Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 1995, under the name D. William Shunn.

  • Reprinted in Russian as "Кевин17" in Сверхновая Fantasy & Science Fiction #31-32, 2003.

It's little Kevin's first day of school and he misses his brothers—all 22 of them, cloned from the selfsame cells that gave him life. Sending him off to school alone in another state is all part of the experiment. But the scientists who created Kevin never took playground bullies into account.