Heaven Chronicles Author:Joan D. Vinge Legacy: Chaim Dartagnan possessed neither wealth nor a ship of his own, and so he had joined the lowly ranks of the Belt's freelance reporters--feeding the public appetite for news as entertainment, entertainment as news, and all of it as propaganda. — Then Chaim got the chance every mediaman longed for--the opportunity to work for one of the bi... more »g corporations...the assignment that was going to change his life. If he didn't blow it.
Ah, but what should have been a snap--covering a rescue mission to pick up a prospector trapped on Planet Two--soon turned ugly. The prospector had found something the corporation wanted badly, and as Chaim discovered, no price was too high to obtain it.
The Outcases of Heaven Belt: Lured by old stories of the riches to be found among the asteroids, Ranger, an outsystem ship from a resource-poor world, had come to the Belt in hopes of establishing trade. But Ranger's crew didn't know that the war had left the colonies divided into two barely surviving competititve factions.
Forced to rely on failing machines and radiation-leaking spaceships, both sides were eager to meet the visitors--not for trade, but to steal the ship and its valuable technology. To such desperate men, the murder of a few human beings was meaningless.« less