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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Vote/Voted off the Island (05/29/14)

TITLE: The Panic
By Gary Ritter
06/03/14


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If I believed in God, I would have called it a revelation from Him. But since He is an abstraction, a crutch, and something conceived out of whole cloth, my revelation naturally came from within myself. It is I who conceived it, and I who made the world aware of its danger.

I was famous some years ago with a book predicting that the world was cooling. In fact, from my research, I was convinced we were soon to enter a new ice age. For some reason that didnít happen. Revisiting my calculations I found the miniscule error that led me astray. Did I let that stop me? Not a chance!

It was only a couple years later that my colleagues and I discovered the real truth of the matter. The earth was warming! The challenge was so great that we knew we had to get the word out. And we did. We were scientists. Science is the greatest force for positive action known to man. When scientific research reaches a conclusion thereís no denying the consequences. Governments woke up. We began a movement that swept the globe. Countries repented. New systems of taxation were imagined, and great progress was made to combat this existential threat.

Unfortunately, several years later the data revealed a slight mistake. The earth wasnít warming. The infamous hockey puck, the poster-boy for global warming, was based on manipulated data. To my chagrin I learned that many of my colleagues lied to support what many called a fantasy, a fraud. I would never do such a thing, so I recalibrated all the statistics in a new program of my own devising. Low and behold, it showed that both situations were true! There was both global warming and global cooling. One couldnít predict which might occur at any given time so we call the phenomenon climate change. After a few more years, to drive the point home, we renamed this lack of a trend climate disruption, and truly covered all the bases.

Having the power and the authority to move governments was quite humbling for me as you can imagine. So it was that when I looked deeper into the problem of overpopulation I knew something must once again stir men of good will to action. Because of the uncertainty of climate disruption we faced a disaster of epic proportions. Thus my revelation. There was a scarcity of resources that would soon engulf all that we knew and loved. It wouldnít be long before everyone would starve to death. Something must be done! Preemptive action had to be taken.

My challenge to mankind was met with ridicule. It was labeled as inane and insane. Critics called it the ďVoted Off the IslandĒ mandate. But I persisted. Here was the truth: unless the vermin of the earth were eliminated, we would all die. The masses were worth little. What value did the poverty stricken have? What could AIDS-infested children contribute to our wellbeing? How could the mentally ill add to the wealth of nations? Was there any point in feeding those who proclaimed themselves followers of God and Christ? Deniers! Fools every one of them. There was no use for them in this brave new world we were building.

Naturally, people panicked when they realized their fate. Yes, there was a fair amount of rioting and unpleasantness when the troops came in. But the disruptions were quelled. When their bodies were processed for food and meat became plentiful, fewer folks complained. A full belly solves many woes.

Iím now feted as the one who saved the world. Itís an honor and a privilege, and I try to remain unassuming in my labors. And speaking of work, Iíve just been asked to solve another problem. It seems the culling of the masses might have gone a little overboard. I have to figure out where we can find enough people to do all the work that has gone undone.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 06/05/14
Clever and intricate entry, well written and well done.

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith06/06/14
Darwin contributes to "Soylent Green" - a movie starring Charlton Heston and Edgar G. Robinson.

Fascinating and frighteningly believable. When the fate of man is determined by man and not by God, confusion reigns. And we know who the "author of confusion" is . . .
Joe Moreland06/12/14
Oooh! This was very good. I could easily see this as the preface to a full-length novel that picks up where this leaves off.

The voice of your MC is superb and I would love to read more of this story. Great job! Congratulations on your EC.
Lois Farrow06/12/14
Wow, very good and very scary.
Well done and congratulations.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/13/14
Wow, one only needs to read this riveting piece to understand why it won the precious EC award. You did a wonderful job of getting into the skin of this MC. This was just a brilliant piece of writing. You managed to reach me on so many different levels. You displayed the arrogance of the MC in such a way I was wrinkling my nose in disgust. Brilliant storytelling.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/13/14
I was going to also encourage you to turn this into a novel. You have the synopsis laid out brilliantly, now you need to go back through, fill in details to build chapters, throw in some twists and I believe you have the potential to have a best seller here. I'd even offer to help you edit it. This needs to be told and I hope you will seriously consider the novel idea--maybe you could submit it to the Xulon's fiction contest.
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/13/14
Congratulations!

God bless you~
Gregory Kane06/13/14
Wow. Positively reeks of hubris. Shame he wasn't one of those to be culled! Might have taught him a valuable lesson.
Tracy Nunes 06/14/14
Chillingly accurate from today's headlines but told in such a riveting way. Truth really can be scarier than fiction! Congratulations!