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While the majority of science fiction fans may not recognize the name Tom Godwin, most are familiar with "The Cold Equations," the classic 1954 tale that has been called the most famous and controversial science fiction short story ever written. The Cold Equations and Other Stories includes the author's unforgettable masterwork as well as eight other stories -- all exemplifying, in the apt words of editor Eric Flint, Godwin's "celebration of tenacity and perseverance in the face of disaster."
A complex man -- Godwin is described in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as a writer whose "life and career were afflicted by disease and misfortune: kyphosis had misshapen his spine, family tragedies caused him to leave school after third grade, and he was an alcoholic" -- he transferred his personal angst into his stories. "The Cold Equations" contains enough wretchedness to last a lifetime. A pilot on his way to a remote planet to deliver a much-needed serum to a group of dying explorers finds a girl hiding in his spaceship. The one-man ship has barely enough fuel to make it to the planet, and any additional weight will mean certain death to the pilot and the people below....
The nine stories included in this collection -- all originally published in the mid-1950s and early '60s -- have not only stood the test of time, they've gotten better with age. The Cold Equations and Other Stories is a must-read for all those who call themselves fans of the genre. Paul Goat Allen