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with a famous reporter for an interview.

"What do you think of the failure to catch those responsible?" the well-groomed reporter asked.

"I believe the investigators have done everything possible." Morden's voice was emotionless, his face blank, his hands clenched in his lap.

"You don't agree with the charges of incompetence made by Vice President Clark?"

"I don't agree."

The reporter pressed his lips together in a show of vague sympathy. "What do you miss most about your wife and child, Mr. Morden?"

Morden's eyes narrowed. "The fact that they were alive, obviously."

The reporter, sensing an opportunity, leaned forward. "Their deaths were quite shocking and dramatic, not only to you but to all of us. If you can go back to that time, what was it, as the details of their deaths unfolded, that bothered you the most?"

Morden pressed his clenched hand to his mouth. "They found only part of the ship."

"The rest of the ship was believed destroyed by the explosion, and the debris sucked through the jumpgate into hyperspace."

"That's what I heard."

"But you don't believe it?"

Morden's eyes were downcast.

"Some have theorized that in the instant before the explosion, the forward section of the ship might have been drawn through into hyperspace, where the unprotected passengers would have died. Self-styled cosmo-philosopher Dr. Franz Nielsen has even proposed the theory-discounted by several leading scientists-that the explosion, coupled with the jump-point vortex, might have created a condensation of the hyperspace currents, a standing wave or bubble within hyperspace, sealed off from everything else, in which time might stand still, holding the passengers at the moment of their deaths. That would mean your wife and child are still alive somewhere,
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