The aliens had arrived on Valentine’s Day. It was the most spectacular event in recorded history. There were media from all corners of the globe converging on the epicenter.
Originally they had materialized 5,000 feet above the Great Lawn in Central Park. They then drifted slowly southeastward before coming to rest above the United Nations headquarters. The frisbee shaped metallic spacecraft spanned from the Hudson all the way to the East River.
In the wake of their arrival, people were fleeing Manhattan in droves as the military took up positions surrounding the worn looking alien craft. After days of absolute silence, the aliens began broadcasting a message in an unintelligible language. Scientist of every discipline started at once recording and trying to decipher its meaning.
On the third day, the broadcast stopped, and the aliens vanished into thin air just as effortlessly as they had arrived. The lead investigator into the meaning of the message was NASA's Dr. Daniel Gregory. He and his team made swift progress into sorting out the signal, which the aliens made as elementary as possible. Within a week, using America’s fastest supercomputer, Dr. Gregory and his team had sorted out its meaning.
It read as follows:
Your planet is doomed. We wish that we could help you, but the limit of our aid comes in the form of plans to guide you in building a spaceship similar to ours. You haven’t got much time. There is an extremely advanced hostile civilization at the center of our galaxy which craves water. They have been heading for Earth from the time you began transmitting radio signals. Once they arrive, they will strip your planet of every ounce of hydration. Thus, life on Earth will come to an end.
We know this because the same was done to our world hundreds of years ago. Your only hope is to build an escape ship and join up with us. We are a 2,000 ship fleet made up of civilizations from across the Milky Way. We are all survivors. Each of our spaceships is home to 70,000 beings.
We believe that Earth has enough of a rare critical element known as blue steleridum to produce only one ship. We urge you not to delay. The "thirsty empire" is sending a vacuum bubble which will engulf your planet and extract all of its water. Every living thing will become dust in the process.
At that moment Dr. Gregory began thinking of who the 70,000 Earthlings should be.
Hi, I'm Lester Patterson,