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It was originally published in OMNI. Bisson's website hosts a theatrical adaptation. The story was collected in the anthology Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories ,  and has circulated widely on the Internet, which Bisson finds "flattering". The two characters are intelligent beings capable of traveling faster than light , on a mission to "contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe. One of them tells the incredulous other about the recent discovery of carbon-based lifeforms "made up entirely of meat". After conversing briefly about it, they both deem such beings and communication with them too bizarre and agree to "erase the records and forget the whole thing", marking the Solar System "unoccupied". The film was made as a final project for the New York Film Academy. The music for the film was scored by Bob Reynolds. In , Jeff Frumess and Trevor Scott wrote and directed their own iteration, adding the character of a homeless conspiracy theorist with an original score by musician Sam Belkin. In , musical producer Jose Hoffman created a song based on the story.