Re: TNG Cold Equations Book 2, Silent Wpns Nic-Picks -- SPOILERS
Elias Vaughn wrote:
She's the contact specialist and they were in orbit of an alien planet. Her job is, as far as I understand it, to research the alien cultures the ship encounters and advise the captain accordingly. Why wouldn't you want the person in charge of the ship to be the one most versed in whatever alien world you're orbiting?
And its not unreasonable to expect her to have other duties when not acting in her primary role. I can't imagine a first contact specialist being busy first contacting all of the time...
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