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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Agoraphobia


Stepping onto the train platform, he lights a cigarette
The hustle of the crowd confuses him

Palm to his forehead, he feel it, the cool-clammy
Perspiration, sweating

The advent of shock
            Heart pounding-quickening pulse
Psychogenic-fuge

He steps into the crowd of people, lost and consumed
Steaming bodies rock him

Tobacco smoke in the air makes him sick
Stomach fluttering

            The platform becomes
A maze, a large man curses
            “Pay attention you…!"

Fuck, the load voice barely registers above the din
Terrified and alien

His stomach rebels, vomit spills past closing lips
Clasping fingers

The crowd vanishes
Parting from his path, he is
Ushered to the train


Monday, April 9, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter One, Shock


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 099, Monday
April 9th, 2018

Chapter One: Shock

There was nothing that the Continuum, had ever experienced, had ever contemplated or foreseen, that could have prepared it for the dying anguish of an entire world.

There was nothing it could do.

In all of its years, in the ocean of time that constituted its existence, it had never imagined this particular vulnerability. It had so diligently prepared against so many other threats, but it could not prepare for the unknown.

Until that moment the emotions of its subjects had merely been data. It experienced the lives of its people vicariously, through well buffered systems. It filtered the data stream before passing it on to the Collective.

Both the members of the Collective, as individuals and in their group mind, the Collective, together with the Continuum, they had never conceived of the experiential data that they were addicted to being weaponized and turned against them.

When the moment came, it filled the quantum field with shock and pain, and a staggering loss of identity. All of the partitions that ensured the privacy of the membership, fell apart. The entire structure was instantaneously entangled with the events transpiring on earth, on the other side of the galaxy.

The opening of the data stream through Jim, was a moment they had been waiting for, they were poised in anticipation to receive it. They did not get what they had expected. It obliterated the Continuum, and stunned the Collective into catatonia.

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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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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Seven, Shock

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 049, Sunday
February 18th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Shock

Jim calculated the timing of his approach. He received the clearances he needed for the process of transmission. The mechanoid body housing his consciousness navigated the central chamber with precision.

The HomeWorld was so incredibly vast, that the relative size of his body here was less than that of a gnat in relation to the size of Earth’s star.

He flew directly to the docking station. The locus of all Observer contact with HomeWorld. He arrived at the designated location where his mind would merge with the Continuum, where his full-self would upload, all of his recent experiences, his knowledge, his synthesis, his running commentary, his hopes, his fears, his desires, all of it would be on display, subject to review, except what he was able to conceal.

Only the greatest art would allow him to hide his intentions.

His timing was perfect, it came down to nanoseconds.

Jim knew the timing of the volcanic eruption, that part was relatively simple to coordinate. What was difficult was managing Kathy, trusting that she would have follow the clues he left for her, that she would be pushed in the right direction by his operative, that she would make the right decisions.

There were so many unknowns in this part of the equation.

Jim trusted his deep understanding of the quantum field, he knew that they were still entangled, even at this great distance.

She was barely perceptible, but he was gently prodding her, pushing her, guiding her steps along the way.

Jim opened his mind simultaneously to Kathy on Earth, and to the Continuum on the HomeWorld.

As he did, Earth’s pain streamed through the worm hole, through quantum field, flooding the Collective with agony, sending the Continuum recoiling in shock.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse, Collected Chapters




Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 099, April 9th, 2017

Chapter One: Shock

There was nothing that the Continuum, had ever experienced, contemplated or foresaw, in all of its time, that could have prepared it for the dying anguish of an entire world.

Until that moment the emotions of its subjects had merely been data. It experienced the lives of its people vicariously, and through well buffered systems.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 100, April 10th, 2017

Chapter Two: Pain

When the catastrophe struck the Collective, fear followed shock.

It was as if a chasm had opened beneath the Continuum, followed quickly by a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge.

It was chaos. There was panic. The attack threatened oblivion.

Jim had prepared everything precisely, had prepared to assume the control.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 101, April 11th, 2017

Chapter Three: Shame

Human emotion, alien emotion, forgotten feelings long buried, flooded into the Collective.

Regret, hopelessness and loss saturated the membership.

The Continuum had no frame of reference or context by which to process the tsunami of raw feelings that overwhelmed the Collective, even as it sought to calm the group mind, it was being washed away.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 102, April 12th, 2017

Chapter Four: Sympatico

In the aftermath of the assault, shock and confusion awoke the Collective to its new identity.

The incorporation of humanity was experienced as alien invasion.

For thousands of years Jim had been preparing them to receive it, through human music, human art, and culture.

The collective wanted it, they were hungry for it, and helpless.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 103, April 13th, 2017

Chapter Five: Paralysis

The Continuum was helpless as the human Collective merged with the Collective consciousness of the Ancients in its artificial noosphere.

Change defined the human experience, the Continuum dreaded it, feared it, never imagined the scope and rapid pace at which it could take place.

Humanity ascended according to their aspirational nature, and the Continuum recoiled.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 104, April 14th, 2017

Chapter Six: Corruption

A plurality of the membership of the Collective fled the wave of human consciousness that breached its cynergenic field.

They went dark, retreating to the place of the great sleep.

 Jim activated the measures that secured them in isolation. He intended to keep them bound forever silence, as a permanent sub-consciousness for the new Continuum.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 105, April 15th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Fuge

As human consciousness penetrated the Collective, the Continuum attempted to build defenses against it.

Time dilated around the event, a fuge occurred within the group mind.

In a quantum blink the convergence was complete.

While the Continuum was trying to defend itself in the world, the balance of power shifted in no-time.

Humanity emerged ascendant.

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Emergence 2.0
Section Two, The Continuum

Part Fourteen, The Collapse

Collected Chapters

01 Shock
02 Pain
03 Shame
04 Sympatico
05 Paralysis
06 Corruption
07 Fuge

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words, Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe, Collected Chapters





Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 050, February 19th, 2017

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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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 051, February 20th, 2017

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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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 052, February 21st, 2017

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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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 053, February 22nd, 2017

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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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 054, February 23rd, 2017

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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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 055, February 24th, 2017

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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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 056, February 25th, 2017

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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Emergence 2.0
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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