It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship--in the wrong hands!--can be most dangerous.
About the Author
Harry Harrison (1925-2012) was an American-born science fiction writer and leading Esperantist. Harrison was best known for his fictional master criminal "The Stainless Steel Rat" and his story MAKE ROOM! MAKE ROOM!, which served as the basis for the film SOYLENT GREEN.