By James L. Cambias
Within the early 2020s, younger, genius computing device hackers, meet at MIT. One, Elizabeth Santiago, goals of know-how and area go back and forth. the opposite, David Schwartz, is simply trying to make a brief buck.
Nearly ten years later, David is atmosphere himself to develop into a billionaire through operating within the shadows for foreign thieves, whereas Elizabeth works in intelligence combating overseas house piracy. With robot mining in house changing into a profitable a part of Earth's economic system, her activity has develop into more and more stressful.
David and Elizabeth struggle for dominance of the pc platforms controlling ore drop placement in foreign waters. If David can nudge a cargo 500 miles off its aim, his employers can get there first and declare it legally within the open sea. each intuits that the opposite is their genuine pageant yet can't end up it. while Elizabeth loses a big cargo, she leaves executive hire to paintings for a personal area corporation to discover a greater approach to defend shipments. yet overseas piracy has very excessive stakes and a few very evil avid gamers, and either Elizabeth and David are in for an international of difficulty.
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That doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful with it. " It looked from Chur to Geran as the two closed in, grew distressed when Chur took its arm to get it on its feet. It pointed back at the machine... wanted that, its chance to communicate. Perhaps there was more it planned to say, in the symbols. Surely it expected to go back to the 42 The Pride of Chanur washroom corner. Pyanfar reached and touched its shoulder from the other side, touched the book it held and pressed its hand the tighter against it, indicating it should keep the book, the best promise she could think of that might tell it they were not done with talking.
Doing precisely what they were doing; and very probably a nervous kif would play the surmise he had already staked his reputation on. They would start hunting shadows once they reached that conclusion, having questioned a few frightened mahe. They would fan out, prowl the system, stop miner ships, ask close questions, probably commit small piracy at the same time, not to waste an opportunity. The station could do nothing— a larger one might, but not Urtur, which was mostly manufacturing and scarcely defended.
It was in the—" Hilfy broke off, in the general stillness of the place. "Give it here," Pyanfar said, holding out her hand without looking away from the Outsider. Hilfy gave it. Pyanfar opened the book, turned the pages toward the Outsider, whose eyes flickered with bewilderment. She bent, discarding her dignity a moment in the seriousness of the matter, and pushed the manual across the tiles to the area the creature could reach. It ignored the open book. Another ploy failed. Pyanfar sat still a moment, arms on her 38 The Pride of Chanur knees, then stood up and brushed her silk breeches into order.