John Barnes' Daybreak series
- I've been reading John Barnes Daybreak series (Directive 51 and Daybreak
Zero). It is an interesting series and I'm looking forward to see how
Barnes (an under-rated author if there ever was one!) finishes it up.
Directive 51 starts in October, 2024, when thousands of groups across the
world release either bioswarms or nanobytes. Bioswarms are viruses that
attack and destroy petroleum based hydrocarbons; while nanobytes are nanites
that destroy electronics. Within a month 7 out of 8 billion people are
dead. These groups are acting under directions of something called Daybreak.
We don't know what Daybreak is or what its motives are.
Barnes delves into the area of memes (from Wiki "A meme (_/_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English) _ˈ_ (h
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key) _iː_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key) _m_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English) ; _meem_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-cream-1) is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from
person to person within a culture."__
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-2) A meme acts as a unit for carrying _cultural_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture) ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted
from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or
other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural
analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to
_selective pressures_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selection) .__
Daybreak has a powerful hold on the minds of its followers. They will go
into seizures and die if questioned. Daybreak is also contagious and
contact with a Daybreak follower can infect listeners' minds. As I said, we
don't know if Daybreak is an organized group or an idea that has sprung up
that many find attractive.
Well worth reading though there is some graphic violence.
(I reject your reality and substitute my own)
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