An almost perfect sine wave of radiation oscillated up and down as it travelled through space. The imperfections were what changed the radiation from noise into a signal. It was a signal that was familiar to every space farer, and before them every sailor, and one that brought dread to any who heard it, even though the feminine computer generated voice that spoke the words was calm and reassuring.
"Ship in distress. Ship in distress. This is the HMSS Wanderlust requesting help from any and all. Location sector 147-87-041 heading -39-121v.2c at time 21103-079-02-56-00AN. Message repeats.''
The message passed through deep space weakening as it travelled further and further from the HMSS Wanderlust in it's mission to bring aid to the stricken ship.