William Arthur Smith is interviewed by Decillion, who offers him a position within Iteration X. On one of Decillion's monitors, Smith witnesses a car accident. One of the victims will later be identified as Smith, allowing him to "[drop] off the face of the earth."
NASA (no doubt fresh from its January 1 victory with the Karigians) attempt a spacewalk with novaDomenic Thule. Thule removes his spacesuit and rips open a hole in space, leaving nothing but a card from the tarot: XVII, the Tower. The word "Teragen" is written across the card.