By C. J. Cherryh
"Finity's finish is advanced, insightful writing. Cherryh is familiar with human nature less than tension, and has a present for conveying the immediacy of interactions, matters, betrayals, and forgiveness."
It is 18 years after the top of the corporate conflict, at the very least as stationers adventure time, much less for merchanters topic to the results of time dilation during their travels. Regardless, the specter of the piratical Mazianni is ebbing. The Neiharts and their superfreighter Finity's finish had spent the post-war years helping the Alliance defense force search out the renegades. yet now the oldest of all current merchanter households desires to go back to trading.
When the send docks at Pell Station, the guts of the Alliance, the kinfolk retrieves one in every of its personal. Fletcher Neihart's mom were stranded there via the fortunes of conflict, giving beginning to him at the station. not able to regulate to stationer lifestyles, she had devoted suicide while he was once 5 years previous, leaving him to endure via a succession of foster houses. The lonely outsider were befriended by means of a few hisa, the mild, clever natives of Pell's international. Now a tender guy of seventeen with goals of engaged on the planet and no desire to soak up the family members enterprise, he's livid while he's passed over opposed to his will to his family members as a part of a deal among Elene Quen, Stationmaster of Pell, and senior Captain James Robert Neihart. ...
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C bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. 0 bu y rm er Y F T ra n sf o ABB PD er Y company tender 150,000 credits to be held in escrow against all charges whatsoever and of whatever origin, public or private, as of this date pending, said amount to be placed in the Bank of Pell to clear all debts of Fletcher Robert Neihart, a national of Finity's End. 5 million value. The 150,000 represented a reasonable valuation of Francesca's intended stay on Pell, one year, plus her medical bills for a normal birth, excluding interest.
Customs manned such a kiosk in front of limp rope lines at every ship at dock—and, at Pell, ignored most everything on a crew activity level. The flash of a passport at the stand, a quick match of fingerprints on a plate, and he made his way up the ramp, past the stationside airlock and into the yellow ribbed gullet of the short access tube. The airlock inside took a fast assessment of the pressure gradient between ship and station and, as it cycled, flashed numbers and the current sparse gossip at him …I'm moving to the DarkStar—Cynthia D.
Union wouldn't have its way. That was the down-the-line outcome. Union thought the Council of Captains couldn't reach a disinterested decision, or a unified action, or get any two merchant ships to agree. If Mallory of Norway was right and the black market was in fact Mazian's pipeline to supply and funds, the notion that ships were slipping over into Mazian's camp was very disturbing and very plausible. The War had been between the Earth Company and Union in its earliest days— and the Alliance hadn't yet existed.
Finity's End (Alliance-Union Universe) by C. J. Cherryh