Samar is sitting in a chair in a room a little larger than a living room. The lighting is somewhat dim and decorations are minimal. There are not many objects that seem foreign or futuristic. The aliens leave Samar alone. He hears them in the next room.
An alien enters the room. Despite the vast difference in the alien’s crystalline form from a human body, it is somehow clear to Samar that the alien is upset.
The alien demands, “Give me one reason why I should not destroy life on this planet!”
Samar is personally familiar with the flaws of humanity. He is neither surprised by the question nor inclined to defend the people of earth.
Samar looks down at the floor and laments, “Nothing has helped them. They have had the benefit of advanced technology, knowledge, science; yet they still fight each other for no reason. The hardships they have had to endure because of that fighting – they don’t learn anything from it.”
The alien is pleased with Samar’s answer. The alien tells him a story of the previous civilization they allowed into their interstellar alliance. They gave them space-faring technology and access to alliance institutions. However, this civilization attempted to overthrow the alliance, leading to a bloody three-year war.
Earth is a risk to the alliance for the same reason this other civilization was. They are naturally-evolved intelligent species. Most evolved species are seeded and guided to evolutionary completion. The alliance has seeded planets with life for millions of years. The fruit of those seeds joins the alliance and there are rarely problems. Some in the alliance’s Council feel that naturally-evolved species still have something to offer the alliance. They are unusual and unpredictable, and these qualities can add value to a coalition that has seen everything and studied everything, and has little room to learn and grow. For these same reasons, others on the Council consider them dangerous.
Humans show the same signs of selfish aggression witnessed in the prior naturally-evolved civilization that started the war. The Council intended to give humanity more time to grow beyond their violent nature. Pressure from the military and civilizations near earth caused the Council to cut humanity’s time short. As a matter of procedure, they ask the most ethically mature person on a planet for permission to put an end to their species. They interpret Samar's unwillingness to defend his species as granting consent to eliminate them.
Suddenly, the aliens launch massive nuclear warheads from their ship into all parts of the world. The warheads detonate several kilometers above the surface. Within hours the entire earth is scorched.
Samar witnesses the destruction of his planet through a window in the alien spaceship. The aliens confirm that all intelligent life has been destroyed. They launch out of Earth's orbit. An alien informs Samar they are traveling to the galactic capital to meet the ruling Council. These events are surreal.
The alien asks Samar if he is comfortable. Samar says that he is okay. Samar still feels a desire to visit the Overseer. He also suspects the Overseer wanted to meet him, and that is why he approved the relocation of Antarcticans to his island. Is the Overseer still alive after this attack?
The spaceship flies faster than the speed of light to a gate where it is transported at an even more rapid pace to a distant part of the galaxy. Two days pass and they arrive at the galactic capitol city. It is suspended in space, not on a planet. The city orbits a blue giant star at a long distance. The city is visually impressive to someone who lived their whole life on earth. However, it is relatively small and humble in the context of it being the capitol of the entire galaxy.
They dock at a port and exit the ship into the city. Samar is in a section of the city that is designed to accommodate humans. The air is breathable, chairs are his size, and there are bathrooms similar to bathrooms on earth. Samar sleeps on a comfortable bed and eats a full, delicious meal upon awaking.
An alien comes into his room when he is finished eating. The alien tells him it is time to alter his body to live in the alien city. His brain must be moved to another body. He has the option of an organic based body or a machine body. Samar chooses the real flesh body, and aliens prepare for surgery. Samar is relaxed and accepting of the aliens’ way of doing things. He is not resistant to their customs.
Aliens prepare a body for Samar that looks mostly human, but with mechanical parts in the head, neck, arms and feet. Samar is only 5’4” tall. However, the new body is nearly 7 feet. It is also more handsome and athletic, with skin a little darker than Samar’s light tan pigmentation.
The operation takes around a half hour and is successful. Samar wakes up to find he has boundless energy and superhuman strength. His new body has many advantages over the other one. It heals quickly, does not age, is resistant to the radiation in space and its mechanical parts connect with devices in the city to facilitate transportation. In addition, his brain is enhanced to improve cognitive functions, and he no longer needs to sleep.