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The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 76 Table of Contents Chapter 78 Chapter 77 Unburdening, November 12, 2059 I was in a state by the time I arrived at Centre City. I half expected the eco-cops to tap me on the shoulder at any moment. Edie met me at the door. “I didn’t expect…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 74 Table of Contents Chapter 76 Chapter 75 Ottawa, November 7, 2059 Over the next month I watched and waited from my vantage point in UNGETF for some Solar Radiation Management [SRM] scheme to take the place of the sunshield. None was forthcoming. There was talk about restarting…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 73 Table of Contents Chapter 75 Chapter 74 Waiting, September 18, 2059 I went back to the university and sat in my office. Luckily I didn’t have any more classes that day. I tried to work, but it was no use. I ended up scanning half a dozen…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 72 Table of Contents Chapter 74 Chapter 73 Sabotage, September 15, 2059 Anna was coming up on her fourth birthday when the rumblings of discontent from the Asian Union began to get louder. A mid-August snow in Japan had laid waste much of their fall crop. China was…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 71 Table of Contents Chapter 73 Chapter 72 No Miracles, April 30, 2059 All that winter and spring, the sunshield count slowly increased. We passed 3,000, but nothing changed on Earth. Methane levels were still rising. Drought, flood and fire were constant. Grain reserves were less than a…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 70 Table of Contents Chapter 72 Chapter 71 Decision Point, February 23, 2059 At UNGETF things were getting worse. Our Earthside measures were not working. Methane and carbon dioxide levels were still rising. There were a lot of grim faces around. I put those concerns aside and turned…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 69 Table of Contents Chapter 71 Chapter 70 Sunbugs, February 12, 2058 We adjusted slowly to the changes in our household. It felt funny sleeping in dad’s old bed. Edie didn’t say a word when I got rid of the old mattress and rearranged the room. I think…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 68 Table of Contents Chapter 70 Chapter 69 Engagement, February 1, 2059 As I walked home from the station, it started to snow — a wet, big-flaked snow which seemed entirely appropriate. By the time I got home, I was soaked to the skin and shivering uncontrollably. Edie…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 67 Table of Contents Chapter 69 Chapter 68 Estrangement, February 1, 2059 I hadn’t seen Jon in the flesh for almost three years. I was shocked by how much he had changed. He was harder and smoother somehow, as if he had an invisible barrier just above his…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 66 Table of Contents Chapter 68 Chapter 67 The Body, January 18, 2059 I put off planning the funeral because I had no idea when Matt’s body was going to arrive. Relations between the North and South American continents are not exactly smooth. You could say that, except…