The Pain Peddlers by Robert Silverberg

"The Pain Peddlers"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Short story

Year: 1963

ID: 852

Publication history:


In an entertainment-intensive future, the public hungers for new sensations brought to them by a kind of cerebral implant device which allows them to relive the recorded experiences of others. One of the more popular genres is pain, the mental recordings of people dying horrible deaths. Note the similarity to the situation in Thorns and Flies. I've also seen the general idea cropping up in more recent cyberpunk stories.

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