A'Llyn Ettien's "Immigrants" (short story, survival, free): Is any cost too high to be able to have children?
Story summary.Mostly a sad story of a colonized world - now quarantined from rest of humanity because of a local viral contagion. Infection that kills most babies, adults need constant "maintenance" treatment & still keep getting killed by it.
Only way a woman can have a baby is by getting the embryo gene-treated with virus - a process that mutates children into another species altogether!
Story is of a woman's determination to still have a child of her own - even if it will not exactly be human.
- Judith Merril's "That Only a Mother": Very moving story of a woman in a similar dilemma - baby is almost certain to be deformed, but she wants it too much.
Fact sheet.First published: Medgadget, 23 October 2007.
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