A forgotten SF classic that exposed the pitfalls of voyeuristic entertainment decades before the reality show craze
A few years in the future, medical science has advanced to the point where it is practically unheard of for people to die of any cause except old age. The few exceptions provide the fodder for a new kind of television show for avid audiences who lap up the experience of watching someone else's dying weeks. So when Katherine Mortenhoe is told that she has about four weeks to live, she knows it's not just her life she's about to lose, but her privacy as well. D. G. Compton foresaw "reality television" long before anyone had heard of Big Brother.
About the Author
D. G. Compton is a science fiction author who also has written crime novels under the name Guy Compton and Gothic novels under the name Frances Lynch. His 1970 novel The Steel Crocodile was nominated for the Nebula Award, and he was named the 2007 Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He lives in Maine. Lisa Tuttle is the Nebula Award-winning author of The Mysteries, The Pillow Friend, and The Silver Bough.