- The Horseburger Protocol
- The Osterman Weekend
- The Almaric Solution
- The Bourne Identity
- The Carrington Event
Two things happened when this storm of plasma and magnetic flux struck the Earth and its atmosphere.
- for the next couple of days the aurora was exceptionally bright and extensive, being visible well South of the Tropic of Cancer and bright enough to read a newspaper by. Apparently watchless gold-miners in the Rockies thought it was time to get up and started making breakfast. Something similar happened to me on the Camino de Santiago. After a long tiring day walking, I fell into bed at about 9pm zzzzzzz. I started awake feeling totally refreshed and, noting the orange glow on the horizon, started to make coffee and bun to start the day. I saw two lads smoking at the door of the hostel and went to ask them the time. "Once y media" [=2330] they replied. It took me two gulps, a furrowed brow, and 30 seconds to twig that I'd had 2.5 hours sleep and should go back to bed.
- the electromagnetic world, slight as that was in 1859, was fritzed. Telegraph wires shot sparks into the air, operators received shocks and the whole system went live [prev] and then died.
As it happens, the Sun experienced a Son of Carrington event in 2012 although the CME was not pointing directly at the Earth but was about 9 days ahead of our orbit - so Miss! One known satellite in the direct path of the ejecta seems to have come through the storm unscathed. I guess we should treat this like Y2K, but rein in the hysteria and crank up the information.