In The Space Of Nine Lives
Tom’s best friend, his schoolmates, and all his teachers on the interstellar ship exist in virtual reality. The only other living person on board is the Pilot, and Tom is being groomed to take his place and help guarantee that the colonists in hibernation complete their centuries long journey.
Will Tom complete his training and accept his job? In time, will he raise his successor, another clone, to do the same? And what would make the ship’s AI take them off course?
This story originally appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine January 2006
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Cover design by Teagan Gavet