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My Lady Greensleeves

Frederik Pohl

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I hate it when there's a woman in here. It gets the others all riled up."

"Let them in," the inside guard told him. "The others are riled up already."

Sue-Ann Bradley looked carefully at the floor and paid them no attention. The outside guard pulled the switch that turned on the tanglefoot electronic fields that swamped the floor of the block corridor and of each individual cell. While the fields were on, you could ignore the prisoners—they simply could not move fast enough, against the electronic drag of the field, to do any harm. But it was a rule that, even in Block O, you didn't leave the tangler fields on all the time—only when the cell doors had to be opened or a prisoner's restraining garment removed.

Sue-Ann walked bravely forward through the opened gate—and fell flat on her face. It was her first experience of a tanglefoot field. It was like walking through molasses.

The guard guffawed and lifted her up by o. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This story is barely science fiction except that it deals with an imaginary society where people have categories and they are held in those categories. The story is obviously about race relations in the 1950’s. Other than that, the story reminded me of some black and white movie from the1930’s conce