Stage 1 larva, bipinnaria shaped like guitar picks. Stage 2, brachiolaria, big-whiskered slugs. Stage 3 are starfish.

Survived 3 distinct environments. From each stage’s duration, we estimate how long each travel leg toward Earth took.

Once we have learned that, we can reverse-route them and track down the Intelligence that created and sent them here.


Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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