In 2166 robots and machines have completely replaced the need for all physical and manual labor. As a result, humans, as a whole, have grown frail and weak. The abolition of countries and social classes has made it so there are no more wars and most of all weapons have been destroyed. The world is at peace, but not for long.

Pete Grimes sat at his desk at his home in downtown Houston. He was typing a report on his scientific work. Unbeknownst to him an ominous figure has just entered his apartment. As he sat typing, the figure crept up behind him. The figure got closer and closer. As the figure got mere inches from Pete, he turned around and screamed.

"Easy there Grimy. Goodness, you scream like a female."

"George, you cretin, do not do that!" George started laughing and quickly moved Pete out of the way to see what he was working on.

"So what do you have here, Grimy?"

"Do not call me that. And.and I cannot tell you."

"Well why not?"

"Because.You would laugh."

"Come now. Would I laugh at you? Do not give me that look. I will not laugh, promise."

"Alright, alright. If you must know, I am working on a time machine. And I am making great progress."

"You and about twelve others. You know, you are the thirteenth smartest man on the planet, and that the other 12 have already attempted the time machine and all have failed. What makes "

"You and about twelve others. You know, you are the thirteenth smartest man on the planet, and that the other 12 have already attempted the time machine and all have failed. What makes "

"You and about twelve others. You know, you are the thirteenth smartest man on the planet, and that the other 12 have already attempted the time machine and all have failed. What makes you think you can succeed?"

"Because, I think that I already have." He said indicating what he was working on. " I think I have figured out what the others did wrong. But I will need to build it to test my theory."

"Well how long will that take?" George asked excitedly.

"If I had unlimited supplies and money. six months. Bu we both know that will mot happen. So realistically, probably over a year."

"Well, we might as well go to the Bar."

"Alright, let's go. I am pretty much finished here anyway." Then the two friends left and went to The Bar Graph, a computer café.

They sat down and ordered their waters and started to play on the computers. They surfed the net for a while, going to their favorite chess sites and such. They had played for about then minuets when all of a sudden all the computers went blank. They popped back on a second later with a sinister looking face on the screen. The face was not human but was roughly looking like a human would had it been spliced with a wild boar.

Now the world had met aliens before and had deemed most of them as 'friendly'. But this was a new race, one never seen before. And it was soon made clear that their intentions were hostile.

The face spoke, and was understood due to the universal translators everyone on earth was equipped with. It said, "attention, humans. It has come to the attention of the Z'rods that your planet is suitable for our life. And therefor, we shall be seizing control of it for our use. Prepare for your immediate extinction. Thank you and have a pleasant life, for the next three seconds."

One patron of the Bar went outside and saw that everyone else had seen the message on TV computer screens everywhere. Then there was a bright yellow light in the air. The patron looked up and as the light got closer he said one thing, "Oh shi-" then the light struck the ground and a massive explosion leveled the city.