SF Drabble #256 “Shadchan”

The colony computer soaks up data from every source: sensors attached to the waldoes, logs — both official and private — of the colonists, security cameras, feeds from the power plant, weather telltales, medical files, everything. It sifts, it analyzes, it extrapolates. It weighs, it considers. Finally, it acts.

A name and number is added to a party invitation email as it is going out. Joseph R. Bellowes will attend, because he is newly relocated from the mining settlement and needs to meet new people. There he will find Renée: birthday girl, lonely, and a genetically sound match for breeding.

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