In the decades after the Fungal Wars, we often wondered why. Why the alien Fungoids had chosen to attack when they had, why we as a species had been so ruthlessly enslaved, why we seemed to have been singled out for special mistreatment.

It was only after nearly a century that we realized the race of evolved fungi had found our ideas of mushroom nudity very unsettling when they spied a toadstool in the painting by Vermeer that we had sent into the stars attached to a space probe.

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