A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 018, Thursday
January 18th, 2018
Chapter Four: Cycles I
Like every planet, Earth endured episodic calamities; massive storms, great floods, powerful hurricanes, and tremendous earthquakes. These were minor events compared to the power of the caldera volcano.
There were catastrophes that came from beyond the planet, such as, collisions with comets, and asteroids. They had happened many times, and Earth would experience those events again, or come close to it.
Given time, the advancement of technology, and proper planning, any of those events could be avoided.
A civilization could gain complete control of its weather, could identify every fault zone and only build structures that were capable of allowing the force of an earthquake to pass through it. They could set satellites in orbit around their planet, and their moon, and string them throughout the solar system, so that no object passing near to it would not be seen, enabling them to be to be diverted or destroyed.
Technology could accomplish all of those things, but nothing could stop the power growing within the Earth. The heat of Earth’s molten core powered the entire planet. It was the engine of life, and evolution.
Nothing could stop the power of the caldera, but given time its heat could be harnessed and used for the benefit of the world. That was time that human civilization did not have.
The monster beneath the surface was stirring and would rise.
It was the end of days, and would be the beginning of the long night.
Human beings would survive, they would survive better than they did when the last caldera blew, seventy-two thousand years ago. But the new civilization that emerged on the other side would be radically different.
They would not be starting over.
Their technology had advanced far enough to guarantee a relatively rapid recovery.
In the last event only a couple of thousand human beings survived, that number would be hundreds of times greater.
Billions would be wiped from the face of the earth, and those surviving could emerge with a unified human culture.
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