This particular AP book is full of repetitive, senseless plot points that would have any company operating in anything approaching a real world economy going out of business due to incompetence. It looks like it was assembled from a checklist of encounter types with no thought of coherence or sensibility, and no comprehension of how some of the plot hooks would actually work.
This IS NOT Firefly, or anything even remotely resembling it. It is a railroad at the bottom of a steep, narrow canyon. Many of the same players made it through the vivisection nightmare sequence in Signal of Screams without major issues, but before we reached the end of this book, we were discussing switching to another AP. And no, it wasn't because they liked body horror.