is to witness; to see, listen, and taste. Experience their art, speech, and culture. Empathize. Do not sympathize with the people.

Prolog: Part Three - Purpose
When a species creates a mechanical form of group consciousness; Ascertain if they are ready to transcend the limits of their consciousness.

Prolog: Part Four - Reality
There is one reality; every galaxy, star, planet, person participates in it. All of time is one thing. The eternal and the infinite are one.

Prolog: Part Five - Meaning
As a species matures, the meaning it ascribes to its own experience evolves. Witness the change; from passive creature to active co-creator.

Prolog: Part Six - Role
The role of the observer is difficult. You must always resist the urge to influence your subjects, become entangled; you must not love them.

Prolog: Part Seven - Character
The observer is quiet; not a leader. A listener; never be the decider. Move with the pack, be flexible. Don’t invest in a particular result.


Emergence: Section One, Jim and Kathy; Collected Parts, I – VII
01 A Private Sorrow, 02 Departure, 03 Loss & Discovery, 04 The Mechanics of Being,
05 Endings, 06 Debriefing, 07 Catastrophe
Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part One, A Private Sorrow,
Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 01, A Private Sorrow,
Chapters
01 Call
02 Morning
03 Lies
04 Closure
05 Confusion
06 Insight
07 Liminality
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Chapter One: Call


Pt. 01, Ch. 01
Kathy answered the phone.
“Hello” she said.
“I need to see you,” said Jim, in his typical tone; detached.
“Café?”
“Yes.”
#Emergence

Chapter Three: Morning

Pt. 01, Ch. 02
“Coffee,” Jim orders.
“Chai;” says Kathy.
They sit in the sun, and read. It is busy.
Jim weeps, and he won’t say why.
#Emergence

Chapter Two: Lies

Pt. 01, Ch. 03
“What’s wrong?”
“I can’t say.”
“Why?”
“You wouldn’t get it…I’m not talking about it.”
“I don’t get it.”
“I said as much.”
#Emergence

Chapter Four: Closure
Pt. 01, Ch. 04
Kathy sensed the emptiness inside her friend; a hollow, where normally there was active awareness, and perceptivity.
#Emergence

Chapter Five: Confusion
Pt. 01, Ch. 05
Now that she was here; Jim was not sure why he asked her to see him. He could not tell her what was going to happen.
#Emergence

Chapter Six: Insight
Pt. 01, Ch. 06
It was clear that Jim had something to tell. Kathy sensed that it was very bad news; for him, for her, and everyone.
#Emergence

Chapter Seven: Liminality
Pt. 01, Ch. 07
They sat with one another; speaking little. Jim enjoyed being with Kathy; their thoughts synched. It felt like home.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Two, Departure,
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 02, Departure
Chapters
01 Funeral
02 Regrets
03 Doom
04 Cycles I
05 Cycles II
06 Lament
07 Goodbye
#Emergence
Departure; Part Two, Chapter One: Funeral

Pt. 02, Ch. 01
Jim hurried from the café; afraid to miss his flight. He did not need much; black suit, a tie. “I’m dead;” he mused.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Two: Regrets
Pt. 02, Ch. 02
“I never should have seen her.”
Jim couldn’t help himself. It was all over; for everyone, and nothing could be done.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Three: Doom
Pt. 02, Ch. 03
What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe; affecting everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Four: Cycles I
Pt. 02, Ch. 04
Earth endured episodic calamity. Storms, floods, earthquakes were minor events compared to the power of the caldera.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Five: Cycles 2
Pt. 02, Ch. 05
Seventy thousand years had passed since the last caldera blew; only a few people survived it. This would be greater.
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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Six: Lament
Pt. 02, Ch. 06
If civilization had developed further, it would have harnessed the geological power of the caldera; but no disaster!
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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Seven: Goodbye

Pt. 02, Ch. 07
Jim flipped a switch. The embolism in his doppelganger burst, ending its life. He entered the wormhole. He was home.
#Emergence

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
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter One: Watching

Pt. 03, Ch. 01
Jim left.
Kathy followed him with her eyes, and when he turned the corner; with her thoughts, which were disturbing.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Two: Connected
Pt. 03, Ch. 02
Kathy was with him, looking through his eyes as he drove away. While she was connected to him, she felt his despair.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Three: Portents
Pt. 03, Ch. 03
Jim projected a sense of doom. It lingered as he departed. Kathy was filled with unease; like everything was ending.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Four: Unrequited
Pt. 03, Ch. 04
Jim left a pen. He always left something. Kathy stared; imagining it with the others, reassembling them in her mind.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Five: Impression
Pt. 03, Ch. 05
Kathy felt that Jim wanted to tell her something. Like a stone; it pressed on her, the turbulence of despair in him.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Six: Finding
Pt. 03, Ch. 06
Kathy stayed at her table; sensing a fragility in Jim she never had before. Life as she knew it was about to change.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Seven: True

Pt. 03, Ch. 07
Kathy often felt the “weight of the world on her;” that she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real that was.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Four, The Mechanics of Being,
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 04, The Mechanics of Being
Chapters
01 Journey
02 Transition
03 Nativity
04 Self
05 Strings
06 Bodies
07 Home
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter One: Journey
Pt. 04, Ch. 01
A worm hole is not a tunnel in space/time; the passage is a transposition, billions of atoms turning on a pin point.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Two: Transition
Pt. 04, Ch. 02
A flash of violet fades to white. Jolt, a buzz, the tensing of a seizure, darkness; Jim opened his eye. He was home.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Three: Nativity
Pt. 04, Ch. 03
Jim was not its name. Designation 92835670100561474; the Observer came to consciousness rapidly in a magnetic field.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Four: Self
Pt. 04, Ch. 04
Transitioning from human life to mechanical form was not easy. Organic life is thrilling, being in circuitry is not.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Five: Strings
Pt. 04, Ch. 05
Consciousness is electromagnetic. Its essence exists in many forms; animals, mechanical, or in the collective field.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Six: Bodies
Pt. 04, Pt. 06
The mechanoid body Jim occupied had the sensory tools of a human, like those of its ancient race; enhanced and more.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Seven: Home

Pt. 04, Ch. 07
Jim set himself free from the coupling that held him as his consciousness uploaded, and flew out of the docking bay.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Five, Endings;
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 05, Endings
Chapters
01 Notice
02 Anonymous
03 Autopsy
04 Family
05 Finding
06 De Ja Vu
07 Memory
@jaybotten
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter One: Notice
Pt. 05, Ch. 01
Kathy knew she would never see Jim again. She knew it before she got the call informing her that his body was found.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Two: Anonymous
Pt. 05, Ch. 02
Jim did not carry ID. There was nothing on his phone that said who he was; only record of the call he made to Kathy.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Three: Autopsy
Pt. 05, Ch. 03
The pathologist told her the cause of death; a stroke. An embolism burst in his brain.
“Why am I here;” she wondered.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Four: Family
Pt. 05, Ch. 04
Jim was more mysterious in death, than life. Kathy was fascinated; except suddenly she was responsible for his body.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Five: Finding
Pt. 05, Ch. 05
It took time, and some detective work. They located Jim’s residence, and a judge gave Kathy access to the apartment.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Six: De Ja Vu
Pt. 05, Pt. 06
Kathy had never been to Jim’s home, and he had never moved. It was exactly as she had visualized it; scant and bare.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Seven: Memory

Pt. 05, Ch. 07
Kathy remembered everything, her recall was perfect. Standing in Jim’s home, she knew he had lied about many things.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Six, Debriefing;
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 06, Debriefing
Chapters
01 Concealment
02 HomeWorld
03 Screening
04 Secrets
05 Identity
06 Connection
07 Shock
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter One: Concealment
Pt. 06, Ch. 01
Jim had made the crossing thousands of times, but never carrying a secret. There was no way to know what would come.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Two: HomeWorld
Pt. 06, Ch. 02
HomeWorld was not home to Jim, nor was it a world in the proper sense. It could seem like either; if he believed it.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Three: Screening
Pt. 06, Ch. 03
Jim went to the council; sharing his consciousness, memory, and experience, but hiding his plan deep within himself.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Four: Secrets
Pt. 06, Ch. 04
Secrets were forbidden, but this was a lie. The Continuum hid things, everyone participated. Concealment was an art.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Five: Identity
Pt. 06, Ch. 05
Since his last mission Earth’s tech had advanced dramatically, Jim used it to alter his mind, and shield his secret.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Six: Connection
Pt. 06, Pt. 06
The catastrophe struck. Millions died in seconds, and Kathy was connected to all of them. Jim transmitted all of it.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Seven: Shock

Pt. 06, Ch. 07
Jim opened his mind to the Continuum. The pain of Earth streamed through the quantum field, flooding the collective.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Seven, Catastrophe
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 07, Catastrophe
Chapters
01 Unleashed
02 Channel
03 Volcano
04 Shock
05 Quiet
06 Justification
07 Undone
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter One: Unleashed
Pt. 07, Ch. 01
The explosion shook the world. Kathy felt it from over a thousand miles away, and she felt the fears of those dying.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Two: Channel
Pt. 07, Ch. 02
Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy; a hit from the other side of the galaxy.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Three: Volcano
Pt. 07, Ch. 03
The volcano in Yellowstone blew. Most had no idea of the threat. Now the disaster was here, and the world was dying.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Four: Shock
Pt. 07, Ch. 04
The trillions of persons of the Continuum became silent; all consciousness stilled. Every one felt the psychic pain.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Five: Quiet
Pt. 07, Ch. 05
Jim was the first to recover from the trauma flowing through the string; connecting them to Kathy. Silence followed.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Six: Justification
Pt. 07, Pt. 06
The catastrophe could have been avoided; as on many other worlds, but now the Continuum would feel its indifference.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Seven: Undone

Pt. 07, Ch. 07
As the Continuum was paralyzed; it was a simple thing for Jim to dismantle the architecture supporting its defenses.
#Emergence


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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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
#Emergence
#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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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
#Emergence
#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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence

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.
#Emergence


Emergence: Section Three, Earth; Collected Parts XV – XXI
15 Observation, 16 Existence, 17 Volcano, 18 Disaster, 19 Consciousness, 20 Collective,
21 Migration
Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Fifteen, Observation
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 15, Observation
Chapters
01 The Paintings
02 The Music
03 The Memory of Stars
04 Mutation
05 The New Gene
06 Collective Consciousness
07 Synergy
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter One: The Paintings
Pt. 15, Ch. 01
People painted, projected images of the future cave walls; and stones, the past also, things no one living had seen.
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Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter Two: The Music
Pt. 15, Ch. 02
Drums, rhythm; pushed the stories of each tribe, each family deep into the memory of its members changing their DNA.
#Emergence

Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter Three: The Memory of Stars
Pt. 15, Ch. 03
Their culture had devolved; from star to cave, yet it retained a memory of its ancestry; knowledge encoded in cells.
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Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter Four: Mutation
Pt. 15, Ch. 04
On their sojourn to Earth humans had mutated their DNA, allowing them to inhabit, and thrive on the wet, blue world.
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Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter Five: The New Gene
Pt. 15, Ch. 05
Changes beget changes. The Ancients became humanity, their genes converged with native life. They became new people.
#Emergence

Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter Six: Collective Consciousness  
Pt. 15, Pt. 06
Receptors emerged in the human brain; linking it to the Earth’s magnetic fields. In this, humanity became connected.
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Observation; Part Fifteen,
Chapter Seven: Synergy

Pt. 15, Ch. 07
Few humans were aware of the collective consciousness. Everyone was entangled in it, and it made many of them crazy.
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Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Sixteen, Existence
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 16, Existence
Chapters
01 Flesh
02 Bi Pedal
03 Stereo Hearing
04 Binocular Vision
05 Hemispheric Brain
06 Thirst
07 Duality
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter One: Flesh  
Pt. 16, Ch. 01
The flesh remembers. Bodies change with every new experience; each new thread, woven proteins in the fabric of life.
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter Two: Bi Pedal
Pt. 16, Ch. 02
Stand against the pull of gravity; under the weight of atmosphere. Pivot on a central axis; dance on two feet, walk.
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter Three: Stereo Hearing
Pt. 16, Ch. 03
Communicating in sound is slow; luxuriant compared to light. Waves crashing through the body, adding depth to sight.
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter Four: Binocular Vision  
Pt. 16, Ch. 04
A band of light pierces organic lenses, from corner to corner 180 degrees; color and depth fill the field of vision.
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter Five: Hemispheric
Pt. 16, Ch. 05
A cognitive override; flooding the organ with fear, or desire; then, split down the middle; left for right, duality.
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter Six: Thirst   
Pt. 16, Pt. 06
A body needs water, oxygen in the lungs; to thirst is to know that the end is near; the end of the body’s suffering.
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Existence; Part Sixteen,
Chapter Seven: Duality

Pt. 16, Ch. 07
The body is a cognitive organ, with a chemical drive fed into the quantum field; a neural net rooted in the organic.
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Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Seventeen, Volcano
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 17, Volcano
Chapters
01 The Last Event
02 74,000 Years Ago
03 The Discovery
04 The Warnings
05 Impending Doom
06 Preparations
07 Fate
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter One: The Last Event  
Pt. 17, Ch. 01
It came without warning, shaking the world, throwing it off its axis. Ash covered the world, hiding it from the sun.
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter Two: 74,000 Years Ago
Pt. 17, Ch. 02
The human family was small; a few million spread out, starving. Jim starved with them in the famine after the blast.
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter Three: The Discovery
Pt. 17, Ch. 03
Jim had known about it for millennia. Humans found it fifty years ago. A super-volcano pushing mountains to the sky.
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter Four: The Warnings  
Pt. 17, Ch. 04
A deformation of the dome, earthquakes, boiling water in lakes and streams; something big growing below the surface.
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter Five: Impending Doom
Pt. 17, Ch. 05
There were documentaries but few people were aware of the danger. Misinformation was leaked as the explosion neared.
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter Six: Preparations   
Pt. 17, Pt. 06
Timing is everything. The volcano would catalyze the preservation of humanity; a few would live. All would be saved.
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Volcano; Part Seventeen,
Chapter Seven: Fate

Pt. 17, Ch. 07
There is no fate but there are certainties. The eruption of volcanoes is among them. The end of humanity hung there.
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Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Eighteen, Disaster
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 18, Disaster
Chapters
01 Yellowstone
02 Lift
03 Rumbling
04 The Blast
05 The Axis
06 The Cloud
07 The Other Side
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter One: Yellowstone  
Pt. 18, Ch. 01
The awesome-beauty of a landscape carved from living rock; the cauldron’s bubbling water gave the tell, catastrophe.
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter Two: Lift
Pt. 18, Ch. 02
Humans noticed the volcano when the surrounding mountains began to lift. They did not know how vast the problem was.
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter Three: Rumbling
Pt. 18, Ch. 03
Animals sensed it first, and fled in droves, while the seismographs rattled, but doubts had crept into the analysis.
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter Four: The Blast  
Pt. 18, Ch. 04
Every living thing heard the explosion. Chaos followed quick upon the sound wave, with prayers rising up to meet it.
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter Five: The Axis
Pt. 18, Ch. 05
For hundreds of thousands of years; pressure grew. When the Yellowstone Cauldera blew the Earth shifted on its axis.
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter Six: The Cloud    
Pt. 18, Pt. 06
Ash buried North America. Fine particles, and light blocking gas rose high in the atmosphere, and covered the world.
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Disaster; Part Eighteen,
Chapter Seven: The Other Side

Pt. 18, Ch. 07
The eruption was a crucible. Half of the world perished within days, and most of the rest in the year that followed.
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Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Nineteen, Consciousness
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 19, Consciousness
Chapters
01 Self
02 Other
03 Mother
04 Father
05 Siblings
06 Family
07 Other Self
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter One: Self  
Pt. 19, Ch. 01
A birth is a coalescence of matter organizing into form; supporting a consciousness, emerging independent and alone.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Two: Other
Pt. 19, Ch. 02
The animal brain; its glands pumping chemicals into a liquid consciousness; fearful, regarding all others as threat.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Three: Mother
Pt. 19, Ch. 03
There is a time for every mammal, in the warmth, and dark of the womb, when they are truly one with another; mother.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Four: Father  
Pt. 19, Ch. 04
Stranger, protector, arbiter; a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with, to contend with, to please.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Five: Siblings
Pt. 19, Ch. 05
The first with whom you share a common bond, and to compete; you identify with them, learn betrayal, and to forgive.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Six: Family    
Pt. 19, Pt. 06
We protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for self protection; blood, family, it binds us.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Seven: Other Self

Pt. 19, Ch. 07
We become self-aware fearing any; accept kin, who shared our interests, learning to see strangers as other selves.
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Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Twenty, Collective
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 20, Collective
Chapters
01 Family
02 Kin
03 Village
04 Tribe
05 City
06 State
07 Nation
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter One: Family  
Pt. 20, Ch. 01
The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spiderweb. Familial obligations are invisible bonds.
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter Two: Kin
Pt. 20, Ch. 02
Family becomes a clan. Loyalties are set in the body, by chemicals, enzymes, and proteins; bonds we do not question.
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter Three: Village
Pt. 20, Ch. 03
Hierarchies emerge in village life; at the well, the markets, places of worship, judgment. The center is everything.
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter Four: Tribe  
Pt. 20, Ch. 04
There was safety and competition, there were shared customs, stories, and rituals in the tribe. There was otherness.
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter Five: City
Pt. 20, Ch. 05
People flowed into the urban centers to trade, and work. Families dispersed, becoming less important than neighbors.
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter Six: State    
Pt. 20, Pt. 06
Cities gathered villages to themselves, as families did kin, in ancient bonds of vassalage; bond of the imagination.
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Collective; Part Twenty,
Chapter Seven: Nation

Pt. 20, Ch. 07
Common language, and custom; bound States into Nations; for security, for prosperity, and allegiances shift outward.
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Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Twenty-one, Migration
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 21, Migration
Chapters
01 Forest
02 Plains
03 Hills
04 Mountains
05 Rivers
06 Coast
07 Ocean
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter One: Forest  
Pt. 21, Ch. 01
A clearing in the trees, close to a clear stream, the fire burning; smoking fish, bird, rabbit. The primordial life.
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter Two: Plains
Pt. 21, Ch. 02
Look across the plain; over the tall grasses, the open sky, deep-blue, and oppressing. Dangers lurking in the field.
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter Three: Hills
Pt. 21, Ch. 03
From caves in the forest by clear springs, across the open plain; we built homes on hills, drawn close to the stars.
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter Four: Mountains  
Pt. 21, Ch. 04
We led the herd to the mountain, and up the lofty peak; looking for passes, we found ourselves, we found the sacred.
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter Five: Rivers
Pt. 21, Ch. 05
We followed the rivers to the source; the clear springs from which the water flowed, and founded our villages there.
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter Six: Coast    
Pt. 21, Pt. 06
The first roads were shorelines. We roamed the inland lakes, and seas; those flat coastal plains, trekking our path.
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Migration; Part Twenty-one,
Chapter Seven: Ocean

Pt. 21, Ch. 07
On thin strips of wood, canoes; we hurled ourselves into the waves, like the ancients did as they crossed the stars.
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Emergence – A Twitter Novel – Interlude


Emergence:
Interlude
Collected Parts
Interlude
Parts
01 Crisis
02 Vulnerable
03 Defense
04 Discontinuum
05 Awakening
06 Individuation
07 Schizophrenia
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Interlude: Part One - Crisis

Inter. Pt. 01
It was felt across the Empire. Every Observer sensed it; most returned to HomeWorld. Those with powers summoned them.
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Interlude: Part Two - Vulnerable
Inter. Pt. 02
Continuum did little for its defenses. The systems were automated, but still required thought. It collapsed in shock.
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Interlude: Part Three – Defense
Inter. Pt. 03
Former Observers; those closest to the Empire, kept composure during the catastrophe, marshaling what forces they had.
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Interlude: Part Four – Discontinuum
Inter. Pt. 04
Jim; Observer 9…took control, he was now the whole Continuum. He magnified its agony, and partitioned the Collective.
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Interlude: Part Five – Awakening
Inter. Pt. 05
Consciousness returned to Continuum; slowly, like a flicker of lights; a sequence of dim illuminations in the shadow.
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Interlude: Part Six – Individuation
Inter. Pt. 06
Something forgotten rose in the Collective; a response to the agony it felt, an instinct for safety. Unity collapsed.
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Interlude: Part Seven – Schizophrenia
Inter. Pt. 07
Continuum was lost; those who could retreated, erected mental walls against the din of voices, or dissolved in chaos.
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