I'm trying to find a short story. There are my recollections:

  • humans are dying too young to reproduce, or learn how to fix things,
  • and the computers are not working correctly.

One scene involved two kids trying to follow directions from a computer as to how to procreate to try to save the species.


I recognized that one! I read alot of sci-fi when I was younger and had to go through the list of the authors I read, but I found it.

It was a short story by Harlan Ellison called “The Human Operators”. It was made into an episode on the TV show The Outer Limits.

You can read some reviews of the short story and Ellison's audiobook reading online, e.g. 1 2.

  • Now that you mention that, some aspects of OP recollections are rather Ellison-esque..
    – Francesco
    Aug 4 '12 at 13:01

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