The glowing ovoid plummeted downward, the whole sky screaming like a metallic banshee as the air boiled away from its sides.

A supersonic bang broke over the forest, but the thing was already gliding down to Earth. As the ovoid settled in among the trees, the entire forest burst into flames.

A thin black line appeared and etched a perfect circle on the side of the metal egg, then thickened into a door. The air was rent by a searing hiss. Slowly, the strange being – soon to be known to all mankind as VOR – began to emerge . . .