A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 242, Thursday
August 30th, 2018
Chapter Four: Suffering
Every member of the Collective was an island…a world unto themselves. Each member had access to a private universe, they only limits were their imagination.
The members were free to participate in their community, or not. The majority were more concerned with the events taking place in the Empire than with their own artificial constructions.
They connected to one another through Continuum, which shared in the Collective experience of each individual. Even the members who were most removed from the group were polled by the Continuum in order for it to assess their will, and factor it in to the decisions it made on their behalf.
The greater the emotional intensity of the experiences the members had, the more they shared with one another.
The Collective had an insatiable appetite for the experiences of others.
The competed with each other to create compelling narratives in their private worlds, which they delighted in sharing with their peers.
Some of them were profound storytellers and artists.
However, the most watched dramas were those taking place in the real world, and the most favored artificial narratives were those that explored the alternate possibilities and outcomes to the real events the Continuum was obsessed with.
Most members of the collective were deeply interested in the endless drama unfolding among the worlds of the Empire. The would follow the lives of individual people, watch them voyeuristically through the countless number of spying devices, and through the reports given by the first person experiences made by members of the Observer Corps.
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