Chapter 11

Subject: Promotion to Security VP
To:
JDThorne encom . Com
From: Catkinson encom. com
Date: Dec-1-2009

I regret to inform you that the Board of Directors has decided to make an outside hire for the position of Vice President of Corporate Security. While I realize this is the second attempt you have made in three years for the position. Mr. Mackey feels you are too valuable in your current position to promote. I'm certain he would have told you in person, but he is in Singapore on business.

Claire Atkinson

Encom Senior Executive Vice President


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Subject: Freelance Work

To: Crown fcon . Ind
From:
JDThorne encom . Com
Date: Dec-18-2009

A mutual friend has sent me your email address and asked that I contract you regarding possible freelance work. While I am currently Director of Corporate Security at Encom and have been with the company almost 15 years, I feel I have reached the limit of how far I can go with them. My contract, however, does allow me to take freelance work.

If you do have a freelance assignment that matches my skills, I look forward to hearing from you.

J. D. Thorne

Encom Chief of Security


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Subject: Proposition
To: JDThorne encom . Com

CC: Crown fCon. Ind
From: CEO
Date: Dec-20-2009

Mister Crown forwarded the email to me personally once he realized who you were, Mr. Thorne. Future Control Industries is very interested in contracting your services. I would like to set up a meeting between you and Mr. Crown to discuss a partnership in more detail.

Please contact my secretary.

Looking forward to meeting you Mr. Thorne.

CEO
Future Control Industries


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Subject: Welcome to the Team
To: JDThorne en. com
From: Crown fCon. ind
Date: Dec-22-2009

Mr. Thorne,

Glad to have you on board. Our meeting was certainly informative. We both know Encom is a company stuck in the past when the industry is all about looking into the future. Our CEO is already making plans to take over the company, but an insider point of view never hurts.

We're on the brink of a new digital world order. What we do in the course of the next few months may shift the structure of government and military power as we know it. Those who cannot keep up will be left to watch from the sidelines. Those trying to stop it will not see it at all.

To secure this, we need to acquire the Digitization technology you claim Bradley is covertly rebuilding, and that Mr. Thorne, is where you come in. As Chief of Security, you are in a unique position to gain access to technologies required to set our plan in motion.

I'll be personally overseeing your progress. Report to me directly of your findings.

Seth Crown III, Attorney
Corporate Attorney
Future Control Industries


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Subject: Nothing but Smoke and Mirrors
To: Crown fCon. ind
From: JDThorne en. com
Date: Feb-15-2010

As requested, I was able to persuade Alan Bradley to allow me a look at his research. He still thinks of me as a friend, and Encom has treated him as shabbily as they have me. I hope you can persuade him to help make the sale, as he will likely be the deciding vote on the board – it's not like the Flynn boy comes out of his garage for anything except to cause trouble.

I took the attached video with my cell phone. I do not think Bradley saw me do it. As you can see in the video, he was able to shoot the laser at an orange, digitize it, and then play back the model to reconstitute it. When I asked about applications for his laser, he tried to evade the question by claiming the correction algorithms were not yet perfected. This is likely a smoke screen to keep the technology and its potential to himself. I've known Bradley for over a decade and know how he thinks. I've already told you about the other projects he keeps hidden from Encom.

The correction algorithms are nothing more than smoke and mirrors. There is no reason to delay your test run.

J. D. Thorne

Encom Chief of Security

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Subject: Digitization Technology
To: CEO fCon. ind
From: Crown fCon. ind
Date: Feb-23-2010

According to our man on the inside, Bradley really has achieved the impossible. The video he sent is confirmed the be authentic. The beam hit the orange, broke it down into digital code, and reassembled it thirty seconds later. I've put the video on my private FTP site for you to download.

Seth Crown III, Attorney
Corporate Attorney
Future Control Industries


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Subject: Digitization Technology
To: Crown fCon. ind
From: CEO fCon. ind
Date: Feb-25-2010

Well done, Mr. Crown.

As you know, I've had my eye on Encom for many years. Mr. Mackey is also warming up to the possibility of a sale, once I dangled a sufficiently large golden parachute offer. He has little substance; leave him to me. When he falls, most of the board should follow.

As for our friend on the inside, let him know that we will certainly give him the reward he asked for.

CEO
Future Control Industries


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He was once Joseph Daniel Thorne, and he lived a life that was mostly going nowhere. He joined the Air Force out of high school and had a mediocre career as a file clerk. His discharge was honorable, and he parlayed that into becoming a security guard at a Department of Defense research lab. Again, his career was neither one of praise or condemnation.

But then the accident happened, and he sacrificed his government job for something a little more exciting. Encom itself was no more challenging than a research lab, but it was what he did after hours that excited him; conspiracies, secrets a flamboyant CEO allegedly took to his grave. He wasn't personally involved as others were, but the idea of the forbidden, the unknown, gave his life some excitement. Otherwise, he came home to a shabby little house in Whittier with an underwater mortgage, a single gray cat, and cold takeout.

When he was passed over for promotion a second time, it was the last straw. His therapist had advised him to take charge and be confident anyway. So, he contacted a friend of a friend and was put in touch with Seth Crown. Corporate espionage was something he had learned to do from the very man who hired him to Encom, anyway. They both led a double life, but Thorne was not the kind of fool who believed a publicity whore like Kevin Flynn would vanish into thin air for twenty years and still be alive.

Future Control Industries offered him a world – literally. He stepped before the laser with no regrets and emerged a greater being.

His palace was the heart of a server, yellow-green and built around a sphere with sharp edges. He sat upon a living throne, literally reaching out with his consciousness across the world networks. His influence spread across systems by the nanosecond. A widening chant, echoed from the minions in this throne room across the farthest corners of the Internet.

"All hail Thorne. Thorne is the Master User. The Corruption is all. The Corruption is total. Only Thorne will remain. All hail Thorne. Thorne is the Master User. The Corruption is all. The Corruption is total. Only Thorne will remain. All hail Thorne..."

Not merely a User, but the Master User. He had to feign interest when attempting to read Digital Frontier. It sounded like the ramblings of a stoned madman with far too much philosophy and metaphor. He only did so because it was required reading for the conspiracy he joined. But there was one passage that stuck out at him.

In our own world, we are men. In the Digital Frontier, we are as Gods.

Thorne definitely liked being a god.