Tuesday May 3, 2016
Book 16: Big, Dumb Objects — Part IV


MURTAUGH: Hello! I am Captain Alexia Murtaugh.

ANTOSSA: And I am First Provident Esk Antossa.

What brings you to my planet, Captain?

MURTAUGH: I am escorting a research expedition.

None of us were aware that the artifact had been claimed.

ANTOSSA: Yup. This is our world.

Will there be anything else?

MURTAUGH: May we send our researchers to the surface? We will freely share their findings.

ANTOSSA: Perhaps...

Let me begin our negotiation properly by dispensing with any variations upon the word "free."