Arkady was born in the city of New Eden on Mars in 2245, the youngest of two sons. His parents were both US citizens, but his mother's family was Irish and his Father's family was Russian. Although his mother was a protestant, Arkady was baptized into his father's faith and raised Russian orthodox. Arkady's father had been a diamond miner until the diamond market collapse in 2244 forced him to go back to school to study law. Both of Arkady's parents were alcoholics. Much of his youth was spent avoiding their mercurial tempers. He studied astronautics and engineering at New Eden University. At the age of 21, Arkady took a job onboard a space freighter headed for Pluto. He wanted to become a pilot. He wanted to get as far away from home as possible. He enjoyed the quiet, reflective time that he spent on board ships while the rest of the crew was asleep, although he also spent a good deal of time in hibernation on the dozens of trips that he made shuttling men and materials between the Earth, Mars and Pluto. In 2284, when he sold his genes to the UWSC for a few thousand domars, he had aged only 9 years, although twice that length of time had passed since he first stepped aboard a spacecraft.
Roughly five centuries had passed since that day, when a clone of Arkady awoke aboard the Warden. His genes were used to create a new Arkady in a forced-growth clone chamber (also known as a 'zoom womb') that was an exact duplicate of the Arkady of 2284, (or would have been if the Warden's systems hadn't been faulty.)
Incidentally, the original Arkady used the domars that the UWSC gave him for his genes (which they said would only be used in case of an emergency ...) to buy the new Microsoft Holographic Zed-Box game console to while away those quiet, lonely hours in space. He would have been only 68 in 2322 (minus however many years in hibernation) when disaster struck the Earth...
Arkady is a neat freak.
Arkady has his mother's fiery red hair, and his father's deep blue eyes.