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They end up needing quite a few more than one.

By the time the signal commences, Mrs. Lang-Scranton and her new husband have made significant modifications to the Geiger counter. A week after the signal starts, Mr. Hutchinson has returned — alongside a brilliant chemist from France. Two weeks after that, they have several backers, six more scientists (with one more on the way), and a laboratory of their own.

The message they are receiving describes a universe beyond the boundaries of their imagination. It is a universe filled with quarks and singularities — containing cosmological events so grand, so enormous in scale, that they defy all comprehension — alongside quantum phenomena so subtle, so minuscule in nature, that they can scarcely be said to exist at all.

It is also a universe filled with the impossible. Impossible ideas. Impossible science. Impossible magic. And impossible monsters.

So very many impossible monsters.

The message is prefaced with a warning:

DO NOT RESPOND

AUTOMATED MESSAGE

OTHER UNIVERSES EXIST

SOMETHING DIGESTING THEM

IF YOU SEE THIS THEN WE LOST

YOU ARE NEXT

THIS IS ALL I CAN DO

SORRY AND GOOD LUCK

- ALICE CHAO


Next: That God-Damned Lizard


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