The early eomasp
An eomasp is a sudden
Syoom-wide tingling of awareness that an era is coming to an end and a
new era is commencing.
explanation is that eomasps are caused by positive feedback between the
aerial micro-organisms - the throom - and public awareness of
change. The throom sense human excitement and when it reaches a
certain critical level they begin suddenly and strongly to reflect
it, whereupon a change of era is broadcast and is accepted by
all. It is also accompanied by an interruption in the rhythm
of day and night, since it is the throom's pulsations of brightness and
dimness which form the diurnal cycle, and they are "put off their
stride" by the excitement.
the eomasps have occurred without any obvious prompting from public
awareness. On these problematic occasions the great events which
mark the change of era have been secret events - secret, that is,
to most or all of the Nenns.
For example, eras 42
to 46 were ushered in without any Nenn having a clue as to why. It
turned out that another type of consciousness was influencing the
throom. This was the time of the awakening of the Ghepions.
And this fact gives historians enough of a clue to be going on
with. We can accept, without understanding the details, that a
powerful machine consciousness might cause an eomasp.
But what of the
earliest two eomasps - those which ushered in eras 2 and 3? This
is more of a problem.
The 18-day Helium Era
was the period during which the ideas of Syoom and Fyaym were propagated
decisively across most of the area covered by human civilization.
And it coincided with the news of the discovery of the Sun-Egg
which promised to solve the energy problems of humanity for
over two hundred lifetimes to come. But the exact boundaries of
the era were not definable in terms of special peaks of public
excitement - it all seems to have been a continuous thing.
Why, then, were there two eomasps, one at the beginning and the
other at the end of those 18 days, 18 hours and 36 minutes?
We have no evidence
for an answer. All we can do is speculate.
The most plausible
guess runs as follows:
The last of the
Liquid Men, progenitors of the Nenns, had minds powerful enough to
influence the throom by themselves. And they had means
to identify decisive points in what to us seems to be a continuous
process. They knew when the order went out to send the
message of change across the land; and they knew when the point was
reached at which success in that mission was assured. It was
what they knew, not what most Nenns knew, that caused the
eomasps at the beginning and end of the Helium