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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION: a novel . . . (posted one page per day) Day/Page 5 of 252


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A satire of social polarization, dysfunctional government, and economic inequality. 

Chapter I: Day/Page 5   CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . The good news is that there is only one tiny spot—one bad seat, if you will—in our symphony-hall universe where the waves of these colliding big-bangs will obliterate each other. Elsewhere in both universes the crashing cosmic waves will blithely pass through each other unimpeded. The bad news, however, is that that one bad seat just happens to be home to millions of stars, thousands of inhabited planets, countless life, and, as fickle fate would have it, is where we find ourselves literally and metaphorically sitting. It is what the more saccharine among us would call “Home-Sweet-Home.”

Until just two weeks ago the Academy of LAAC had the situation with the GOD Wave under control, because a century ago they placed a device called a “Wobble” on the smallest of the three moons of Capistrano, since that is where the scientists calculated the leading edge of the GOD Wave would hit. The Wobble will cause a miniscule jolt when the crashing waves of the two universes collide, thus eliminating their disruptive effect and allowing the waves to pass through each other unimpeded.

This will happen 413 days from now, which, until recently, was a date the scientists of Gâia were excitedly anticipating. But now, regrettably, because the three ancient nuclear missiles will destroy the Wobble in 187 days, the scientists are all—as one professor so succinctly put it—“pretty much shitting their pants.”

To prevent the destruction of the Wobble, and consequentially the end of their world, the Academy tried opening a spatial-wormhole to Capistrano last week so they could send a ship there to intercept and destroy the missiles. But unfortunately the leading edge of the GOD Wave is causing severe electromagnetic disruptions in the region, and solar flares on a nearby star, making it impossible to sustain a viable wormhole.

Without a spatial-wormhole to shorten the vast distance of space, the soonest anyone can get a ship to Capistrano is about two years from now—which is a good ten months too late. Having a ship arrive then is kind of pointless, since there won’t be anything there to arrive to. By then the three nuclear missiles would have hit the moon and wiped out the Wobble. And the GOD Wave, in turn, would have hit and wiped out the moon—along with Capistrano, Gâia, and a broad, sickle-shaped swath of the Andromeda Galaxy, home to thousands of inhabited worlds.

Obviously that plan was less than ideal.

No one now believed . . . TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW

Available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback versions.  

 

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013 by Gregory James

All rights reserved

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About Gregory James

After 20 years working and living overseas, I returned to the US and was disgusted by how partisan and polarized the country had become. Civility and compromise are now quaint things of the past, replaced by intolerance and the rule of extremes. So I gave up a lucrative career for staring at blank pages and searching for words, in the hope that words might help enact change. Stupid. . . . I know! But after 9 months of labor I birthed forth a book, entitled ONE PERCENT SOLUTION. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, with a dash of Saramago and Fforde, this humorous, satirical, often irreverent romp mocks the absurd we accept to be normal, ridicules the ridiculously low bar we set, and challenges all of us to demand more of ourselves by making light of what is sacred that shackles us.

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2 thoughts on “ONE PERCENT SOLUTION: a novel . . . (posted one page per day) Day/Page 5 of 252

  1. Have you thought about naming your chapters instead of only numbering them? It seem that the first few chapters deal with a cosmic dilemma. Something like that.

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    Posted by skipmars | May 8, 2014, 08:09
  2. My previous questions, obviously answered. Except for the markers I mentioned.

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    Posted by skipmars | May 8, 2014, 08:06

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