"Morning's Sister" devours her neighbor...

As L'ucli 2881g, a dwarf G5 star in the constellation of The Dragon's Eye, sets in the east, the K5 nova "Morning's Sister" rises in the western night sky. It's rapidly expanding envelope of hot gases and ejecta will impact the L'ucli 2881g system in about 6 months. This planet's bio-sphere will be carbonized with all the lighter gases being blown off into interplanetary space, as the surface becomes a black, powdery desert, etched by carbon dust storms, blown about by a hot nitrogen atmosphere.

Our deep space sensors detected an Iron-phase neutrino flush from the K5 red giant about 130 light frames ago at a distance of 8 1/2 light years. After a trip of 4 months (130 light frames) we arrived at this systems only inhabited planet.

"Morning's Sister" floats about 1 1/2 light years from this planet's system. While our ethos dictates we share some space/time (at, with) the bio-sphere and planet before it's existence is so radically altered, we only recently determined that we would be able to preserve enough of this planet's replicative material to re-establish almost 100% of the bio-sphere on a new planet somewhere along our flight path.

The replicative material is a triple-helixed copper/carbon protein we've never encountered before. Our replicators tell us that our nanite technology can be reprogrammed to handle the new life configuration. We will honor this bio-sphere with a bio-child somewhere else in the galaxy.

Some individual members of the dominant (sentient) race will be secured and preserved as well, along with as much of their records as possible. We will give them a Teacher (biodegradable after it's 150 year service life) and establish them on a new home world.

Next Week:

The Stone Grinder's Storm



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