There was no life on the asteroid, but the miles of rock-hewn corridors through which the earth party wandered left no doubt about the purpose of the asteroid... What race had built this stronghold? What unimaginable power were they defending themselves against? Why was it abandoned? There was no answer, all was dead. But not quite all. For in a room above the tomblike fortress a powerful transmitter beamed its birdlike, fluting sounds toward earth.
Near it, on a huge star map of the universe, with lightyears measured by inches, ten tiny red sparks were moving, crawling inexorably toward the center. Moving, at many times the speed of light, with the acquired mass of suns, moving, on a course that would pass through the solar system. The unknown aliens would not even see our sun explode from the force of their passing, would not even notice the tiny speck called Earth as it died.
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