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It was a technological civilization, but not spacefaring. As near as we could tell, they didn’t even have satellites around their planet.

When we got within visual range we realized why: the world was so massive that no reaction—chemical or nuclear—could get a rocket out of that gravity well.

We settle into synchronous orbit, transmit a hello, append our files on materials engineering, and set about printing a space elevator.

It’s going to be a long first contact.

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