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Cold Equations, the (1954) [Short Story]
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EDS (Emergency Dispatch Ship) pilot Barton is on a life saving mission to the planet Woden where seven scientists are dying of a horrible disease. Only he has the serum to save them. His ship's computers have calculated every variable involved in the flight and he is carrying the exact amount of fuel needed to get to the planet, land, and return safely.

The computers, of course, do not calculate the added mass a stowaway would add to the flight...

Perhaps one of science fiction's most enduring short stories, this tearjerker should be read by anyone even slightly interested in the genre.

Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, August 1954.

Original title: The Cold Equations
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAdventureNew Frontiers

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories: 16 (1954) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Alfred Bester , Philip K. Dick , Damon Knight , Richard Matheson , Algis Budrys , Gordon R. Dickson , Randall Garrett , Donald A. Wollheim , Chad Oliver , Fredric Brown , Anthony Boucher , William Tenn , Tom Godwin , Mildred Clingerman , Edgar Pangborn , Horace. L. Gold
     5 Tales From Tomorrow (1957) [Anthology]
      Authors: Clifford D. Simak , Tom Godwin , Robert Abernathy , Everett B. Cole , Albert Compton Friborg
     Masters' Choice (1966) [Anthology]
      Authors: Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , Robert A. Heinlein , H. G. Wells , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Fritz Leiber , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Murray Leinster , Theodore Sturgeon , Avram Davidson , Lester del Rey , R. A. Lafferty , Jerome Bixby , William Tenn , Tom Godwin , Willard Hawkins
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart
     Cold Equations and Other Stories, the (2003) [Collection]
      Author: Tom Godwin
     World Turned Upside Down, the (2004) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Isaac Asimov , Robert A. Heinlein , Michael Shaara , Poul Anderson , L. Sprague de Camp , A.E. van Vogt , Jack Vance , Fritz Leiber , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Keith Laumer , Murray Leinster , Robert Sheckley , Theodore Sturgeon , Gordon R. Dickson , Wyman Guin , H. Beam Piper , Christopher Anvil , Fredric Brown , Tom Godwin , John W. Campbell , James H. Schmitz , Ross Rocklynne , Chester S. Geier , P. Schuyler Miller , Rick Raphael , Lee Gregor , Robert Ernest Gilbert

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