This story started out as one thing and then morphed over the course of writing it. (This happens to me a lot.) This one started out as the relationship between a girl and her starship computer when everyone else is hibernating, but over the course of writing it, I realized that what she was leaving behind and what she was going to would have more impact on her.
I’m very grateful to Mike Resnick for buying the story. It’s an amazing ToC that I’m honored to be a part of.