A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Chapter One: Fear
For as far back as Jim could remember he wanted to create a better world, not for himself alone, but for everyone.
Jim was an intractable critic, he was perpetually discontent. This was natural to his character, and it drove him to work, whereas in most other people he encountered such feelings more often than not fostered apathy.
Before the creation of the Collective, in his first life, when he was just a tiny creature of flesh and blood, Jim wanted more for himself and for everyone. This drove his participation in the team of researchers that created the Collective.
His inclination to take risks led him to be one of the first volunteers to be successfully translated into the Collective field. His grim determination allowed him to preserve his sanity and identity when most of his fellows failed.
When the Collective began to experience its first great existential crisis, Jim awoke to the occasion and together with the greatest engineering minds that the Ancient people had ever produced, they created the Continuum to be a representation of the Collective will.
Not a single one of them realized at the time that they had in fact given rise to the demi-urge.
Jim’s concerns regarding the Continuum were not rooted in his basic disposition as a malcontent. They were based in his abiding interest for ethics and morals.
He was frightened by the things he witnessed, the Collective had become a society of monsters, and the Continuum was its head.
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