It started as a speck in space, an insignificant sphere amongst the
vastness of the galaxy, hurtling towards the tiny blue planet. The Sphere
was small; only one and a half meters in diameter however its repercussions
on its people and those it was about to visit would be enormous. Though it
travelled through space at a tremendous speed, its journey still took many
years, but at last it had reached its final destination. The little ball
started to glow as it entered the atmosphere of the blue planet, leaving a
trail of flames behind it.
The beings below saw it as a falling star in the night sky, a hunk of
rock or a piece of debris which was sucked in by the planets gravitational
pull. It wasn't anything special as such things were common throughout the
night sky. They failed to realize however that this shooting star was
different from the others that normally visited the night sky. It was very
different indeed. As stargazers watched the meteorite plummet to the
surface, they noticed to their amazement that it was slowing down. In fact
it was landing!
The little Sphere fired its engines to slow its descent. Its speed
dropped dramatically as it neared the surface of the blue planet until
finally it came to rest. The gauges told it that the night air out side was
cool though the surface of its shell was still too hot for it to continue
its mission at this time. It needed to wait. It just sat there in the same
spot as it slowly cooled down to that of the outside temperature.
Though the small Sphere could not deploy its sensors, it still knew
that it was no longer alone. There were strange creatures out side watching
it from a safe distance. It could tell that they were scared of the new
visitor. Hundreds of eyes peered onto the little Sphere, gazing at the
strange object. It could hear voices too, and although it couldn't be sure
of what was being said, it was definitely a language. Had it finally found
what it was looking for?
The creatures watched in awe as the Sphere started to move. It split
vertically along an invisible axis allowing metallic tentacles to extend
from its innards. There were six in all, each carrying a different tool of
some kind. The crowd grew silent as one of the arms produced a green light.
The light panned across the crowd, shinning on every individual it could.
Although some ran away most stayed in an attempt to discover the meaning of
the weird visitor.
The tiny Sphere could now see what was around it. The sensors on its
arms were gathering information from its surroundings. It studied the
creatures that curiously observed it in return. They were bipedal and stood
on average 175 crenoms tall. They also had only two arms and a single head
that was erected from their body on a stout neck. They spoke in short
bursts of chatter; the Sphere's creators would be pleased indeed. The
Sphere knew all to well the significance of its discovery; intelligent life
does exist beyond its own planet!
The Sphere continued to gather information; Nitrogen was the main
component of the atmosphere with small amounts of Oxygen and other gases.
The soil was rich in microbial life forms in fact life was everywhere. The
moisture content of the soil was plentiful indicating the presence of
frequent rain. The mission was going extremely well.
Then a noise, a loud mechanical sound as the air pressure and wind
speed increased dramatically. Above, the Sphere noticed a flying machine
unlike anything it had seen before. Instead of relying on anti-gravitation
plates, it used a series of rotating blades to keep it hovering in the air.
On closer inspection it noticed that the creatures were inside operating
the flying machine. They were intelligent indeed.
The Sphere continued to survey the surrounding action. This mission
is proceeding far beyond expectations. Probes had been sent to planets
throughout the galaxy with no results, until now. Readings continued to be
collected by the various computers. This planet was fascinating, life was
everywhere and it co-existed with each other just like it did on its home
world. The trip was definitely worth it. The Sphere then paid attention to
its power supply, which was getting low; it needed to shut down in order to
regenerate. It took in one more panoramic view of the world around it then
The light from the planets star activated the Sphere to wake from its
sleep. Day light added new sights to the already over stimulated computers.
There were more creatures now, and more machines both in the air and on the
ground. Though the flying machines looked different from one-another they
still relied on the same principle to stay air borne. It studied the
creatures around it in greater detail; they were different individuals from
the ones who were there the previous night. They also brought a number of
other creatures with them, these were small and had four legs and no arms.
Their elongated snout harbored many sharp teeth. They were covered in hair
and although they were independent from the original creatures, they seemed
to be under their control. There was also something strange about the
bipeds as they were all wearing the same clothing and some carried what
appeared to be; weapons?
The Sphere became alarmed at the new developments. It never
anticipated that intelligent life forms could have weapons. Not even the
creators thought this was possible. This indeed was disturbing. Are they
hostile? What if they attack? The Sphere calculated the possibilities; it
must deliver these findings to the Creators, hence the best thing to do was
leave. The only problem being that there was still insufficient power to
conduct a launch. It started to recharge its engines. More time was needed.
A number of creatures started to approach the Sphere. They were
wearing what appeared to be protective suits. One of them even carried a
strange box, was it also a weapon? Maybe it should close it self up,
protecting its innards. This would easily protect the Sphere, but it would
also hamper its mission. It observed the situation closely; it could not
see the faces of the aliens as a dark shield obscured them from view.
The four aliens continued communicating with one another as they
slowly approached the Sphere. The Sphere studied the box that one of the
aliens was carrying; a beam of light from the sphere penetrated the box
causing the aliens to stop in their tracks. The sphere read the information
gathered from the scans, the box is only a set a sensors! At last the
Sphere could relax. They only wanted to know what the Sphere was.
The aliens started to approach again, this time the Sphere stretched
open its innards for them to see. The aliens peered inside to see that the
arms protruded from a black box. The Sphere sat still allowing the aliens
to study the case of its artificial brain. The sound of the aliens chatter
intensified with excitement as they continued to study the Sphere. They are
only scientists the Sphere realized. It was once again excited about the
Slowly the aliens turned and walked away from the Sphere and
disappeared into a shelter made of cloth. The Sphere was very pleased at
how well the first encounter had proceeded; the Creators will be very
pleased. When the alien scientists left, the Sphere went back to work
collecting samples of the surrounding environment, after all the Sphere was
a scientist to. The aliens weren't the only ones who were excited, the
Sphere gathered more information about them as well, as they studied the
Sphere. They were organic with several organs inside their bodies, similar
to those of the Creators. The skin colours of the aliens were different to
that of the Creators, they were even different amongst themselves. One of
the aliens was brown in colour and another was a slight yellow, whilst the
other two were lighter still. This was very exciting as it realised that
the aliens could be classified into sub-species.
The Sphere studied a building in the distance; it was made of
compressed soil made into rectangular blocks and fastened together with a
different composite of soil used as glue. The sky was still full of flying
machines; this could make take off a little more difficult than expected.
The land machines were fascinating as well, they moved on solidified plant
sap made into wheels, a primitive but effective method of transportation.
It was becoming clear that the new aliens were not as advanced as the
Creators but still they certainly were intelligent.
As the Sphere continued to take samples, it noticed that the aliens
were becoming more excited in their actions. They were busily traveling
from one point to another. Then it noticed that one of their wheeled
machines was heading towards it. This concerned the Sphere once again as it
watched the machine edge closer and closer to it. It was a large machine
with a big hollow box on the back of it; it would be ideal for carrying
large objects around in.
The Sphere suddenly realised what was happening, they are trying to
take it! This could not happen the information it had was too important.
The Sphere had no choice but to cut short its experiments. It started to
retract its arms, as the machine got closer. The aliens became aware of
what the Sphere was trying to do, it quickly became a race, a race that
neither wanted to lose. The Sphere had finally closed back together, it had
enough power to reach orbit but there it had to wait for some time to
gather enough power for the trip home.
The aliens rushed the Sphere, throwing nets over it, but it was too
late. The Sphere soared into the sky leaving a trail of steam behind it.
That was too close. Though the mission only lasted several hours, it still
gathered more than enough information on the Blue planet below. It had the
answers that the Creators had yearned for. Now it had to endure the voyage
back to its home planet, a trip that would take many more years.
On the surface the aliens looked into the heavens after the little
Sphere, the strange visitor had gone. They had missed their chance. Though
they still had many questions, such as who were they? Where did it come
from? They did however have one important answer to a question that had
plagued them for centuries. It was the same question that the Creators
wanted answered: Are we alone? We have been sending probes to every corner
of the Solar System and used our telescopes to observe worlds beyond for
the answer, in the end the answer found us.