The ship’s crew huddled around a monitor as the probe beamed back the first images of an extraterrestrial city.
The scale of the abandoned ruins dwarfed anything human. They stared at a fountain, hundreds of meters tall. A crowd of humanoid figures stood on a plinth. A brown, murky liquid streamed from wide vessels where their heads should’ve been, dripping into cups in their hands. The pilot carefully brought the robot close enough to take a sample.
“What do you think it means,” he asked. The chemist frowned at her tablet.
“Well, we know they liked their coffee,” she replied.

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