art by Ron Sanders
We Don't Believe That They Are Friendly
by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
To our foaming Excellency of the Gyst
Our exploration continues but I'm afraid we do not have any good news regarding making contact with other bubbling civilizations. We have come to the conclusion that the current population on the planet system in circulation of the Jiaomu star is best avoided.
First of all, the entire star system is surrounded by a large asteroid belt which we believe to have been artificially created in order to create a boundary between their orbital sector and the rest of the universe.
The outer planets are too distant from Jiaomu for habitation. The inner planet is too close and could only be considered for superheated preparations. The central planets can support anaerobic processes; however, upon further investigation we do not believe that they offer a safe spore environment.