The view across the Silken Plain, this is the planet Blue Silk,deep within the Ice Nebula, Milky Way Galaxy.
Blue Silk is known across colonized space as the highly illegal drug of the same name. The drug is the inner shell of the Blue Crystals imbedded in the ice of the Silken Plain.
When first discovered it was found that in its natural form the crystal when mixed with plain water gave the user great physical prowess, enhanced health and prolonged life.
And of course this was exploited to the fullest, and only available to the very rich. It was really only about money!.
There was some question from one or two techs working with the drug, that some possible danger might lie in prolonged use.
But they were either dismissed or in the case of one tech simply disappeared!
After about about 4 years it was dicovered that in fact prolonged use, caused partial blindness and within months, death, law enforcment agencies across known space stepped in and shut down all production of the drug.
But by then the criminal element had stock piled some quantity of it.
And it is hard to believe by this investigator that beings still chose to use it, knowing fully the consequences.
So Blue Silk was placed under edict, the only beings allowed on the planet are a few techs at a research lab, for we still may find a safe application for the drug.
This could well be the fabled “Fountain of Youth”
I’m sure time will tell!!*
And as with all my work, inspired by everything Scifi and the great unknown ….Beyond the Bounds of Earth.