I can't remember the name or author of this generation ship short story, where the (child?) protagonist descends to progressively lower decks and encounters the various unfathomable technologies that make "normal life" possible.
- The protagonist was a male child, and was at some point scolded over or warned against his wandering too far below.
- He (?) found various manuals or other printed materials (related to the technical operations of the ship) written in a language/alphabet he didn't recognize.
- I think there was a discovery of the grisly remains of the engineering staff (I'm less sure of this).
Note that this wasn't a novel or serial; just a short story, maybe 10 pages if printed, though I believe I read it online for free.
I know these themes are hardly unique, so perhaps a tough/ambiguous ask. Sorry ᖍ(ツ)ᖌ, and thanks!