Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Miriam Allen deFord's "The Malley System" (short story, crime)

This is a story about an unusual punishment for hardened criminals: In a world where technology exists to make me replay any desired memories of you, the jailer forces the criminal to repeatedly experience his most heinous crimes - until he gets bored to death & is driven to insanity!

Early parts of the story are descriptions of wanton murders & torture of innocents by a psycho killer.

Malley of title is the name of the "penologist" who invented this system of punishment.

See also.

  1. Pat Forde's "In Spirit": Some jailed 9/11 perpetrators are forced to experience the event from the perspectives of various victims.

Fact sheet.

First published: Harlan Ellison (ed)'s "Dangerous Visions" (1967).
Rating: B.