Fog Planet (2007) Post 370
In this story, the arkies land on a planet covered in a perpetual fog. ArkMa, the sentient ship's computer of Ark3, is disinclined to land, but eventually gives in. Once on the surface, the arkies find a bleak, grey world with no variation in vegetation. Nevertheless, they explore. Because of the conditions, Pace uses his MatCon (matter converter) far more than usual, and, to his bewilderment, drains the battery. Because it generally charges via solar and wind power, he is at a loss. The EarthNet agents turn up, intent on capturing the arkies and repatriating them to Earth... in a nice school that has bars in the windows. And there's something out there in the fog...
The EarthNet agents have their own agenda throughout the series. They want to prevent the arkies from exploring fresh planets. They pay lip-service to leaving planets pristine, but their real motive is purely political and financial. If they can close down the arkie program, there will be more funding for their own space stations!
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