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By Lostetter, Marina J.

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: Balance  
Author: Lostetter, Marina J.
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Short Story, Science Fiction
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: Jamal, with the new 'birth' of his little sister, learns the history of how babies were made before in history as opposed to the cloning process which they now use to reproduce the human race in space.

Summary: Jamal is a nine year old boy living in the futuristic world. His parents are planning to get another child, a sibling, for Jamal. Jamal is thrilled with the idea until he finds out that they are planning to adopt him a sister. His sister is the product of an agencies who produce babie by ways of cloning. Diego, Jamals adopted uncle, convinces him that having a little sister isn't the worst thing in the world. Jamal becomes confused when Diego tells him that his sister was borth the Old Fashioned way. When jamal goes with his parents to get his sister, he learns that humans who lived on board ships in space had to monitor the amount of deaths and births in order to conserve their resources. So in turn, babies were made by cloning rather than the old fashioned way. Once Jamal finally sees and meets her little sister, he warms up to the idea of having a sister and learns to love her unconditionally.

Excerpt: Well wasn’t that just... He didn’t feel left out, but he wanted to be left out. If he never had to see his sister it would be too soon. They were making a big, fat, ugly mistake. Why’d they want to go and ruin their perfect family with a sister, huh? Weren’t the three of them enough?

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