After starting out, Bey
quickly discovered the ship moved so fast that he kept having near-misses
with stars whizzing past. He found this too stressful, and called his
employer via hyperwave communicator to back out of the contract. But
the hefty penalty clauses forced him to continue. Eventually he realized he
could navigate much easier by moving into a sparsely populated gap between
the galaxy's spiral arms, and was soon making good time.
As he approached the galactic core, he found it glorious sight, ablaze with brilliant, multicolored lights. But a glaring blue-white patch grew in size and intensity as he approached. Alarmed at the increase in radiation, he called his employer again. They determined there had been a chain reaction of supernovae in the densely packed stars (see core explosion). He continued on, but stopped well short of his goal, with radiation and heat at alarming levels even through his General Products hull.
Calling the Puppeteer again, he announced "The galaxy is exploding." He explained a wave of radiation would reach Known Space in about 20,000 years, so lethal it would kill all known life forms. After arguing over their contract, the Puppeteer allowed him to return.
When Bey landed again on Jinx he discovered the Puppeteers
were gone; the Puppeteer migration had begun. But he got his pay.