By Robert J. Sawyer
The foundation for the hit ABC television sequence and the Aurora Award-winning novel that began it all!
Two mins and seventeen seconds that modified the world
Suddenly, all of sudden, 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, all people 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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It’s now not your fault,” Jake acknowledged, emphatically. “Of direction it is,” stated Theo, as though it have been evidently visible. “We essentially didn’t take a few vital issue into account, and—” “No,” acknowledged Jake, strongly. “No, rather. It’s no longer your fault. It had not anything to do with CERN. ” “What? ” Theo acknowledged it as though he hadn’t understood Jake’s phrases. “Come all the way down to the workers front room. ” “I don’t are looking to face an individual simply now, and—” “No, come on. They’ve obtained CNN on down there, and—” “It’s made CNN already? ” “You’ll see. Come. ” Theo rose slowly from his chair and commenced jogging. Jake motioned for him to maneuver extra fast, and finally Theo started to jog along Jake. once they arrived, there have been might be twenty humans within the front room. “—Helen Michaels reporting from big apple urban. again to you, Bernie. ” Bernard Shaw’s stern, coated face stuffed the high-definition television reveal. “Thanks, Helen. As you could see,” he stated to the digital camera, “the phenomenon seems worldwide—which means that the preliminary analyses that it should have been a few kind of overseas weapon are not going to be right, even supposing in fact the prospect that it used to be a terrorist act continues to be. No credible celebration, as but, has improved to say accountability, and—ah, we've that Australian document we promised you a second in the past. ” The view replaced to teach Sydney with the white sails of the Opera residence within the history, lit up opposed to a gloomy sky. A male reporter was once status within the middle of the shot. “Bernie, it’s simply after 4 A. M. the following in Sydney. There’s nobody picture i will be able to express you to exhibit what’s occurred down right here. stories are just slowly coming in as humans discover that what they skilled used to be now not an remoted phenomenon. The tragedies are many: now we have observe from a downtown health center of a girl who died in the course of emergency surgical procedure while every body within the working theater easily stopped operating for a number of mins. yet we additionally had a narrative of an all-night convenience-store theft thwarted while all parties—including the robber—collapsed at the same time at 2:00 A. M. neighborhood time. The robber was once knocked subconscious, it sounds as if, as he struck the ground, and a consumer who awakened earlier than he did was once capable of get his gun. We nonetheless haven't any stable notion what the demise count number is the following in Sydney, not to mention the remainder of Australia. ” “Paul, what in regards to the hallucinations? Are these being mentioned down lower than, to boot? ” A pause whereas Shaw’s query bounced off satellites from Atlanta to Australia. “Bernie, individuals are humming approximately that, certain. We don’t be aware of what number of the inhabitants skilled hallucinations, however it looks much. i personally had fairly a shiny one. ” “Thanks, Paul. ” The photograph at the back of Shaw replaced to the yank Presidential seal. “President Boulton will deal with the state in fifteen mins, we’re advised. in fact, CNN will carry you reside assurance of his feedback. in the meantime, we have now a file now from Islamabad, Pakistan. Yusef, are you there—? ” “See,” stated Jake, sotto voce. “It had not anything to do with CERN. ” Theo felt concurrently stunned and relieved.