The Tunguska Event
Suddenly the sky split in two, and high and wide
above the forest the whole north of the sky was covered with fire.
— S.B. SEMYONOV, EYEWITNESS
THE REMNANT HAD sailed the empty spaces between the stars since time began. Had journeyed far, far in space and time from its birth at the beginning of all things, far from its forging in the primal fires of Creation.
There was no destination on this voyage, though there were occasional ports of call. Here and there throughout the void tiny orbs circled their parent primaries, huddled close against the cold and the dark. Most such solar systems were bypassed without incident. Still, every once in an eternity, some unlucky world would chance to swim out into the remnant’s path.
As one is doing now.
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