Jet Black and the Cosmic Rain #5
By John Stevenson
Copyright 2013 John Stevenson
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To mining companies profit is the ultimate and only consideration, but mining in the deepest depths of space is both expensive and dangerous.
In the harsh conditions, only the most streamlined and efficient companies can return a profit, and in the company board room it was decided that to turn a profit mining vessels that had reached the end of their useful working life be retired: it was also decided that the cost of recycling their materials amounted to more than their recoverable value. First to reach the end of its working life was KatIV: named, tongue in cheek, after the president's fourth wife. Shortly after it was the turn of Hellicon and then Cirivanlek. Each of the three massive craft: at different times, been set on course to nowhere; where they would end their days as derelicts in the empty void of interstellar space.
While far from being a conservationist Indigo: who never revealed whether it was a pre or sur name; but instead used only the one to cover either, decided they still had a useful life ahead…