The hum of the earth has not gone away. It's still driving people crazy and inspiring scientists to search for a scientific explanation.
The latest research blames monster waves, deep deep down under the ocean. A lot goes on down below the surface, including waves we can barely see, waves that travel up and over undersea mountain ranges, waves that collide with each other. Microseismic signals result, not felt by most humans.
"I think our result is an important step in the transformation of a mysterious noise into an understood signal," said Fabrice Ardhuin of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Brest, France.
Alas, this news comes too late for Ivan, the tragical-comical hero of my novel Humming. He is bursting with theories about the source of the Hum, from whale-song stuck in the sand to the voice of God, speaking very very slowly. I suspect he prefers ignorance so that he can generate ever more crazy hypotheses, don't you?
Anyway, knowing the reason is not enough. Scientific certainty is no relief to those whose bodies throb with the earth's relentless hum. No amount of artistic athleticism and silver foil can stop the penetration of the hum.
When you're in love with your own magical hypotheses, it's inclined to end badly. Still, Ivan finds his own kind of prickly peace which almost satisfies this cheerful melancholic.
But hey! what am I doing?