The intern stared at the words flashing on the screen: Will You Join Us? Check YES to Live. Check No to Die.

This was by far the strangest thing she had ever seen at the observatory during her year watching screens late at night.

“Must be a joke.”

Her fingers hovered over the keyboard. She chuckled to herself.

“Okay, I’ll play along.”

The captain of the Chalorian Warship shook his scaley head. He never understood why civilizations checked No. Sure it was rare, but why commit global suicide?

The cannon fired, and the Chalorians moved on to the next system.


Josh Hagen lives in rural North Dakota with his wife and son. Josh has been working as a freelance illustrator for over fifteen years, all the while writing on his own as a hobby. It is only recently that he has decided to begin submitting his stories for publication.