Rise of the Prokaryotes

Why and how are the world’s bacterial species suddenly banding together?

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Video description: Trailer for “Rise of the Prokaryotes.” 42 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “Why and how are the world’s bacterial species suddenly banding together?” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. Three people at right gathered before a monitor at left displaying the planet Earth. An inset on the monitor, seen at a bias displays a scattering of circles or spheres in front of a hazy mass. A few papers lie on the long table supporting the monitor. An office chair is pulled out from the table. A man at bottom foreground, seen from shoulders up, has his hand raised to his chin. Beside him, directly in front of the monitor, stands a woman with arm outstretched to point to the image. Beside her, and behind the pulled-out chair, stands another woman, right arm crossed before her, left arm bent with her hand covering the bottom of her face. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “There’s a bacterial biofilm condensing in the atmosphere. The point of attachment can be traced to the Earth, but the films are reaching up into the air through their extracellular matrix and past the troposphere, the stratosphere, and further still. It’s so delicate that planes are flying right through it, but so resilient that those planes are causing little disruption and no dispersion. The species composition changes to adapt to the specific environment that portion of the film is occupying. And the biofilm has actually reached space.” Story title appears at top as the image blurs. Text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”

Rise of the Prokaryotes Storyfeather

Episode Released: 30 September 2022

“Ladies, gentlemen, rogues, and sundry, I implore you to focus,” Greenfield said.

Doctor Greenfield, a microbiologist, was the northwestern region’s representative in the newly formed International Research Consortium on the Planetary Biofilm.

She asked a simple question, a prompt really. “Do we know if the species that makes up this planetary biofilm is dangerous to humans? Or even to animals or plants? Is it infectious?”

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Story: “Rise of the Prokaryotes” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart (no percussion)”
“You Were Always In the Right Place (no percussion)”
“Ground Control”
“Forest Bathing”
“The Longest Year”

Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Genetic marker”
“Learning punch”
“Neon city”
“The deal”
“Cold case”
“Pitch black”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Andrea Baroni and Nicholas Jeudy is licensed from GameDev Market

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy and Andrea Baroni at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com


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Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: BacteriaBiofilmEarthFinchGreenfieldMeteorNear-Earth ObjectPlanetary BiofilmProkaryoteWylde

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