story, which is available at Fictionwise.com (/?kw=1)
for 69 cents in various eBook formats (Palm, Rocket, PDF, MS Reader),
includes many of the elements that made the TV show "Survivor" a runaway
hit. Some of the spooky coincidences include:
- a remote wilderness location
- a cast of unknowns competing against each other
- a one million dollar prize
- a single winner (and an unexpected winner at that)
- a heavy guy (no, he didn't get naked in the short story although
a rather stout woman did)
- fans addicted to the show
was no such thing as reality-based television shows when this short
story was written," commented Stephen Pendergrast, co-publisher
at Fictionwise.com. "But that is part of Wilhelm's genius. Her fertile
imagination doesn't just create remarkable worlds and stories. She
understands the human element and the result is, in this case, a
work of short fiction that literally became reality."
Wilhelm commented: "I submitted this story to a writers' workshop
and was told that, one, no insurance company would underwrite it
and the networks wouldn't dare go ahead without insurance; and,
two, that no technology would be able to keep track of the different
contestants off doing different things."
The old saying -- "reality is stranger than fiction" - is not quite
true in this case. Fiction got there first.
Wilhelm has won the NebulaŽ Award three times for her short fiction,
and also the Hugo Award and the Locus Award. She has published numerous
short story collections. The largest collection anywhere of Wilhelm
short fiction eBooks is available at Fictionwise.com at: /servlet/mw?t=book&bi=225&kw=1.
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