Finding My Calling At The End Of The World

A worker checks on the repairs to the Large Hadron Collider following the Quench Incident.

Back in November 2009, the physicists, engineers and technicians at the  state of the art CERN facility worked diligently to uncover the secrets of our Universe.  Their work on a series of twenty-one million dollars in repairs to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) following an operating was coming to an end.  They were days away from restarting the particle accelerator when more than 100 terrorists took over the laboratory deep beneath the Alps on the border between France and Switzerland.  The terrorists held more than the facilities, scientists and technicians hostage – they threatened the entire world.  If their demands weren’t met, terrorists would turn on the LHC and create black holes that could destroy the Earth.  The United Nations Security Council quickly tabled its debate over child soldiers and pondered its response to this existential threat.  Fighting the insanity gripping the Council and the terror washing over the world stood an unlikely hero – the delegate to the Security Council from the Republic of Uganda. Continue reading