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In this short story, probably from the late 70's/early 80's, an astronaut ejects from his ship in a specially designed suit with a computer and life support that keeps him alive, though basically immobile in the suit, his entire remaining life which he lives traveling through the void of space. The computer ends up cloning him after he dies -- not sure about the rest of the story.

Does anyone know the name, author, and book of short stories that this story appeared in?

  • Hi there, and welcome to SFF.SE :) I've taken the liberty to edit your title, in order to make it more explicit. Feel free to edit it again, of course! As for your answer, maybe you could add more details based on this guide? EDIT: given that I don't have the edit privilege, it could take some time to be peer reviewed and accepted. The guide part of this comment still works though :) – Jenayah May 13 '18 at 22:28
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    I found a story-id question from 2016 that I think is the same as mine: "Sci-fi story from late 90's or early 2000's collection book that was about a starship survivor who is ejected in a lifepod only big enough for himself that has an AI that keeps him in a matrix-like reality as it drifts eons through space. The story ends with the machine AI landing on a planet with the bio-remains of the survivor, long dead, which the machine has altered through accelerated evolution to create beings that somewhat resemble the long gone spaceship survivor. This was part of a collection of stories." – dsl May 13 '18 at 22:41
  • This one; scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/148369/… – Valorum May 13 '18 at 22:45
  • Was the ejection voluntary? That is, did he want to eject and explore the cosmos, or was this more of a case of an emergency ejection that left him effectively marooned in space? – Robert Columbia May 14 '18 at 1:30
  • I don't recall if the ejection was voluntary, but I don't think so. I think it was an emergency ejection that left him to live out his life in the suit. – dsl May 15 '18 at 0:02

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