Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Great Symmetry by James R. Wells

Release date: July 5, 2015
Subgenre: Hard science fiction

About The Great Symmetry:

You hold in the palm of your hand an object that could change the course of humanity’s future. What do you do? 

Archaeologist Evan McElroy has made a discovery about an extinct alien race. But Evan’s corporate sponsor sees the potential to make huge gains if the new findings are kept completely secret. Step one of their plan is to kill the entire research team - starting with Evan.

As Evan flees for his life, his trajectory awakens a long-buried struggle. The Infoterrorists, who believe all ideas are screaming to be free, have been waiting for the right moment to take on the seven great families that control all of civilization. This could be their opportunity. Or, it could be time for millions to die.

The Great Symmetry is classic science fiction from the great-grandson of pioneering author H.G. Wells.



All eyes were on Axiom.
“Is there any disagreement?” Axiom asked. There was none. “I say that the time is now. I request that each of you engage every resource that you have. We move at the top of the hour in just three minutes, exactly on the millisecond. Hold nothing back. Let every person on Kelter become aware. And on the moons, and the stations. Tell everyone.”
Although he was the generally recognized leader of the infoterrorist network, Axiom had no ability to issue orders. He had no position power at all. He could only request, and have some faith that others would take his request seriously.
Which they did.
The counterterrorism centers on Kelter were on duty every moment of every day. They had run drills for many different situations. They were skilled, they were experienced. They were prepared.
But not for this.
The monitors blocked, and they chased, erasing the message wherever it was found. For the first few seconds, no human directed this activity.
The message was not pre-cleared, and simply so big, and so pervasive, that it was automatically sequestered. Moments later, alarmed humans confirmed the emergency, directing every agent to stop the spread of infoterror.
If a message could be said to have awareness and volition, then it is fair to say that she screamed. Yet it was not from despair or pain. It was a battle cry as she flung herself at the defenses, searching for any crack, no matter how small.
She split and split again, thousands and then millions of times, sending many of herselves prospecting for new avenues in search of freedom.
If some or even most of them perished, it did not matter. In any given setting, she only had to win once, while the defenders had to pitch a perfect game, and then another perfect game, and then thousands more perfect games extending through the digital equivalent of centuries.
Human eyes, ears, and brains were beginning to receive the message. An audacious hack sent the story out through twenty of the top channels in the Spoon Feed as a lead story. It mysteriously found itself on that day’s lesson plan for every grade school student on the planet.
Human brains were beginning to process the story, and add to it. If a message could be said to experience emotion, then it was pride as she saw her children come to life and take wing, then have children themselves.
Analysis. Discussion. Debate. The start of understanding, not only of the immediate information, but of what it could mean for the future.
With parental pride, she recognized in her children, not just the variations on the original message, but also the memetic imperative that powered her forward:
Tell Everyone.
Other humans were panicking as their security, born of the imposed consensus on family-centered facts and values, fell apart before their eyes.
To deny the message was to feed it.
To ignore it was to be irrelevant.
She scanned the field of battle, searching for places not yet overrun, computer networks not yet breached or social circles unmoved. There she directed her energy. She worked together with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
And she sang.






About James R. Wells:

James R. Wells is the great-grandson of pioneering author H.G Wells, and so naturally he grew up loving science fiction. He writes in very personal terms about the kinds of choices that we all may face in the fast-arriving future.

James is a life-long cave explorer and outdoor adventurer, having led expeditions deep into some of North America’s great caves, including the Mammoth system, longest cave in the world.

When he is not writing or with family, James can be found in a cave, on a mountain, or anywhere else outside.

The author lives in northwest Washington state with his wife and his daughter.

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