By Alan Dean Foster
For eons, the Amplitur had searched house for clever species, every one of which was once joyously welcomed to participate within the achievement of the Amplitur objective. even if it desired to or now not. while the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races known as the Weave, the aim appeared poised for a good step forward. however the Weave's impressive solidarity additionally gave it the facility to struggle the Amplitur and their reason. And struggle it did -- for millions of years.
Will Dulac was once a brand new Orleans composer who suggestion the tiny reef off Belize often is the excellent spot to drop anchor and end his most recent symphony in solitude. What he came across as a substitute used to be a bunch of alien viewers -- a scouting get together for the Weave, having a look. for allies between what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.
Will attempted to persuade the extraterrestrial beings that guy was once essentially peaceable, for he understood that Human involvement might break the race. yet all too quickly, it didn't subject. The Amplitur had stumbled on Earth...
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Time and careful handling eased the captured vessel alongside the much larger flagship. Its shape was different from those used by the Peoples, but not incomprehensibly so. It was possible to divine function from observation. Its drive was inoperative, but external inspection showed no evidence of implosion. Its builders were skilled. Analysis revealed that the light which emerged from unbroken ports filled a normal chunk of the spectrum, suggesting that the crew possessed good vision within familiar parameters.
One-who-Decides knew it was so because of history. The very idea was alien, an unbelievable fragment of another time and universe. It was realization of the Purpose that had matured and forever altered the Amplitur. Now it was changing the galaxy. Prior to realizing the Purpose, the Amplitur had been content to refine their modest civilization: excelling at certain arts, mastering intricacies peculiar to their species, wishing only to be left in peace to develop at their own pace, desiring only to be themselves.
This concept is foreign to us. ” Still the Amplitur failed to understand. “There is no slavery, as you call this thing, within the Purpose. ” “But you are not equal. You Amplitur are in control, whether by virtue of the fact that this ‘Purpose’ is your creation or through your ability to project telepathically. You control and the rest are subject to you. ” One-who-Decides spoke, resorting to words for the aesthetic effect. “You there! Scomatt, third officer of the Crigolit. I am One-who-Decides.