Zu Fields was Mars’s only failed Belt miner. There had been others—one who deliberately crashed his ship into the planet; some who returned to Earth owing SpaceM for their passage; and others who vanished in their mining ships without message or distress beacon. But of the sixty-plus people in the Base, Zu was the only one who owed SpaceM, had shorted oxygen tanks to pay the company back, and had been reduced to working in Reclamation when his theft was discovered.
. . .
Rosen leaned across the table. “I have a proposition for you, and SpaceM is backing it. They think I’m crazy, but they’re taking a chance.”
Karl Rosen was the agent on Mars for Space Mineral Resources, Ltd., whose regulated monopoly controlled Belt mining.
“Now what do they want?”
Rosen raised his voice. “Can’t talk here. Come to the garden.”