Worf said, “Captain, there’s and unknown craft up ahead! Approaching rapidly!”
“No sir.”
“No sir. It matches no known technology.”
“Nonsense, Mr Worf.”
“It’s impossible. The nearest star is light-years away. It would take a Twentieth Century rocket thousands of years to reach the Enterprise. Do you really think they’ve come all this way just to visit us?”
“A ‘rocket’, sir?”
“A very slow space vehicle propelled by the combustion of gases.”
“But, sir, perhaps they’re not using rockets; perhaps, like us, they’re using – ”
“Nonsense, Mr Worf. You must be imagining it.”
“But captain – ”
Report to sickbay at once. You need a level-one diagnostic on that weird-looking head of yours. You’ll be claiming you’ve had a ride on an alien spaceship next.”
“Actually, Captain – ”
“Now, Mr Worf.”

The Doll

“ ‘Have this doll,’ he said.
‘It will come alive’, he said.”
“Who?” her daddy said.

“The man from the sky:
Where the light came from.” “The sky?”
“Why did Mommy die?”

He was all alone:
“Did that doll move on its own?”
He felt less alone.


What are the Chances?

Most cultures were ‘discovered’
by a handful of others
that explored the globe.
Who would deny
such a history of the world
was highly likely?
It’s in the nature of things.
So consider: most inhabited planets
are visited before they visit others.
Indeed, scaling things up,
the odds against our isolation
are astronomical.