Drum Machine

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Drum Machine is a short story by Megan Lindholm first published in The Inheritance anthology.

It is a story set in the future where genetically engineered designer babies are the socially acceptable norm. The protagonist, an ex-musician by the name of Chesterton is working as a Social Interface in the state's Reproductive Permits.




  • A Dutch translation (title?) published in 2012 in De verhalen.
  • A French translation Boîte à rythme in L’Héritage et autres nouvelles first published in 2012, reprinted in 2013.

International covers


This story is included in The Inheritance anthology.

Robin Hobb stories: The Inheritance | Homecoming | Cat's Meat

Megan Lindholm stories: A Touch of Lavender | Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man | Cut | The Fifth Squashed Cat | Strays | Finis | Drum Machine