Chief Prosecutor: Gabriel Crowhurst, BSA, MFS, JD
Chief Defense Counsel: Kin Hebi, BSA, ARP, JD
Tribunal: Hua Li Jun, BSA, JD, MD; Saladin Al Nakat, BSA, JD; Shannelle Gillianne Chua, BSA, JD, OKT
Witness: Leanne Frobisher, Executive Director, BeiTech Industries, MFA, MBA, PhD
—cont. from pg. 359—
Frobisher, L: …over seven hundred thousand employees across dozens of colonized worlds. Is it that difficult to believe?
Crowhurst, G: Dr. Frobisher, this was a major invasion. Thousands of personnel. Trillions of ISĦ worth of equipment. Yet you’re alleging you had no idea about your company’s attack on Wallace Ulyanov mining operations in the Kerenza Sector? Despite your position as director of acquisitions for BeiTech Industries?
Frobisher, L: [Consults with counsel.] I’ve already stated I was appointed to that role well after the alleged invasion.
Crowhurst, G: But well before BeiTech’s attack on Jump Station Heimdall.
Frobisher, L: Alleged attack.
Crowhurst, G: Dr. Frobisher, you’ve read accounts of the alleged attack left behind by residents Hanna Donnelly and Niklas Malikov, correct? I’d like to direct you to the Illuminae Files testimony, Exhibits 178a through—
Hebi, K: Defense objects to the inclusion of the so-called Illuminae documents in these proceedings in the strongest possible terms.
Al Nakat, S: Counselor, we’ve discussed this already. The documents have been accepted into the record. Move on.
Crowhurst, G: Dr. Frobisher? Have you reviewed the Illuminae Files?
Frobisher, L: [Consults with counsel.] Yes.
Crowhurst, G: What do you make of Niklas Malikov’s testimony?
Frobisher, L: Frankly, I’m surprised this tribunal considers the fictions of a teenage drug dealer and convicted criminal worthy of the title “testimony.”
Crowhurst, G: Dr. Frob—
Frobisher, L: A born-and-bred foot soldier of the Dom Najov? Son of Zakary Malikov? Everyone here knows what that boy went to prison for. This is your star witness?
Crowhurst, G: Do you understand this is the first Dom Najov testimony to ever be entered into the records of a UTA tribunal? The House of Knives cartel doesn’t speak to the authorities, Dr. Frobisher.
Frobisher, L: I’m certain if given a choice, Niklas Malikov wouldn’t have spoken either.
Crowhurst, G: But he didn’t have a choice, did he? Your people saw to that.
Hebi, K: Objection. Combative.
Crowhurst, G: I’ll withdraw.
Dr. Frobisher, I have a few questions regarding Mr. Malikov’s testimony, and that of Hanna Donnelly, as pertains to the alleged attack on Jump Station Heimdall.You wouldn’t mind if we review these files for a while, would you?
Frobisher, L: [Consults with counsel.] No. I have no objections.
Crowhurst, G: Excellent. Perhaps we should start at the beginning.
GEMINA di Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.