The world is going to end, maybe because of an alien invasion or meteor. Everybody knows that the world is going to end and accepts it because there isn't anything that can be done to avoid it. The Government provides some sedative tablets to the citizens, so that those who don't want to face the doom can go peacefully in their sleep. A woman along with her mother decide not to take the sedatives. The woman's husband and two children decide the other way.

The story ends with the woman and mother sitting in their front porch and the earth beginning to shake. The woman or her mother says something in the end but the other person was not able to hear it.

I guess the woman was a scientist who had a deep knowledge about what was happening.

I read an online copy of this. Don't remember anything about the date of publishing/author.

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    I think I remember this one. It starts out with the female scientist noting that we'd finally made first contact with lots of alien species, including various machine civilisations. She'd found another one that morning who'd basically blown up their own star by adding a foreign element to it. Having identified that the apocalypse was coming (eating the stars?) they make some sort of probe that survived a few seconds longer than the Earth. It was made of an alloy that would resist "the darkness". She and her family end up floating in space for a few seconds before dying. – Valorum Sep 30 '16 at 9:45
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    Possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/122372/… – waldrumpus Sep 30 '16 at 10:28
  • Yeah, pretty sure this is "Last Contact" by Stephen Baxter, and a dupe. – starpilotsix Sep 30 '16 at 11:16
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    @waldrumpus feel free to add it as an answer here. If the OP indicates it is correct, then we can close as a duplicate. Meanwhile, you can use the reputation that comes with it. – SQB Sep 30 '16 at 13:04
  • @starpilotsix - It's really interesting how two people can read the same story but have two completely different recollections of what was happening. I barely remember the subplot with her mother. – Valorum Sep 30 '16 at 18:53

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