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Tor.com is honored to reprint “Amicae Aeternum” by Ellen Klages, as featured in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9—publishing May 12th, 2015 from Solaris.

It was stilldark when Corry woke, no lights on in the neighbors’ houses, just a yellow glow from the streetlight on the other side of the elm. Through her open window, the early summer breeze
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ebook, Tor.com Online Fiction, 11 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by tor.com
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Althea Ann
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This story has a bit of a golden-age feel… maybe Ray Bradbury meets Heinlein… but the protagonist here is a bit of an anti-Heinlein-protagonist, in every way.

However, it's still got both the nostalgia of Bradbury and the bold ventures of Heinlein.
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G33z3r
The shortness of this tale suffices to make it poignant and sentimental rather than wallowing in treacle. A young girl (again with the young girls!) spends her last morning on Earth with her best friend (amicae optimae aeternum = BFF) for one final sample of the little pleasures of living on Earth before boarding a generation ship. I like the cataloging of everyday events, from watching a sunrise to smelling wildflowers to smelling the lighter fluid on a barbecue grill.

At first we don't
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Laura
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A beautiful story filled with vivid descriptions that make you easily feel as if you were living it. Despite being a short story, it has a deliberate, unhurried pace that lets the story settle perfectly. it is a story about loss, change and the insignificance of being a single human being in the infinity of the universe.
Marco
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This short novella is the story of Corry, a young girl that is soon to leave her life, her friends, and her home planet (Earth) behind as a part of a generation starship expedition to colonize new planets.
Kinsey_m
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sweet and simple, with (as other reviewwers have commented) a feeling of classic SF. Didn't do much for me. I read it because Klages co-wrote the great "Wakulla Springs". Wakulla and Amicae are on completely different leagues, though...
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This story has a bit of a golden-age feel… maybe Ray Bradbury meets Heinlein… but the protagonist here is a bit of an anti-Heinlein-protagonist, in every way.

However, it's still got both the nostalgia of Bradbury and the bold ventures of Heinlein.
(view spoiler)
...more
G33z3r
The shortness of this tale suffices to make it poignant and sentimental rather than wallowing in treacle. A young girl (again with the young girls!) spends her last morning on Earth with her best friend (amicae optimae aeternum = BFF) for one final sample of the little pleasures of living on Earth before boarding a generation ship. I like the cataloging of everyday events, from watching a sunrise to smelling wildflowers to smelling the lighter fluid on a barbecue grill.

At first we don't
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Laura
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A beautiful story filled with vivid descriptions that make you easily feel as if you were living it. Despite being a short story, it has a deliberate, unhurried pace that lets the story settle perfectly. it is a story about loss, change and the insignificance of being a single human being in the infinity of the universe.
Kinsey_m
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sweet and simple, with (as other reviewwers have commented) a feeling of classic SF. Didn't do much for me. I read it because Klages co-wrote the great "Wakulla Springs". Wakulla and Amicae are on completely different leagues, though...
Marco
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Shelves: sci-fi
This short novella is the story of Corry, a young girl that is soon to leave her life, her friends, and her home planet (Earth) behind as a part of a generation starship expedition to colonize new planets.
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Ellen Klages was born in Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco.

Her short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, both online and in print, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Black Gate, and Firebirds Rising. Her story, "Basement Magic," won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in 2005. Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot
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