Nathan West grew up in New England in a rural town called Farmingville. 
Nathan, along with his fiancée Kylen Celina, devoted his life to becoming a planetary colonist. Having committed themselves to the venture and training together, they planned to immigrate to the Tellus Colony in the Epsilon Indi system. A last minute political decision regarding affirmative action for In Vitros dashed their dreams, when ten colonists were replaced by ten In Vitroes just prior to the ship launch. Nathan was forced to give up his colonist berth and remain behind while Kylen fulfilled her contract to the colony. Nathan attempted to stow away on the colony ship but was caught and removed from the ship prior to launch.
After being told his colonial certificates was immediately transferable to the Marine Corps Air and Space Cavalry , Nathan signed up for the United States Marine Corps with the hope of being assigned to colony protection forces and being reunited with Kylen. He was almost finished with Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Accelerated Flight Training (AFT) when news of the Vesta and Tellus Colonies being destroyed by aliens was released and the Chig War began. Nathan was assigned as a pilot (callsign “King of Hearts”) in the USMC 58th Squadron – the Wild Cards, embarked in USS SARATOGA, a United States Navy space carrier.
Nathan's driving desire is to reunite with Kylen. Around his neck he carries a picture of them together. He believes with the strongest conviction that they will reunite. In time, the picture becomes a talisman for the Wild Cards, symbolizing their faith and belief in one another.
|Space: Above and Beyond - Television Series|
|Pilot (appears) • The Farthest Man from Home (appears) • The Dark Side of the Sun (appears) • Mutiny (appears) • Ray Butts (appears) • Eyes (appears) • The Enemy (appears) • Hostile Visit (appears) • Choice or Chance (appears) • Stay with the Dead (appears) • The River of Stars (appears) • Who Monitors the Birds? (appears) • Level of Necessity (appears) • Never No More (appears) • The Angriest Angel (appears) • Toy Soldiers (appears) • Dear Earth (appears) • Pearly (appears) • R&R (appears) • Stardust (appears) • Sugar Dirt (appears) • And If They Lay Us Down To Rest ... (appears) • ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (appears)|
|Space: Above and Beyond - Books|
|Space: Above and Beyond (novel) (appears) • Demolition Winter (appears) • The Aliens Approach (appears) • Dark Side of the Sun (novel) (appears) • Mutiny (novel) (appears) • The Enemy (novel) (appears)|
|Space: Above and Beyond - Comic Books|
|Space: Above and Beyond (graphic novel) (appears) • Space: Above and Beyond 1 (appears) • Space: Above and Beyond 2 (appears) • Space: Above and Beyond 3 (appears) • Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet 1 (appears) • Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet 2 (appears)|