Ok, since I got the premmis out of the way in the previous post of this series, expect this post and future ones to be a bit on the short side. Because if you think about it, more words were written concerning the job itself, not really the life of a pod mucker. And let's not even consider how much off-topic rambling was done on the side. But let us begin with the fact that the life of a reclamation processor isn't exactly much better.
Apart from the better pay. 46 credits a day with no extra work put in isn't too bad as long as one stays on stations where it's cheeper to live.
But the things you actually have to do don't get much better. Where the mucker simply has to ensure that the pods are drained and working as they should once his shift is over, the reclamation processor looks after the nutriant fluid itself.
This is because, as with many things in life, that stuff doesn't exactly look after itself.
One annoying property of gestation fluid is that it likes to form into chunks of biomatter when it spends too much time out of its cealed container. All clone tanks feature a nozel where the fluid can be slowly drained, but someone's got to hold the strainer to catch any unwanted refuse that also comes out
It's just too bad that drained pod fluid must be sterilized before reuse. Look, no one wants their clone to catch ceptic flesh eating space bbacteria disease (the existence of which cannot be confirmed 100% at this time.) You can't just dump a pale of water into it though. Not only does this waste the efforts of the water miners but it also ruins the gestation fluid and makes it completely unusable. So there's a slightly complicated chemical structure that must be added.
But here's where the first example of "clone wrecking" comes in. Assuming you've been contacted by one of the promethian moles who will pay you, or you iniciated contact yourself, they're willing to shell out small bonuses to those who destroy as much of a center's gestation fluid stock as they can. However, it's simply astonishing how often you can actually sterilize the fluid instead of ruining it. maybe that's one of the dangers of an established routine? Also if the centers didn't want this to happen, they should... I don't know, invest in better tech that doesn't require as many dangerous chemicals to lie around?