Michael Blumlein. Twenty-Two and You from The Doctor Diaries. (Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2012)

Near future setting which highlights a risk in a new genetic profiling/fixing treatment : what if the fix of a genetic weakness might come at the cost of a change to the memory. A young woman desperate to have children but who is near-certain to develop ovarian cancer after childbirth, undergoes the treatment, willing to take the risk.

The issues are lined up quickly and demonstrated, with the benefit of the contrast with the young woman’s mother whose generation didn’t have those options available to her daughter, with no real sense of the characters being other than there to get the narrative and discussion underway, rather than being characters to whom things happen, if you get my drift.

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