By Robert Charles Wilson

Mysterium (titre unique : Mysterium) est un roman de science-fiction de l'écrivain canadien Robert Charles Wilson publié au États-Unis en 19941 puis en France en 19952.

Un artéfact fait d'un matériau inconnu est découvert en Turquie par une équipe d'archéologues américains. Un laboratoire de recherches en body est construit par le gouvernement américain à Rivers, dans le nord du Michigan, afin de l'étudier. Alan Stern, prix Nobel de body, est recruté par chapeauter les recherches. Une expérience tourne mal et los angeles localité de Rivers est transportée dans un univers parallèle, sur une Terre où l'histoire a divergé dès l'époque grecque vintage ; l. a. civilisation américaine y est moins avancée au niveau procedure et los angeles faith est beaucoup plus présente à tous les niveaux de l. a. société. Les habitants de Rivers, initialement complètement perdus, tentent tant bien que mal de survivre dans cet environnement adverse.

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The manager and many of the fireplace Board trustees have been in Detroit till Monday for a convention on ISO grading coverage. And it regarded as though an emergency had fallen into his lap meanwhile: the electrical energy didn’t paintings and neither did the telephones. probably worse, there has been no water strain within the bathroom—the rest room gave a tragic final gasp while he flushed it. Rivers took its water strain from a reservoir within the highlands north of the Bayard County line, so this is able to be an area challenge . . . however it will possibly not, and the assumption of an enormous hearth with out the capability to struggle it was once one in all Haldane’s own undesirable desires. missing choices, he hopped into his getting older Pontiac LeMans and drove like hell to the Beacon street hearth corridor. the 2 Rivers actual examine Laboratory—obvious resource of the smoke—was imagined to have its personal fireplace keep watch over staff, and definitely nobody had advised Haldane the ability was once within his reaction quarter. on the contrary. the dept of protection had had a protracted speak with the Municipal hearth provider. They didn’t wish volunteer brigades at the estate except they have been particularly known as for, and based on the DOD’s guy in a swimsuit, that used to be approximately as most likely as a 911 name from God Almighty. nonetheless that smoke stored on curling right into a lazy sky. Haldane saved the evening shift on accountability and waited for the morning staff to reach. a number of Honda turbines within the basement supplied AC for the dispatcher’s radio, yet there has been no one conversing again. He made a number of makes an attempt to arrive urban corridor and the mayor at domestic, however it used to be no pass. this complete mess used to be squarely on his again. There have been a hearth within the nationwide wooded area land north of city in 1962, while Haldane was once 20 years previous, and he were one of the males slicing the firebreak. He had witnessed many fires on account that, yet none as terrifying. He imagined the Ojibway reserve because it have been earlier than the feds moved in: weedy meadowland and tall wild pine, a couple of shacks the place the traditionals nonetheless endured of their previous methods. these shacks were razed and a fringe drawn at the county maps: DOD, input at your personal probability, the following There Be Tygers. yet a hearth, as Haldane advised his troops, observes no limits. a hearth is going the place it sounds like. this fireplace didn’t glance all that severe, at the least now not but, no longer from right here, yet still—he didn’t wish anyone asserting a woodland burned down simply because Dick Haldane was once ready on a phone name. He stored the engine corporation at domestic yet dispatched a ladder corporation to survey the scene. He at the back of within the chief’s vehicle, a purple station wagon with a roof gentle. The siren minimize the Saturday quiet like a sizzling, sharp knife. now not that there has been a lot site visitors to get within the method. Rivers was once gradual to wake this bizarre morning. He observed a couple of humans on their porches out to stare on the ladder truck, a number of youngsters of their PJs. doubtless they have been puzzling over no matter if the television could start to paintings beautiful soon—or the phones. Haldane used to be stricken via an identical query. there has been no signal of an emergency other than that smoke from the federal undertaking, yet how may possibly a hearth in the market, even a foul hearth, close down loads of 2 Rivers?

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