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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Seven, The Organic Collective

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 259, Sunday
September 16th, 2018

Chapter Seven: The Organic Collective

It was the strength and frequency of Earth’s magnetosphere that created the conditions for the collective consciousness.

This cynergenic field was a profound discovery it was a natural manifestation of the artificial structure his people had created billions of years ago, and millions of light years away.

In all of his travels he had never encountered anything remotely like it.

It embraced every human being on the planet, connecting them to one another, mind to mind.

It did much more, and the people were ignorant of it.

They felt the connection, but they did not have the tools to measure and understand it, not yet.

The magnetic field of Earth, not only connected each person to every other, but it recorded the activities of their consciousness.

Every human being left an indelible imprint in the field they occupied, the imprint remained active, even after death, where each person became manifested as a spiritual being, as ghosts walking the earth beside their progeny.

This was an organic form of the Collective, and somewhere less distinct, there was a rudimentary amalgamation of the Continuum as well. A collective unconscious, that moved people, influenced their choices, motivated them to act as one.

The discovery startled the Observer, he could not reveal it to the Collective. He knew that the Continuum would come to destroy this world, perceiving it as a threat.

He had to protect it, this gave him a purpose beyond his purpose.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Six, Cynergy

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Day 258, Saturday
September 15th, 2018

Chapter Six: Cynergy

In time and with careful study, the Observer was able to identify the physical links between human consciousness and the magnetosphere that comprised what he came to understand as the cynergenic field.

The human body, and the human brain, its primary organ of cognition, carried a significantly higher degree of metallic nano-particles, and conductive salts embedded in and throughout its neurological structures.

The electrical activity that animates every living organism requires such metallic substances. Both voluntary and autonomic neural functions require these metals to transmit signals from the brain to the extremities, and also to receive signals from the sensory organs to the brain.

Cognition does not take place without having these heavy metals in place to carry the electrical currents that are the essence of thought.

What differentiated the humans of Earth, from their forebears and their cousins throughout the Empire was the degree to which these metals were present, and the organization of them in their mutated cerebral cortex . But even more important was the way those structures interacted within the localized region of Earth’s magnetic field.

The nano-particles inside the human brain were like antenna, sending and receiving thought signals in the electromagnetic field, linking each person together in a web of consciousness.

It was cynergy, it was spirit.

The Observer began modifying his genetic profile, enhancing the genetic sequence that optimized his conscious link to that field.

He searched for human children who developed the same genetic mutations naturally, he cultivated them.

He bred them.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Five, The Nous Sphere

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Day 257, Friday
September 14th, 2018

Chapter Five: The Nous Sphere

The Observer became human.

He found Earth, he watched over its population.

He constructed the platform from which his consciousness would preside over the small gleaming planet, and the mechanism by which he could transfer his consciousness back and forth between this most remote of all locations, and the Central Planet, where the Collective and its Continuum dwelt on the HomeWorld.

He gathered the requisite genetic material.

He studied it dispassionately.

He observed the living beings, probing their memories and drawing their stories from them.

He constructed a new body, implanting his consciousness in it; as Observers did in their stations throughout the galaxy, as he himself had done thousands upon thousands of times.

He was unprepared for this awakening.

Inhabiting a human body was unlike any experience the Observer ever had.

The flow of consciousness itself was different, exhilarating.

He was keenly attuned to the world around him, he sensed the people, the life force of the world, the echoes of their thoughts pushing like waves against his.

He immersed himself in this new experience. It was akin to being in the Collective, only sweeter and more satisfying.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Four, Homecoming

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Day 256, Thursday
September 13th, 2018

Chapter Four: Homecoming

The end of his journey was Earth.

The ancients who landed here had nowhere else to go.

Neither did the Observer once he found them.

They had journeyed farther and longer than any of the other explorers who had left the crèche of the Ancient world.

Eons had passed since their probes had discovered Earth, finding that it was a planet like no other.

They had exhausted all of their resources and found no other suitable destination.

They spent their fuel adjusting their course to take them there, knowing that generations would be born and die during the passage.   

The reports from their probes informed them that they had found a planet teeming with life, successfully seeded by the ancient people in the forgotten ages, life that would be easy to assimilate to.

They hoped to reestablish themselves here, on a mineral rich world that would provide them with all of the resources they would need to prepare themselves for their next great adventure.

Some wanted to return to the world of their birth.

Some wanted to continue their exploration and traverse the distance between galaxies.

Some wanted to plant roots, and build a new civilization on the blue world they saw as their haven.

The group believed that all things were possible.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Three, History

Emergence 3.0
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Day 255, Wednesday
September 12th, 2018

Chapter Three: History

The myths of a people persist in the roots and branches of shared experience.

A people will naturally, instinctively go to incredible lengths to retain their memories.

Jim found the records of their journey from planet to planet, across the starry field.

He followed them.

He discovered their odysseys retold in stories and song, in paintings and drawings that mirrored their sojourn among the stars.  

The farther he travelled away from the Empire, away from the Central system, the HomeWorld, the less the people knew about where they came from.

He discovered that the Children of the Ancients no-longer remembered their origins, everything was symbol and metaphor.

They were born in darkness, adrift in an ocean of time where planets were like skipping stones, glowing in the light of hungry stars.

A world was merely a way-place, on a journey without end…until the end, when their vessels could no longer be repaired, retrofitted, repurposed, when they had no choice but to land, to set down roots, to attempt to survive.

They met many different conditions. Sometimes they were prepared for what was coming, sometimes they were not.

On Earth, the humans were prepared for their landing, but not for what came after on the unstable world.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter Two, Origins

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Day 254, Tuesday
September 11th, 2018

Chapter Two: Origins

Genetic mutations are a normal response to varying conditions of radiation, atmospheric gasses, gravity, available proteins, nutrients, and other environmental factors, all of which differ from world to world.

In his role as an Observer he had sought permission from the Collective to bifurcate his consciousness, allowing him to live two lives at the same time, one as an embodied being leading the team of archeologists, planetologists, and sociologists who were always busy cataloging the recently discovered civilizations, dead or alive, that they were drawing into the Imperial fold. His consciousness was also active and present in the form of a mechanoid, hurtling through the galaxy tracking every lead he could discover to the paths the Children of the Ancients took.

The Continuum had been against this allowance, but once again it was overruled by the Collective, which was fascinated by the work he was doing in uncovering their history.

To a person the Collective was fascinated by the process of discovery, for the wide range of insight and drama that ensued, for the narratives that were unraveled which fueled the stories they constructed for their private worlds.

The Observer followed the tiniest strands of every thread to the last outpost of the Ancient Explorers.

He followed those threads to a small, young, yellow star, in the far reaches of one of the galaxy’s spiral arms, to a little blue green planet that its people came to know as Earth.

Of all the mutations that had been discovered in his sojourn, the mutations that occurred on Earth were the most sublime.

Earth produced something unique emerging from an interaction of the population with its magnetosphere, with the balance of metals, with the tiniest nano-particles fused into the cerebral functions of the human brain, altering the quantum mechanics of the thought process, opening it to new possibilities.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-five, Discovery; Chapter One, Mutations

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Day 253, Monday
September 10th, 2018

Chapter One: Mutations

His trek through the galaxy took place over thousands of lifetimes.

Thousands upon thousands of lives, changing bodies, observing, during which he led the recovery project for the Empire, for the Collective and the Continuum.

The farther away from the Central Planet, the more distance he put between his mission and the Empire, the more change he encountered in the populations he discovered.

Every society had to make adaptations to its genetic profile in order to accommodate the physical demands of the worlds they had colonized.

The children of the ancients prepared themselves for this when they set off on their trek through the stars. They would identify the planets they intended to colonize long before they arrived there, planets all with the potential for hosting life, and which previous generations of their people had seeded with the building blocks of organic matter.

Probes and drones would return reports regarding the composition of the atmosphere, the gravity of the planets, light and heat, the types of food they would be able to grow. They would have generations to prepare themselves, and they introduced changes into their gene pool in advance of arriving at their destination to accommodate their habitation of the new worlds.

The living planets would change the population on its own, after the colonization began.

The population of every colonized planet were mutants. Most of the mutations were subtle. Some mutation were not noticeable to the naked eye.

Some were extreme.

The Empire followed, either to bring the people into the Imperial fold, or eradicate them.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Seven, The Changed

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Day 252, Sunday
September 9th, 2018

Chapter Seven: The Changed

He found them.

He developed instrumentation that were so fine, it could track the contrail of particles laid down by the passage of a ship, or planetoid, a billion years in the past.

He calculated their trajectories from star to star and mapped the galaxy as he did so. 

He tracked down every lost world, poured over their records, archived their stories, took whatever clues he found, and leapt back into the void to track down their descendants.

He found them all.

And while he found other planets teaming with life, nowhere did he find a world that had produced sentient creatures.

The farther he travelled away from the Central Planet, when he came across a thriving world, he discovered that the children of the Ancients had lost the memory of where they had come from.

They had lost the knowledge of their trials on strange worlds.

They did not know how their sojourn among the stars had altered them, mutated them.

Many were hardly recognizable as descendants of the Ancient people. The further their genetic profile was differentiated from the norms of the Empire, the more likely it was that the Empire, or the Continuum would select their world for destruction, rather than inclusion in the Imperial system.

Wars of xenophobia ensued, and he did whatever he could to preserve their history before it was lost in the conflicts, or subsumed by the Imperial cults.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Six, The Lost

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Day 251, Saturday
September 8th, 2018

Chapter Six: The Lost

In his quest to track down the paths of the Ancient spacefarers he found many lines of their progeny on planets that had become nothing but graveyards.

Barren, lifeless worlds, where it was clear that the vessels that had carried them arrived at these locations at a point when they could not go any further.

In some cases their ships were still orbiting a planet as an artificial satellite, in others it was clear they had crashed into the planet below, either because after achieving orbit, their orbits had decayed or because they were not able to successfully pilot themselves into a safe landing.

In some cases they found the bodies of those Ancient people cold and lifeless, mummified in their ships, drifting above the planet’s surface. In other cases they found their skeletal remains burnt and scattered on the surface of the planet neat the sight of impact.   

There many occasions when the people had successfully landed, disembarked, established small colonies that thrived for a time, but then were destroyed, either by natural disasters, environmental catastrophes, disease and starvation.

Some of those colonies thrived for a time, establishing new societies, spreading across the surface of their new planets. Many of those succumbed to internal conflicts, the specter of war and violence that haunted their species, and they destroyed themselves.

Among those civilizations that found their footing for a time, some of them continued in the traditions of their forbears, even building new ships and new archologies, which they launched into the galaxy before being lost.

They were people who had vanished from the knowledge of the Collective.

They left records of their passage and clues to where their survivors might yet be found.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Five, Children of the Ancients

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Day 250, Friday
September 7th, 2018

Chapter Five: Children of the Ancients

The Ancient spacefaring people founded thousands of communities among the stars.

Their first steps were two inhabit the planets and natural satellites in their home solar system.

The mined every world for the metals and gasses they needed for fuel and sustenance.

They harnessed the comets and smaller objects that wandered in irregular orbits around their star.

They built colonies on asteroids, on planetoids and planetessimals, strapped engines to them, and road them into the void looking for new places to dwell among the stars.

They built incredible archologies, launching them into the darkness of space.

Generation after generation, they built new ships, captured new vessels, and pushed themselves out, deep into the galaxy.

The people that volunteered for these missions, were explorers, whole communities, families of adventurers.

They were heroic.

He followed their legends, tracking the wake of their passage, searching for the furthest, most remote, and isolated outposts of the Collective’s past.

He was determined to find the most ancient link to the past of his people, believing that it could save them.

Only a fraction of the communities and vessels he found were living, and thriving. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Four, Mission

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Day 249, Thursday
September 6th, 2018

Chapter Four: Mission

For hundreds of thousands of years he pursued the migrations the Ancients took in the time before the Collective, from the ages before the Continuum.

He tracked them beyond the expanse of the Empire and its billion worlds.

He went beyond the center of the galaxy, into the dim reaches of its spiral arms.

He explored deep into the starry fields, planet by planet, into the far reaches of the galaxy.

He spent thousands of lives in his search, and then thousands more.

He was heralded by the Collective for bringing new worlds into the Imperial fold.

It was a time of renaissance for the Empire.

Each world presented a feast of experiential data for the members of the Collective and the Continuum to consume.

Great dramas ensued as the Empire reached out to swallow every new discovery, every world with a living-thriving society and culture, forcing it to submit to the Imperial will, to adopt the Imperial religion, and its way of life.

The Continuum, and therefore the Empire, loathed distinctiveness.

The sublimation of each and every new world changed the Empire in small ways, but for each planet that was taken in, what had made them unique was eradicated, and if the resistance they offered was too great, their entire world would be destroyed, reduced to its raw materials and carted off as tribute to the Central Planet.

It was a time of glory.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Three, Exile

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Day 248, Wednesday
September 5th, 2018

Chapter Three: Exile

The Observer Corps was comprised of malcontents, members of the Collective who desired neither the private worlds of the Collective, nor the prospect of the great sleep.

They were persons who were connected to the visceral and the real.

They wanted to take chances, to live in the midst of uncertainty.

This is not to say that the Observers were heroic, or fearless. The dangers they encountered were always accompanied by a failsafe. They might encounter a situation in which the body they lived in was harmed or killed, but there was always a back-up, a copy. For the most part, they only ever risked a doppelganger.

There were exceedingly rare occasions when an Observer was lost, when the fail-safes failed. On the occasions there was suspicion, many of the Observers suspected foul-play, believing in conspiracies, and plots.

Out of fear, they never looked closely into those incidents, allowing the Continuum to carry out its investigations, make determinations and respond.

Nevertheless, there was still a copy of the member to be revived, a version of their consciousness could be recreated from the time before they joined the Observer Corps.

These copies were like ghosts, spirits of the vanished.

They never came back fully adjusted, oftentimes opting for the great-sleep.

The Observers were sent into the galaxy to serve in posts that guided the Empire and its culture in ways that satisfied the voyeuristic desires of the Central Planet. They fulfilled the will of the Continuum, and served the Collective in those capacities.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter Two, Commission

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Day 247, September 4th, 2018

Chapter Two: Commission

The Continuum did not want him. It wanted to be rid of him.

It did not want a relic like him lingering in its subconscious. It discerned a threat in him, it was suspicious.

It did not want his critical perspective influencing it through hidden judgements, and his unquantified ability to slip past the safeguards that Continuum employed to protect itself and the Collective.

At the same time, he did not want to be in the Collective. He wanted to be free.

He did not want to be submerged in the vile currents of thought and feeling belonging to the membership.

He felt that the more time he spent there, the greater the likelihood that he would lose his desire for justice.

He did not want to live in a fantasy world, a world of his own creation, regardless of the fact that in such a world he could dwell with seemingly real people, play any role, wielding godlike powers among them.

He had no interest in such fantasies.

He did not want to spend his time watching, living vicariously through the feeds the Continuum presented, following the real lives of real citizens in the empire, as if they were unfolding like the pages in a book, he wanted to be a part of those stories, and he knew the direction he wanted to take the narrative.

He did not want his experience shaped by the Continuum.

He and the Continuum saw the same resolution to their mutual problem, and when they settled on it, they enacted the protocols to make it happen without delay.

He was sent to the Observer Corps.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-four, Selected; Chapter One, Return

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Day 246, Monday
September 3rd, 2018

Chapter One: Return

Jim drifted in obscurity for eons. The exact measure of time was meaningless.

He had been silent, as such he had been forgotten…again.

He was at home in the void; watching, thinking, judging, planning.

When he had prepared himself, and was ready, he asserted his voice in the Collective.

He rang out like a bell.

He drew the attention of the entire membership, even those others who lived mostly in retreat.

They were astonished.

The discipline he must have had to be invisible to them for so long, it was an extraordinary feat.

The Continuum was filled with grave concern, misgivings over the fact that this one person continued to persist.

This one person pushed past the limits of what was known or thought to be possible.

All of the membership existed within the Continuum, including him.

It defied reason, it defied the laws that governed the quantum and electromagnetic fields that housed their consciousness.

It was a mystery.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-three, Remembrance; Chapter Seven, Justice

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Day 245, Sunday
September 2nd, 2018

Chapter Seven: Justice

The Continuum fostered a systemic and visceral depravity deep within itself, a systemic hunger for pain and the suffering of others.

It fed those experiences to the Collective, fomenting within it an appetite for more, an appetite that could never be filled.

The Continuum controlled every aspect of life in the Empire, it manipulated a million worlds, both at the macro level and at the micro level.

It set entire planets, with populations of billions of people against each other, for entertainment.

The Continuum used the tools of war, disease, famine, and natural disaster to generate the dramas that the membership of the Collective was addicted to. 

Only a tiny minority among the Collective felt a desire for justice in relation to the experiences they witnessed in the Empire.

The Continuum used that craving as a counterpoint for his narrative.

The pursuit of justice kept those members involved.

The Continuum had a deft hand, it played those members off against each other. It kept their interest in justice focused on individual worlds, on individual people, and away from a reformation of the whole system.

While the greatest part of the Collective actually craved the pain and violence it witnessed.

A part of the Collective larger than that of those who sought justice, paid no attention at all to what was happening in the worlds occupied by their progeny. 

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