At the risk of polluting this blog with an imperfect and overly long document, I’m adding something that’s not meant to be read, but just perused in order to show the lengths an author has to go to nail down chronology. The Chronology file is one of three main files for Sortmind, the others being Characters and Facts. Those two files are equally long.
It’s possible that not every date in the Chronology document is as precise as it could be. I may have inadvertently left in dates corresponding to early drafts or cut chapters. Nevertheless, I wanted the file to be as accurate as possible to avoid plot conflicts.
Although year dates are mentioned nowhere in Sortmind, I used the year 2017 to establish the events of the novel, since I wanted to refer to precise days of the week. There’s no use having an eventful school day on a Saturday, for instance. The chronology contains dates back to 1945 for references to characters’ pasts, but below I’ve omitted everything except “2016” and “2017,” which comprise three-quarters of the Chronology file.
The novel opens on April 13, “2017.”
Monday 2/15: First PortaLawyers go on sale.
Late May: Oliver’s paintings gain attention at CAI Art Show.
June: Sam gets construction job for the summer.
July: Over the summer, Pat and Porter go beyond beer and dope and discover the joys of hard liquor and whatever drugs they can find at the Art Institute.
Friday 8/5: Sortmind app released by TTG.
Monday 8/22: CAI school year begins. Godwin Shaw transfers in from another city.
Monday 8/22: Saviors of Earth by Curtis Tillotson published. He had published a few books before, but Saviors of Earth becomes a bestseller by October.
Wednesday 8/31: Sam breaks with his parents and moves into his own apartment in the run-down area just south of CAI. Sam pays for it all out of construction job income, although his parents, alarmed that he says he’s dropping out of school, offer to pay for his education through college, so it isn’t a total break after all.
Monday 9/5: Sam buys a used 1996 car.
Tuesday 9/6: CAT formed.
Tuesday 9/13: date TTG instituted subscription fees. Also called the Restructure. Setup fee, annual subscription, and exorbitant searching fees.
Wednesday 9/21: Roseparker made VP for Software Development.
Sunday 9/25: Suzanne is activated.
Monday 10/3: OTF formed.
Wednesday 10/12: Oliver’s 17th birthday.
Monday 10/17: Sam’s crush on Barbie begins.
Tuesday 10/18: Elise’s 15th birthday.
Wednesday 10/26: Oliver decides he must have an apartment.
Thursday 10/27: Oliver asks Perrine for money for an apartment.
Tuesday 11/1: Perrine and Emersonn each get their own Sortmind subscription and begin use.
Saturday 11/15: Perrine and Emersonn complete The CAT Manifesto and self-publish it.
Saturday 11/5: Emersonn moves out of the house. Barbara doesn’t contest, in fact, is dazed by the whole divorce process unfolding over the next month.
Tuesday 11/15: Oliver moves into apartment (after living with Aunt Angela and Elise in Canterra) in back of Jonsen Perryman’s house.
Tuesday 11/29: Sam and Oliver drive to Grafton in Sam’s car. Perrine on the east coast.
Monday 12/5: Reply to The CAT Manifesto, by Edward Duce, published by the Open Telepathy Foundation.
Wednesday 12/7: Oliver paints Nightmare in East Canterra.
Tuesday 12/13: Emersonn and Barbara’s divorce finalized.
Tuesday 12/20: Shelley and Jerry split up. She throws him out of the apartment.
Saturday 12/24: Oliver at Grafton through 1/2.
Thursday 12/29: Oliver’s fainthearted attempted suicide at the barn.
Tuesday 1/3: Elise’s Civics class focuses on use of Sortmind, philosophical aspects, and problems.
Tuesday 1/3: Elise begins work as part time serials clerk at Canterra Public Library.
Tuesday 1/10: The Council votes that the Mindwiped get Sortmind free (Labrie ordinance).
Monday 1/23: The “Up Close and Personal” singles network developed by the weekly Canterra Alt-Observer is absorbed by Sortmind.
Thursday 2/9: Teresa jokes about boys never sending valentines, and Oliver realizes that she wants him to send her one–then finally realizes to his shame that he wants her body.
Friday 2/10: Sam’s Paintbrush article, “In Defense of the OTF.”
Monday 2/13: Toland begins offering Godwin money for spying on CAI students.
Tuesday 2/14: Shelley inputs her personal ad.
Wednesday 2/15: Worsening problems with Sortmind acquisitions subroutine.
Monday 2/20: Oliver and Teresa discuss his clay pyramids in art class.
Thursday 2/23: Oliver bumps into Teresa at shopping mall.
Thursday 3/2: Elise’s Civic class focuses on problems cited in the Canterra Watchdog article.
Friday 3/3: Sam’s apology letter in the Paintbrush: “A Call to Intellectual Arms.”
Monday 3/6: Oliver borrows Sam’s car, takes it to 90 mph on Z-49.
Tuesday 3/7: Oliver, Sam and friends go to movie in One-West, taking Teresa.
Tuesday 3/13: Canterra East High School big crack bust.
Wednesday 3/15: The Alt-Observer sues the Trantor Group for two hundred twenty million dollars; lawsuit remains unresolved through rest of novel.
Friday 3/17: Sam’s Paintbrush article “Insanely Fast Change,” demanding that everyone recognize that “insanely fast change is coming up our asses no matter what we think we want?”
Friday 3/17: Peter and Suzanne’s “idiotic meeting with Pierce and the mayor.” Peter tells the mayor that her meddling is “total unconstitutional interference.”
Friday 3/18: Elise asks Perrine if she can transfer to CAI next year.
Tuesday 3/21: Randy calls Barbara to ask her to a CAT meeting for Thursday 3/23, “and then lunch, just the two of us, to discuss business,” but she has a conflict for that day and refuses.
Thursday 3/23: Thalia fires Starck from City IT department, sends him to work with Shelley at the downtown Canterra FeverBurger, which hires him the same day. “Thalia said I couldn’t work for the City anymore ’cause I’m Mindwiped! Is that fair? To send me to a goddamn FeverBurger for minimum wage? When I know so much?”
Friday March 31: Oliver has dinner with Sam, Barbara, and Teresa; Oliver sees Teresa’s breast and gets sick.
Sunday 4/2: Starck quits FeverBurger job.
Monday 4/3: Al Fitzhugh gives Oliver an expensive blank journal, (shiny metal covers), and suggests Oliver keep a diary of his relation to his father and to CAT operations.
Tuesday 4/4: Perrine and Emersonn fire Jimmy Auswahl at a CAT meeting, then he paints a truck with “Sons of Telepathic Death” and arms it with a fertilizer bomb.
Wednesday 4/5: Canterra Watchdog: “Malfunctions in Sortmind.”
Wednesday 4/5: Emersonn approached to redo the interior of the downtown First Canterra InterBank.
Thursday 4/6: Truck bomb at the library. 48 killed. Oliver and Suzanne are among the survivors.
Friday 4/7: In response to the truck bombing and OTF protests at his Castle, Randy asks Emersonn to design a stone barracks for a 180-man security unit.
Friday 4/7: Oliver stays home from school, also skipping pottery class.
Sunday 4/9: Emersonn has dinner with Sam and Teresa.
Monday 4/10: City programmer Manfred Pierce installed at TTG for Sortmind assistance.
Monday 4/10 and Wednesday 4/12: Oliver, still feeling rocky and unwilling to face Teresa, skips pottery class.
Tuesday 4/11: Malone McCord organizes the Rape Awareness Council for teenagers.
Wednesday 4/12: Elise consults Al Fitzhugh on CAI admission. Fitzhugh asks her to keep a diary of her feelings for her father and CAT operations. He also offers to publish four of her poems in the mid-May Pencilkiss
Thursday 4/13: Canterra Watchdog editorial: “Call Off your Mad Dog Perrine.”
Thursday 4/13: Starck arrives at the Trantor Group, hired/fired. Peter meets Anna.
Thursday 4/13: Mayor’s directive installing Pierce at TTG.
Thursday 4/13: afternoon: Emersonn’s CAI talk, meets Barbie, JIS lawsuit with Harrison, meets Shelley.
Thursday 4/13: To Elise’s and every other staffer’s surprise, they’d all been called back to work the week after the explosion. Aside from a cracked ceiling and debris all over the desks in the Periodicals Unit, Elise’s area hadn’t suffered.
Thursday 4/13, 6:56 PM: Starck’s partial Mindwipe upgraded to Full, shortly after he’s fired.
Thursday 4/13: evening: Oliver and the gang to the library, attacked by Starck.
Friday 4/14: Elise’s first double agent mission to Grafton and report to Fitzhugh.
Monday 4/17: Oliver attends OTF meeting at UC.
Tuesday 4/18, 7 PM: The Council Meeting about Sortmind. Testimony degenerates into disturbance. Oliver declares his love for Suzanne. Peter breaks up disturbance. Toland, Plill are arrested.
Tuesday 4/18-Wed 4/19: The night after the Council meeting, Oliver dreams of nude ice Suzanne.
Wednesday 4/19: Oliver paints Suzanne Snow Dream. Calls it just “Snow Dream” in his art show.
Wednesday 4/19: Pierce beds Trantor VP’s Monica and Catherine in the morning, unbeknownst to each other; this comes out at the 2 PM Managers Meeting.
Wednesday 4/19: Transcript of 4/18 Council meeting published in both newspapers. Teresa reads and is devastated at the thought of Suzanne and Oliver.
Wednesday 4/19: Toland released on bail.
Thursday 4/20: Oliver learns he’s been voted Best Senior Artist and will get a one-man show at the CAI gallery, for the month of June, running 5/26 (reception and opening) through 6/30.
Thursday 4/20: Peter and Anna discover they live in same apartment and that Anna is Plill’s girlfriend, then they go to bed. Hot weather.
Thursday 4/20 evening: Sam tells Barbara of Oliver’s award and June show and she plans a picnic for Sunday 4/23 as a preliminary celebration.
Friday 4/21: Both Peter and Anna call in sick so they can make love all day.
Friday 4/21: Sortmind acquisition subroutine “ALLDOCS” enables the downloading of all government information worldwide into Sortmind.
Friday 4/21, 8:30 AM: Duce bails Plill out of jail. Plill immediately heads to Grafton, observes Emersonn riding up, formulates kidnap mission.
Friday 4/21: Emersonn rides to Grafton from 10 AM, quits CAT, argues with Perrine, leaves 12:30 PM, is kidnapped by Plill. Released at 12:58 PM.
Friday 4/21, 11 AM: Anna’s overnight delivery of Plill’s boxes reaches OTF HQ.
Friday 4/21 12:58 PM: Emersonn released by Duce.
Friday 4/21 evening: Elise’s second double agent mission to Grafton and report to Fitzhugh.
Friday 4/21 evening: Emersonn writes “Liberation at Grafton” article, emails it to newspaper, they’ll publish it the next day.
Saturday 4/22: Canterra Watchdog-Countdown publishes “Liberation at Grafton.”
Saturday 4/22 afternoon: Oliver rearranges his apartment and feels power rising.
Sunday 4/23: Emersonn and Shelley’s speedboat outing on Lake Canterra.
Sunday 4/23: The party for Oliver’s upcoming one-man art show, in reality to get Oliver and Teresa together. Oliver gets drunk, he and Teresa make out, other boys see it, fistfights, Sam’s realizations.
Between Sunday 4/23 and Wednesday 5/17: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: 15 preliminary sketches. None of this shown to anyone, including Sam.
Tuesday 4/25: Barbara called up by Watchdog-Countdown for interview. Accepts.
Tuesday 4/25: Morgenspiel breaks into Trantor Warehouse, discovers cache of Telepathic Tablets, melts them into CTT, and begins selling them to high school kids.
Wednesday 4/26, morning: Barbara gives interview on post-Emersonn life, post-CAT life, briefly comments on the “Perrine fantasies.” She refuses to give credence to the fantasies and starts talking about “Can’t we all get along?”
Thursday 4/27: Barbara interview published in the Watchdog-Countdown.
Thursday 4/27: Evening: Shelley and Emersonn tell each other for the first time that they love each other.
Friday 4/28: CAI Spring Dance that had been torturing Sam for a month; he agonized over whether to ask Barbie to it. (He never did ask her.)
Friday 4/28: Elise at Grafton, observes a Perrine Nightmare Mode, sits with him. Her third double agent mission to Grafton, to generate a third report to Fitzhugh.
Friday 4/28: SortFest events at the Trantor Warehouse. Shelley reveals she’s a Cnzaarian, Emersonn gets drunk, Anna and Pierce flirt, Peter loses it. Chronology, 4/28-early 4/29:
10:05 Shelley and Emersonn talk.
10:15 Shelley leaves, Emersonn reviews her claims with Database.
10:20 Tim and Laura arrive, Emersonn passes out.
10:30 Emersonn comes to, goes downstairs, wanders through party.
10:50 Emersonn meets Jessica.
11:00-11:30 Emersonn replays Shelley memories.
11:30-11:35 Starck crashes party.
11:40 Peter sees Anna and Pierce.
11:45: Peter goes to loft, sees Shelley.
11:45-11:55: Peter and Shelley talk.
12:00 Peter sees Pierce and Anna again, loses it.
12:05 Peter outside, crazy.
12:15: Roseparker, Thalia, Manfred and Shelley talk.
12:25 Shelley eats more TT’s.
12:25 Emersonn reappears to “take Shelley home.”
12:30-12:40 Roseparker drives Emersonn home and returns.
12:40 Thalia wakes Shelley.
12:42: Thalia and Shelley get outside.
12:44: Peter appears.
12:45: Roseparker appears.
Saturday 4/29: Elise returns to Canterra and writes her third report: “Yesterday Father talked of the need to crush the OTF at the first possible opportunity …”
Saturday 4/29 afternoon: Peter and Anna fight over Pierce, then tell each other they love each other.
Monday 5/1: Anna calls Manfred at work (in retrospect the 4/29 conversation with Peter irritated her). They arrange a date for that evening and have sex at his apartment.
Monday 5/1: Perrine and CAT leaders have meeting, throw Barbara out of CAT.
Monday 5/1: Sculwaser named chief general counsel for CAT.
Monday 5/1: TTG officials discover that Gary Morgenspiel has been stealing Telepathic Tablets from the Trantor warehouse and selling them to high school kids.
Monday 5/1: The Watchdog shells out $400,000 for its own Sortmind subscription.
Wednesday 5/3: Anna rents a Sydneytown apartment as a meeting place for sex with Manfred.
Wednesday 5/3: Anna’s planning meeting for the Canterra Banking Association convention. She and Peter make love at 1 AM 5/4 after this meeting. Thus she has two lovers at once.
Wednesday 5/3: Oliver speaks with Teresa in the cafeteria–the only time they’d spoken at all since the forest preserve, 4/23 (and they won’t speak again until 5/26 at the art show). He’s astonished at how beautiful she is.
Wednesday 5/3: Oliver tells Sam he’ll do CTT this coming weekend.
Thursday 5/4: The Civil Service Trial Board tries to fire Morgenspiel. Morgenspiel claims to have suffered brain damage, apparently because some of the primitive hacker tools he downloaded off the Internet were wildly incompatible with Sortmind technology. To shut Morgenspiel up, the Civil Service Trial Board promotes him from Clerk A-3 to Clerk A-6 and leaves him intact in his Acquisitions Division job.
Thursday 5/4: Sam also decides to do CTT this coming weekend.
Thursday 5/4: Duce ruminates on his life, the OTF, Oliver, etc., speaks to Perrine and Plill. Perrine knows of Duce’s 5/29 Mobilization plans for the Pledge of Resistance Rally. Duce does telepathic tablets, goes berserk, assaults Falpa and other women.
Thursday 5/4: Duce jailed, then out on bail.
Friday 5/5: The gang spends the night at Grafton. Elise does not come up this weekend; she has been up the past three weekends and is due for next Friday 5/12. Beginning of boys’ CTT trip.
Saturday 5/6 evening: “Servant” events. Cold snap. Gang goes to Godwin’s grandmother’s apartment without telling Perrine. CTT trip begins. K’han the cat, Oliver freaks, Sam follows to barn. 11:46 PM: saucer incident.
Sunday 5/7 early AM: “Follow-Up to Servant” events. Sam and Oliver fight robots, talk to Shelley and K’han, wind up outside the saucer on the grass. 46 degrees. Oliver and Sam discuss their lack of love lives: Sam about Barbie, and Oliver confesses that Snow Dream is about a dream of Suzanne.
Sunday 5/7 evening: Sam begins work on his “Servant” story.
Monday 5/8 – Friday 5/12: The Canterra Banking Association convention. Anna has scheduled meetings after work most days.
Monday 5/8: CAT publishes web page “May 4th in the Mind of Edward Duce.”
Monday 5/8: Still chilly. Peter uses Sortmind word to discover Anna’s infidelity with Manfred.
Tuesday 5/9: Peter shows up at Anna’s office, out of control, hurls insults, breaks with her.
Tuesday 5/9: Sam lets Oliver read the first few pages of Sam’s “Servant” story. Oliver refers to this initial reading in his own story, “Follow-Up to Servant.”
Wednesday 5/10 afternoon: Elise’s refusal #8 to Gary.
Wednesday 5/10, 9:30 PM: Gary assaults Elise at home, she beats him off.
Wednesday 5/10: Oliver (now aware of the title of Sam’s story) begins writing “Follow-Up to Servant.”
Thursday 5/11: Temperature back in the 80’s.
Thursday 5/11: Elise calls in sick (both Thursday and Friday).
Thursday 5/11: Oliver reads more of Sam’s story, “Servant,” but not all of it, just enough to get to the point where Sam describes himself as Oliver’s servant. (In other words, up to the point where Oliver has walked out of Godwin’s grandmother’s house.) Oliver refers to this second reading at the end of his own story, “Follow-Up to Servant.”
Friday 5/12: Elise calls in sick again. Leaves school and takes bus to Grafton.
Friday 5/12: Sam finishes “Servant” and gives it to Albert Fitzhugh.
Friday 5/12 sunset: Elise on Grafton beach at sunset.
Friday 5/12 evening: OTF “Feast of the Triangles” ceremony at Grafton, which happens the second weekend in May. Silence is observed.
Saturday 5/13 afternoon: Perrine, Emersonn, Elise, and two lawyers meet to discuss unresolved Sortmind legal issues.
Saturday 5/13 sunset: Grafton patio dinner, Perrine near Mindwipe, Elise takes command, and tells Mitch about Gary.
Sunday 5/14: Mitch Emersonn sues the library and the Trantor Group for Gary’s stalking of Elise.
Sunday 5/14: Oliver finishes “Follow-Up to Servant.”
Monday 5/15: Sam’s story “Servant” published in Pencilkiss, CAI literary magazine.
Tuesday 5/16: Evidently Sortmind had acquired Oliver’s story from a handwritten notebook, and the Watchdog, which had recently shelled out $400,000 for its own Sortmind subscription, had snatched it up.
Tuesday 5/16: Oliver’s “Follow-Up to Servant” is grabbed by Sortmind and published in the Watchdog.
Tuesday 5/16 – Monday 5/29: after Roseparker breaks Cnzaarian code, Cnzaarians go into hiding in Chatterton, town 120 miles east of Canterra.
Tuesday 5/16: Manfred leaves, just telling Anna he’s off “on City business.”
Tuesday 5/16: After a week of hoping to avoid Peter at their common apartment building, Anna decides to move out, sets date for coming Saturday 5/20.
Tuesday 5/16 10 AM: Roseparker reports to the mayor and falls in love with her, this breaking Cnzaarian code. Revelations of Cnzaarians.
Tuesday 5/16: Library cannot fire Morgenspiel, but he quits and flees to Lake Grafton; he forgets about Elise. Gary is given the rank of Corporal in the OTF.
Tuesday 5/16: Oliver sends off UC application (trying to ignore the fuss over his story).
Tuesday 5/16 – Sunday 5/28: Knowing their code is broken, Thalia, Manfred, and Pierce go into hiding, beyond the 100 mile radius of Sortmind coverage, taking some other Cnzaarians with them. Other Cnzaarians are not yet compromised, but all but a few (for example, Starck, Charlene, Melanie, Caldwood, and Sylvester) do leave Canterra, returning only on 5/28.
Tuesday 5/16 – Sunday 5/28: Starck refuses to go into hiding with the other Cnzaarians, as he doesn’t want to go outside Sortmind radius coverage. He uses Sortmind to mask himself, but basically the Cnzaarians know he can’t reveal any secrets and Trantor officials know they can get more out of Sortmind than from Starck, so they don’t seriously pursue him.
Tuesday 5/16: Emersonn lectures Sam on CTT use (as he threatened to do on 5/13 at Grafton lunch).
Wednesday 5/17: Several students and faculty members call for Godwin’s expulsion, based on items about Toland and Godwin published in Sam’s story, seeking to deny him graduation in his last three weeks.
Wednesday 5/17 evening: Oliver detained a couple minutes by OTF thugs.
Thursday 5/18: A few jerks try to rough Godwin up, but Godwin calmly takes photos of them and walks away.
Thursday 5/18: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: most of main sketch on canvas. Knows he cannot show this to Sam or tell him about it.
Thursday 5/18: Suzanne calls Oliver for a date as he’s working on The Forest Preserve Incident.
Friday 5/19 ca. 7:30 PM: Oliver and Sam discuss Suzanne, stories, CTT. That Suzanne is coming. Suzanne and Oliver walk in the coming sunset (which would occur at 8:21 PM).
Friday 5/19, 7 PM: Oliver and Suzanne’s date at the Trantor Building. Nature of the Group revealed, Peter asks for Tree Leopard help; existence of Cnzaarians revealed.
Saturday 5/20: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: able to shrug off 5/19 Suzanne date disaster as total insanity, completes the sketch, stays up all night and does rough session #1.
Saturday 5/20: Anna moves into Mrs. Dunn’s.
Sunday 5/21: The Watchdog addresses the issue of the mayor’s absence, noting the mayor’s office press releases about her needing a “vacation away from all the stress.” But also notes that this seems odd, unplanned.
Sunday 5/21: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: session #2 – all day on it. High realism. “The second version especially–where he’d learned to paint fully realistically–of Teresa lying in the reeds with her blouse and bra off, the sun on her breasts.”
Monday 5/22: Duce becomes a full-fledged Sortmind subscriber, and over the next week nears Mindwipe. “Man, I didn’t see it before, but that Sortmind has potential.”
Tuesday 5/23: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: session #3 – minor changes; still very Teresa-like.
Tuesday 5/23: The newspapers finally start probing the mayor’s absence. Certain people claim the mayor and Pierce ran off to have an affair, others that the mayor is an alien.
Tuesday 5/23 evening: Anna drives to see Pierce in hiding, spends the night with him. She discounts all newspaper rumors but Pierce has been mysterious about any details of why he left “on city business.”
Wednesday 5/24: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: session #4 – tries to change Teresa image somewhat; conservative.
Wednesday 5/24, 8 AM: Anna breaks with Manfred.
Wednesday 5/24, 11 AM: Anna returns to Canterra.
Thursday 5/25: Emersonn finally gets Duce’s check in compensation for his motorcycle.
Thursday 5/25: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: session #5 – worried about Teresa or others’ reaction, he abstracts Teresa as much as possible. Considers this version a decent draft, maybe finished (though he’ll change his mind Friday 5/26), and wants Godwin to take a photo of it.
Thursday 5/25: Canterra Watchdog publishes Duce’s column calling for peace.
Friday 5/26: Oliver’s UC application approved.
Friday 5/26: Godwin takes photos of The Forest Preserve Incident (Version #5), boys hitch to CAI, meet Melanie and Charlene.
Friday 5/26, 7 PM: Oliver’s art show reception. CAI won’t fully shut down over the summer, show actually running 5/26-6/30. The semester ends in a couple weeks.
Friday 5/26: Sam starts a novel, is not coming to Oliver’s show.
Friday 5/26: Gary is promoted from OTF Corporal to Oberleutnant.
Friday 5/26: Perrine completes the rough draft The CAT Synthesis, 2,555 pages.
Saturday 5/27: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: version #6 – after the art show and Godwin’s reaction, he goes to “full abstract,” but creates a horrible mess. Female form barely recognizable.
Saturday 5/27, 7 PM – 8:30 PM: Anna drive and kidnapping:
7:30 PM: waxing wheels
7:46: begins driving North on Hawthorne
7:49: into more prosperous North Canterra
7:51: crosses North Loop
7:52: Hawthorne quickly opens up into rural.
8:09: Gary broadsides her Suncat.
8:22: Gary stuffs her into Portulaca trunk.
Saturday 5/27, 10 PM: Anna’s document becomes available up to the point of her assenting to observe/accept. Immediately published in the online Watchdog. But no further info is available.
Sunday 5/28: Oliver working on The Forest Preserve Incident: version #7 – he admits it’s a mess, tries to repair it with even more abstraction, but it’s dull, tired, a worse mess. He’s giving up. He knocks off work on The Forest Preserve Incident to watch Duce’s speech at Sam’s.
Sunday 5/28 evening: Duce’s television speech: “Goddamn, but the truth is freedom! Goddamn, but the truth is ours! Goddamn, but we will die for the truth!”
Monday 5/29 noon-12:47 PM: Pledge of Resistance riots, Trantor Building assaulted, Sortmind crippled, Sam Mindwiped and commits suicide.
Monday 5/29 noon: Grafton Security boats on the lake sunk, artillery riddles the beach walls and Grafton itself, tanks come rolling through the debris, and five thousand troops charge the estate.
May 29, 12:50 PM: Perrine fighting on top floor of Grafton, escapes, loses The Cat Synthesis, is shot.
Monday 5/29 sunset: Perrine dies at dusk in the field by Mrr-plic. Shelley and Emersonn, united, are with him.
Monday 5/29 evening: Oliver escapes the Trantor building and makes his way to CAI. In talking to “Sam,” Oliver decides he must go home and work on The Forest Preserve Incident.
Monday 5/29 night: Oliver finds Duce at his apartment.
Tuesday 5/30 early AM: Oliver burns his apartment, kills Duce, links with Teresa.
Sometime after 5/30: Sam drives south to Linstar to attend the university, meets Barbie at the convenience store.
Copyright 2019 by Michael D. Smith