A terrific short story from Bob Rich. Well worth the few minutes it will take to read 🙂
Blin was bored beyond belief, sitting idly while the machine did its automatic scan. “Why must we do this, watch after watch?” It demanded.
At Its own console, Daita said, as during many previous watches, “Because if something is found, a sentient reaction is required.”
“Oh yes, and when was the last time something was found?”
“About three tours of duty ago.”
Daita’s machine sounded the alarm.
The two of them inspected the information that rapidly appeared. Location 3548965# had a sick Being.
Daita was on the communicator to the Captain while Blin monitored the details. It found the location, which was way out in the periphery of the Galaxy. The Being had an elevated temperature, and It was radiating energy in a strange way. “I think it’s an infection of some kind,” Blin said.
The Captain entered and activated the remote sensor. The Being was sending out…
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