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The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 98 Table of Contents Chapter 100 Chapter 99 The Third Day, March 22, 2061 I had two classes Tuesday morning and was not able to watch the trial as it happened. I got back to my office in the early afternoon and, again in the privacy of my…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 97 Table of Contents Chapter 99 Chapter 98 The Second Day, March 21, 2061 On Monday morning, I watched the second session of Jon’s trial alone in my office at CCU. I didn’t have a class until mid-afternoon, so time was not an issue. Jon was led into…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 96 Table of Contents Chapter 98 Chapter 97 The Trial, March 18, 2061 Although I had resolved never to expose Edie and Anna to Jon’s vitriol since the first call, I didn’t have a lot of choice when it came to the trial. Unfortunately, I had a class…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 94 Table of Contents Chapter 96 Chapter 95 Four Mouths, October 4, 2060 Having a baby in the house again was not at all the same as with Anna. This time I was not a curious bystander. I had duties. We took turns getting up at night, but…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 93 Table of Contents Chapter 95 Chapter 94 Andrew, September 21, 2060 Edie woke me from a deep sleep. “Luc. It’s time.” It was 2:45 in the morning. We had planned for several possibilities. I called a cab, then I called our next door neighbour, Bessie Waters, to…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 91 Table of Contents Chapter 93 Chapter 92 Ultraviolet, September 4, 2060 I came back from the Arctic to more news of meaningless deaths. While isolated in the North, it is easy to forget the numbing effect the constant drumbeat of tragedy has on a person. It catches…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 90 Table of Contents Chapter 92 Chapter 91 Second Tour, August 30, 2060 The second tour was supposed to be primarily photographic. No stopping for samples meant it would be shorter as well, only four or five weeks. I met my pilot in Churchill again. This time it…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 89 Table of Contents Chapter 91 Chapter 90 Ecology 330 — Extinction, July 7, 2060 I only had time for a few weeks of classes while I was back. The students were eager to hear of my exploits in the North and what I had learned about EF1.…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 88 Table of Contents Chapter 90 Chapter 89 The Beating, June 24, 2060 I hadn’t spoken to Jon for 7 weeks. Quite frankly, I wasn’t looking forward to it. I didn’t know what his long term reaction would be to my asking about Mai Ling, but I suspected…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 87 Table of Contents Chapter 89 Chapter 88 Going North, June 15, 2060 I was worried about going North and leaving Edie alone while she was pregnant. She had another opinion. “Don’t be silly. I’m a big girl, Luc.” She took my hand and held it to her…