04 June 2005
While the Stars Streamed Past Her
Goldcap Hollowfeather was born on a generation spaceship traveling to a distant star. She grew up believing the ship was the universe. When she was fourteen she was given the option of going into stasis until the ship arrived at a suitable colonization planet, or remaining awake as part of the ship’s crew. Goldcap chose wakefulness. The idea of stasis gave her the willies. She and her friends began remaking the ship into a nursery for exotic plants. They neglected their duties. The ship’s navigation system failed. The propulsion system became erratic. Goldcap didn’t care. She had orchids to raise.