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Space Oddity

by Marcus L. Rowland

"So what happened?" asked Sisko.

"I've cracked their records," said Dax. "Their planet was dying, some sort of runaway core reaction. They tried to salvage what they could. But it was too little, too late."

"Any idea how long?"

"A few hundred years," said Julian. "Poor kid never stood a chance."

They stared down at the capsule with the stylised S-like shape on the bow and the impossibly crude warp drive behind, a drive that must have failed within seconds of launch, and the tiny skeleton, wrapped in a red blanket and strapped into a padded crib, its sole occupant.