Emergence 4.0 – Part One, Jim and Kathy; Chapter Four, The Mechanics of Being

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A wormhole is not a tunnel in space/time, linking one place to another. Nevertheless,
that was the common conceptualization of it.

A wormhole is a shortcut through subspace, not a passageway at all. It is a transposition.

It is trillions upon trillions of atoms turning on point the point of pin.

What makes a journey through a wormhole possible is quantum enmeshment and entanglement.

Things and objects cannot pass through a wormhole, but waves of electrons, and electromagnetic fields can, consciousness can.

A passage through a wormhole is to space travel, the same as the solution Alexander provided for the Gordian knot.

It is instantaneous, and direct.

It cuts right through the problem.

Vast amounts of data can pass through a wormhole, faster than light, the upper limits of the speed were unknown. The only limitation to such data transfers were the limitations housed in the physical nodes that sent and received the signals.

The science and technology of the Continuum had developed the machinery to transmit tens of billions of signals from millions of worlds, simultaneously. Every detail of the lives of the person they followed, on every planet in the Galactic Empire was sent in an ongoing stream, that was received and processed on the Central Planet for consumption by the Collective.

Not all of the data was of interest to the members of the Collective, but all of it was stored in the vast subconscious of the artificial construct the Collective had created to manage its affairs, the things whose designation was, the Continuum.

Through that collection of data, the lives of every citizen, the most intimate details of their joy and sorrow, became grist for the mill that fed the Collective endless hunger for narrative.

A flash of violet turned to white, there was a jolt, and a buzz, and a tensing like a seizure, followed by a sequence of darkness. The transition of his consciousness 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.

He was safe. He should have been, but he was carrying a terrible secret. Ages of careful planning, planning that had come to define his existence would come undone if he was discovered.
He was not Jim in this place, even though everyone here, every member of the Collective, and the Continuum itself, knew that was his name on Earth.

He was celebrated.

When the Observer returned to the Central Planet they did not simply rejoin the Collective. The Collective and the Continuum were cautious, preferring to filter the report of every Observer before they allowed the information from those reports to enter the common consciousness of the HomeWorld.

And so, the Observer occupied a mechanoid form, with physical powers greatly expanded over the organic life forms they occupied on the worlds they observed.

The mechanoid body was attenuated to the cynergenic field of the HomeWorld but it did not have direct access to it. A physical uplink would have to take place before the data from their last cycle of experiential living could flow into the consciousness of the whole Collective.

It took time.

Jim knew this and he was patient.

There were Thousands of Observers coming and going at any given time.

Jim would have to wait his turn.

Many of the Observers, housed in their mechanoid bodies were also waiting their turn. They communicated with one another, sharing the highlights of their latest adventures, the triumphs and tragedies of the worlds under their watch.

They all knew Jim.

They were envious of him.

He was a trailblazer.

He had come to define the Observer Corps, they all felt intimately related to him, despite the fact that he himself was apparently indifferent to them.

He was a star and he was held in the highest esteem by his fellows.

Over the ages he had provided his fellow Observers the most interesting posts. Leading the Empire to gather all of the ancient societies back to itself.

The drama of those discoveries had sustained the Collective, providing its members with a sense of meaning in their lives, and of course, he was Earth.

The charge of being Earth’s Observer naturally fell to Jim, he discovered the lost colony himself, as he had done so many others. He established all of its infrastructure, and he channeled the living experience of that planet to the Collective for consumption.

It was the most watched world in the Galaxy and the most remote.

On Earth his name had not always been Jim; it was merely the most recent name he had adopted as Earth’s Observer.

Jim was one name among thousands that he had used over the course of as many lifetimes.

His real name, the name of his nativity, that name was lost deep within the Continuum, as all names belonging to members of the Collective were, but it was not lost to Jim. He belived he had found it

He had the barest fragments of memories of what his mother his mother might have called him, or what her aspirations were for him when he was named.

Though in fact, he doubted whether he could trust those memories at all.

The Continuum referred to him with the designation: Observer-92835670100561474. The names he bore from one lifetime to the next, they were only known as part of the narrative report his mission required him to deliver to the Collective every one hundred solar cycles of his planet.

Regardless of all of those possible and forgotten names, possible and forgotten pasts, and artificial designations, it was Jim who came to consciousness in the magnetic field.

He was James.

It was a name he had adopted from a piece of fiction, a Captain of a starship, in a popular television series.

He arrived on the Central Planet, the HomeWorld, for what he was sure would be the last time.

If he survived what he was about to do, what he had been planning for eons, he would never return to the Observer Corps.

It would be destroyed and when he returned to a body of flesh, he would be going there to die.

If his plan failed, which he believed was more than likely, he knew that there was no chance that he would be given a reprieve.

The Continuum had sought his termination many times, only for him to be spared by the Collective. But the destruction that he was about to wreck on the membership would be so great that if it failed to bring about the end he sought, he would be doomed.

So much depended on his timing, and the many layers of strategy he had put in place throughout the Empire, in the sub routines of the Central Planet, throughout its vital systems, in the in the Observer Corps, in revolutionary movements everywhere.

Jim had to concentrate.

He was already under incredible scrutiny from the Continuum.

He had to mask his intentions, with the techniques that he alone, among every member of the Collective had mastered.

Momentarily, his entire consciousness would be exposed to the Continuum and subsequently filtered to the Collective.

It was considered to be impossible for anyone to keep secrets under the examination he was about to endure, but Jim had kept many secrets, he knew he could do it, he also knew that the level of anticipation and anxiety he was currently feeling was something unique to this situation.

It threatened his mission.

He had never tried to keep a secret like this, and transpositioning through the worm-hole, transitioning from one form of life to another was disorienting.

From human to mechanoid, from mechanoid to the fullness of the cynergenic field.

It took some time to adjust to the freedom of consciousness in the unrestricted quantum field.

The organic body of a human being had significant cognitive limitations.

Transitioning to the mechanical body of a mechanoid was never easy, organic senses became mere data, and even though Jim made this transformation many thousands of times, no two times were ever the same.

He had to prepare himself for it, conform as perectly as he could to his dictates of his plan.

The transition was the time of greatest weakness, the time in which he ran the greatest risk of being exposed.

Organic life was thrilling, being in the grid of silicone circuitry was not.

The organic form was never at rest, constantly managing physical feelings, sensory inputs from the world around it, especially sound.

The mechanoid form had many more freedoms, especially freedom of movement, its propulsion system made it free from the limitations of gravity.

Its power source was virtually limitless. There was no hunger, no thirst.

The mechanoid body could go anywhere, do anything, defend itself from attack.

It could crack the mantle of a planet and destroy an entire world if need be.

It could even replicate itself, but it could not feel pleasure, ecstasy, or joy.
By the same token, it did not feel pain, but the consciousness within the mechanoid body could feel other delimiting emotions, such as; fear, anxiety, shame.

The organic body was grounded; the consciousness it housed could even be strengthened by its limitations.

Consciousness within the mechanoid body was not unlike consciousness within the Collective, or the Continuum, which, when freed from the bonds of the flesh it could easily retreat into extremes of selfishness. The freedom to satisfy any desire, no matter how depraved, or bizarre led to extreme depths of apathy, indifference, and moral corruption.

The phenomenon of consciousness is electromagnetic, it is the same as the electromagnetic field that permeates the entire universe, electromagnetism pervades everything, as does consciousness.

There is no point in the universe, in time or space that is not enveloped in the electromagnetic field.

There is no place that consciousness does not touch, its threads and strings are everywhere.

The essence of self-consciousness, of individual people and beings is concrecsent, it is coalescent, and it is emergent.

Consciousness exists in many different types of being; there is the primary consciousness of all reality, which is the sub-consciousness of the universe itself, there is the atavistic consciousness of vegetative nature providing the subconscious strata of individual worlds, there is the individuated conscious that first emerges among animals, their consciousness is self-purposive and creative, and there is the quantum consciousness of the Collective field.

There is no place where consciousness it is not.

Everything is entangled in consciousness.

The preservation of individual consciousness is the hope and dream of every living being. It sustains the vision of eternal life.

The promise of eternal life organizes the daily lives of trillions of people across a million worlds.

There is one place in the galaxy where the mystery was resolved, on the Central Planet, on the HomeWorld of the Ancient race whose colonies filled the galaxy with inhabited planets, and it is the locus of the Collective.

The Ancient race constructed the apparatus that harnessed the first Collective field.

Jim was there at the beginning, or at least he [possessed the memories of those who were.

In that Collective field, an algorithm was produced to create an artificial construct known as the Continuum.

The Continuum touched on the individual reality of every member who had ever entered the Collective, through the strings of quantum entanglement it drew on each of their hopes, every one of their fears and their unique perspectives, to form an amalgamated consciousness that is representative of the whole.

Through the power of that agency the Continuum was charged to protect the HomeWorld.

And then it self-actualized, it became more than the sum of its parts, and it became an existential threat to eery living thing in the galaxy

The mechanoid body Jim occupied on the Central Planet had all of the sensory tools of a human being, or of any of the descendants of the ancient race, only deeper, greatly enhanced, more broadly arrayed, and far more powerful.

Even though Jim did not need them, he had perceptual capacities and tools at his disposal far greater than any computational device that had ever been engineered in the Empire or among the colonies.

In this body he was completely linked to the HomeWorld; every movement he made was monitored and recorded. Any interface he had with the vast data banks of the Continuum was registered.

Jim could not escape some of those shackles, not while he was in the mechanoid form, but through ages of discipline and discernment he learned to mask his intentions, to rely on his own capacities for recall and analysis, rather than risk being exposed to the Continuum, and having his motives questioned.

The machine that he now inhabited would be critical to his mission. He believed he would be safe in it. He had tested the thought filters and the consciousness buffers. They were designed to protect the Collective from multiple and diverse threats, from ill will and computer viruses, from powerful and debilitating experiences.

He was certain that they would protect him from the fury he was about to unleash on the unsuspecting Collective. Everything depended on the stability of the worm hole, the force of the cataclysm on earth, the timing of the catastrophe, of his interface with the Continuum, and most importantly, on Kathy.

Everything depended on Kathy.

If Kathy did not follow the path he had laid out for her, if she did not follow in the steps he had planned. Then all of his work would be for nothing, he would be destroyed, and the Continuum would continue unchecked.

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

He flew his the metallic sphere of his body out of the docking bay that housed the bodies of the million Observers assigned throughout the Galactic Empire.

He flew into the vast atrium, so large that a small Earth-sized planet could fit inside it. It was a hollow place lacking any beauty or aesthetic.

Everything formed on the Central Planet was built and designed for the functions they were intended fulfill. The only rules that mattered were conservation of energy, and the laws of utility.

It was a place that had not changed one bit, for eons it had been exactly the same, it was stagnant, dark and lifeless.

It was busy, there were many thousands of Observers coming and going. They were recognizable by their designation. If you shared history with them, the automated analytics housed within the circuitry of the mechanoid bodies would activate and made sure that you knew who you were in proximity to, making sure that you were reminded of that history.

Jim shared history with everyone.

His arrival sparked the interest of the throng.

It was not unexpected.

The entire Collective was eager to receive the narrative flowing from planet Earth. And while they were eager for the living drama, they were each individually wary of approaching Jim.

He was a relic.

He was intransigent, virtually every member of the Collective was in some way conflicted by Jim, and the feelings that their history with him brought forward were not easy for anyone to manage

Jim could sense the Continuum watching him, just beyond the membership of the Collective.

He could feel his nemesis
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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Seven, Home

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Chapter Seven: Home

While his consciousness uploaded into the cynergenic matrix of the HomeWorld, a process that would take some time. Jim set himself free from the couplings that held his mechanoid body in place.

He flew in his spherical body out of the docking bay that housed the bodies of the millions of observers assigned throughout the Galactic Empire.

He lifted into the vast atrium, so large that a small Earth-sized planet could fit inside it. It was a hollow place lacking any beauty or aesthetic.

Everything formed on the Central Planet was built and designed for the functions they were intended. The only rules that mattered were conservation of energy, and the laws of utility.

It was a place that had not changed one bit, for eons it had been exactly the same, it was stagnant, dark and lifeless.

It was busy, there were many thousands of observers coming and going at any moment. They were recognizable by their designation. If you shared history with them the automated analytics housed within the circuitry of the mechanoid bodies activated, and made sure that you knew who you were in proximity to, making sure that you were reminded of that history.

Jim shared history with everyone.

His arrival sparked the interest of the throng.

The entire collective was eager to receive the narrative flowing from the planet Earth. And while they were eager for the living drama, they were each individually wary of approaching Jim.

He was a relic. He was intransigent, virtually every member of the Collective was in some way conflicted by Jim, and the feelings that their history with him brought forward.

He could sense the Continuum just beyond them.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Six, Bodies

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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 being, or of any of the descendants of the ancient race, only deeper, greatly enhanced, more broadly arrayed, and far more powerful.

Even though Jim did not need them, he had perceptual capacities and tools at his disposal far greater than any computational device that had ever been engineered in the Empire or among the colonies.

In this body he was completely linked to the Home World; every movement he made was monitored and recorded. Any interface he had with the vast data banks of the Continuum was registered.

Jim could not escape some of those shackles, but through ages of discipline and discernment he learned to mask his intentions, and rely on his own capacities for recall, and analysis rather than risk being exposed to the Continuum, and having his motives questioned.

The machine that he now inhabited would be critical to his mission. He believed he would be safe in it. He had tested the thought filters and the consciousness buffers. They were designed to protect the Collective from multiple and diverse threats. From ill will, and computer viruses, from powerful and debilitating experiences.

He believed that they would protect him from the fury he was about to unleash on the unsuspecting Collective. Everything depended on the stability of the worm hole, the force of the cataclysm on earth, the timing of the catastrophe, of his interface with the Continuum, and on Kathy.

Everything depended on Kathy.

If Kathy did not follow the path he had laid out for her, follow in the steps he had planned. Then all of his work be for nothing, he would be destroyed, and the Continuum would continue.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Five, Strings

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Chapter Five: Strings

The phenomenon of consciousness is electromagnetic, it is the same as the electromagnetic field that permeates the entire universe, electromagnetism pervades everything, as does consciousness.

There is no point in the universe, in time or space, that is not enveloped in the electromagnetic field. There is no place that consciousness does not touch.

The essence of self-consciousness, of individual people and beings, it is concrecsent, it is coalescent, and it is emergent.

Consciousness exists in many different types of being; there is the primary consciousness of all reality, which is the sub-consciousness of the universe itself, there is the atavistic consciousness of vegetative nature providing the subconscious strata of individual worlds, there is the individuated conscious that first emerged among animals, self-purposive and creative, and there is the quantum consciousness of the Collective field.

There is no place where consciousness it is not.

Everything is entangled in consciousness.

The preservation of individual consciousness is the hope and dream of every living being. It is the vision of eternal life. The promise of it organizes the daily lives of trillions of people across a million worlds. There is one place in the galaxy where the mystery was resolved, on the Central Planet, the HomeWorld of the ancient race whose colonies filled the galaxy with inhabited planets, the locus of the Collective.

The ancient race constructed the apparatus that harnessed the first collective field. In that collective field, an algorithm was produced to create an artificial construct known as the Continuum.

The Continuum touched on the individual reality of every member who had ever entered the Collective, through the strings of quantum entanglement it drew on each of their hopes, their fears and their unique perspectives to form an amalgamated consciousness that is representative of the whole.

Through the power of that agency the Continuum was charged to protect the HomeWorld.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Four, Self

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Chapter Four: Self

Transitioning from one form of life to another was disorienting.

It took some time to adjust to the freedom of consciousness in the unrestricted quantum field.

The organic body of a human being had significant cognitive limitations.

Transitioning to the mechanical body of a mechanoid was never easy, organic senses became mere data, and even though Jim made this transformation many thousands of time, no two times were ever the same.

He had to prepare himself for it, and conform as nearly as he could to his plans. The transition was the time of greatest weakness, in which he ran the most serious risk of being exposed.

Organic life was thrilling, being in the grid of silicone circuitry was not.

The organic form was never at rest, constantly managing physical feelings, sensory inputs from the world around it, especially sound.

The mechanoid form had many more freedoms, especially freedom of movement, its propulsion system made it free from the limitations of gravity.

Its power source was virtually limitless. There was no hunger, no thirst.

The mechanoid body could go anywhere, do anything, defend itself from attack, and destroy an entire world if need be. It could even replicate itself, but it could not feel pleasure, ecstasy, or joy.

By the same token, it did not feel pain, but the consciousness within the mechanoid body could feel other delimiting emotions, such as; fear, anxiety, shame.

The organic body was grounded; the consciousness it housed could even be strengthened by its limitations.

Consciousness within the mechanoid body was not unlike consciousness within the Collective, and the Continuum. Freed from the bonds of the flesh it could easily retreat into extremes of selfishness. The freedom to satisfy any desire, no matter how depraved, or bizarre, led most to extreme depths of apathy, indifference, and moral corruption.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Three, Nativity

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Chapter Three: Nativity

Jim was not his name; it was merely the most recent name he had adopted as Earth’s Observer. Jim was one name among thousands that he had used over the course of as many lifetimes.

His real name, the name of his birth, that name was lost deep within the Continuum, as all names belonging to members of the Collective were.

He had no memory of what his mother called him, what her aspirations were for him when he was named.

The Continuum referred to him with the designation: Observer-92835670100561474. The names he bore from one lifetime to the next, they were only known as part of the narrative report his mission required him to deliver to the Collective.

It was Jim who came to consciousness in the magnetic field.

He was James.

A name he had adopted from a series of fiction, a Captain of a starship, in a popular piece of sci-fi.

He arrived on the Central Planet, the Home World, for what he was sure would be the last time.

If he survived what he was about to do, what he had been planning for eons, he would never return to the Observer Corps, and when he returned to a body of flesh, he would be going there to die.

If his plan failed, which he believed was more than likely, he knew that there was no chance that he would be given a reprieve. The Continuum had sought his termination many times, only for him to be spared by the Collective. But the destruction that he was about to wreck on that body would be so great that if it failed to bring about the end he sought. Then he would be doomed.

So much depended on his timing, and the many layers of plans that he had set in place throughout the Empire.

Jim had to concentrate.

He was already under incredible scrutiny from the Continuum. He had to mask his intentions, with the techniques that he alone had mastered among every member of the Collective.

His entire consciousness would be exposed, it was considered to be impossible for anyone to keep secrets under the examination he was about to endure, but Jim had kept many secrets, he knew he could do it, but he also knew that the level of anticipation, and anxiety he was currently feeling was something unique to this situation.

He had never tried to keep a secret like this.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Four, The Mechanics of Being; Chapter Two, Transition

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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 transfer of his consciousness 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.

He was not Jim in this place, even though everyone here, every member of the Collective, and the Continuum itself, knew that was his name on Earth.

When the Observer returned to the Central Planet they did not simply rejoin the Collective. The Collective, and the Continuum were cautious, preferring to filter the report of every Observer, before they allowed the information from their reports to enter the common conscious of the HomeWorld.

And so the Observer occupied a mechanoid form, with physical powers greatly expanded and enhanced from the organic life forms they occupied on their observing worlds. The mechanoid body was attenuated to the cynergenic field of the Central Planet but it did not have direct access to it. A physical uplink would have to take place before the data from their last cycle of experiential living could flow into the consciousness of the whole Collective.

It took time. Jim knew this and he was patient. There were hundreds of Observers coming and going at any given time. Jim would have to wait his turn. Many of the observers, housed in their mechanoid bodies were also waiting their turn. They communicated with one another, sharing the highlights of their latest adventures, the triumphs and tragedies of the worlds of their watch.

They all knew Jim. They were envious of him. He was a trailblazer.

Over the ages he had provided his fellow observers the most interesting posts. Leading the Empire to gather all of the ancient societies back to itself. The drama of those discoveries had sustained the Collective, providing its members with a sense of meaning in their lives. And of course, he was Earth.

The charge of being Earth’s Observer naturally fell to Jim, he discovered the lost colony. He established all of the infrastructure, and he channeled the living experience of that planet to the collective for consumption. It was the most watched world in the Galaxy, and the most remote.

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

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Chapter One: Journey

A wormhole is not a tunnel in space/time, linking one place to another. That was however, the common conceptualization of it.

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.

What makes a journey through a wormhole possible is quantum entanglement, enmeshment.

Things, and objects cannot pass through a wormhole, but electrons, and electromagnetic fields can, consciousness can

A passage through a wormhole is to space travel, the solution that Alexander provided for the Gordian knot.

It is instantaneous, and direct.

Vast amounts of data can pass through a wormhole, faster than light, the upper limits were not known. The only limitation to such data transfers were the limitations housed in the physical nodes that sent and received the signals.

The science and technology of the Continuum had developed the machinery to transmit tens of billions of signals from millions of worlds, simultaneously. Every detail of the lives of person they followed, on every planet in the Galactic Empire was sent in an ongoing stream, received and processed on the Central Planet for consumption by the Collective.

Not all of the data was of interest to the members of the Collective, but all of it was stored in the vast subconscious of the artificial construct the Collective had constructed, the Continuum.

The lives of every citizen the most intimate details of their joy and pain, were grist for the mill.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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01 A Private Sorrow, 02 Departure, 03 Loss & Discovery, 04 The Mechanics of Being,

05 Endings, 06 Debriefing, 07 Catastrophe

Emergence:

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Part One, A Private Sorrow,

Collected Chapters

 

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 01, A Private Sorrow,

Chapters

01 Call

02 Morning

03 Lies

04 Closure

05 Confusion

06 Insight

07 Liminality

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Chapter One: Call

 

 

Pt. 01, Ch. 01

Kathy answered the phone.

“Hello” she said.

“I need to see you,” said Jim, in his typical tone; detached.

“Café?”

“Yes.”

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Chapter Three: Morning

 

Pt. 01, Ch. 02

“Coffee,” Jim orders.

“Chai;” says Kathy.

They sit in the sun, and read. It is busy.

Jim weeps, and he won’t say why.

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Pt. 01, Ch. 03

“What’s wrong?”

“I can’t say.”

“Why?”

“You wouldn’t get it…I’m not talking about it.”

“I don’t get it.”

“I said as much.”

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Chapter Four: Closure Pt. 01, Ch. 04

Kathy sensed the emptiness inside her friend; a hollow, where normally there was active awareness, and perceptivity.

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Chapter Five: Confusion Pt. 01, Ch. 05

Now that she was here; Jim was not sure why he asked her to see him. He could not tell her what was going to happen.

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Chapter Six: Insight Pt. 01, Ch. 06

It was clear that Jim had something to tell. Kathy sensed that it was very bad news; for him, for her, and everyone.

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Chapter Seven: Liminality Pt. 01, Ch. 07

They sat with one another; speaking little. Jim enjoyed being with Kathy; their thoughts synched. It felt like home.

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Part Two, Departure,

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 02, Departure

Chapters

01 Funeral

02 Regrets

03 Doom

04 Cycles I

05 Cycles II

06 Lament

07 Goodbye

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter One: Funeral

 

Pt. 02, Ch. 01

Jim hurried from the café; afraid to miss his flight. He did not need much; black suit, a tie. “I’m dead;” he mused.

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Two: Regrets Pt. 02, Ch. 02

“I never should have seen her.”

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

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Three: Doom Pt. 02, Ch. 03

What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe; affecting everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably.

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Four: Cycles I Pt. 02, Ch. 04

Earth endured episodic calamity. Storms, floods, earthquakes were minor events compared to the power of the caldera.

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Five: Cycles 2 Pt. 02, Ch. 05

Seventy thousand years had passed since the last caldera blew; only a few people survived it. This would be greater.

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Six: Lament Pt. 02, Ch. 06

If civilization had developed further, it would have harnessed the geological power of the caldera; but no disaster!

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Departure; Part Two, Chapter Seven: Goodbye

 

Pt. 02, Ch. 07

Jim flipped a switch. The embolism in his doppelganger burst, ending its life. He entered the wormhole. He was home.

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Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Three, Loss and Discovery,

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 03, Loss and Discovery

Chapters

01 Watching

02 Connected

03 Portents

04 Unrequited

05 Impression

06 Finding

07 True

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter One: Watching

 

Pt. 03, Ch. 01

Jim left.

Kathy followed him with her eyes, and when he turned the corner; with her thoughts, which were disturbing.

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Two: Connected

Pt. 03, Ch. 02

Kathy was with him, looking through his eyes as he drove away. While she was connected to him, she felt his despair.

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Three: Portents

Pt. 03, Ch. 03

Jim projected a sense of doom. It lingered as he departed. Kathy was filled with unease; like everything was ending.

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Four: Unrequited

Pt. 03, Ch. 04

Jim left a pen. He always left something. Kathy stared; imagining it with the others, reassembling them in her mind.

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Five: Impression

Pt. 03, Ch. 05

Kathy felt that Jim wanted to tell her something. Like a stone; it pressed on her, the turbulence of despair in him.

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Six: Finding

Pt. 03, Ch. 06

Kathy stayed at her table; sensing a fragility in Jim she never had before. Life as she knew it was about to change.

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Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Seven: True

 

Pt. 03, Ch. 07

Kathy often felt the “weight of the world on her;” that she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real that was.

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Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Four, The Mechanics of Being,

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 04, The Mechanics of Being

Chapters

01 Journey

02 Transition

03 Nativity

04 Self

05 Strings

06 Bodies

07 Home

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter One: Journey

Pt. 04, Ch. 01

A worm hole is not a tunnel in space/time; the passage is a transposition, billions of atoms turning on a pin point.

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Two: Transition

Pt. 04, Ch. 02

A flash of violet fades to white. Jolt, a buzz, the tensing of a seizure, darkness; Jim opened his eye. He was home.

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Three: Nativity

Pt. 04, Ch. 03

Jim was not its name. Designation 92835670100561474; the Observer came to consciousness rapidly in a magnetic field.

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Four: Self

Pt. 04, Ch. 04

Transitioning from human life to mechanical form was not easy. Organic life is thrilling, being in circuitry is not.

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Five: Strings

Pt. 04, Ch. 05

Consciousness is electromagnetic. Its essence exists in many forms; animals, mechanical, or in the collective field.

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Six: Bodies

Pt. 04, Pt. 06

The mechanoid body Jim occupied had the sensory tools of a human, like those of its ancient race; enhanced and more.

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The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Seven: Home

 

Pt. 04, Ch. 07

Jim set himself free from the coupling that held him as his consciousness uploaded, and flew out of the docking bay.

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Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Five, Endings;

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 05, Endings

Chapters

01 Notice

02 Anonymous

03 Autopsy

04 Family

05 Finding

06 De Ja Vu

07 Memory

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#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter One: Notice

Pt. 05, Ch. 01

Kathy knew she would never see Jim again. She knew it before she got the call informing her that his body was found.

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Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Two: Anonymous

Pt. 05, Ch. 02

Jim did not carry ID. There was nothing on his phone that said who he was; only record of the call he made to Kathy.

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Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Three: Autopsy

Pt. 05, Ch. 03

The pathologist told her the cause of death; a stroke. An embolism burst in his brain.

“Why am I here;” she wondered.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Four: Family

Pt. 05, Ch. 04

Jim was more mysterious in death, than life. Kathy was fascinated; except suddenly she was responsible for his body.

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Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Five: Finding

Pt. 05, Ch. 05

It took time, and some detective work. They located Jim’s residence, and a judge gave Kathy access to the apartment.

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Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Six: De Ja Vu

Pt. 05, Pt. 06

Kathy had never been to Jim’s home, and he had never moved. It was exactly as she had visualized it; scant and bare.

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Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Seven: Memory

 

Pt. 05, Ch. 07

Kathy remembered everything, her recall was perfect. Standing in Jim’s home, she knew he had lied about many things.

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Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Six, Debriefing;

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 06, Debriefing

Chapters

01 Concealment

02 HomeWorld

03 Screening

04 Secrets

05 Identity

06 Connection

07 Shock

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter One: Concealment

Pt. 06, Ch. 01

Jim had made the crossing thousands of times, but never carrying a secret. There was no way to know what would come.

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Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Two: HomeWorld

Pt. 06, Ch. 02

HomeWorld was not home to Jim, nor was it a world in the proper sense. It could seem like either; if he believed it.

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Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Three: Screening

Pt. 06, Ch. 03

Jim went to the council; sharing his consciousness, memory, and experience, but hiding his plan deep within himself.

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Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Four: Secrets

Pt. 06, Ch. 04

Secrets were forbidden, but this was a lie. The Continuum hid things, everyone participated. Concealment was an art.

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Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Five: Identity

Pt. 06, Ch. 05

Since his last mission Earth’s tech had advanced dramatically, Jim used it to alter his mind, and shield his secret.

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Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Six: Connection

Pt. 06, Pt. 06

The catastrophe struck. Millions died in seconds, and Kathy was connected to all of them. Jim transmitted all of it.

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Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Seven: Shock

 

Pt. 06, Ch. 07

Jim opened his mind to the Continuum. The pain of Earth streamed through the quantum field, flooding the collective.

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Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Seven, Catastrophe

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 07, Catastrophe

Chapters

01 Unleashed

02 Channel

03 Volcano

04 Shock

05 Quiet

06 Justification

07 Undone

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter One: Unleashed

Pt. 07, Ch. 01

The explosion shook the world. Kathy felt it from over a thousand miles away, and she felt the fears of those dying.

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Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Two: Channel

Pt. 07, Ch. 02

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy; a hit from the other side of the galaxy.

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Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Three: Volcano

Pt. 07, Ch. 03

The volcano in Yellowstone blew. Most had no idea of the threat. Now the disaster was here, and the world was dying.

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Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Four: Shock

Pt. 07, Ch. 04

The trillions of persons of the Continuum became silent; all consciousness stilled. Every one felt the psychic pain.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Five: Quiet

Pt. 07, Ch. 05

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma flowing through the string; connecting them to Kathy. Silence followed.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Six: Justification

Pt. 07, Pt. 06

The catastrophe could have been avoided; as on many other worlds, but now the Continuum would feel its indifference.

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Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Seven: Undone

 

Pt. 07, Ch. 07

As the Continuum was paralyzed; it was a simple thing for Jim to dismantle the architecture supporting its defenses.

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