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After a dozen publications in the 90s, Jay O’Connell took an eighteen-year break to have kids, participate in dodgy internet start-ups, and stare philosophically into space. His return to SF has lead, so far, to another dozen sales, mostly in Asimov’s, (this is his breakthrough story there) but also to F&SF, Interzone, Galaxy’s Edge, and Fantastic Stories. This story includes a hopeful solution to the Fermi paradox and obliquely answers the question, what is the meaning of life? Most importantly, it's free.