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A few years ago I read in a science fiction magazine from the 1990's a short story about a Jail put on a spaceship, where the worst scum of the universe was put to repent of their crimes. The story was told from the perspective of the warden, who was forced to come up with new punishment for each prisoner as they were all frozen and put in a simulated world. Could anyone help me find this?

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    sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/prisons
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 21:59
  • Can you perhaps give some examples of the plot? Examples of the tortures administered? Names of characters?
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 22:07
  • Sure, I remember one of the detainees was an artist that had put a poison in a planet's water supply that made everyone claw out their eyes. Her punishment was, in her own "dreamworld" she would see people using her art as kindling.
    – Espequair
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 22:13

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I found it, sorry to take space. The short story is "The Cold Cage" by Ray Aldridge published in February 1990 by "Fantasy&Science Fiction". The issue

The cover art is pretty memorable, the period fits (february 1990) and I remember that it was this magazine.

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  • Self-answering is perfectly acceptable. Can you please indicate how this story matches your recollections.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 22:34
  • Well I don't actually have the funds on my paypal to pay for the issue and I can't seem to find a text online but I will definitely put it up when I read it again.
    – Espequair
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 22:38
  • Also I could not find a reference in the wiki page you linked but I will withhold any edits until I read the story again.
    – Espequair
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 22:46
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    So, what makes you feel this is the right answer? :) And you should be able to accept your answer in about 44 hours.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 2:55
  • The cover art is pretty memorable, the period fits (february 1990) and I remember that it was this magazine.
    – Espequair
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 7:29

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