Looking for Civilization Collapse - Space Station in ExtraSolar space


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Aug 29, 2018
I am looking for a book with the following themes:

Post economic collapse of a multi-star system
No FTL travel

Takes place in star system with no habitable planet
Possible asteroids in system

Space station with many mining/scout ships
Slowly running out of resources

Suddenly a ship is approaching from another star system
Is this a sign of invasion?
What should they do with the outsider?
Outsider seems to want to open trade (their home star system has a planet but limited space based resources)

The main setting of the story takes place on a scout ship owned by a man and woman. They are joined by an official from the space station. They are used to make contact.

I remember there being a sub-plot about how everyone was worried about radiation and had to make sure sperm/eggs were stored for safekeeping because of cellular damage from upkeep around the space station.

I think the story is post-2000 but not sure.
I think I listened to it on audiobook.

Thank you for any help you can provide.