Baby, You Were Great
Damon Knight — Wilhelm's husband — stated that "Baby, You Were Great" was inspired by his 1964 story, "Semper Fi", "with whose point of view Wilhelm disagreed", and that it is "in a sense, the same story [as "Semper Fi", but] with an entirely different plot, setting, and cast of characters."
In a world where technology allows the direct recording and replaying of emotional states and subjective physical sensory experiences, a casting director holds auditions to find a woman who will have a suitable reaction to being raped.
"Baby, You Were Great" was a finalist for the 1968 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. It has been described as "an indictment of men's exercising technological control over women's bodies", while Strange Horizons emphasizes that the story "does not suffer in quality simply because the technology [for recording and transmitting emotions] it imagined shows no signs of arriving soon."
- introduction to "Baby, You Were Great", by Damon Knight, in "Best stories from Orbit, Volumes 1-10"; published 1975; via Google Books
- Baby, You Were Great at Science Fiction Writers of America; retrieved January 19, 2017
- Cold War Masculinity in the Work of Kate Wilhelm, by Josh Lukin, in Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century; edited by Justine Larbalestier; published May 22, 2006, by Wesleyan University Press; via Google Books
- Future Media, edited by Rick Wilber, reviewed by T.S. Miller; published November 14, 2011; retrieved January 19, 2017