The blue-white smudge wheeled in out of nowhere—a quick, capricious galaxy so insignificant only God knew its name. When it barreled into the Orion Spur of the Milky Way, all hell broke loose.
The larger galaxy tore a handful of stars off the dwarf, hurling them into deep space. Colossal clouds of green gas and blood-red dust roiled and clashed across light years, brilliant flashes in their smoky wombs announcing the explosive births of massive, short-lived stars. Stellar winds ripped through the quadrant like a million tornadoes, their charged blasts warping magnetic fields left and right.
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