Opening Narration: The Earth, tumbling grain of sand in the darkness of unending space, plays host to a strange and awful guest, unsought, uninvited, possessor of fearsome power purveyor of dark deed, a relentless traveler on the road to its mysterious goal...
Closing Narration: The Inheritors are on their way. In a universe of billions of stars, there are places of love and happiness. On this Earth, in this spot, magic settled for a moment. Wonder touched a few lives, and a few odd pieces fell smoothly into the jigsaw of Creation.
Lieutenant Philip Minns: Do you always believe the worst, Ballard? How can you live in a world without faith? Progress, Ballard.