In 2049, nobody can have kids. Well, almost nobody. And nobody knows why. So I’m a real rarity. A real girl. Most kids are just robots. Good enough to fool the maternal instinct. Good enough to stop the riots. Good enough to play with. Sometimes.
Laura Anne Gilman is the Nebula-nominated author of the Vineart War trilogy, the “Cosa Nostradamus” urban fantasy series, and a few other works, including the occasional short story. Under the name L.A. Kornetsky, she also writes mysteries.