All I remember is the following details from a magazine I read in high school:

  • Most likely a short story.
  • Mother and son are nigh immortals through life extensions technology.
  • They are talking about how after living so long (i think hundreds of years) they are more friends rather than mother and son.
  • The mother is planning on committing euthanasia since she is bored with living.
  • In the story, there is a limit on child birth, as every new human takes up additional resources.
  • Should be a relatively well-known story as it was in a major science type publication.
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    when were you in high school? 1945 or 2012? ;) - in other words, good info here on how to ask a good story-id question: scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9335/… – NKCampbell May 11 '17 at 19:53
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    "Limits on child birth" and "bored immortals wanting to end it" are pretty standard for stories about societies of immortals through life extension technology. Can you remember any specifics that might distringuish your story from all those other life extension stories? A character name? Was the story set on earth, in space, on another planet? – user14111 May 11 '17 at 20:30
  • By a "science type publication" do you mean something like Nature or Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or do you mean a popular science magazine like Discover or Scientific American or Popular Science, or do you mean a science FICTION magazine like Asimov's or Analog? Do you recall the titles of any of the magazines you read in high school? – user14111 May 11 '17 at 20:30

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