By Timothy Zahn
Society has come to phrases with a mining operation that calls for the sacrifice of death-row inmates. yet what occurs while one inmate seems to be innocent?
Only the lately lifeless can helm the "deadman switch" to pilot a boat throughout the Cloud, a mysterious sunlight entity that shields the Solitaire sun procedure and its precious heavy metals. convicted murderers are typically sacrificed for this task—one to go into the procedure, one to go out. Gilead Raca Benedar is a Watcher, hired by means of the rich head of an intergalactic mining corporation as a human lie detector of types. while Benedar is distributed to Solitaire, with its metal-rich moons, to aid with the purchase of its important mining rights, he and the workforce may be able to make it to Solitaire correctly, and all is going good. that's, till Benedar's Watcher powers convey him that the second one convict they're touring with—the one intended to helm the deadman activate their go back journey—is blameless.
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I’ll help you. ” He mulled his options for a few seconds. “I’m going back down. You can handle the autopsies without me. ” Sipha frowned. Clearly, she had thought they would be working together for a few days. “I have a couple of people to talk to. For one, the data troll who put me onto Nyom in the first place. ” He drew a deep breath. ” Sipha scowled, then shook her head. ” “Of one, yes. ” Sipha nodded. C. Lyzig District—that’s where my informant lives. C. after I talk to her. ” Coren shook his head.
The troll who had supplied him with the data for last night’s shipment—a woman named Jeta Fromm—should have been more reliable. Coren used a clearing house for people like her: Data Recovery Systems, Ltd. An innocuous name, considering how much borderline illicit trade they dealt in. qrk 3/15/01 4:54 PM Page 30 CHIMERA sometimes in heavy-handed and unpleasant ways—and would not take it well to learn that one of their people had betrayed a client. Still, he had not gotten that impression from Jeta Fromm.
I wish . ” “Nyom. ” She shook her head. “Gotta go. You shouldn’t be seen. ” Nyom sprinted back to her flock of baleys. Seconds later they filed through the bay door. Coren backed quickly up against a wall, standing motionless until they had all passed out of the warehouse proper. Behind him, one of the bay doors began to open. Coren broke for it and slipped around the edge just as a huge hauler rumbled through, carrying a four-meter-high stack of cubes. Its slipstream almost knocked him down. Just on the other side of the opening, Coren found a massive support rib rising to the ceiling high overhead.