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Molly watched as the sun grew small behind them. She was never going to feel its heat again. She missed it more than she missed her family. 

The AI woke Seth. It said it needed his help, and it kept him busy with little projects for years. When he died, it woke another companion. 

The engine stalled in the deep space between stars. Ships systems failed one by one, but the cold sleep pods kept seeds of humanity alive.

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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