I have been on this ship too long. I must be mad for navigating away from a perfect opportunity to take back the pod that Spegg might have used to escape from the ship. Whether or not I actually believe that he drifted off past the event horizon and has now been reduced to a single stream of energy, is immaterial.

The International Deep Space Administration has policy that clearly states that all errant pod jettisons must and will be re-acquired by all means necessary. I am therefore setting course plot lines at the nav station [image attached] for all 22 remaining detected objects. Since the previous attempt to dock and lock an unknown pod caused a bizarre gravitational deformity of space-time and threatened a ship-wide systems malfunction, we’re going to proceed with extreme caution. As the range in distance to the furthest target now exceeds a 1.75 ± 0.10 AU from the SM5, I am planning to take the targets nearest the supermassive first. I also plan to re-acquire the prime target from today’s earlier failure… dead last.

[Communication sent: 07JAN2186 Shinkai Maru 5]


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