The Torus Project

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic
Can science create belief, almost instantly connecting people and making them have the same worldview? In this modern version of the body snatchers, a nefarious university professor sets out to change humanity from the inside out. However, one of his students stumbles upon the diabolical plan and races to save everyone he knows from being changed forever.

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Submitted: February 04, 2011

Prologue Dr. Fratameier needed a long talk with God. The day had been exhausting.Committee meetings, department politics, and tha... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 04, 2011

Chapter 2 5:37 p.m., Friday   A freckle-faced boy sat in the back seat of Brian’s beat-up ’97 Saturn, squirming unde... Read Chapter

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Chapter 3 7:30 a.m., Saturday Amber. Deep eyes. Full lips. Had she really been there? Most of the previous nig... Read Chapter

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Chapter 4 7:30 a.m., Sunday As any day, Wilson awoke early, something Brian wasn’t ready for. “I’m hungry, Dad. Come... Read Chapter

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Chapter 5 1:37 p.m., Wednesday Brian spent the next week studying for Kevill’s and a few other finals, continuing to drop Wilso... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 06, 2011

Chapter 6 10:15 a.m., Friday Brian stood atop the third-floor staircase, wondering if he should bail out or push ahead to Dr. Kev... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 06, 2011

Chapter 7 4:26 p.m., Friday Beliefs. Brian had to pick up Wilson from daycare, so he left Amber and Mike at Sam’s bar. ... Read Chapter

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Chapter 8 8 p.m., Friday Frank Barnes arrived at Dr. Kevill’s lab promptly onschedule. In his usual suit and tie, hair sli... Read Chapter

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Chapter 9 10:27 p.m., Friday “So what’s your problem, Carol?” Josh allowed Brian and Carol into his entryway before cl... Read Chapter

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Chapter 10 11:00 p.m., Friday Carol wasagitated when she and Brian got in her car and sped away from Dr. Uhland’s house. S... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 08, 2011

Chapter 11 11:30 p.m., Friday Brian and Carol closed and locked the lab door behind them, Carol deftly reinstalling the alarm onc... Read Chapter

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Chapter 12 7:45 a.m., Saturday Brian awoke to Wilson’s schedule again Saturday morning, breaking a dream in which he and Dr. Ke... Read Chapter

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Chapter 13 10:00 a.m., Saturday When Mike arrived promptly at ten, Brian first noticed his friend sporting slacks and a nice, sho... Read Chapter

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Chapter 14 2 p.m., Saturday Amber’s call Saturday afternoon to see if their date was still on brought up an old-fashioned quali... Read Chapter

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Chapter 15 2:43 p.m., Saturday “We had a virus.” “What?”  Kevill and Josh had completed a check of the mainf... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 10, 2011

Chapter 16 6:30 p.m., Saturday Brian, dressed in blue jeans and a green, short-sleeved dress shirt, arrived at Amber’s apartmen... Read Chapter

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Chapter 17 10:04 p.m., Saturday “Damn! What cued him off?” said Kevill, who sat up, knocking the wine he was drinking onto th... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 10, 2011

Chapter 18 1:47 a.m., Sunday Jackie pulled to a stop in the same parking lot in which Brian had been arrested not three hours pri... Read Chapter

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Chapter 19 2:32 a.m., Sunday The moon filtered into his apartment window, the night cold despite its humidity. It felt lonel... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 10, 2011

Chapter 20 10:45 a.m., Sunday Daka, in dark blue suit and a red tie, painted a different image than his usual relaxed and colorfu... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 12, 2011

Chapter 21 11:45 a.m., Sunday Jackie’s one-bedroom apartment across town from Brian’s place was modern and spotless. She... Read Chapter

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Chapter 22 1:56 p.m., Sunday Brian made it back to Jackie’s apartment and found his son and his two friends safe and sound watc... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 12, 2011

Chapter 23 10 a.m., Monday Jackie and Carol were waiting for Brian when he arrived after letting Wilson off at daycare. Jack... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 12, 2011

Chapter 24   1:07 p.m., Monday “He’s here.” From the upstairs lab, Josh talked via his cell to Kevill, who sa... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 12, 2011

Chapter 25 2:15 p.m., Monday Torus, quantum . . . the concepts seemed way out of Brian’s league, but after he split up with Jac... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

Chapter 26 7 p.m., Monday Montor Hall Auditorium was about half-full for Dr. Kevill’s lecture. Wearing a nice, cotton shir... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

Chapter 27   10:23 p.m., Monday Amber tapped the window to get Brian’s attention. He came back in front of the gl... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

Chapter 28 5:15 a.m., Tuesday The night was a restless one for Brian. Being crammed into Jackie’s one-bedroom apartment di... Read Chapter

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Chapter 29 1:23 p.m., Tuesday Along with Amber, Brian picked up Wilson from Jackie’s place and headed back to his own. Eve... Read Chapter

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Chapter 30 8:00 a.m., Wednesday Brian let Amber sleep in a bit the next morning while he and Wilson played some video games in th... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

Chapter 31 2:22 a.m., Thursday Brian and Montgomery made their way out of the hospital through a stairwell and a side exit, the o... Read Chapter

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Chapter 32 6:35 p.m., Thursday At first, Brian was confused about Montgomery’s actions. A gun? The kindly old man was the ... Read Chapter

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Chapter 33 2:15 a.m., Friday The pair worked until the wee hours of the night, analyzing the computer files on each inoculant, se... Read Chapter

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Chapter 34 3:45 a.m., Friday Heartbroken, beaten, Brian decided to go back down to the lab to await a fate unknown. The door... Read Chapter

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Chapter 35 4:30 a.m., Friday Exhausted. Completely exhausted was how Brian felt. Once swiping the security card to open th... Read Chapter

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Chapter 36 10:22 a.m., Friday Madalene exited the elevator upstairs and whispered for Brian, who popped up from his hiding place ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

Chapter 37 Noon, Friday Everyone gathered downstairs in the main lab. Brian had been taken first, then Wilson, then Madalene... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2011

Epilogue In a government facility somewhere on the East Coast, a short-cropped, gray-haired man sat strapped to a chair, his arms and... Read Chapter