Birthday Child

Nora found it hard to believe SentiCore children could love their parents as well as a flesh-child could.

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    Nora hated that everyone built children instead of bearing them. Her friends made children out of plastic wrap, quilted silk, and reclaimed wood from antique ships. The beach outside their apartment swarmed with fake children that didn’t eat or sleep. Everyone insisted that SentiCore children loved their parents as well as any flesh-child did, but Nora found it hard to believe. “It’s basically a robot, programmed to coo.”

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