The Heroes of Harbin IV
Copyright © 2012 Michael McClung
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The interstellar war had dragged on for nearly a century before Terran involvement turned the tide.
The Co-Operative, that immensely ancient body of starfaring species, had never faced such an enemy as the P'uy in all its millennia-long history – immune to reason, utterly disinterested in diplomacy, monomaniacally fixed on destruction, domination and the utter annihilation of any other interstellar species.
They were not nice beings.
And so the Co-Operative was forced, despite deep reservations, to approach the heretofore shunned Terran Federation and offer the mercurial, destructive humans a place within its august ranks. In the words of First-Among-Equals-Communicator Hbbt, 'better a species that prevaricates, believes impossible things, and takes unfair advantage as a matter of course than one that delights in eating your spawn.'