Things are changing in the great lens—and the greater universe—but not in the casual, predictable way Culture Minds would prefer. Stars are changing color, or seem older than they could possibly be. Certain constants show a distressing tendency to fluctuate. Rumors of unease filter out from the Sublimed—from those that still bother to converse with the rest of galactic civilization, anyway.
The theories put forth to explain these occurrences are as varied and exhaustive as the anomalous events themselves. It seems inconceivable that someone or something could be perpetrating this on an unsuspecting universe… but stranger things have happened.
Well, no. Not really.