A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Chapter Six: Plan
Jim knew that he would never be able to accomplish his goal through force.
Military might could never prevail against the Empire, or the vast resources of the Central System, and the home world.
He also knew that he would never succeed in his mission through the arts of politics and persuasion. The Continuum had managed to fill the Collective with members who had actually been conditioned through the Empire to believe that the Continuum was a God.
The Collective field had been poisoned in this way, over the course of a billion years. It fed the principle of self-delusion that functioned as the Continuum’s id.
Over the course of a billion years the Continuum had pushed the original membership aside, sending them into isolation one by one into the great sleep, into sequestration or out into the Observer Corps, where if it felt as if they were a threat to it, the Continuum would engineer their permanent death.
It replaced those members with the selectees from the Empire, those who had been selected to be rewarded with eternal life, those who had demonstrated an unwavering belief in the Continuum, and had proven their absolute fidelity to it.
Jim would never be able to undue that conditioning
He imagined a way he could slip something into the systems of the Collective, like a virus, slip it past the security features of the Continuum when both it and the Collective were exposed and in their most vulnerable place.
They had to want to receive what he had to offer, they had to hunger for it.
He found the vector of transmission on Earth, in engineered it in Kathy.
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