Facts and Fiction
When I first wrote Natica Galos, I didn’t put much effort into it. She was to be Impani’s sidekick, so I didn’t bother rounding her out. Natica took offense at this and rounded herself out with no help from me. Here are a few things I’ve learned about her since then.
Natica grew up on Naiad, a world that suffered a cataclysmic event. Although no one knows exactly what happened, it’s widely believed that a comet struck the moon and created an asteroid belt.
As a result, it is now ninety percent water. The human settlers soon outgrew the small tract of land and began creating floating cities. They harvested the wind and waves for power and mined the sandy sea bottom to make glass. In fact, many of their buildings are made of glass, giving the impression that you can walk on water.
The inhabitants of Naiad subsist on fish, fish eggs, and seaweed. After many generations, they discovered the seaweed was endowed with fertility chemicals. Children are now born in litters. A single-born child is rare and thought to be special.
Natica has a twin brother as well as sixteen other siblings. In spite of her large family, she never felt like she belonged. She never developed a telepathic bond with her twin as was expected. She never stood out. Her life was pre-ordained: she would marry, settle down, and have a few litters of children of her own.
But Natica craved adventure and challenge. Even as a youngster, she dreamed about sailing around the world. So, when she was fourteen, she left her astonished family and studied to be a Colonial Scout.
I knew, of course, that Natica was independent and brave. She’d have to be in order to graduate from the academy. But I didn’t realize how desperate she was to succeed, how she felt she was drowning in siblings, and how important it was to her to feel she belonged.
The sixteenth birthday warrants a week-long celebration on Naiad, complete with gifts and sweets and parties. But when Natica returns home, things couldn’t go more wrong. Read more about Natica’s story in Alien Seas.