[I’m working on an outline for a series of stories. Here’s a starting point for the framework.
Dorn had been daydreaming through the first period of his Quant class and now he realized he had lost the thread of Professor Gordrow’s lecture just as the professor called on him. “Well, neophyte Dorn, I notice that your cortical penumbra hasn’t changed potential since the lecture began, so you must already know everything I’ve transmitted.” “Yes, your sagacity, I mean no, your sagacity.” “Well which is it? Are you now conversant in the primary examples of the seven first order patterns of First Contact, or aren’t you? Answer me, you vacuous waste of neutrinos.”
Hearing the question, Dorn relaxed, for he had spent last semester studying First Contact under the foremost Quantum Historian in the Multiverse, Banstat Fabobble. For this reason, Dorn confidently answered, “Yes your sagacity I am.” “Well then tell the class what you think is the most unlikely quantum outcome for any First Contact scenario.” Dorn raised his transmission to the highest polite output level and declared, “As proven by Fabobble’s first theorem of interspecial dynamics, no species below the level of independent interstellar travel can ever compete successfully against a species above that level. In fact, it’s axiomatic.” Feeling very proud of himself Dorn allowed his cortical penumbra to pulse through the electrogravitic spectrum for a noticeable time.
Professor Gordrow replied, “Very glibly stated Dorn, and also utterly wrong! Banstat Fabobble is a hack and a fraud who has made his reputation kowtowing to administrative nincompoops who wouldn’t recognize a quantum paradox if it swallowed up their own boring corner of the multiverse.” Dorn’s penumbra shriveled up and he retreated to the periphery of the academic cloud and Professor Gordrow continued.
“Now attend to what I say. Every First Contact is unique and the seven first order patterns account for barely 99.999999999% of all known cases. This leaves an infinity of less probable cases, of which some subset, which itself includes an infinity of examples is composed of just the type that that fathead Fabobble claims is impossible.”
“If it please your sagacity, can you give us an example?” asked a nervous thought from the front of the class. Gordrow was silent for a moment and then continued. “Of course, I can. In fact, I’ll use the most famous First Contact of all. I’ll use Earth.” “But Earth’s First Contact was a case of two advanced races meeting in neutral space” corrected the nervous interlocuter. “Hah!” exclaimed Gordrow, “that is what we teach the dust clouds before they coalesce. But you are ready for the messy truth. Record this data. Attend!”