A Dream Is Born

By Roxana Arama

The instructor android watches the student’s titanium-alloy fingers tap pictures on the tablet.

“Goat, horse, and … cow.” Just eight months post-initialization, the student excels at image recognition. “Now I know all the animals! Can I go tell my friends?”

The instructor checks the weather. “Wait for the dust storm to end.”

“But they’re in the next dome.”

“Unsafe.” The instructor opens another e-book. “Let’s study the jungle.”

“Wait, there’s even more animals?”

The student clicks through images of creatures that don’t exist on Mars. “Wow! When I grow up, I want to be an explorer. I’ll go explore Earth!”

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“I write because I love building imaginary worlds from bits that fascinate me in real life.” – the writer

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