Polydichloric euthimal! Those stupid bastards are taking polydichloric euthimal! It’s an amphetamine. Strongest thing you ever saw. Makes you feel wonderful. Makes you do ten hours work in six hours, that kind of nonsense. Especially manual labor. It makes you work like a horse. The army tested it a few years ago. It made the men work alright… then it made them psychotic. It takes a while, ten maybe eleven months… and then it fries your brain.
This isn’t one of you text-book exercises, Mr. Jennings. This is an experiment in biological warfare, or hadn’t you noticed? That organism is potentially the greatest breakthrough in weapons research since man split the atom. What we do here will affect the balance of world power! Of course there are lives at stake – whole nations, in fact. And that’s far more important than a handful of people in this small town. And that is my cross to bear, Mr. Jennings. Now carry out your orders.
An embassy for an intelligence beyond ours. A shape of some kind for something that has no shape. Your children will be born in a world of two suns. They will never know a sky without them. You can tell them that you remember when there was a pitch black sky with no bright star, and people feared the night. You can tell them when we were alone, when we couldn’t point to the light and say to ourselves – ‘There is life out there.’