Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

‘Ting-a-Ling’ by Jack Dann

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Marilyn Monroe is having an affair with James Dean; there is no speculation here, only an attempt to trade on the mystique of two Twentieth Century icons. This sort of piggybacking is all too common in science fiction – this was one of the complaints about this year’s shortlist – but it is still a shame to see such a story in a supposedly forwarded looking anthology. Dann actually writes quite well and does a good job of evoking the couple but in the end it is just an exercise in necrophilia.

Quality: **
Shiftiness: *

Written by Martin

25 May 2009 at 11:25

Posted in sf, short stories

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