Writers of the Future XXV
Colonization will be conducted from afar. While the children will be in human bodies, the first parents will be automatons moved from back on Earth, presumably through a LeGuin ansible device.
Lilly, one of the five first children, is not disillusioned about her life. She’d rather be back on Earth instead of stuck on a planet where she’ll be expected to live as a reproductive organ although her attitude changes when forced (the communication systems go down) to protect the lives of others as her adopted father had had to save her.
A strong story.