“Where did you get it?” said Cornelius.
“Caverns to the south of the crew quarters,” answered Julie.
They were both staring at the holographic feed from a 3D stereoscope floating in the air just above the rig. Oval shapes reminiscent of bacteria with long tails were swarming around smaller spheres that worked like a molecular sewing machine, consuming nearby tangles of simple organic molecules and spitting out longer chains that immediately folded in on themselves. The ovals were chasing the spheres and fought for them among themselves, swallowing one another with impunity.
“Do you have any idea?” asked Cornelius scratching his two-day stubble.
“The information density is insane but it’s definitely an organic entity, some type of nanobot, really.” said Julie after a long pause.
“Organics, huh?” replied Cornelius.