All people, places, and events are fictional … except when they aren’t.
Encounter – a short story
“Sir, Deep Space Radar reports contact with object entering the system. It has an unusually high radar cross-section. That is, it’s too reflective to be natural. It appears to be on a collision course with us.”
“Contact Orbital Defense. See if they can intercept. We need a better look at this thing.”
So it began. We always knew it might happen – encounter with other life forms than our own. Reports had been made as long as anyone could remember of sightings, meetings, abductions, but these had always been explained away. This however had a different feel to it. This could be real.
“Sir, Orbital Defense can get a high-speed probe launched by morning. We will be able to get high-res images from it. I recommend you get some sleep while you can. If this is what we think it is, you will need your sleep now.”
“Yes I suppose you are correct.” I had special sleeping quarters set up for such things. I would not need to leave.