It is truly a shame that I don't have an evolutionary scholar on board. They could explain this to me. They could reduce this nightmare to something logical, manageable and academic. They might even enjoy this as a scientific anomaly. But I cannot do this. I am not a scholar. It doesn't take brains to do this job, it just takes a man with patience, someone willing to spend a few months alone at a time. That's what I'm here for.
I touched down on the planet nearly 18 hours ago, and stepped out with my usual vacuum-sealed attire and the biological meter. I think I had a feeling then that something was wrong, but I suppose it's easy imagine something like that looking back.
This was a job I'd done a thousand times. The ship selects the potentially-infected planets and homes in on a specif sector or several for me to check. It's right 95 percent of the time. Normally of course I don't see anything, because when a self-replicating entity forms it tends to start very small, so tha