Amalie had been studying science since she was old enough to scroll through a book reader. She had spent ten years studying astronomy before moving on to geology and then, in a move that surprised everyone, concentrated on botany for her secondary work.
Her younger brother had focused on astrology and astrogation the entire time, and could tell you from a two-second look at any star chart where they were and which way they were headed. He wanted to be part of the Navigation Team. He wanted to be part of the Rulers who got to go up onto the Bridge.
Amalie just wanted to know everything. She wanted, as she explained to her perplexed parents, to eat something more interesting, too, and to make something with a better protein balance that didn’t taste like the same old thing. And if high-end botany was going to get that, that’s what she was going to study. Continue reading