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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Two, Transition

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 030, Tuesday
 January 30th, 2018

Chapter Two: Transition

A flash of violet turned to white, a jolt, a buzz, a tensing like a seizure, followed by a sequence of darkness. The transfer of his consciousness to the center of the galaxy was complete.

Jim, the Observer, arrived on the Central Planet in the body of his mechanoid self.

He opened his optic lens.

He was home.

He was not Jim in this place, even though everyone here, every member of the Collective, and the Continuum itself, knew that was his name on Earth.

When the Observer returned to the Central Planet they did not simply rejoin the Collective. The Collective, and the Continuum were cautious, preferring to filter the report of every Observer, before they allowed the information from their reports to enter the common conscious of the HomeWorld.

And so the Observer occupied a mechanoid form, with physical powers greatly expanded and enhanced from the organic life forms they occupied on their observing worlds. The mechanoid body was attenuated to the cynergenic field of the Central Planet but it did not have direct access to it. A physical uplink would have to take place before the data from their last cycle of experiential living could flow into the consciousness of the whole Collective.

It took time. Jim knew this and he was patient. There were hundreds of Observers coming and going at any given time. Jim would have to wait his turn. Many of the observers, housed in their mechanoid bodies were also waiting their turn. They communicated with one another, sharing the highlights of their latest adventures, the triumphs and tragedies of the worlds of their watch.

They all knew Jim. They were envious of him. He was a trailblazer.

Over the ages he had provided his fellow observers the most interesting posts. Leading the Empire to gather all of the ancient societies back to itself. The drama of those discoveries had sustained the Collective, providing its members with a sense of meaning in their lives. And of course, he was Earth.

The charge of being Earth’s Observer naturally fell to Jim, he discovered the lost colony. He established all of the infrastructure, and he channeled the living experience of that planet to the collective for consumption. It was the most watched world in the Galaxy, and the most remote.

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