To say that we spent billions on this search would be an understatement. The United States alone spent some 100 billion dollars in space related technology to answer the age old question: are we alone in the universe?

It was 2048, after the second planetary election on the Mars One habitat, when the last space probe responded. The final transmission took a week to receive but when it did come through, the whole of humanity waited with baited breath for the answer.

We are alone.

There was no sign of life in the universe. Yes, there were bacteria. Yes, there were molds and evidence of water and other elemental things in the universe. But no life. No sentience beyond our own.

We did not fear the idea before, but now it hung in the minds of every man, woman, and child. We are it. We are the pinnacle of life.

For so long we had thought that other life forms would hold answers to our deepest questions, that they would know how to turn our dreams into realities. But no longer, we would have to find our own answers. We would have to find meaning and purpose on our own.

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