The decision to make landfall here was deliberate. The high density of vegetation, unobstructed zenith, and immediate proximity to a significant liquid body made this the most efficient site for preliminary investigation into this lonely rock’s habitability.
The Visitor paused to muse over this characterization—lonely, relative to, what? True, this this place alone—of all its neighbors—was welcoming enough to even admit a craft through its atmosphere without the threat of crushing gravity, roiling temperatures, toxic gasses, or razor winds. The duty of tabulating and quantifying the subjects of each astral community had birthed an unending volume of data and description. But in the entire sum of these travels so far and so deep into the eternal void, never had this concept of “solitude” intruded upon The Visitor’s appraisals. Yet it was just that: solitary. It was not just the calm dark of the night cycle or the immediate l