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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 l. a. localité de Rivers est transportée dans un univers parallèle, sur une Terre où l'histoire a divergé dès l'époque grecque old ; los angeles civilisation américaine y est moins avancée au niveau approach 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 opposed.

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I don’t be aware of, Meg. It doesn’t appear most probably. ” “But the electrical energy doesn’t paintings. Or the telephones. So maybe—” “Anything’s attainable, yet let’s now not leap to conclusions. ” She checked out his selection of canned items and bottled water, now not too assorted from the former order. “Should all of us be—you understand, stocking up? ” “I don’t in truth be aware of. Is your father round? ” “Upstairs. ” “Maybe you'll want to inform him what occurred. If any of this can be precise, or maybe if rumors begin flying, there can be a crowd in right here through this afternoon. ” “I’ll do that,” Meg stated. “Here’s your switch, Mr. Graham. ” He placed the groceries within the trunk of the automobile. it can were wiser to move directly again to Evelyn’s, yet he couldn’t allow the problem relaxation. He drove prior the home on Beacon, attached with the road and grew to become south. He handed a number of automobiles headed within the wrong way. via site visitors, Dex questioned? Or had they hit the mysterious barrier and grew to become again? He determined he didn’t think the toilet Deere man’s tale; it used to be just too incredible . . . yet anything may need became the fellow round, maybe anything hooked up with the ability failure and the explosion at the outdated reserve. The nation street wound via low pine punctuated with again roads the place tar paper shacks and old cabins crumbled within the midday warmth. He observed town limits signal, LEAVING RIVERS; a billboard advert for a Stuckey’s forward the place the kingdom street met the interstate; LEAVING BAYARD COUNTY. Then he rounded a decent curve and nearly rammed the again finish of a Honda Civic parked with one wheel within the breakdown lane. He stomped the brake and recommended challenging left. whilst the auto got here to a cease he allow it idle a couple of minutes. Then, while it happened to him to take action, he placed it in park and switched off the muttering engine. every little thing the guy had stated used to be precise. 3 autos had arrived right here sooner than him: the Civic, a blue Pinto with a roof rack, and a tall diesel cab with out a trailer. All 3 have been immobile. Their proprietors stood on the finish of the line, huddled in confusion: a girl with a baby, a guy in a enterprise go well with, and the truck driving force. They checked out Dex as he climbed out of his automobile. Dex went to where the place the line ended. He desired to make a cautious commentary; desired to manage to describe this with clinical accuracy to Howard Poole, the graduate physics pupil again at Evelyn’s. It appeared very important, during this mindless second, to check in each aspect. The road easily stopped. It was once as though somebody had drawn a surveyor’s line throughout it. in this aspect, two-lane blacktop; on that side—old-growth wooded area. the line looked as if it would were lower by way of whatever a lot finer than a knife. just a couple of debris of asphalt had crumbled. The graded street used to be below the woodland flooring at the different facet. A hump of loamy soil rose above the line floor and had dropped crumbs of moss and composted pine needles onto it. The scent of the soil used to be wealthy and robust. Dex picked up a handful. It was once wet and compacted simply in his fist. It were the following a protracted, very long time.

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