I read the first couple of pages of a short scifi story book the other day, and became interested, but didn't think to get the name of the book.

Because I only read the first couple of pages, I don't have a lot of details, but I'll try to give as many as I can.

  • The book I saw it in seemed like some sort of anthology, I remember perhaps a warm colored front (red/orange, but it looks like many of them fit this description) However, I don't believe that it was like Rich Horton's The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy covers where it's mostly text with a small picture in the corner; the front cover was more of a scene, with smaller text.
  • It starts from the narrator's perspective giving information on the state of the world, babies can be grown (maybe in artificial wombs).
  • The narrator talks about how his older brother hadn't been born yet because his parent's couldn't afford it.
  • He did have a younger sister, but can't remember if she had been born yet. I think he mentioned that her portfolio was in a better shape than his was.
  • I think he indicated that he was "young" at ~80 years old.
  • He felt disdain (maybe) about how his parents didn't properly diversify his genetic? portfolio, and so wasn't good at much
  • I read it in a book that was a collection of short sci-fi stories, published recently (don't remember the date exactly, but April 2016 seems familiar, could have been on the other side of 2017/2018 though)
  • I think the title of the book was something like How much would you pay for your child's future? or something to that effect.
  • Because I don't remember the year exactly, it makes me think that it wasn't very prominent on the cover.

When I tried to search for this though, the only thing I could find were ads trying to sell me early college savings plans.

  • Sorry, his older brother hadn’t been born yet? Am I reading that right? – Broklynite May 14 '18 at 1:26
  • @Broklynite Yes, I believe so. – Zymus May 14 '18 at 2:01
  • I am chronologically confused. – Broklynite May 14 '18 at 8:13
  • @Broklynite - Could be older in terms of conception, and with artificial wombs they could either "pause" the process, or leave the "kid" in the womb past the date when they could be born. Of course, we'd have to see the story to know for sure. – RDFozz Sep 28 '18 at 17:54

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