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Eve of War

  by R. L. Giddings

(about 369 pages)
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We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

would have been done to his reputation until, eventually, he’d have been lucky to get a berth on the fleet auxiliary. Still, he couldn’t help but feel that he’d been taken advantage of. And, if Faulkner was right - if war really was on the horizon - he might yet come to regret his decision. Perhaps he wasn’t quite so different from that impetuous young chess player. The Confederation would never have shipped him off to the Yakutians – he was certain of that now. It would have taken years of negotiations and, even then, it would still have been very unlikely. Once the war was fully under way, any blemishes on his record would have quickly been forgotten as the navy searched for experienced commanders. It would only have been a matter of time before a new ship would have come available. Admittedly, he’d never have been offered anything like the Mantis but he was confident that eventually he would have secured his own commission. So long as he didn’t get himself killed first. No, there was no point souring his relationship with Faulkner over what might have been. He was lucky to be back on active duty and was just going to have to apply himself to the job at hand. That’s what his father would have advised, at least. His father was a big fan of dogged determination - not that it had gotten him very far, it had to be said. “Sir,” it was Lieutenant Yamada again. “The captain was was stand and watch. Faulkner looked back to the main visual display which had switched coverage to the glittering carpet of space. The missiles were out there somewhere but at twenty thousand kilometres distant he was damned if he could see them. Luckily, the targeting software on the laser clusters had no such difficulty as incandescent bursts of light reached out across the void. The volley lasted all of thirty seconds before the targeting computers paused, re-configured their response in line with each missile’s pattern of evasive manoeuvres. Then the firing began again. “One minute ‘til impact.” The bursts of laser fire were much shorter this time. Somewhere over on their starboard side, Webster caught a flare of light which surged brightly before dying out. That still left two more missiles unaccounted for. “Thirty seconds ‘til impact,” Yamada warned. The laser clusters were firing in a carefully regulated rhythm now, in an effort to afford maximum coverage while still avoiding overheating. A flurry of laser fire was followed by a huge detonation that was so close that it flooded the screen with light. It happened so quickly that the screen didn’t have time to auto-correct, leaving Webster momentarily dazzled. Before he had an opportunity to recover, the bridge lurched violently pitching him thrown onto the floor. As damage alarms blared all around, he struggled to regain his feet. The room was bathed in an eerie red light. He’d landed heavily on his elbow but any pain he might have felt

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 1846.16 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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