Sunday, May 8, 2011

ex machina

Most people, of course, did not notice the change at first. Their alarm clocks rang into duty at five thirty or six in the morning; their pre-set coffee makers perked into existence and provided a kick start to the day; in a sleepy haze they staggered to their cars and the morning commute, noticing only subliminally that the sun wasn't quite in the right place, but intentionally choosing to overlook this fact in favor of concentrating on the tasks of the day ahead, the meetings, the deadlines, the flirtations in the mail room. For almost a week, the vast majority of the population remained unaware that the sun was crossing the sky from west to east, for although NASA scientists and meteorologists and physicists were aware of the change, the government had enacted a gag in place until the actual ramifications could be understood.