The Rock Rats (Asteroid Wars)
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Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead-but his protégé, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her. For Randolph's rival Martin Humphries still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho-ands, most of all, he wants his old flame Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs's wife.
In the struggle over the incalculable wealth of the Asteroid Belt, many will die-and many will achieve more than they ever dreamed was possible.
humankind’s expansion through the solar system, she was about to become a shopkeeper herself. How father would howl at that, she thought. The father’s revenge: the child becomes just like the parent, in the end. “Humphries won’t like competition,” Cardenas pointed out. “Good!” exclaimed Fuchs. Shaken out of her reverie, Amanda said, “Competition will be good for the prospectors, though. And the miners, too. It will lower the prices they have to pay for everything.” “I agree,” said Cardenas.
admitted openly, “I knew that he was a dangerous man. I knew that he had murdered Niles Ripley—” The judge, sitting on a high stool behind the bar, snapped, “That’s inadmissible. This trial is about you, Mr. Fuchs, not about Ripley’s death.” With only the slightest of frowns, Fuchs said, “I was afraid he would be dangerous. I had been told that he had come to the Pub before and started a fight. And that he had several friends with him.” “So you armed yourself with a lethal weapon?” asked the
offer you three million international dollars for the remaining assets of Helvetia Limited, which—frankly—amounts to the good will you’ve generated among the miners and prospectors, and not much more.” Fuchs stared at her for a long, silent moment. So sure of herself, he thought. So cool and unruffled and, yes, even beautiful, in a cold, distant way. She’s like a sculpture made of ice. “Well?” Humphries asked. “Frankly, three million is pretty much of a gift. Your company’s not worth half that
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given some thought to leasing Star-power to someone else and living here in the rock for the duration of the project.” “And how will you earn an income?” Cardenas interjected. He spread his hands. Before he could reply, though, Amanda said, “I think I know.” Fuchs looked at his wife, clearly puzzled. “We can become suppliers for the other prospectors,” Amanda said. “We can open our own warehouse.” Cardenas nodded. “We can deal through Astro,” Amanda went on, brightening with each word.