The Glitch of 2259

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The Glitch of 2259

In the galactic year 2259, all beings from the Zidrian race -- billions originating from the Angpetu system -- suddenly began to collapse and yell themselves into convulsions, comas, and disorganization. A horror that occurred at the same moment across the galaxy. In homes, workplaces, parks, and beyond, those near any Zidrian being witnessed the terrifying collapse of an entire race of sentient life. The poet Gasbacho Vivalcho, who held his thrashing Zidrion friend, reflects on the trauma of the event:, “His blue eyes bled and his wail filled the air with pain -- what do I do with this? Why is this not apocalypse?”

Studying the Zidrion phenomena, it was Dr. Helgan Mustrom who discovered that the basic unit of all lifeforms, everything that creates appearance, mental capacity, and emotions, was a code -- a code that resembles the foundational command-and-response frameworks of the computers in her day. Life was a simulation. And the Zidrions held a unique, deadly glitch in their code.

Many philosophers, like Vance Bubnut, Sylv-7, and Gleetha Veeshtha, grappled with the existential meaning of living in a simulation, ultimately arguing that life -- whether coded or not -- is life. Though many know of the Glitch and fear its re-emergence, civilizations celebrate Glitch Remembrance Day and celebrate coded life. Today, simulacra carry-on with their lives, finding purpose where they choose to.