‘If only we had known.
If we had just been aware of the child,
delivered to safety, his only fragile protection the
dark warning: keep him secret, or he will die.
If we had recognized the flaw in humanity’s
balancing act, competing with Artificial Intelligences
by merging man with technology.
If we had understood that when we finally
conquered the light-speed barrier, our momentous
achievement would be noticed.
If only we had known, that something was
out there, watching, and waiting…’
The Lament of Michael Foxton, 2221 AD