by Cora Buhlert
The premature explosion of a harpoon destroys the spaceship Starbuck III during a whaling expedition in outer space. Accident or sabotage? Hunting space whales is controversial, although they are not intelligent and endanger human colonies. One of the survivors is Billy Baddoff. He doesn't care about politics; he just needs a job. The explosion may change that, if he makes it off the vessel.