In the early 2020s, younger, genius machine hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, the place Schwartz is sneaking into periods, and feature a quick affair. David is amoral and out for himself, and shortly disappears. Elizabeth goals of expertise and area trip and takes an army task after graduating. approximately ten years later, David is surroundings himself to develop into a billionaire by way of operating within the shadows below a multiplicity of names for overseas thieves, and Elizabeth works in intelligence combating overseas house piracy. With robot mining in house changing into a profitable a part of Earth's financial system, shipments from house are dropped down the gravity good into the oceans. David and Elizabeth struggle for dominance of the pc platforms controlling ore drop placement in overseas waters. If David can nudge a cargo 500 miles off its aim, his employers can get there first and declare it legally within the open sea. each intuits that the opposite is their genuine pageant yet cannot turn out it. And whilst Elizabeth loses a massive cargo, she leaves executive hire to paintings for a personal house corporation to discover a greater solution to safeguard shipments. yet foreign piracy has very excessive stakes and a few very evil gamers. And either Elizabeth and David prove in an international of hassle.
Space pirates and machine hackers . . . James L. Cambias's Corsair is an exciting near-future adventure!
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I overlooked you! ” “Yeah. Um, i love what you’ve performed with where. ” “I obtained all of it myself,” she acknowledged, having a look pleased with herself. “With my very own cash. ” “Was there sufficient within the Doubloons account? ” “I basically use that to pay the upkeep cost. every thing else comes from my account. i've got a role! ” “One of the golf equipment at Voodoo Cove? ” “No, no. I educate dancing now, 3 sessions on a daily basis plus deepest training. i've got sixty-two scholars, and so they all pay twenty francs a lesson. I make 3 thousand francs every week. It’s greater than the golf equipment! they're such great girls. a few them have grandchildren. ” David enable her rattle on simply because he totally couldn't give some thought to what to assert. He hadn’t anticipated Tifane to hang out greater than every week, not to mention get a role and remodel the residence. He’d been mentally ready to discover where trashed or wiped clean out, yet now not this. “Um … are you seeing a person? I suggest, it’s been some time and—” “No,” she stated, extra decisively than he anticipated. “Some males flirt with me, particularly the husbands of my scholars, yet i'm really not sound asleep with a person. ” anything in her expression and the tone of her voice made him wonder whether she’d had a foul adventure after he left, and he made up his brain to not raise the topic back. “Let’s visit the beach,” he acknowledged. “I’ll get replaced. ” “Only for a short time. i've got a category in forty-five mins. Did you actually visit Pakistan? I labored with a lady from there as soon as, on the membership in Majorca. ” So in an effort to the seashore, he informed her all approximately Gwadar, living at the warmth and the neighborhood meals, and the rusting ships at the seashore. He didn’t speak about the venture in any respect, and she or he didn’t pry. “And have been you by myself forever, too? ” “I didn’t have a lot choice,” he acknowledged, and resolved let alone the stopover in Bangkok afterwards. * * * Tifane’s new occupation was once a blessing for David. It intended that for 4 or 5 hours an afternoon, he might paintings within the residence with none distraction. greater than that, particularly, simply because she made absolute to be in mattress sooner than 11 so that it will lead her morning type at the seashore at seven. “I desire my rest,” she advised him. “I can’t stay awake taking part in video games such as you. ” The video games he used to be enjoying until eventually 3 or 4 within the morning have been perform simulations of the recent pirate automobile. It was once uncomplicated setup, much more uncomplicated to fly than the single he’d used at the final operation. That used to be as a result of his tremendously smart challenge plan. This pirate sloop wouldn’t have to board and grapple the objective, so he didn’t spend a lot time training procedure maneuvers. there have been different platforms to get used to, or even even though he’d designed them, he nonetheless needed to get the texture for the way they’d paintings in perform. Tifane was once assorted; that a lot used to be seen. rather than donning no matter what he acquired her, she’d picked out an entire new cloth wardrobe of useful, professional-looking outfits. She taught her sessions in tights and leotards instead of stripper costumes. She nonetheless wore her micro-bikini to living room at the seashore with David—but she additionally had a racing swimsuit and insisted on swimming at the least a kilometer each day.