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Quote of the day – Bad Writing Week

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“Goddamn it, Charlie, what are you talking about?”

Charlie sighed, letting Jack off the hook. “We ran into a little anomaly, Jack. Like I said before, I’m no expert on this new science of ‘dark energy.'”

“Yeah, so? What happened?”

“Well, when we bombarded the pillar, the dark energy behaved as I had hoped — radiating straight back out, rather than down. But it had a side effect I hadn’t anticipated.”

“What?”

“Rather than stirring up the magma, the dark energy triggered a massive global time flux, resetting the Earth’s battery to the moment when the dark matter had last been excited. Back to the solar storm two weeks ago. Back to the day of the eclipse.”

Jack’s voice was incredulous. “What the hell are you saying? That we’ve traveled back in time?”

“Not us, the world. Except for our local pocket here, the rest of the planet slipped back sixteen days.”

James Rollins, Deep Fathom

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Written by [IMH]

12 June 2006 at 11:59 pm

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  1. Mental Note: If I write a story with the plot point “and then Superman flies around the Earth really fast, sending it back in time”, I need to look into a career as an HVAC technician.

    stutefish

    13 June 2006 at 12:14 am

  2. Wow, I don’t think I’ve read that one. How old is it? And are they in some bubble of air 16 days ahead in orbit?

    Oh well.

    One of my favorite quotes:

    “Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.”

    Leo

    13 June 2006 at 10:51 am

  3. Stute: And the sad thing is, that’s the climax.

    Leo: I think this one is circa 2000, give or take a couple years. Rollins is still going strong though: Map of Bones just came out in paperback, and his understanding of science in that is just as … uhhh… patchy, let’s say. 😉 (And they’re not in a bubble in orbit, just underwater in the ocean. How they made the jump in space without making the jump in time is not explained because, of course, Rollins doesn’t understand that it needs to be.)

    Ian

    18 June 2006 at 10:51 pm


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