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By Robert J. Sawyer

The foundation for the hit ABC television sequence and the Aurora Award-winning novel that all started it all!


Two mins and seventeen seconds that modified the world

Suddenly, all of sudden, all seven billion humans in the world black out for greater than mins. thousands die as planes fall from the sky, humans tumble down staircases, and vehicles plow into every one other.

But that is the least of the survivors' demanding situations. throughout the blackout, every body skilled a glimpse of what his or her destiny holds―and the interlocking mosaic of those visions threatens to resolve the present.

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Wailed the French guy, as though all have been now misplaced. “How did they learn about your test? ” “Shaw didn’t point out something approximately CERN. He just—” “Thank God! glance, you’re to not say whatever to a person approximately what you have been doing, comprehend? ” “But—” “Not a observe. the wear is without doubt within the billions, if no longer the trillions. Our assurance won’t conceal greater than a tiny fraction of it. ” Theo didn’t understand Béranger good, yet all technology directors around the globe have been no doubt lower from an analogous textile. And listening to Béranger move on approximately culpability introduced all of it into point of view for the younger Greek. “Dammit, there has been no manner shall we have identified this could take place. There’s no specialist wherever who may possibly declare that this was once a foreseeable outcome of our test. yet anything has happened that hasn't ever been skilled sooner than, and we’re the single ones who've even a clue as to what triggered it. We’ve received to enquire this. ” “Of path we’ll investigate,” stated Béranger. “I’ve already obtained greater than 40 engineers down within the tunnel. yet we’ve acquired to be cautious, and never only for CERN’s sake. you think that there aren’t going to be proceedings introduced separately and jointly opposed to each member of your undertaking workforce? irrespective of how unpredictable this end result used to be, there’ll be those that will say it was once as a result gross felony negligence, and we must always be in my view held liable. ” “Personal court cases? ’ “That’s correct. ” Béranger raised his voice. “Everyone! everybody, your consciousness please. ” Faces became towards him. “This is how we’re going to deal with this issue,” he stated to the gang. “There may be no point out of CERN’s attainable involvement to an individual outdoor the ability. If an individual will get e mail or telephone calls asking concerning the LHC test that used to be presupposed to be played this present day, answer that its scheduled working were behind schedule until eventually seventeen-thirty, due to a working laptop or computer glitch, and that, within the aftermath of no matter what it was once that occurred, it didn’t get run in any respect this present day. Is that transparent? additionally, totally no verbal exchange with the click; all of it is going in the course of the media place of work, comprehend? And for God’s sake, nobody prompts the LHC back with no written authorization from me. Is that transparent? ” there have been nods. “We’ll get via this people,” acknowledged Béranger. “I promise you that. yet we’re going to need to interact. ” He reduced his voice and became again to Theo. “I wish hourly reviews on what you’ve realized. ” He became to head. “Wait,” acknowledged Theo. “Can you assign one of many secretaries to observe CNN? someone might be tracking these things in case something vital comes up. ” “Give me a bit credit,” acknowledged Béranger. “I’ll have humans video display not only CNN, however the BBC international provider, the French all-news channel, CBC Newsworld, and the rest we will pull off a satellite tv for pc; we’ll reserve it all on tape. i would like an actual checklist of what’s stated because it occurs; I don’t wish a person inflating harm claims later. ” “I’m extra drawn to clues as to what brought on the phenomenon,” stated Theo.

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