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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION: a novel . . . (posted one page per day) Day/Page 6 of 252


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A satire of dysfunctional government, social and economic inequality.  

Chapter I: Day/Page 6 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . No one now believed the targeting of the Capistrano moon to be intentional. Given the clumsy, rudimentary technology employed, it was impossible for any imbecile from that remote world—ill-intentioned or not—to purposefully shoot off those crude rockets at something and actually hope to hit it some 9,000 years later. No, this was not a deliberately-malicious act intended to wipe out thousands of worlds, as some people initially feared; this was just a case of a few chuckleheaded, idiotic, testosterone-charged morons blindly shooting their wads into space without considering what they might hit. This was simple dumb bad luck, but the GOD Wave gave the mindless actions of these meteoric morons a heavy cosmic weight.

Since opening a spatial-wormhole to Capistrano was not possible, another option being considered was opening a temporal-wormhole to the remote planet that had launched the missiles; and sending someone back in time through the wormhole to before the missiles were launched, to prevent the nitwits from launching the missiles to begin with. The problem, however, was that unlike spatial-wormholes, which fold the fabric of space and are commonly used to facilitate interplanetary travel; temporal-wormholes, which fold the fabric of time instead, have been banned for eons across the universe by all responsible class-1 life, because of the unintended consequences they can, and often do, produce.

All matter in the universe is interconnected, just as all life on a planet is too. Actions undertaken in one part of the cosmos inevitably produce ripple-effects in others. Accordingly, opening a temporal-wormhole to go back in time and change history has significant interplanetary legal and moral implications, since one can never predict with any acceptable certainty what effect changing the timeline of history in one part of the cosmos may produce for another. Initiating a temporal-wormhole, therefore, requires approval from the League of Sentient Planets, or LSP.

Not surprisingly, the matter with the Capistrano moon and its fateful fetter to the nuclear-tainted world engendered a vigorous debate among the LSP members. First up were the scientists, and other subject-matter experts, with as many points of view espoused as there were experts. Then, just as the academic palaver was really heating up, others jumped into the fray to opine upon subjects they knew nothing about, which only caused further irritation to those with a scientific bent, who had studied these subjects and, presumably, knew something about them. Shortly thereafter the lawyers weighed in, spreading a thick veneer of validation over every idea proposed, regardless of who had proposed it or why.

And if you’ve ever seen . . . 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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