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The ruin of the planet Earth began with the city Washington. The sleek shapes of enemy aircraft seemed to come from nowhere and go back there just as quickly. They would scream in blasting at everything that moved and anything that didnít. They would never run out of ammunition and one in ten would fly into a random immobile object and even that did not seem to matter to the swarm or have any effect on their numbers.
The world over, from Cairo to Sydney to New York, jet fighters would appear, strike with lethal intent, and disappear, those that didnít crash. The world was dissolving and not a soul knew why or how. These strange machines knew exactly where, how, and when to strike at the very core of humanity, and as a result the entire world was turning to rubble.
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In another world, linked but separate to ours, two children sat entranced by an electronic game.
"This is fun!" Squeaked the younger of the two, and proceeded to destroy humanity.