YOU WILL MEET--Greg Hunter. Test pilot--happy only when his life hung in the balance.Tom Hunter. A pioneer--his frontier was hidden in test tubes.Johnny Coombs. A prospector--he returned from the asteroids too soon.Merrill Tawney. An industrialist--he sought plunder even beyond the stars.Major Briarton. A government man--his creed was law and order.
he rear tank exploded. There wasn't enough left of it to tell what went wrong ... but it was an accident, there was no evidence to suggest anything else."
Tom looked at him. "You really believe that?"
"I can only tell you what we found."
"Well, I don't believe it for a minute," Tom said angrily. "How long have you and Dad been friends? Twenty years? Twenty-five? Do you really think Dad would have an accident with a mining rig?"
"I know he was an expert engineer," the major said. "But things can happen that even an expert can't foresee, mining in the Belt."
"Things like a fuel tank exploding? Not to Dad, they would never happen. I don't care what anybody says...."
"Easy, Tom," Greg said.
"Well, I won't take it easy. Dad was too careful for something like that to happen. If he had an accident, somebody made it happen."
Greg turned to the major. "What was Dad doing out there?"
"By himself? No crew at all?"
"No, he was