Cold Equations, The

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Godwin, Tom. "The Cold Equations." Astounding August 1954. Frequently rpt. including Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1. Robert Silverberg, ed. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970. See Contento Indexfor other rpts.

The "cold equations" of an apparently mechanistic universe seem to condemn to death for a small offense a sympathetic girl/woman; careful reading shows that business calculations are a key part of the equations—a point TG may not have intended.