Third-Largest Object

Our probes sent us images of the planet centuries ago. Blues and greens wrapped by wraiths of fluorescent white. A planet of youth and hope. The civilisations were young and under-developed, but they had time. Earth was a special place with special peoples.

We thought it was a technical glitch when the first probe stopped relaying its messages. Unlikely, but possible. Then more of our probes failed; one by one they fell silent. We sent more, some as replacements and other probes to tell us what was happening to the ones we lost. We waited a long time but we heard nothing from any of them.

It’s why we came – to see what our probes couldn’t detect. To find out what had happened, and see whether our help was needed.


Interplanetary contact has always been our way of improving our quality of life. We’ve reached out, made contact and built relationships with our galactic neighbours for generations. Now we have ongoing contact with hundreds of species throughout the galaxy.

Those with whom we communicate now were approached by our forefathers millennia ago. Today we share knowledge with them. And today we reach out to other civilisations so that knowledge can be shared between genera...

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Paul Sterlini
Sep 17 2020

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