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Bridesicle by Will McIntosh

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“Bridesicle” is a 2009 science fiction short story by Will McIntosh. It is about a dead woman who is “awakened” to a very strange proposal.

Friends With Death

When I was a kid my older brother had a friend whose father was a mortician. Their family lived below the mortuary – just thinking about that still gives me creeps! Anyway, I remember going over there once and looking at the dead people in their coffins. I was totally freaked out! It’s a good thing I didn’t live in the future portrayed by this story, because I really can’t imagine doing what some of the people in “Bridesicle” do.

Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride!

Mira has just been awakened from death only to find a creepy old man leaning over her telling her that she has been dead for over 80 years! Why has she been brought back? Because in her future there are dating centers where desperate living people can chat with dead people to determine if they are compatible, and if so the live person can pay for the dead person to be restored. Nifty huh? Well, yeah – except that Mira has a few secrets that her suitors weren’t aware of, and that could end up being a bad thing if she ever wants to live again!

My Two Cents…

  • I loved the whole idea of “Bridesicle”! It is an idea that I have never come across before, and I really enjoyed reading about it as I could totally see this type of thing happening in the future.
  • Mira was a darn interesting character. She had enough issues to make her interesting, and enough courage to make her fascinating. Well done.
  • I thought the ending of the story was great – I really enjoyed how it all came together in a rather unusual way.

Interesting Tidbits About This Story:

  • Page Count: 11
  • Word Count: 6,661
  • “Bridesicle” was nominated for the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
  • It was also nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.
  • Did you know that Will McIntosh is a psychology professor? Yep. You can learn more about this science fiction author at Writertopia.

Where You Can Find Bridesicle:

  • This story was originally published in the January 2009 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
  • Asimov’s has created a nice PDF version of “Bridesicle” which you can download for free.
  • You can also listen to (or download) an audio version of this story at Escape Pod.

Craving More Science Fiction Short Stories?

If you liked “Bridesicle” then you may also enjoy the other Will McIntosh story I have reviewed: Boxed – about a woman whose brain is serving time in solitary confinement!