On a planet that is being unsuccessfully terraformed, a fisherman and agricultural technician consider a different approach to establishing life.

This reminded me a bit of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Aurora”: an optimistic and ambitious effort to establish a new home for human beings – in this case, audaciously burning their boats by transforming the parts of the ship that brought them into the tools they’ll need to survive – runs into unanticipated realities when the new world is found to be far more inhospitable than imagined. In “Aurora,” the would-be colonists are able to turn back after finding there’s no Plan B; in “Seed Stock,” they opt for a different approach, accepting that the humans they were on arrival are not going to be the humans their descendants will become.