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Arvies by Adam-Troy Castro

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"Arvies" is a 2010 science fiction short story by Adam-Troy Castro. It is about an unborn child who lives life to the fullest!

Another Good Unique Idea

Here’s a story that I quite enjoyed, and one that has some new ideas I’ve not seen before! After reading another of Mr. Castro’s stories (“My Wife Hates Time Travel”) I found that I enjoyed his style and his unique spin on things, so I figured I’d give this one a try. I’m glad I did – I enjoyed it all the way through!

Non-Spoiler Summary

Pregnant Woman by Jan vd Brink Fotografie, CC 2.0 license

This is a story about 2 women. One of them is an unborn fetus named Jennifer who has postponed her birth so that she can live out several lifetimes via special hosts who carry her in their bodies and let her experience the world through an advanced interface. The other woman, Molly June, is the latest woman who has been chosen to be the “vehicle” for Jennifer. Molly has no problems with this – she has been bred for this purpose and she accepts that. In fact she feels a tiny bit of pleasure that she can be of service. Jennifer, on the other hand, has had years of experience trying all kinds of things, and she is ready for something truly different – even if that means something very bad for Molly.

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 5,159 (9 pages)
  • You can learn more about Adam-Troy Castro on his web site.
  • "Arvies" was nominated for the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

Where To Find Arvies

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