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The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 53 Table of Contents Chapter 55 Chapter 54 Greenhouse, May 31, 2057 Things were not looking good. At UNGETF, we were all too aware of of the unfolding disasters. The storms and wildfires, the floods and droughts were bad enough, but food production was down again. The methane…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 52 Table of Contents Chapter 54 Chapter 53 Carillon, March 8, 2057 When I got home that afternoon I discovered that one of my new students had surreptitiously video logged me. Edie met me at the door with, “I watched your whole lecture today.” “What?” “It’s true. You’re…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 51 Table of Contents Chapter 53 Chapter 52 Ecology 550 – Group 5 Overview, March 8, 2057 Notes on a lecture. Spring term was near the half way point and Ecology 550 was ahead of schedule. I had been fielding a lot of questions about Group 5, so…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 50 Table of Contents Chapter 52 Chapter 51 Soap, February 20, 2057 Anna came down the hall complaining. “Mommy, my tummy hurts.” There were bubbles coming out of her mouth. Edie took one look and yelled, “Luc, call an ambulance!” I came out of the kitchen and saw…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 49 Table of Contents Chapter 51 Chapter 50 Eco 110 – Carrying Capacity, January 15, 2057 Notes on a lecture It was the first class of the term. I was purposefully late, because I wanted everyone to be present and impatient. I walked in, dropped my case on…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 48 Table of Contents Chapter 50 Chapter 49 Solstice, December 27, 2056 I have not been writing much, because I have been busy with the lichen. Annoyingly, the symbiotic signalling continues to elude me. A colleague at CCU collaborated with me on a paper. “An examination of the…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 46 Table of Contents Chapter 48 Chapter 47 Symbiosis, September 27, 2056 The next time I got into the lab, I started pulling apart lichen just to get a feel for the territory. Lichen is a symbiosis of an algae and a fungus. The fungus in the north…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 45 Table of Contents Chapter 47 Chapter 46 Boo-Boo, August 26, 2056 I found myself becoming quite anthropological watching Anna learn to walk and talk over the summer. She is a curious and rambunctious child who is always getting into things we thought out of reach. If it…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 35 Table of Contents Chapter 37 Chapter 36 Neurolin, March 17, 2056 Edie was changing. I didn’t know how, but she was no longer the shy retiring mouse of a woman she had been. A week later I happened across a clue. As a matter of course, we…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 34 Table of Contents Chapter 36 Chapter 35 Prometheus, March 8, 2056 To be honest, the Group 2 debacle was more of a public relations disaster than an ecological one. The damage was dramatic, but relatively restricted. Within 48 hours someone leaked the hazmat team video on the…