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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Two, HomeWorld

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 044, Tuesday
February 13th, 2018

Chapter Two: HomeWorld

HomeWorld was not home to Jim. He was not born there, nor in any place like it.

HomeWorld was a vast structure at the center of the galaxy. It harnessed the incredible energy of the galactic core, a black hole, to power its machinery, and the machinations of the continuum.

HomeWorld was not a world in the proper sense. It was a machine; though it could seem like a world. It could appear as any world, whether real or imagined. It could be anything Jim wanted it to be, as a member of the collective, the entire structure was there to serve him. It could fulfill any fantasy, allow him to relive any memory, if he believed it.

There was nothing alive on HomeWorld. Not a scrap of organic matter, nor a piece of living tissue had ever been there. Biological life was anathema to it. And this was odd, because there was no life form in the entire Galaxy that could pose a threat to it, and yet the HomeWorld, governed as it was by the Continuum, was objectively opposed to the presence of any living being, scrap of tissue, or bacteria coming to its domain.

It always seemed to Jim like an aberration in its construct, an irrational fear.

Continuum spent incredible resources preparing to defend itself against such an incursion, one that never came.

The only thing ever born on the HomeWorld was the Continuum itself, but that was not a birth in the proper sense, even though it was a coming of consciousness.

The Continuum was no-one;s child. It was a construct, an algorithm, it was not born, or hatched. It was activated.

There was nothing alive on the HomeWorld.

It was energy, and circuitry, and consciousness, and danger.

HomeWorld was the repository of the Collective, it was the physical location where all of those persons were housed, dwelling as it were, each within their own world.

HomeWorld was the locus of what the Imperial religion taught its people to believe was heaven. It was the place their consciousness would go, if they were able to escape the wheel of life.

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