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Monday, January 21, 2019

Emergence 4.0 - Part One, Jim and Kathy; Chapter Two, Departure


A Novel – One Chapter Per Week
Week 03, 2019


Jim finished his coffee, gathered himself and hurried from the café.
He had a plane to catch, a funeral to prepare for and he was afraid he would miss his flight if he lingered any longer. The timing of his departure, and precisely where he was in flight when he set the final stages of his plan in motion, those things were crucial.
He had to keep his activities hidden from the prying eyes of his enemies.
He returned to his apartment to gather some things, to set the artifacts in his apartment in just the right place for Kathy to find in the days to come.
She must be able to track his thoughts and follow his plans when the time came.
He did not need much of anything to take with him; his black suit, his watch, his tie.
“I’m dead;” he mused, and then “I am death itself, the harbinger of doom.”
He knew that he would never return to his beloved Earth, and that even if he did, nothing would be the same. The cultures that had evolved over the past seventy thousand years would be wiped out, with no guarantees that what would emerge in its place would have any of those qualities that he loved and found so fascinating.
The humans of Earth had nourished his spirit for millennia, he had found his rest in them, and they had helped him define his purpose.
He allowed himself some time to remember all that he had accomplished since he found this world. Then his telephone rang to inform him that his taxi had arrived.
With a final check of his preparations Jim exited his apartment. He walked down the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Taking in the view of the lakes from the mezzanine of his apartment before he got in the car.
Jim was struck as he had been many times before by his feelings of ambivalence, knowing what was going to happen to this planet in a few short days, while the entire population of the Earth was completely unsuspecting.
It was a strange burden.
Jim contemplated it while he made small talk with the cabby, before he fell into a state of reflection.
“I never should have seen her.”
Jim thought, doubting himself.
He felt himself filling-up with regret.
It was an emotion he was not inclined to do, but at this moment he could not help it.
He reviewed each step of his plan, reviewing it for every possible detail, believing, and yet uncertain that he had laid the path for Kathy to follow it perfectly.
He visualized each step, telling himself that his indulgence today was a necessary one, he had to see Kathy in order to reinforce, in non-verbal ways, his absolute need for her to follow the plan that he had laid out.
Another wave of doubt washed over him.
Was he being foolish when he asked her to see him?
His emotions were running high, too high. They might alert her to his design.
Whenever he was with her, through all of the years that he had known her, he had to maintain a strict discipline in order to shield his mind from hers. It was the most difficult thing he had ever done, but he was able to do it nonetheless.
He could feel her consciousness probing his, like psychic tentacles pulling at his mind. Never once had she penetrated him, and that was only because she was not trying.
As forceful as her psychic powers were, they functioned within her autonomically. She was not directing them, she was a passive user of her powers.
For her safety, she had spent most of her life learning the skills she needed to suppress her powers, rather than push them to the limits.
Jim was always aware that if she had wanted to she could break through his defenses with relative ease.
When the time came, it was paramount that she be taken by surprise, his plan depended on shocking her at just the right moment.
The delicate path he was walking filled him with dread, and sorrow, and guilt.
Jim couldn’t help himself. It was all over; it was over for everyone, and nothing could be done.
It was doom’s day.
What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe. It would affect everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably, killing hundreds of thousands in minutes, millions in days, and most of the rest in the few short years to come.
            Very few human beings were even aware of the danger. Human scientists had only discovered the existence of the volcano that was the agent of their destruction,a few decades past. It took years for them to measure and quantify their data, even now they were in a place of uncertainty.
The geological system was too complex, they did not know how much they did not know.
There was no way to reasonably predict an event they had never experienced before, the certainty of which was absolute, but the frequency of its repetition occurred on a scale of time so great that the leading geologists had to admit that they could not pin point the eventuality within years, or decades, or centuries.
For all they knew it could be millennia before it erupted again.
No one disputed the fact that the event was overdue; it was overdue by several thousand years. But then again what is a thousand years, or even ten thousand years when the periodicity approached a million.
It was impossible to tell.
They watched over the sight as carefully as they could.
They measured every possible feature of the hazard zone.
They released reports.
Some reports were so alarming that the Federal Government decided to restrict the way that information was disseminated.
They adopted the view that it would be better, if when the event occurred it took everyone by surprise, because there was nothing they could do about it anyway.
            Even with their careful observations and their watchful analysis, no one expected it to come now.
The data, which every geologist believed indicated an immanent eruption, had led to numerous false conclusions in the past.
At the present moment, there was nothing happening, to tell them of the mounting threat.    
Like every planet, Earth endured episodic calamities; cycles of massive storms, great floods, powerful hurricanes and tremendous earthquakes. These were minor events compared to the power of the caldera volcano.
There were catastrophes that came from beyond the planet, such as; collisions with comets and asteroids. They had happened many times and Earth would experience those events again, or come close to it.
Given time, the advancement of technology and proper planning, any of those events could be avoided.
A civilization could gain complete control of its weather, could identify every fault zone and only build structures that were capable of allowing the force of an earthquake to pass through it. They could set satellites in orbit around their planets, string them together throughout the solar system, so that no object passing near to it would not be seen, enabling them to be diverted or destroyed.
Technology could accomplish all of those things, but nothing could stop the power growing within the Earth.
The heat of Earth’s molten core powered the entire planet.
It was the engine of life, and evolution. 
Nothing could stop it, but given time its heat could be harnessed and used for the benefit of the world.
It was time that human civilization did not have.
The monster beneath the surface was stirring and would rise.
They were approaching the end of days, it would be the beginning of the long night.
Human beings would survive, they would survive better than they did when the last caldera blew, seventy-two thousand years ago, but the new civilization that emerged on the other side would be radically different.
They would not be starting over, that much was true.
Their technology had advanced far enough to guarantee a relatively rapid recovery.
In the last event only a couple of thousand human beings survived, that number would be hundreds of times greater.
Billions would be wiped from the face of the earth, and those surviving would emerge with a unified human culture.
In his heart Jim desired nothing more than to belong to that new human culture, but he would not be returning.
When the last caldera blew in the South Pacific, in Indonesia. Only a few human beings survived, a couple of thousand people in a few hundred tribes scattered across Eurasia and Africa.
It had been six-hundred and forty thousand years since the Yellowstone caldera last erupted in North America, in Wyoming, nearly wiping out all life on Earth.
The coming cycle of destruction would be greater still.
The human race would survive, even without the kind of intervention that Jim could have given them, if the Continuum had allowed it, but civilization would collapse.
The species would pass through a genetic bottle neck, and what would emerge on the other side would be different.
The psychic trauma would be extreme, it would wound the survivors in ways that no person could predict. The narratives that they would develop in order to contextualize all of their pain could potentially derail Jim’s work.
Earth’s magnetic field which enveloped the entire species in a cynergenic web, making the humans of Earth unique in all the galaxy, was itself under threat.
Jim was virtually certain that he had succeeded in developing the vessel that was key to his larger machinations, he had accomplished his work, he had brought it all to fruition in the final generation.
He only needed to deploy her.
Everything depended on Kathy, on the strength and range of psychic abilities, yes, but even more importantly, on her fortitude. She had to possess the stamina to stand in the space between worlds and pass the collective trauma of earth on to the Central Planet.
This was not something he had been given the time to test.
He desired nothing more than a resolution to the ambitions that had been driving him, or so he told himself, even if it meant failure. Even failure would resolve him, by prompting the Collective to abandon him and allowing the Continuum to finally terminate him.
In one form or another death awaited him.
What he desired more than anything was success, and then at long last to die in an organic body a natural death, un-enmeshed from the constraints that the Continuum had tethered to every member of the Collective, even to those Observers serving in the far reaches of the galaxy.
Jim reflected.
If civilization on Earth had been given a little more time to develop, Earth’s technology a little more time to actualize, human beings would have been able to harness the geological power of the caldera.
The power they could have captured would have changed everything for them, resolving issues of energy scarcity that had been elusive, or socially impossible for them to tackle.
In another century, or possibly sooner they would have had it, he lamented.
            These children of the ancients, who had devolved like no other group. This far flung colony in the most remote reaches of the galaxy, possessing no memory of who they were or how they arrived here, they would have been able to re-establish themselves as a spacefaring people in earnest.
The Continuum would not allow for an intervention, even though it seemed that the will of the Collective was for it.
A majority of those who followed the drama unfolding on Earth were in love with its art, and music, its joy and trauma, a majority of them wanted to see Earth’s narrative continue.
Even though Jim was certain that the Continuum had no idea about his plans, he sensed that it perceived Earth and human civilization as a threat to it.
Of course he knew that the Continuum perceived him as a threat to it.
He believed that this was the reason for blocking him, not a dogmatic adherence to a policy of non-intervention, which was the reason the Continuum issued for why it would not allow resources to be mustered to save the planet,
It would not allow Imperial communications to be established with Earth in such a way that it could help them.
Jim might have helped Earth by strategically distributing knowledge in such a way that it would have advanced Earth technology, but he refrained for fear that it would draw further scrutiny to him, risking the exposure of his plan
Jim worked covertly against the restraints, appearing to comply, because he did not wish to jeopardize his long term ambitions.
It would be difficult, if not impossible to conceal a new mode of treason from the watchful, and penetrating gaze of the all encompassing consciousness of the HomeWorld.
He could do nothing else but fulfill the directives he had been given.  
Jim had to say goodbye.
There was a cloaked satellite orbiting far above the earth, one of many.
This one was the actual house of Jim’s consciousness. It was the principle platform for Jim’s mission on Earth, one of thousands of satellites, and drones, hidden from the eyes of human beings, and from the Continuum.
Some were fixed in stationary orbits, other moved about, semi-autonomously, all of the watch the planet and intercepted its communications with inexhaustible capacities.
In that place, Jim the Observer # 92835670100561474 activated a switch, sending a signal to his host body, and with that, an embolism in his doppelganger burst inside its brain, ending its life in a massive stroke.
Jim’s doppelganger had been flying on a plane from his Midwestern home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to New York city.
The destination was only important for the route and the timing Jim had planned for his death, to covertly transfer his consciousness from his organic vessel to the orbiting platform.
Those sitting next to him did not notice the moment of his demise. It was only as the plane made ready for its descent that the airline attendants found something wrong with him, saw the thin line of blood dripping from his nostril, and that he was not breathing.
They did what they could for him, but they quickly realized that there was nothing to be done.
They called ahead for a doctor, indicating that they were dealing with a medical emergency, but in reality, they knew that they were dealing with a corpse.
Jim observed those final moments, the last seconds of the body that housed him during his most significant incarnation, the life that would define his entire existence, expose his greatest secrets, give him the victory he had long sought over the Collective and its Continuum.
When he was satisfied that he was mentally prepared for the challenges that awaited him. He toggled another device, opening a channel through space and time.
He paused for a moment to consider the steps he would take on the other side. He did something that was forbidden, something he had not planned on doing, had told himself he would not do, he left a copy of himself in the quantum memory of his base, and then he let his consciousness go, slipping into the stream of the infinite.
He passed through the wormhole.
He was home.
           

Emergence 4.0

Part One, Jim and Kathy
Chapter Two, Departure

A Novel – In One Chapter Per Week

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Seven, Goodbye

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 021, Sunday
January 21st, 2018

Chapter Seven: Goodbye

There was a satellite, cloaked, and orbiting far above the earth. It was the actual house of Jim’s consciousness. This satellite was the principle platform for Jim’s mission on Earth, it was one of thousands of satellites, and drones, hidden from the eyes of human beings.

Some were fixed in stationary orbits, other moved about, semi-autonomously.

In that place, Jim the Observer, activated a switch, sending a signal to his host body, and with that, an embolism in his doppelganger burst inside its brain, ending its life in a massive stroke.

Jim’s body had been flying on a plane from his Midwestern home, to New York city. The destination was only important for the route and the timing Jim had planned for his death. Those sitting next to him did not notice the moment of his demise. It was only as the plane made ready for its descent that the airline attendants noticed something wrong with him, noticed the thin line of blood dripping from his nostril, noticed that he was not breathing.

They did what they could for him, but they quickly realized that there was nothing to be done.

They called ahead for a doctor, indicating that they were dealing with a medical emergency, but in reality, they all knew that they were dealing with a corpse.

Jim observed those final moments, the last seconds of the body that housed him during his most significant incarnation, the life that would define his entire existence, expose his greatest secrets, give him the victory he had long sought over the HomeWorld, and the Continuum

When he was satisfied that he was mentally prepared for the challenges that awaited him. He toggled another device, opening a channel through space and time.

He paused for a moment to consider the steps he would take on the other side. He did something that was forbidden, leaving a copy of himself in the quantum memory of his base, and then he let his consciousness go, slipping into the stream of the infinite.

He passed through the wormhole.

He was home.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Six, Lament

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 020, Saturday
January 20th, 2018

Chapter Six: Lament

If civilization on Earth had been given a little more time to develop, and Earth’s technology a little more time to advance, human beings would have been able to harness the geological power of the caldera.

The power they could have captured would have changed everything for them, resolving issues of energy scarcity that had been elusive, or socially impossible for human beings to tackle.

In another century, or possibly sooner they would have had it.

These children of the ancients, who had devolved like no other group. This far flung colony, in the most remote reaches of the galaxy, with no memory of who they were or how they arrived here, they would have been able to re-establish themselves as a spacefaring people in earnest.

The Continuum would not allow for an intervention, even though it seemed that the will of the Collective was for it.

A majority of those who followed the drama unfolding on Earth, who were in love with its art, and music, its joy and trauma, a majority of them wanted to see their narratives continue.

Even though Jim was certain that the Continuum had no idea about his plans, he sensed that it perceived Earth and human civilization as a threat to it. He believed that this was the reason for blocking him, not a dogmatic adherence to a policy of non-intervention, this was the reason the Continuum would not allow resources to be mustered, or Imperial communications to be established, with Earth in such a way that it could help them.

Jim might have helped by strategically distributing knowledge in such a way that it would have advanced Earth technology.

The Continuum would not allow that either, and it likely would have frustrated his broader goals. Jim complied because he did not wish to jeopardize his long term ambitions.

It would be difficult, if not impossible to conceal a new mode of treason from the watchful, and penetrating gaze of the all encompassing consciousness of the whole world.

He could do nothing else but comply with the directives he had been given.   

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Five, Cycles II

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 019, Friday
January 19th, 2017

Chapter Five: Cycles 2

Seventy-two thousand years had passed since the last caldera blew in the South Pacific, in Indonesia. Only a handful few human beings survived it, a couple of thousand people in a few hundred tribes, scattered across Eurasia and in Africa.

It had been six-hundred and forty thousand years since the Yellowstone caldera last erupted, in North America, nearly wiping out all life on Earth.

The coming event would be greater still.

The human race would survive, even without the kind of intervention that Jim could have given them, if the Continuum had allowed it. However, human civilization would collapse. The species would pass through a genetic bottle neck, and what would emerge on the other side would be different.

The psychic trauma would be extreme, it would wound the survivors in ways that no person could predict. The narratives that they would develop in order to contextualize all of their pain could potentially derail Jim’s work.

Fortunately for him, he was virtually certain that he had succeeded in developing the vessel that was key to his larger machinations.

Everything depended on Kathy, on the strength and range of psychic abilities, yes, but even more importantly, her fortitude. She had to possess the stamina to stand in the space between worlds and pass the collective trauma of earth on to the Central Planet.

This was not something he had been given the time to test.

His patience was exhausted.

He wanted a resolution to the ambitions that had been driving him. Even if it meant failure. Even failure would resolve him, by prompting the Collective to abandon him, and allow the Continuum to finally terminate him.

What he desired more than anything was success, and then at long last to die in an organic body, a natural death, un-enmeshed from the constraints that the Continuum had tethered to all members of the Collective, even to those Observers serving in the far reaches of the galaxy.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Four, Cycles I

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 018, Thursday
January 18th, 2018

Chapter Four: Cycles I

Like every planet, Earth endured episodic calamities; massive storms, great floods, powerful hurricanes, and tremendous earthquakes. These were minor events compared to the power of the caldera volcano.

There were catastrophes that came from beyond the planet, such as, collisions with comets, and asteroids. They had happened many times, and Earth would experience those events again, or come close to it.

Given time, the advancement of technology, and proper planning, any of those events could be avoided.

A civilization could gain complete control of its weather, could identify every fault zone and only build structures that were capable of allowing the force of an earthquake to pass through it. They could set satellites in orbit around their planet, and their moon, and string them throughout the solar system, so that no object passing near to it would not be seen, enabling them to be to be diverted or destroyed.

Technology could accomplish all of those things, but nothing could stop the power growing within the Earth. The heat of Earth’s molten core powered the entire planet. It was the engine of life, and evolution. 

Nothing could stop the power of the caldera, but given time its heat could be harnessed and used for the benefit of the world. That was time that human civilization did not have.

The monster beneath the surface was stirring and would rise.

It was the end of days, and would be the beginning of the long night.

Human beings would survive, they would survive better than they did when the last caldera blew, seventy-two thousand years ago. But the new civilization that emerged on the other side would be radically different.

They would not be starting over.

Their technology had advanced far enough to guarantee a relatively rapid recovery.

In the last event only a couple of thousand human beings survived, that number would be hundreds of times greater.

Billions would be wiped from the face of the earth, and those surviving could emerge with a unified human culture.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Three, Doom

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 017, Wednesday
January 17th, 2018

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 the few short years to come.

Very few human beings were even aware of the danger. Human scientists had only discovered the existence of the volcano a few decades past. It took years for them to measure and quantify the data, even at the end of that process they were left in a place of uncertainty.

There was no way to reasonably predict an event they had never experienced before, the certainty of which was absolute, but the frequency of its repetition occurred on a scale of time so great that the leading geologists had to admit that they could not pin point the eventuality within years, or decades. For all they knew it could be centuries or millennia before it erupted again.

No one disputed the fact that the event was overdue; it was overdue by several thousand years. But then again what is a thousand years, or even ten thousand years when the periodicity approached a million years.

It was impossible to tell.

They watched over the sight as carefully as they could. They measured every possible feature of the hazard zone. They released reports.

Some reports were so alarming that the Federal Government decided to restrict the way that information was disseminated.

They adopted the view that it would be better, if when the event occurred it took everyone by surprise, because there was nothing they could do about it anyway.

With their careful observations, their watchful analysis, no one expected it to come now.

The data, which every geologist believed indicated an immanent eruption, had led to numerous false conclusions in the past.

At the present moment, there was nothing at all happening, to tell them of the mounting danger.    

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter Two, Regrets

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 016, Tuesday
January 16th, 2018

Chapter Two: Regrets

“I never should have seen her.” Jim thought, doubting himself. It was something he was not inclined to do, but at this moment he could not help it.

He reviewed each step of his plan, reviewing it for every possible detail, believing, and yet uncertain that he had laid the path for Kathy to follow perfectly. He visualized each step, telling himself that his indulgence today was a necessary step, he had to see Kathy in order to reinforce, in non-verbal ways, his absolute need for her to follow the path that he had laid out.

Another wave of doubt passed over him. He was being foolish when he asked her to see him. His emotions were running high, too high. They might have alerted her to the plan.

Whenever he was with her, through all of the years that he had known her, he had to maintain a strict discipline in order to shield his mind from hers. It was the most difficult thing he had ever done, but he was able to do it nonetheless.

He could feel her consciousness probing his, like psychic tentacles pulling at his mind. Never once had she penetrated him, and that was only because she was not trying. As forceful as her psychic powers were, they functioned within her autonomically. She was not directing them, she was a passive user of her own powers, and in fact she had spent most of her life learning the skills she needed to suppress her powers, rather than push them to the limits.

Jim was always aware that if she had wanted to she could break through his defenses effortlessly.

When the time came, it was paramount to take her by surprise, his plan depended on shocking her, at just the right moment.

The delicate path he was walking filled him with dread, and sorrow, and guilt.

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

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Two, Departure; Chapter One, Funeral

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 015, Monday
January 15th, 2018

Chapter One: Funeral

Jim finished his coffee, gathered himself, and hurried from the café.

He had a plane to catch and he was afraid to miss his flight. The timing of his departure, and precisely where he was in flight when he set the final stages of his plan in motion, those things were crucial.

He returned to his apartment to gather some things, to set the artifacts in his apartment in just the right place for Kathy to follow his thoughts when the time was right.

He did not need much of anything to take with him; his black suit, his watch, his tie. “I’m dead;” he mused, the “I am death itself, a harbinger of doom.”

He knew that he would never return to his beloved Earth, and that even if he did, nothing would be the same. The culture that had evolved over the past seventy thousand years would be wiped out, with no guarantees that what would emerge in its place would have any of those qualities that he loved and found so fascinating.

He allowed himself some time to remember all that he had accomplished since he found this world. Then his telephone rang to inform him that his taxi had arrived.

With a final check of his preparations Jim exited his apartment. He walked down the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Taking in the view of the lakes from the mezzanine before he got in the car.

Jim was struck as he had been many times before by his feelings of ambivalence, knowing what was going to happen to this whole world in just a few days, while the entire population of the planet was completely unsuspecting.

It was a strange burden.

Jim contemplated it while he made small talk with the cabby.

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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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