Nov 14, 2012
The Sirens of Titan I had installed when I was 19 went off! The Klaxons ululated. I took one quick glance at Display 19, Holy Christ! I pressed the “All Hands button.” Loneliest roared into the Megatron. “Battle Stations! Battle Stations! Attack! Attack!” And the red lights on the display came on one by one as the robots assigned to each gun hurried to fetch a crew member to their duty. All three of us gazed intently at the screen… I have never seen anything like it. It was smashing towards us at 3.3 ontaparsecs a second. It appeared right now as a great ball of fire….far off and at an immense distance but it was huge. Huge.
“Goodness Gracious great ball of fire!” Loneliest ululated while, at the same time, adjusting our farthing optics. The image zoomed in,