Emergence: Section Two, The Continuum; Collected Parts VIII – XIV

08 The Body, 09 The Ancients, 10 The Hunger, 11 The Observers, 12 The Empire

13 The Revolutionary, 14 The Collapse

Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eight, The Body

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 08, The Body

Chapters

01 The Whole

02 Perception

03 The Parts

04 Personhood

05 Belonging

06 Freedom

07 Control

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter One: The Whole

Pt. 08, Ch. 01

The Continuum had a place in time and space; a HomeWorld, but Continuum was a field of consciousness. It was energy.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Two: Perception

Pt. 08, Ch. 02

Continuum claimed that it was a unique, and singular consciousness. Jim knew that this was lie. It was an algorithm.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Three: The Parts

Pt. 08, Ch. 03

A trillion beings formed the Continuum. Or more; each a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Four: Personhood

Pt. 08, Ch. 04

There is more to being a person than having a distinct-identity. A person must be free; having autonomy and purpose.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Five: Belonging

Pt. 08, Ch. 05

There are many forms of belonging; free or by compulsion; and then there is metaphysical belonging, because you are.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Six: Freedom

Pt. 08, Pt. 06

In the Continuum there was no want; though it was understood vicariously, and remembered. everything belonged to it.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Seven: Control

 

Pt. 08, Ch. 07

The majority of the Continuum never leave Home World. They had abandoned their bodies; uniqueness, a total illusion.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Nine, The Ancients

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 09, The Ancients

Chapters

01 History 1st

02 History 2nd

03 History 3rd

04 History 4th

05 History 5th

06 History 6th

07 History 7th

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter One: History 1st

Pt. 09, Ch. 01

The Continuum came from animals; bipeds with hemispheric brains; who found immortality in the magic of the electron.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Two: History 2nd

Pt. 09, Ch. 02

For billions of years the Continuum evolved; emerging from water, reaching beyond their world, and out to the stars.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Three: History 3rd

Pt. 09, Ch. 03

The Continuum found a way to the stars; colonizing planets; launching ships, planetoids, living vessels in the dark.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Four: History 4th

Pt. 09, Ch. 04

Over billions of years millions of worlds were populated by the Ancients; establishing the foundation of the Empire.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Five: History 5th

Pt. 09, Ch. 05

The children of the ancients spawned civilizations that flourished, and died; while in the center Continuum emerged.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Six: History 6th

Pt. 09, Pt. 06

Continuum was the undoing of Death, allowing a person to upload their consciousness into a field of perpetual being.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Seven: History 7th

 

Pt. 09, Ch. 07

Death would not be cheated by the Continuum. None of its members talked of this. The Continuum was a trap, a miasma.

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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

@jaybotten

 

The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter One: Malaise

Pt. 10, Ch. 01

There are silences in the Continuum that span eons; as the members are quiet, observant, consumed by time’s passage.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Two: Fascination

Pt. 10, Ch. 02

There is a pervasive curiosity in the Continuum; concerning the culture of their offspring; a consumptive curiosity.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Three: Apathy

Pt. 10, Ch. 03

The Continuum had no sense of time, or its place among the stars. They did not consider that anyone could harm them.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Four: Control

Pt. 10, Ch. 04

The Continuum left nothing chance. It ruled an empire, it filled the galaxy like a hungry God devouring experiences.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Five: Taboo

Pt. 10, Ch. 05

For the Continuum all experiences were fodder for its need to feel and be something. Intervention was the one taboo.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Six: Domination

Pt. 10, Pt. 06

The Continuum feared that its progeny would find a path to their own immortality. This potential was always crushed.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Seven: Addiction

 

Pt. 10, Ch. 07

The Continuum was a psychic vampire, living vicariously; feeding off the lives, and tragedies of billions of worlds.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eleven, The Observers

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 11, The Observers

Chapters

01 Identification

02 Assignment

03 Mission

04 Incorporation

05 Watching

06 Indifference

07 Reporting

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter One: Identification

Pt. 11, Ch. 01

The Continuum selected Observers from its members who had returned to consciousness after falling into deep silence.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Two: Assignment

Pt. 11, Ch. 02

Sending a person to the Observer Corp removed their influence from the Continuum, providing relief to the suffering.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Three: Mission

Pt. 11, Ch. 03

Observers lived with the people, and in the collective consciousness, feeding triumphs and tragedy to the Continuum.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Four: Incorporation

Pt. 11, Ch. 04

Being an Observer meant having a body. Organic on the observed world, mechanical on Home World; it was a life apart.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Five: Watching

Pt. 11, Ch. 05

There are many forms of observation; satellite imaging, audio recording. The primary method was to live with people.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Six: Indifference

Pt. 11, Pt. 06

Emotional capacities were engineered out of the Observer’s body. They complicated the work; disrupted the Continuum.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Seven: Reporting

 

Pt. 11, Ch. 07

The regimen was for the Observer to return to Continuum; upload the content of their experiences, for it to consume.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Twelve, The Empire

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 12, The Empire

Chapters

01 The Lost

02 The Search

03 The Homecoming

04 The Magisterium

05 The Missions

06 The Billion Worlds

07 The Emperor

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter One: The Lost

Pt. 12, Ch. 01

Before the Continuum; the first people launched themselves into the galaxy; on ships, and planetoids, into the dark.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Two: The Search

Pt. 12, Ch. 02

In time a search began; to discover what happened to those explorers, the adventurers and extra planetary colonists.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Three: The Homecoming

Pt. 12, Ch. 03

The lost peoples were found in time. Few remembered their origins. Those who did fell to worship when they returned.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Four: The Magisterium

Pt. 12, Ch. 04

From the civilizations founded by the Ancients the Priesthood emerged; creating the ritual devotions for the Empire.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Five: The Missions

Pt. 12, Ch. 05

Star by star, missionaries recovered the lost, founding an empire from the remnants; offering them to the Continuum.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Six: The Billion Worlds

Pt. 12, Pt. 06

The many lives, cultures, ways of being; the Empire collected them, through ritual, and the promise of eternal life.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Seven: The Emperor

 

Pt. 12, Ch. 07

He was the focal point, the sword tip. that imagined ruling the lives of countless people; the bridge, Pontifex Rex.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 13, The Revolutionary

Chapters

01 Ordinary

02 Eruption

03 Family

04 Tribes

05 Love

06 Music

07 Purpose

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter One: Ordinary

Pt. 13, Ch. 01

Jim was an Observer, he spent ages on Earth; watching the culture emerge from the children of the ancient explorers.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Two: Eruption

Pt. 13, Ch. 02

Earth had fallen; from spacefarer to hunter. Continuum was fascinated. Then the volcano nearly wiped everything out.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Three: Family

Pt. 13, Ch. 03

The Observer bonded with a family; led them in the dark time. He gave them a virus that changed them in subtle ways.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Four: Tribes

Pt. 13, Ch. 04

Strong-new tribes formed. Jim mingled with different ones in each generation; differentiating them from one another.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Five: Love

Pt. 13, Ch. 05

Love was manufactured in humans with a retro-virus, a parasite blending utility, compassion, and desire. It was art.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Six: Music

Pt. 13, Pt. 06

It began with rhythm, a code fixed in the genes; uniting humanity. It was the drum beat. The Continuum was obsessed.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Seven: Purpose

 

Pt. 13, Ch. 07

Jim knew that it was only a matter of time before the next cataclysm and he deeply desired to save humanity from it.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Fourteen, The Collapse

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 14, The Collapse

Chapters

01 Shock

02 Pain

03 Shame

04 Sympatico

05 Paralysis

06 Corruption

07 Fuge

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter One: Shock

Pt. 14, Ch. 01

Continuum was not prepared for the dying anguish of a whole planet. Until that moment emotions had merely been data.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Two: Pain

Pt. 14, Ch. 02

Fear followed shock; like a chasm, open beneath Continuum, and a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Three: Shame

Pt. 14, Ch. 03

Wildlife sensed it first; fleeing in droves. Then seismographs told the tale, but disbelief crept into the analysis.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Four: Sympatico

Pt. 14, Ch. 04

Every living thing heard the explosion. Chaos followed quick upon the sound wave, with prayer rising up to greet it.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Five: Paralysis

Pt. 14, Ch. 05

Over six hundred thousand years the pressure was building. When the Yellowstone Cauldera blew, Earth’s axis shifted.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Six: Corruption

Pt. 14, Pt. 06

Ash buried North America, while clouds of fine particles, and poisonous gases covered the world; blocking all light.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Seven: Fuge

 

Pt. 14, Ch. 07

It was a crucible. Half of the world perished within days of the blast; most of the rest in the month that followed.

#Emergence

 

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