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Monday, February 25, 2019

Emergence 4.0 - Part One, Jim and Kathy; Chapter Seven, Catastrophe


A Novel – One Chapter Per Week
Week 08, 2019


The explosion shook the world; everything shifted.
Every living thing on the planet felt it. 
Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. Ancestral voices within her cried out in alarm.
It was the end of days, it was Ragnorak, it was the hand of God pulling the death-shroud over the face of the Earth.
She felt it from over a thousand miles away, it shook the building she was standing in, it was a massive earthquake. The place where she stood remained on its foundations, even while buildings all around her where collapsing, gas mains exploding, homes catching on fire.
Kathy felt the pain and the fear of those dying.
The volcano erupted in a remote location. People died in the tens of thousands in the first seconds, but the shock waves that were unleashed, liquefied the mantle spreading in concentric rings for hundreds and hundreds of miles.
It took minutes before it reached major population centers, places filled with buildings that were never designed to endure those forces.
Millions more died in those moments.
Kathy felt the fears of those about to die, she felt their panic, she felt their pain, she felt it all around her.
Kathy felt a deep sorrow as she immediately understood the profound consequences of what was transpiring.
It was the end of the world, there would be survivors, but nothing would be the same. The survivors would be few. Winter would ensue, and famine. There would be no warmth or rest for them, not for generations, and by then it might be too late to save the remainder.
Kathy had spent her entire life learning to shield herself from such psychic intrusions;  from the external world, from the living people all around her, and from the multitude of voices speaking to her from her ancestral memory, and the spirits of the dead  dwelling in the cynergenic field.
She was stalwart; her defenses went up instinctively.
She withstood the assault.
Every-thing is one in the quantum field.
Time and space, our normal conception of them, they do not exist, their meaning and distinction are completely lost.
In the quantum field everything was entangled, like a ball of string, condensed into a single point of reference.
There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld; between humanity and the Continuum, or the Collective, or the population of any other world.
The reality of individual experience, the reality of individuation, the reality of time as experienced by beings existing on a scale that is large enough to see it, these are real and actual phenomena, even while at the same time being perfunctory and illusory. 
Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. He felt much more than the fear, shock, and panic that he was expecting. He sensed the fullness of the human race coming through the channel with her, the living and the dead, the present and the past, the entirety of Earth’s collective consciousness arriving with her, like a pile driver.
The force of it was much greater than Jim was expecting, hoping for, wanting.
He was barely able to hang onto his own identity in the onrush.
He clung to his purpose like a life raft, like a man hanging over the edge of a cliff by his fingernails, and slipping.
He blacked out.
It was too much.
Even as the entire Collective went into shock, while the Continuum scrambled to make sense of what was happening, knowing that Jim, the Observer had returned to the HomeWorld as an assassin, at that moment Jim lost his grip on what was happening and his ability to control any of the aftermath.
He was victorious, and he had lost, both at the same time.
He was not secure at all in his understanding of what was about to happen.
He had miscalculated a great many things; that much was clear to him, and he did not feel safe at all.
As his sense of what was transpiring around him was going dim. He perceived a familiar person near to him, searching for him, reaching out through the psychic maelstrom for something to cling to.
She was scared, but she was whole, she was confident and she was ascending.
When the super-volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the danger, no idea that such a threat even existed, no idea of what its destructive power was, or how extensive was the damage that it had done in its history.
The existence of the caldera-volcano in Yellowstone had only been discovered by humans in the recent past. It was too massive to see with the naked eye.
Geologists discovered it by chance, as teams of surveyors were examining the original measurements of the surrounding mountains. They noticed that the surveys they were taking did not match those done a hundred years earlier, and they found this perplexing.
The science of surveying, trigonometry, this was well established, it had not changed in the hundred years that had intervened.
The new measurements showed an uplift of several centimeters over hundreds of square miles of mountain range. The uplift itself was not uniform, meaning that the discrepancy could not be explained by a piece of faulty equipment, or by the uniform application of an incorrect formula.
It was suggestive of a geological mystery.
More teams of geologists were called in to study the rock formations, they layers of sediment that formed parts of the mountain chain, their strata. They came to the conclusion that hundreds of square miles had indeed experienced a dramatic uplift in a short period of time.
They wanted to understand it.
They knew intuitively that a massive geological force had to underlay the phenomenon they were measuring. They naturally thought of the heat source lurking beneath the Yellowstone Park, a heat source that was the cause of its many geysers and other natural wonders.
Scientists from many disciplines came together as a community, and they discovered it, a massive volcano deep beneath the earth, one that had gone off like clock-work. Every 600,000 thousand years, and it had been 640,000 years since the last eruption.
As a group they came to the understanding that the next disaster was upon them.
They also understood that they would not be able to do anything about it, the planet was dying, all life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.
This small group of scientists belonged to a small group of people who knew full well that doom was near at hand.
Some were driven to despair, isolation and madness. Others committed themselves to the hopeless proposition of discovering a solution to the problem, they may have been able to resolve, if only they had time.
            A few sought to expose the threat to the world at large; they were sanctioned and disappeared.
            When they felt the psychic blow landing on them from Earth, a trillion individual persons, those members of the Collective who comprised the Continuum, they became silent all at once.
They were in shock.
Each and every one of them felt the pain of humanity. It was a trauma they had not felt since the time they themselves were embodied beings, a kind of pain that they could barely remember and they had no defense against it.
The shock waves disoriented them.
It shattered them.
They were not prepared for the onrush and they could not stand against it.
Even as the collective was reeling, trying to recover from the assault. Kathy guided the flow on consciousness from Earth in ways that were calming, comforting, soothing.
Kathy was able to settle the collected humanity she carried with her, settle them into a peaceful transition, she did it in no-time, in her much practiced ability to dwell below the strata of the quantum field.
She realized that Jim had prepared her in many ways just for this moment, she knew intuitively how to guide the masses into their place, allowing them to populate the Collective consciousness of the Central Planet.
In that moment, the great Collective consciousness, the spirits of the Ancient People, became still for the first time ever.
They could not relate to what was happening. They were not adaptable, neither as individuals or as a whole.
Jim knew that there was a chance the Collective could rebound, the Continuum might draw humanity unto itself and adjust to the invasion, but that chance had passed and was now gone.
The emptiness the Collective faced was like a vacuum, it swallowed the whole.
There was no resistance.
Jim was the first to recover from the trauma. He regained his composure and his sense of self quickly, much faster than he had hoped.
He could feel the masses in the Collective. They were quiet, but in motion.
Their movement was like a turbulent ocean beneath him.
It was wild and chaotic.
The Observer had prepared himself.
He was Jim, and he was fixed on that identity.
It steadied him, it calmed him, it reminded him of his purpose, of what brought him to this juncture, and of what steps he had to take in order to preserve his plan.
He had accomplished more than he had set out to do, he succeeded beyond his wildest hope.
He had won!
From the Continuum there was nothing.
Jim had expected to meet with fierce resistance. He had planned for a titanic struggle, but there was nothing. It seemed to him as if the omnipresent Continuum was gone, voided, wiped away clean.
Jim was wracked by the pain flowing through the quantum string that connected him to Kathy and to the Collective, both. He felt it in waves alternating in greater and lesser degrees of intensity.
There were peaks and troughs, and scattered throughout there were intense spikes of anguish, like waves crashing against rocks. The heights of intensity were at times related to a large concentration of group suffering, at other times they were the product of particularly poignant individual grief.
The experience left him staggering, his consciousness would get caught up in and stopped by singular moments of loss. 
He was able to let it flow through him, he never lost hold of the center of himself. He was ready for the great silence that he knew must follow, he had anticipated it. He positioned himself to take advantage.
Jim did not need to move to a physical location, for the ascension. He was one with the Collective, he occupied the same quantum field that the Continuum had, as humanity did, only he was unaware of the presence of humanity with him.
He was myopic, and singularly focused on his goal.
He could not see the things he had never anticipated, not at that moment.
He only needed to assert control.
Jim felt a deep sense of justification. He told himself that this catastrophe could have been avoided, the catastrophe in the Collective, and the real disaster that had taken the Earth.
The Empire had the technology to control events of this type. Natural disasters could be mitigated, prevented, undone, even harnessed for the benefit of the people, in the same way that similar problems are resolved on other worlds.
However, the Continuum and the Collective both, craved the impending drama that would come in the aftermath of Earth’s destruction.
The pique of ruin, was a savory delight for them. They loved to live vicariously in the lives of desperate people. To watch them sacrificeand be sacrificed; selflessly or selfishly, they wanted to be in the moment with those people making the hard decisions when faced with the loss of everything they loved.
In one place a parent would give up their life for the sake of their child, a husband for the sake of his wife. In another place the man would sell his spouse into slavery, and the parents make a cannibalistic meal of their child’s body.
The more gruesome the decision the more enwrapped the Collective would be in it.
They could not wait for the moment to arrive.
They were ready for it, eager, hungry.
Jim’s planning would cause the Continuum to feel real anguish, real fear, actual pain, to feel it full-force. They would pay for the ages of contemptuous tyranny they lorded over the entire Empire.
The Continuum would pay with its artificial life, and the Collective, what survived of it, if any survived, the Collective would have to adjust to a new reality.  
They would participate in the cataclysmic events happening on Earth, in a manner they could not have predicted, had no defense for. Would not be able to respond to it. They would feel it as if they were experiencing it themselves.
Jim told himself this, if the Continuum would have listened to him, this impasse might have been avoided. He told himself this even knowing that it was a lie.
He had guided events to this place, had been shaping this moment for millions of years, seeking this opportunity, and now he would deliver the results.
The full potential of this moment had been realized, and he was at the crest of the wave.
He never had any intention of allowing them to escape the fate that he had laid out for them.
The only thing he did not determine was the timing, the right now, and it was here.
With the Continuum in a state of paralysis; it was a simple thing for Jim to assert the force of his individual persona into the command matrix of HomeWorld, thereby dismantling the architecture supporting the security apparatus of the Central Planet.
He took it apart and he took control. He restructured both the psychic protections, the buffers and barriers protecting the Collective and the group consciousness of the Continuum.
They were undone.
If there were any members of the Collective in a state of recovery at that moment, this made the work of that recovery all the more difficult. As those members would now be confronted with a new reality, one in which there were no safeguards protecting their individuality, and one in which the solidly partitioned world of the Collective was now more like a vast miasma, a swamp of chaos and diffusion.
The undoing of those psychic barriers made it more difficult for any members of the Collective to reassert their own identity, the mass of them were simply drifting away into a state of utter in-cohesion.
As soon as he was able to, Jim turned his attention to the military programs of the Central Planet. Taking control of those functions was a little more complicated because it involved the manipulation of machinery in real time.
Jim had to adjust his consciousness to receive data inputs from millions of remote sensors and monitors that were constantly scanning the space around the Central Planet; defensive weapons capabilities, shields, offensive weapons capabilities, energy weapons, nuclear weapons, projectiles, and the fleets of drones, in a constant state of activity repairing and maintaining the structural needs of the HomeWorld.
Jim only needed to assert his control over the many disparate systems, he did not need to guide them after that.
During this process Jim was fully enveloped in time; the work he was engaged in was systematic and sequential.
He was outwardly focused as one by one he asserted his mastery over them
He was busy with his work as the Imperial Armada entered the system and closed in. 
           

Emergence 4.0

Part One, Jim and Kathy
Chapter Seven, Catastrophe

A Novel – In One Chapter Per Week

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Seven, Undone

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 056, Sunday
February 25th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Undone

With the Continuum in a state of paralysis; it was a simple thing for Jim to assert the force of his individual persona into the command matrix of HomeWorld, thereby dismantling the architecture supporting the security apparatus of the Central Planet.

He took it apart and he took control. He restructured both the psychic protections, the buffers and barriers protecting the Collective and the group consciousness of the Continuum.

If there were any members of the Collective in a State of recovery at that moment, this made the work of that recovery all the more difficult. As those members would now be confronted with a new reality, one in which there were no safeguards protecting their individuality, and one in which the solidly partitioned world of the Collective was now more like a vast miasma, a swamp of chaos and diffusion.

The undoing of those psychic barriers made it more difficult for any members of the Collective to reassert their own identity, the mass of them were simply drifting away into a state of complete in-cohesion.

As soon as he was able Jim turned his attention to the military programs of the Central Planet. Taking control of those functions was a little more complicated because it involved the manipulation of machinery in real time.

Jim had to adjust his consciousness to receive data inputs from hundreds of thousands of remote sensors and monitors that were constantly scanning the space around the central planet; defensive weapons capabilities, shields, offensive weapons capabilities, energy weapons, nuclear weapons, projectiles. There were fleets of drones, in a constant state of activity repairing and maintaining the structural needs of the HomeWorld.

Jim only needed to assert his control over the many disparate systems, he did not need to guide them after that. One by one he asserted his mastery over them, while the rebel fleet closed in.  

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Six, Justification

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 055, Saturday
February 24th, 2018

Chapter Six: Justification

The catastrophe could have been avoided.

The Empire had the technology to control events of this type. Natural disasters could be mitigated, prevented, undone, even harnessed for the benefit of the people, in the same way that similar problems are resolved on other worlds.

The Continuum, and the collective both, craved the impending drama that would come in the aftermath of the destruction. The pique of ruin, was a savory delight for them. They loved to live vicariously in the lives of desperate people. To watch them sacrifice; selflessly or selfishly, they wanted to be in the moment with those people making the hard decisions.

In one place a parent would give up their life for the sake of their child, a husband for the sake of his wife. In another place the man would sell his spouse into slavery, and the parents make a cannibalistic feast of their child’s body.

The more gruesome the decision the more enwrapped the collective would be in it. They could not wait for the moment to arrive. They were ready for it, eager, hungry.

Jim’s planning would cause the Continuum to feel real anguish, real fear, real pain, to feel it full-force. They would pay for the ages of contemptuous tyranny they lorded over the entire Empire. The Continuum would pay with its artificial life, and the Collective, what survived of it, the Collective would have to adjust to a new reality.   

They would participate in the cataclysmic events happening on Earth, in a manner they could not have predicted, had no defense for. Would not be able to respond to it. They would feel it as if they were experiencing it themselves.

Jim told himself this, if the Continuum would have listened to him, this impasse might have been avoided. He told himself this even knowing that it was a lie. It was a justification. He had guided events to this place, had been shaping this moment for millions of years, seeking this opportunity, and now he would deliver it.

He never had any intention of allowing them to escape the fate that he had laid out for them. The only thing they determined was the timing.

The right now, and here it is.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Five, Quiet

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 054, Friday
February 23rd, 2017

Chapter Five: Quiet

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma. He regained his composure and his sense of self rather quickly, much faster than he had hoped.

He could feel the masses in the Collective. They were silent, but in motion, the movement was like a turbulent sea beneath him.

It was wild and chaotic.

The Observer had prepared himself. He was Jim, and he was fixed on that identity. It steadied him, it calmed him, it reminded him of his purpose, of what brought him to this juncture, and of what steps he had to take in order to preserve his plan.

From the Continuum there was nothing. Jim had expected to meet with fierce resistance. He had planned for a titanic struggle, but there was nothing. It seemed to him as if the omnipresent Continuum was gone, voided, wiped clean.

Jim was wracked by the pain flowing through the quantum string that connected the Continuum to Kathy. He felt it in waves alternating in greater and lesser intensity. There were peaks and troughs, scattered throughout there were intense spikes of anguish, like waves crashing against rocks. The spikes of intensity were sometimes related to a large concentration of group suffering, at other times they were the product of particularly poignant individual grief.

The experience left him staggering, his consciousness would get caught up in and stopped by singular moments of loss. 

He was able to let it flow through him, he never lost hold of the center of himself. He was ready for the great silence that he knew must follow, he had anticipated it. He positioned himself to take advantage.

Jim did not need to move to a physical location, for the ascension. He was one with the Collective, he occupied the same quantum field that the Continuum had, as humanity did.

He only needed to assert control.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Four, Shock

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 053, Thursday
February 22nd, 2018

Chapter Four: Shock

The trillion individual persons, those who were the members of the Collective, and comprised the Continuum, they became silent all at once.

Each and every one of them felt the psychic pain of Earth. It was pain like they had not felt since the time they themselves were embodied beings, a kind of pain that they could barely remember, and they had no defense against it.

The shock waves disoriented them. It shattered them. They were not prepared for the onrush of humanity. They could not stand against it.

Even as the collective was reeling, trying to recover from the ssault. Kathy guided the flow on consciousness from Earth in ways that were calming, comforting, soothing.

Kathy was able to settle the collected humanity she carried with her, settle them into a peaceful transition, in no time, in her much practiced ability to dwell below the quantum field.

She realized that Jim had prepared her in many ways just for this moment, she knew intuitively how to guide the masses into their place, allowing them to populate the Collective consciousness of the Central Planet.

In that moment, the great Collective consciousness, the spirits of the Ancient Race, became still for the first time ever. It could not relate to what was happening. It was not adaptable.

Jim knew that there was a chance the Collective could rebound, Continuum might draw humanity unto itself and adjust to the invasion, but that chance passed and was gone.

The emptiness the Collective faced was like a vacuum, it swallowed the whole.

There was no resistance.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Three, Volcano

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 052, Wednesday
February 21st, 2018

Chapter Three: Volcano

When the super-volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the danger, no idea that such a threat even existed, what its destructive power was, or how extensive the damage was that it had done in the past.

The existence of the caldera-volcano in Yellowstone had only been discovered by humans in the recent past. It was too massive to see with the naked eye.

Geologists discovered it by chance, as teams of surveyors were examining the original surveys of the surrounding mountains. They noticed that the surveys they were taking did not match those done a hundred years earlier.

They found this perplexing.

The science of surveying, trigonometry, this was well established, it had not changed in the hundred years intervening.

The new measurements showed an uplift of several centimeters over hundreds of square miles of mountain range. The uplift itself was not uniform, meaning that, the discrepancy could not be explained by a piece of faulty equipment, or by the uniform application of an incorrect formula.

It was suggestive of geological mystery.

More teams of geologists were called in to study the rock formations, their strata. They came to the conclusion that hundreds of square miles had indeed experienced a dramatic uplift in a short period of time.

They wanted to understand it.

They knew intuitively that a massive geological force had to underlay the phenomenon they were measuring. They naturally thought of the heat source lurking beneath the Yellowstone Park that were the cause of its many geysers and other natural wonders.

And so they discovered it. a massive volcano deep beneath the earth, one that had gone off like clock-work. Every 600,000 thousand years, and it had been 640,000 years since the last eruption.

Now the disaster was upon them, they were not able to do anything about it, and the world was dying, life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Two, Channel

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 051, Tuesday
February 20th, 2018

Chapter Two: Channel

Every-thing is one in the quantum field.

Time and space, our normal conception of them, they do not exist, there meaning and distinction are completely lost.

In the quantum field everything was entangled, like a ball of string, condensed into a single point of reference.

There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld; between humanity and the Continuum, or the Collective, or the population of any other world.

The reality of individual experience, the reality of individuation, the reality of time as experienced by beings existing on a scale that is large enough to see it, these are true phenomena, even while at the same time being a type of illusion.  

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. He felt much more than the fear, shock, and panic, that he was expecting. He sensed the fullness of the human race coming through with her, the living and the dead, the present and the past, the entirety of Earth’s collective consciousness arriving with her.

The force of it was much greater than Jim was expecting, hoping for, wanting.

He was barely able to hang onto his identity in the onrush. He clung to himself like a life raft, like a man hanging over the edge of a cliff by his fingernails, and slipping.

He blacked out.

It was too much.

Even as the entire Collective went into shock, while the Continuum scrambled to make sense of what was happening, knowing that Jim, the Observer had returned to the HomeWorld as an assassin, Jim lost his grip on what was happening and his ability to control any of the aftermath.

He was victorious, and he had lost, both at the same time.

As his sense of what was transpiring around him was going dim. He perceived a familiar person near to him, searching for him, reaching out through the psychic maelstrom for something to cling to.

She was scared, but she was whole, she was confident, and she was ascending.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter One, Unleashed

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 050, Monday
February 19th, 2018

Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted. Every living thing on the planet felt it.  

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. Ancestral voices cried out in alarm. It was the end of days, it was Ragnorak, it was the hand of God pulling the death-shroud over the world.

She felt it from over a thousand miles away, it shook the building she was standing in, it was a massive earthquake. The place where she was remained on its foundations, even while buildings all around her where collapsing, gas mains exploding, and homes were catching on fire.

Kathy felt the pain and the fear of those dying.

The volcano erupted in a remote location. People died in the tens of thousands in the first seconds, but the shock waves that ensued, and the liquifaction of the mantle spread in concentric rings for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

It took minutes before it reached major population centers filled with buildings that were never designed to endure those forces. Millions more died in those moments.

Kathy felt the fears of those about to die, she felt their panic, she felt their pain, she felt it all around her.

Kathy had spent her entire life learning to shield herself from such psychic intrusions, both from the external world, from the living people all around her, and from the multitude of voices speaking to her from her ancestral memory, and the cynergenic field.

She was stalwart and instinctively, her defenses went up.

She withstood the assault.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emergence: Section One, Jim and Kathy; Collected Parts, I – VII



01 A Private Sorrow, 02 Departure, 03 Loss & Discovery, 04 The Mechanics of Being,
05 Endings, 06 Debriefing, 07 Catastrophe
Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part One, A Private Sorrow,

Collected Chapters

01 Call
02 Morning
03 Lies
04 Closure
05 Confusion
06 Insight
07 Liminality

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 008, January 8th, 2017

Chapter One: Call

Kathy answered the telephone; “hello.”

“I need to see you;” said Jim, without preamble, in his typical-detached tone, as remote as Mount Everest.

“Café?” He asked; pensive and hesitant.

“Yes.” Kathy replied; trying to mask the concern welling up inside of her.

Jim hung up the phone without further comment.

Kathy got ready to go.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 009, January 9th, 2017

Chapter Two: Morning

“Small coffee,” Jim orders.

“Soy chai;” says Kathy.

They sit at the table in the sun, and read the newspaper. In that, at least; this day is like any other morning. The café is busy. They are together, but not.

Jim begins to weep.

“What is wrong with you?” Kathy asks.

He won’t say why.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 010, January 10th, 2017

Chapter Three: Lies

Kathy looked at Jim for a long time, observing him. She watched him as he sat at their table with the newspaper folded in his hands.

“Jim…what is wrong?” She asked.

“I cannot say.”

“Why?”

“You would not understand if I did…I’m not talking about it.”

“I do not get it.”

“I said as much.”

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 011, January 11th, 2017

Chapter Four: Closure

Kathy sensed the emptiness inside her friend. She did not require psychic powers or telepathy to experience it. There was a hollowness inside of him, where normally there was an active awareness, a quick sharpness, and deep perceptivity.

Her time with him this morning, it was dismaying to her, and she wanted to comfort him.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 012, January 12th, 2017

Chapter Five: Confusion

Now that she was here, sitting at the table across from him, Jim was unsure of his motive, of why he asked her to see him. What difference would it make?

The plan he had enacted would proceed. He could not tell her what was about to happen. It was vital that she be surprised.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 013, January 13th, 2017

Chapter Six: Insight

Jim was pensive. It was clear to Kathy that he had something to say to her. She sensed it was bad news, for her, and for everyone. If it had been anyone other than Jim, she would have known, he would not have had to say anything.

Jim was unique, she could not read him.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 014, January 14th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Liminality

They sat with one another, speaking little.

Jim enjoyed being with Kathy, the rhythm of her mind, his thoughts in syncopation with hers. It felt like he was home, and it was the closest thing to his natural state of being that he had ever experienced during the long years that he had been away.

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Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Two, Departure

Collected Chapters

01 Funeral
02 Regrets
03 Doom
04 Cycles I
05 Cycles II
06 Lament
07 Goodbye

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Chapter One: Funeral

Jim finished his coffee, gathered himself, and hurried from the café. He was afraid to miss his flight. The timing of his departure, and precisely where he was when it happened, those things were crucial.

He did not need much; his black suit, his watch, his tie. “I’m dead;” he mused, the “harbinger of doom.”

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Chapter Two: Regrets

“I never should have seen her.” Jim thought.

He was being foolish when he asked her to see him. His emotions were running too high, and they might have alerted her to the plan.

Catching her by surprise was paramount.

Jim couldn’t help himself. It was all over; for everyone, and nothing could be done.

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Chapter Three: Doom

What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe; affecting everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably, killing hundreds of thousands in minutes, millions in days, and most of the rest in a few short years to come.

Very few human being were even aware of the danger. No one expected it to come now.

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Chapter Four: Cycles I

Earth endured episodic calamities; storms, and floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, these were minor events compared to the power of the caldera volcano.

There were catastrophes that came from beyond the planet; collisions with comets and asteroids, given time, technology, and planning these could be avoided, but nothing could stop the power growing within the Earth.

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Chapter Five: Cycles 2

Seventy thousand years passed since the last caldera blew; only a handful few human beings survived it. It had been six-hundred thousand years since this caldera last erupted, nearly wiping out all life on Earth. The coming event would be greater still. Humanity would survive, even without intervention, but the psychic trauma would be extreme.

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Chapter Six: Lament

If civilization, and technology on Earth had been given the time to develop a little bit further, human beings would have been able to harness the geological power of the caldera. In another century, or sooner they would have had it, but the Continuum would not allow for an intervention, and so the disaster ensued.

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Chapter Seven: Goodbye

A satellite, cloaked, and orbiting far above the earth, was the actual house of Jim’s consciousness.

From that place, the Observer, flipped a switch, sending a signal to his host body, and with that, the embolism in his doppelganger burst, ending its life. He toggled another device, and entered the wormhole.

He arrived at home.

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Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Three, Loss and Discovery
Collected Chapters

01 Watching
02 Connected
03 Portents
04 Unrequited
05 Impressions
06 Finding
07 True

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Chapter One: Watching

Jim said goodbye and left. He was methodical in his bearing; as always. He never looked back.

Kathy followed him with her eyes, when he turned the corner, with her thoughts, which were disturbing. She was never able to read Jim, but today the membrane of consciousness that shielded him form her, it was translucent.

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Chapter Two: Connected

Kathy was with him, locked onto him, looking through his eyes for the first time as he drove away.

She could bond this way with anyone, at any time.

Of all the people she had ever met, Jim alone was a mystery to her. While she was connected to him, she felt his deep despair.

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Chapter Three: Portents

Jim projected a profound sense of doom, of danger. It lingered in the vacuum that was left when he departed. The strength of it filled Kathy with unease, as if an event were about to happen that would stop everything.

She looked around and saw the world covered in ashes, with everyone choking for air.

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Chapter Four: Unrequited

Jim left a pen behind. He always left something; as if they were little presents just for her.

Kathy stared at the pen, imagining it with all the other things of his she collected, reassembling them in her mind into an image of him; a golem made piece by piece from things he had discarded.

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Chapter Five: Impressions

Kathy could not shake the feeling that Jim had wanted to tell her something.

It was oppressive.

Hours passed, and that feeling lingered, it was like a stone laid across her chest, pushing the air out of her. The despair was so strong in him, it was like a vacuum, and she could not breathe.

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Chapter Six: Finding

Kathy stayed at her table. She sat by herself, alone in the crowd, concentrating on Jim. She sensed a fragility in him she never had before, had never imagined was possible. With that, she felt it was an omen, a portent, indicating that life as she knew, all life on Earth was about to change.

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Chapter Seven: True

Throughout her life, Kathy felt as if the “weight of the world was on her.” She felt it in a unique way, due to the intimate, some had described as “psychic,” connection she had with people near her.

She felt she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real, how complete, how all-encompassing those feelings were.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Four, The Mechanics of Being

Collected Chapters

01 Journey
02 Transition
03 Nativity
04 Self
05 Strings
06 Bodies
07 Home

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Chapter One: Journey

A wormhole is not a tunnel in space/time, linking one place to another. A wormhole is a shortcut through subspace, not a passageway at all. It is a transposition. It is trillions of atoms turning on point the point of pin.

A wormhole is to quantum entanglement, the solution Alexander provided for the Gordian knot.

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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 passage 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.

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Chapter Three: Nativity
Jim was not his name, merely the most recent name he had adopted as Earth’s Observer. One of thousands over as many lifetimes.

His real name was lost in the Continuum; as all names were. Continuum referred to him with the designation Observer-92835670100561474.

But it was Jim who came to consciousness in the magnetic field.

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Chapter Four: Self

Transitioning from one form of life to another, from the organic body of a human, to the mechanical form of a mechanoid was not easy. It was disorienting.

Organic life is thrilling. Being in the grid of silicone circuitry is not.

The mechanoid form had many more freedoms, but life in the body was grounded.

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Chapter Five: Strings

The phenomenon of consciousness, it is electromagnetic. It pervades everything. There is no point in the universe that it does not touch. The essence of consciousness is concrescent, coalescent, emergent.

Consciousness exists in many forms; animal, mechanical, and in the collective field. There is no place where it is not.

Everything is entangled in consciousness.

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Chapter Six: Bodies

The mechanoid body Jim occupied on the central planet had all of the sensory tools of a human, or of any of the descendants of the ancient race, only deeper, greatly enhanced, and far more powerful, with analytical tools superior to any computational device.

In this body he was completely linked to the Home World.

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Chapter Seven: Home

While his consciousness uploaded into the cynergenic matrix of the Home World, Jim set himself free from the couplings that held his mechanoid body in place.

He flew out of the docking bay, that housed the bodies of the millions of observers assigned throughout the Galactic Empire.

He could sense the Continuum just beyond them.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Five, Endings

Collected Chapters

01 Notice
02 Anonymous
03 Autopsy
04 Family
05 Finding
06 De Ja Vu
07 Memory

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Chapter One: Notice

Kathy knew she would never see Jim again. Though, she was not certain. She felt his passing like a moment of turbulence. When it was over; it was like she was in a vacuum.

She knew he had died before she received the call informing her that his body was found by the flight attendants.

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Chapter Two: Anonymous

Jim did not carry ID. He never did. To society at large he barely existed, he left only the smallest of paper trails to define him.

He was off the grid.

There was nothing on his phone to tell anyone who he was, only the record of the calls he had recently made to Kathy.

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Chapter Three: Autopsy

The pathologist informed her of the cause of death, catastrophic stroke. An embolism burst in his brain, killing him instantly. Yet, he was in perfect health.

Kathy had no idea why she was the one to receive him.

“Why am I here;” she wondered.

She was the only person the authorities could connect him too.

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Chapter Four: Family

Kathy would not have believed it possible, but Jim was more mysterious in death, than he was in life.

She was fascinated by the developments, and full of sadness. All that was fine, except that suddenly she was responsible for his body, she had no idea what he might want her to do with it.

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Chapter Five: Finding

It took time, and some detective work.

Given her abilities Kathy was typically able to glean any information she wanted from the people around her, but Jim was a phantom, as much of an enigma in death as he was in life.

When they located his residence, a judge gave Kathy access to the apartment.

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Chapter Six: De Ja Vu

In all of the years that she knew him, Kathy had never been to Jim’s home. He was an intensely private person, and to her knowledge he had never moved. Nevertheless, it was exactly as she had visualized it, scant, and bare.

He was a Spartan, an aesthetic. It was extreme. It made her uncomfortable.

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Chapter Seven: Memory

There was not a moment of her life that Kathy could not recall; she remembered everything. Her contextualization was holistic, and it was as fast as lightening.

She was perfect.

Now that she was standing in Jim’s apartment, she knew that he had lied to her about a great many things.

She was not surprised.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Six, Debriefing

Collected Chapters

01 Concealment
02 HomeWorld
03 Screening
04 Secrets
05 Identity
06 Connection
07 Shock

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Chapter One: Concealment

Jim had made the crossing between worlds thousands of times, but never while carrying a secret such as this. He had carried secret intentions, but he had never tried to conceal activities.

Everything he had done in his latest iteration would be exposed to the Continuum. There was no way to know what would come.

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Chapter Two: HomeWorld

HomeWorld was not home to Jim. He was not born there, nor in any place like it. Neither was it a world in the proper sense, it was a machine; though it could seem like either if he believed it.

There was nothing alive on HomeWorld; there was energy, circuitry, and consciousness. There was danger.

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Chapter Three: Screening

Jim went to the center of the world, to the Continuum, an artificial personality that pretended to speak for the membership.

Continuum was the primary filter through which all observers shared their experiences from the Empire. He connected, opened his consciousness, his memory, and experience to the group mind, hiding his plan deep within himself.

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Chapter Four: Secrets

From the Continuum secrets were forbidden, but this was a lie. The Continuum itself hid things, every member participated willingly in the obfuscation.

For the individual, concealment of anything was an art. Privacy, while it existed, was an illusion.

Even the Observers living off world were exposed to scrutiny, through extensive modeling of their personalities.

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Chapter Five: Identity

In the time that had lapsed since his last mission to Earth, the planet’s population, and its technology had advanced dramatically.

Jim was able to use that technology to alter the physical structure of his mind. This enabled him to shield himself from the watchful presence of the Continuum, to keep his plan a secret.

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Chapter Six: Connection

The timing of his plan was crucial. It was also perfect.

The catastrophe struck.

The great volcano that had been dormant for hundreds of thousands of years blew.

The Earth shook, and shifted on its axis.

Millions died within seconds, and Kathy was connected to all of them.

Jim transmitted her pain to the Continuum.

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Chapter Seven: Shock

The mechanoid vessel that housed Jim’s consciousness on Home World arrived at the designated location where he merged his mind with the Continuum.

His timing was perfect, it came down to nanoseconds. Jim simultaneously opened his mind to Kathy on Earth, and to the Continuum.

Earth’s pain streamed through the quantum field, flooding the Collective.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Seven, Catastrophe

Collected Chapters

01 Unleashed
02 Channel
03 Volcano
04 Shock
05 Quiet
06 Justification
07 Undone

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Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted.

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. She felt it from over a thousand miles away. She felt the fears of those dying, of those about to die, she felt them all around her.

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Chapter Two: Channel

Every-thing is one beneath the quantum field.

Everything is entangled like a ball of string.

There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld, humanity and Continuum.

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. More than fear, shock, and panic, the fullness of the human race came through with her.

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Chapter Three: Volcano

When the super volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the threat, no idea that such a threat even existed, or what it had done in the past.

Now the disaster was here, and the world was dying, life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.

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Chapter Four: Shock

The trillions of persons, individuals comprising the Collective became silent all at once; the consciousness of Continuum became still for the first time ever.

The emptiness swallowed the whole.

Each and every one of them felt the psychic pain, it disoriented them, it shattered them, and they had no defense against the onrush of humanity.

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Chapter Five: Quiet

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma.

The Observer had prepared himself.

He was wracked by the pain flowing through the quantum string connecting the Collective to Kathy.

He was able to let it flow through him, he never lost hold of the center of himself. He was ready when the silence followed.

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Chapter Six: Justification

The catastrophe could have been avoided. Natural disasters of this type could be mitigated, as similar problems are resolved on other worlds.

The Continuum craved the impending drama that would come in the aftermath. Now the Collective would feel it full-force.

Together, they would participate in the cataclysm, in a manner they had not foreseen.

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Chapter Seven: Undone

With the Continuum in a state of paralysis; it was a simple thing for Jim to assert the force of his individual persona into the command matrix of HomeWorld; thereby dismantling the architecture supporting its defenses.
He took apart both the psychic protections of the collective consciousness, and the military programs of the central planet.

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