By Isaac Asimov

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Purely think a few clever boy landed at the asteroid by way of happenstance and spotted the heat of the rocks and acquired to pondering. This captain of the Robert Q. isn't any rock-hopping ignoramus. he is a wise man. ' 'Go on. ' 'Suppose he blasts off chunks for assay and springs throughout a tremendous silicony. Now he is aware he is received the main incredible strike in all historical past. And he does not desire assays. The silicony can lead him to the wealthy veins. ' 'Why may still it? ' 'Because it desires to know about the universe. simply because it truly is spent one thousand years, might be, less than rock, and it really is simply chanced on the celebs. it may possibly learn minds and it will possibly discover ways to speak. it can make a deal. hear, the captain could leap at it. Uranium mining is a country monopoly. Unlicensed miners are not even allowed to hold counters. it is a excellent setup for the captain. ' Hawkins stated, 'Maybe you are correct. ' 'No might be in any respect. you will have obvious them status round me whereas I watched the silicony, able to leap me if I stated one humorous note. you'll have visible them drag me out after mins. ' Hawkins brushed his unshaven chin along with his hand and made a psychological estimate of the time it will take him to shave. He stated, 'How lengthy are you able to retain the boy at your station? ' 'Keep him! house, he is long past! ' 'What! Then what the satan is all this discuss ? Why did you permit him escape ? ' 'Three guys,' stated Vernadsky patiently, 'each one greater than i'm, each armed, and every one able to kill, i will guess. What did you will have me to do ? ' 'All correct, yet what can we do now ? ' 'Come out and decide them up. that is uncomplicated adequate. i used to be solving their semireflectors and that i fastened them my method. Then-power will close off thoroughly inside 10000 miles. and that i put in a tracer within the Jenner manifold. ' Hawkins goggled at Vernadsky's grinning face. 'Holy Toledo. ' 'And do not get someone else in in this. simply you, me, and the police cruiser. they're going to don't have any power and we are going to have, a cannon or . they're going to let us know the place the uranium asteroid is. We find it, then get in contact with Patrol Headquarters. we are going to bring unto them, 3, count number them, 3, uranium smugglers, one giant-size silicony like no one on the earth ever observed, and one, I repeat, one nice giant fats bite of uranium ore like no one on the earth observed, both. and also you make a lieutenancy and that i get promoted to an enduring Earth-side task. correct? ' Hawkins used to be dazed. 'Right,' he yelled. 'I'll be correct available in the market. ' They have been virtually upon the send sooner than recognizing it visually by way of the vulnerable glinting of mirrored sun. Hawkins acknowledged, 'Didn't you permit them adequate strength for ship's lighting fixtures? You did not throw off their emergency generator, did you? ' Vernadsky shrugged. they're saving energy, hoping they will get picked up. straight away, they are placing every thing they have right into a sub-etheric name, i'm going to guess. ' 'If they are,' acknowledged Hawkins dryly, 'I'm now not picking out it up. ' 'You're now not? ' 'Not a specific thing. ' The police cruiser spiraled nearer. Their quarry, its strength off, was once drifting via area at a gradual 10000 miles an hour.

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