People keep dying. Officials keep covering things up.
Gavin Dolridge has the worst job in the Kuiper fleet. His ship perpetually sails in orbit beneath Saturn, collecting space-junk and keeping an eye on the border of the Old Earth Empire. In between bottles of scotch he babysits a crew of has-beens and a distant, solitary captain. The glorious life of an XO.
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