The Stranger cruiser answered the emperor’s question by detonating an electromagnetic pulse so powerful it destroyed each and every piece of electronic equipment on the planet. Everything shut down immediately, and the planet went dead silent. From orbit, the Stranger cruiser released nanorobots programmed to hunt and consume all living beings with traces of Hwzeenn genes.
The extermination was quick and painless. The Hwzeenn did not even know why they died, and very soon, all the Hwzeenn on the planet were gone.
Part 200/221 of End of an Era, my science fiction novelette, set in the Strangers’ Universe.
Stories from the Strangers’ Universe are:
- End of an Era, Long ago, the Hwzeenn Empire, the oldest civilization in the Milky Way, is going into battle against an enemy known as the Strangers. They expect an easy victory, but the Hwzeenn do not know the enemy. And those who do know better have decided not to warn the Hwzeenn; a decision that will have grave consequences for the Hwzeenn Empire.
- Truths, Half-Truths and Lies, In early 1947, a long-awaited message finally comes and the meeting between Commander Johnson and aliens, the Greys, is scheduled in Roswell, New Mexico. The meeting, and the deal made there, are the first steps on a journey that takes the Commander through the great conspiracy, over a thousand years to unified Earth, to distant worlds and through the first portents of a great war.
- Dawn to Dawn, ‘Good morning! Today is Tuesday, May 27th, 2927.’ Nick, a mineworker in the mining station KCap16 in the Kuiper Belt, has another day ahead of him. He’s going to work on the asteroid field during the day and then spend his evening in the pub – like he does every day. He couldn’t know it, but his life would change forever before the next dawn.
- Just Another Scout, It is five years after the Revelation. A lone scout ship with a crew of five is on a routine mission to explore habitable planets for colonization. The routine is about to end when the ship enters a seemingly normal system and discovers an unidentified radio signal from one of the planets.
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