Earth spins on an axis that is almost perpendicular to the plane of its rotation around Sol. Energy streams from the surface of the sun and bathes the planet's surface as it turns, giving cool nights and warm days to life on the planet. The first hysterical tweets originated from the western hemisphere of the planet on a Tuesday morning. By late afternoon, chaos had erupted around the globe. The leading edge of the coronal mass ejection event reached the surface of the planet several hours later. The visuals were stunning. A bluish glow of excited atmospheric particles surrounded any ferrous metal object bigger than a breadbasket. Ball lightning would suddenly appear, buzzing and crackling and seeming to move with intent like a malevolent spirit and discharging with a bang upon reaching some random destination. Whether connected to anything or not, every conductor from the cables of suspension bridges to solder dots on circuit boards became a high voltage source. In eighteen hours, the silicon junctions in virtually every transistor ever manufactured had been turned into the atomic equivalent of Swiss cheese. To animals of the forest, the next day was a welcome relief. No jets flew overhead, no cars traveled the roads, and power lines swayed silently in the breeze.
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