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By Robert J. Sawyer

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


Two mins and seventeen seconds that modified the world

Suddenly, all at once, all seven billion humans on the earth black out for greater than mins. thousands die as planes fall from the sky, humans tumble down staircases, and autos plow into every one other.

But that is the least of the survivors' demanding situations. throughout the blackout, everybody 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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Please,” stated Michiko. “Please, every person remain at the floor—we don’t comprehend that it’s secure but. ” Theo thumped the flat of his hand opposed to Lloyd’s again. Lloyd was once grinning from ear to ear. He grew to become and embraced Theo. “Guys,” stated Michiko, propping herself up on her elbow. “Nothing occurred. ” Lloyd and Theo disengaged, and Lloyd surged around the room. He reached out and took Michiko’s arms and pulled her to her toes, then hugged her. “Honey,” stated Michiko, “what is it? ” Lloyd gestured on the console. Michiko’s eyes went extensive. “Sinjirarenai! ” she exclaimed. “You bought it! ” Lloyd grinned much more. “We bought it! ” “Got what? ” requested one of many newshounds. “Nothing occurred, rattling it! ” “Oh, sure it did,” acknowledged Lloyd. Theo used to be grinning, too. “Yes, certainly! ” “What? ” demanded an analogous reporter. “The Higgs! ” acknowledged Lloyd. “The what? ” “The Higgs boson! ” stated Lloyd, his arm round Michiko’s waist. “We received the Higgs! ” one other reporter stifled a yawn. “Big fucking deal,” he acknowledged. Lloyd was once being interviewed by way of one of many reporters. “What occurred? ” requested the fellow, a gruff, middle-aged correspondent for the London occasions. “Or, extra accurately, why didn’t something ensue? ” “How are you able to say not anything occurred? We received the Higgs boson! ” “Nobody cares approximately that. We want—” “You’re wrong,” stated Lloyd emphatically. “This is significant; this is often as giant because it will get. less than the other situations, this might were a front-page tale in each newspaper on the earth. ” “But the visions—” “I haven't any reason behind why they weren’t reproduced. yet today’s occasion used to be rarely a failure. Scientists were hoping to discover the Higgs boson ever due to the fact Glashow, Salam, and Weinberg envisioned its life part a century ago—” “But humans have been looking ahead to one other glimpse of the long run, and—” “I comprehend that,” stated Lloyd. “But discovering the Higgs—not a few damn-fool quest for precognition—was why the massive Hadron Collider was once in-built the 1st position. We knew we’d have to wake up over ten trillion electron volts to supply the Higgs. That’s why the 19 international locations that personal CERN got here jointly to construct the LHC. That’s why the us, Canada, Japan, Israel, and different international locations donated billions to the undertaking in addition. This was once strong technological know-how, vital science—” “Even so,” stated the reporter, “the Wall highway magazine envisioned the combination overall expense on your hard work stoppage amounted to over fourteen billion cash. That makes undertaking Klaatu the most costly project in human historical past. ” “But we obtained the Higgs! Don’t you notice? not just does this make certain the electroweak idea, it proves the lifestyles of the Higgs box. We now understand what factors objects—you, me, this desk, this planet—to have mass. The Higgs boson consists of a basic box that endows uncomplicated debris with mass—and we’ve proven its lifestyles! ” “No one cares a couple of boson,” stated the reporter. “People can’t even say the notice with out snickering. ” “Call it the Higgs particle, then; plenty of physicists do. yet no matter what you name it, it’s crucial physics discovery up to now within the twenty-first century.

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