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Viable Replacement

T.A. Walsh lives a quiet life as a data scientist in Louisiana. When he isn't wrangling kids and dogs, he's off imagining other worlds.

She stares at the orange sky though she knows she won't see them--the twenty-three generation ships saving those lucky few from the dying Earth. She limps back home, where her parents await at a table that usually sits four. They eat in silence, thankful that Micah floats twenty kilometers above. He is a mediocre doctor. She was always better, more accomplished, more focused. Years of practice in warzones and disaster sites, she learned where to break a leg perfectly to condemn the owner to a life on crutches. Micah was lucky. The system favors qualified siblings as viable replacements.
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This story was first published on Thursday, December 30th, 2021
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