At the center of the darkened room lay a chair.
The man sitting in it had his wrists tied.
He was slouching, noticeably bruised and beaten.
The door opened, someone came in.
Humanity received a message from a far away system.
The message wasn’t meant for everyone, and it was clearly sent by someone — or something — that had studied us. It was written in plain English and cyphered with the public keys of some of the most prominent scientific minds on…