Glorzop finished his presentation on ancient alien civilizations, "Therefore we conclude that while they occupied a planet filled with great potential and had discovered poetry and music and made great scientific advancement, there is much evidence that their political and social systems seemed unequipped to deal with their own tribal violences. The tragedy of their collapse seems to have occurred just prior to great technological breakthrough."

Three students in the front row clapped politely as Glorzop returned to his seat but few others even seemed to be paying attention as they waited for class to be over so they could get back to to more interesting things outside.