It’s only natural to assume aliens are bad guys. When the Hykonians discovered Earth, they’d never encountered creatures so frightening as its ugly inhabitants. Though the Earthlings were savages, their rapid advancement suggested intelligence equal to or greater than that of Hykonians. Located within fifty light-years of the Hykonian home world, Earth posed a serious threat.
The Hykonian Technocracy, the council of scientists who ruled over all of Hykonian space, sent survey ship after survey ship to study Earth. They watched from a safe distance, occasionally collecting specimens for closer examination, and observed both human violence and human compassion. Their research reports warned that Earthlings were unpredictable.
But the most alarming news came when the Hykonians developed chronotheory, the science of time travel. Hykonian chronotheorists found signals broadcast backwards through time by an organization called the Tomorrow News Network. Through these broadcasts, they learned of the mighty Earth Empire, which would one day spread across the stars and wage war against the Hykonians for thousands of years.
Still, the Technocracy would not act. According to the chronotheorists, any attempt to change the future might cause the very war they wanted to prevent. So they continued to send survey ships and continued to study. They watched the humans grow stronger and smarter until one day in the Earth year 1947 there was an accident. A Hykonian survey ship crashed near a village called Roswell.
The events which followed, as depicted in “99 White Balloons,” would teach Earthlings to fear and distrust the Hykonians as much as the Hykonians feared and distrusted them.