The Dead (story)

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"The Dead"
Author Michael Swanwick
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction short story
Published in Starlight 1
Publication type Book
Publication date 1996

"The Dead" is a science fiction short story published in 1996 by Michael Swanwick. It was nominated for the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and for the 1997 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The story follows Donald, a man who is being courted by a new company which has the ability to bring dead people back to life as the "living dead". The premise is that the "living dead" can be sold as a cheap and reliable work force. Donald isn't sure that will work out too well, so the company sends an agent named Courtney (his former lover) to convince him of the idea. As they visit different locations around the city Donald begins to see the repercussions of an all-"living dead" work force.